The Child’s Work

27
Jun

The Joy of Math

Jenny Thompson, Parent Connections Coordinator –  “If only I’d learned math the Montessori way as a child!” That was a refrain uttered by Sunny Hollow parents at last Thursday’s parent education night, “The Mathematical Mind.” Parents worked with the concrete materials of the Casa and Elementary levels to understand mathematical concepts such as one-to-one correspondence,...
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28
Dec

The Study of Humans

By Joe Hayes, Lower Elementary Guide –  Studying the lives of human beings is a central theme of Montessori education at the elementary level. Elementary students have an ability to consider the lives of other people and imagine what life may have been like for those who came before us. Through history studies of human...
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28
Dec

How Upper Elementary Children Explore the Creation of the Universe

By Gillett Cole, Upper Elementary Guide –  We begin each school year sharing the five Great Stories with our elementary students. Lower and Upper Elementary Guides tell the same five stories. Each story, like all good stories, appeals to two essential qualities of the elementary student: imagination and intellect. The first story is Creation of...
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28
Dec

Making Music Together

By Lannette Peterson, Casa River Guide –  It’s important to have music in some form or another every day in a children’s house environment. Rhythm, music and songs are a part of the Casa child’s experience from the first days, through materials, activities and play. We sing often–in small groups, individually, collectively and sometimes as...
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28
Dec

Montessori and Play

By Gina Murray, Casa Lake Head Guide –  I have recently noticed the vast amount of information being published on the topic of play and its importance to healthy development in young children. As a Montessori educator, I have been asked by friends, family members, and even fellow parents how a Montessori Casa can truly...
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28
Dec

Supporting the Creative Personality: Visual Arts in Lower Elementary

By Shanna Brown, Lower Elementary South Guide –  “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Pablo Picasso Our world is filled with an extraordinary kind of wonder that is achieved through the interaction of color,...
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