Independence

Fostering independence is one of our biggest goals in a Montessori classroom. Maria Montessori believed that even the youngest of children are saying, “Help me to do it by myself!” Here are 4 specific things we can do to help children become more independent: 1. Prepare the classroom – Children can access the entire classroom by themselves and do not …

Concentration

A foundational cornerstone of Montessori education is concentration. We all understand that for children to learn, they need to cultivate the ability to sustain focus on the task at hand. How do we help children develop and strengthen this quality? In Montessori classrooms, we begin fostering concentration through our Practical Life activities. Once concentration is developed, they use this skill …

Forbes’ article

This article appeared in Forbes magazine articulating how the Montessori method is a great model for management strategies in companies. Montessori education prepares children for life, service and leadership!

Why Practical Life?

Some of the activities in this area include self-care, care of the environment and use of household utensils. There are numerous benefits to children repetitively practicing in this area. ♦ Concentration – Carrying a tray, carrying a bucket of water, and using sharp objects all require children to be mindful, which leads to deeper concentration. Children need concentration in order …

Observation – The Montessori Assessment tool

As Montessori teachers we are often asked about a child’s progress especially when there are few papers and no tests. Our evaluation of a child’s ability and development come from a keen sense of observation. We observe children while they are working, in-between works, at circle, while lining up, and even during snack time. We observe without judgment, without interfering …