Montessori Education Week

It’s Montessori Education Week! For 107 years, this educational method, pioneered by Dr. Montessori and based around her observations in child psychology, has been practiced around the world.

Each year schools around the globe celebrate the life and work of Dr. Maria Montessori during International Montessori Week. Make sure you’re following our social media channels this coming week, through February 27th, as we’ll be sharing exciting content around #MontessoriWeek and the powerful role of #Montessori education in shaping engaged and independent students, for life.

Fostering curiosity, for life. #Montessori is the gift that keeps on giving. Visit www.ccma.ca to find a CCMA-accredited school near you.

One unique aspect of Montessori education is how our educational program starts from the very beginning, with toddler-age children 0-3 years old. Why start so early? And what does Montessori look like for our Toddler classes? https://www.montessoriinreallife.com/home/2018/8/11/montessori-for-infants-and-toddlers

A Montessori work cycle is an uninterrupted block of time. During this time children are able to explore the prepared environment and engage with materials of their own choosing. The time is meant to give them opportunities to enjoy the work they love, while also cultivating basic life skills.

Montessori Week Activities  http://www.montessori-opportunities.com/montessori_education_week

In this blog post, a school football coach reflects on the Montessori method and how it can be used in coaching to foster teamwork, ownership, and passion in young players. Really interesting read:

https://ministry-of-football.com/what-can-we-learn-from-montess/

The Montessori Method of education provides a nurturing, supportive environment for children of all abilities and learning styles. This includes children with special needs, including physical disabilities; learning differences in reading, writing, spelling and/or math; ADHD; and mild-to-moderate autism spectrum disorders. Learn more about how #Montessori classrooms can support your special needs child:

https://amshq.org/About-Montessori/Montessori-for-Children-with-Special-Needs

The focus of activity in the Montessori setting is on the child’s learning, not on the teacher’s teaching. There are individual and small group lessons, with some opportunity for whole group activity. Learn more about how the Montessori classroom works and how this impacts student outcomes:

https://www.ccma.ca/montessori-learning-outcomes/

Simplicity. Minimalism. Organization. Accessibility. These are just some of the Montessori principles that are being adapted and utilized in architectural design for children’s learning spaces. Check out the article below to learn how architects and designers are being inspired by the Montessori method:

https://www.archdaily.com/930510/how-to-stimulate-childrens-autonomy-through-architecture-andthe-montessori-method

Finding yourself overwhelmed by some of the terminology your child, teachers, or administrators are using when discussing #Montessori? This handy Glossary of common terms used in Montessori practice is a great resource: https://www.mariamontessori.com/about/glossary/

In Montessori schools, parents are periodically invited to observe their children at work in the classroom. Many parents express shock to see their 3- or 4-year-old putting away their own work when they finish—without even being asked! Great read here from mother.ly on how to emulate the Montessori method at home when it comes to organization, tidying, and getting children cleaning up after themselves.

https://www.mother.ly/child/how-montessori-teachers-get-kids-to-clean-up-their-toys