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Read "Montessori Method" By Maria Montessori Online.
Photos of Maria Montessori-this Google image search has many photographs of Dr. Montessori.

Montessori Photos offer lots of pictures of Dr. Montessori and students from around the world.

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Reconstruction in Education by Maria Montessori 

 

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What did Scouting and Gandhi have to do with Maria Montessori? If you want to know more about Dr. Maria Montessori and her ideas, just click onto any of these links.

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Maria Montessori Her Life and Work by E. Mortimer Standing- Tim's mom gives a great and interesting synopsis of the book plus a knowledgeable comparison and contrast of Montessori verses Charlotte Mason.

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Charlotte Mason Letter to Editor regarding Montessori

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Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

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Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapters 19 & 20

Chapter 21

 

 

The Uninterrupted Three-Hour Work Cycle

 

 

"The purpose of long, uninterrupted blocks of work time is to allow students to select work freely, eventually becoming absorbed in work that has a particular fascination for them at this point in their development. Interruptions, no matter how valuable the alternative activity might seem to be, disturbs the fragile development of the child's focus, concentration, and intellectual exploration on his or her own."

Dear Maria Montessori

'I was introduced to you when I was 17 years old. Though you had passed away nearly 15 years earlier, your words and your works were being revisited and reprinted." This is a heart warming letter to the wonderful work of Maria Montessori.

 

"Montessori's purpose with her method of education was to insure that each child would be successful in learning and in life. Her techniques allowed children, then and forever after, to make discoveries, not only about the classroom lessons and materials, but also about the world around them and, most importantly about themselves."

 

read more of this inspiring journey at Random Patterns, Chance Designs

The Computer in the Montessori Classroom

 

 

"A computer does not provide such integrated experiences. It is a rather abstract medium: The finger touches keys or a mouse and the eye sees something on the screen, related in an abstract way. This level of abstraction is not helpful to young children. They need to grasp the real world. Only then, at about 6 years of age, will they start to grasp abstract relationships."Why Our Montessori Classrooms Are Computer Free -
This article brings up important aspects of hands on learning
that can't be taught by a computer.
"Children need multisensory experience. An essential aspect of early childhood development is the multiple sources of information which young children receive during their daily round of activities. Building various-sized blocks into a sequential tower, for example, involves much more than the visual sense. The child also experiences the heft of a block, the feel of the dimensions in the hand, the sound of disaster when the tower crashes down, the joy of victory when delicately placing the smallest block on top, watching it teeter, then hold. Each part of this experience is teaching a child something different about the material world."


Integrating Technology in the Montessori Classroom
The teachers suggested that computer software may complement the Montessori curriculum and allow the child to move to a more abstract level after mastering the Montessori manipulatives. Teachers generally used the iMac software to support the program through research or extensions of lessons

 

 

 

"The purpose of this discussion is not to make specific recommendations about the use of computers in classrooms in general or Montessori classrooms in particular"-Metaphors

 

Maria Montessori by Everything2  is a great timeline of Dr. Montessori's work and life.

Quotes from Maria Montessori

Vision of the Montessori Movement for the Next Century  International Montessori Congress 2005

 

 

Pupils Getting There in Their Own Time is a great overview of how a Montessori classroom should work.

 

 

Why Music?  Music is the soul of society-

 

"Mario Montessori (1956) spoke of "language for communication between minds and music for communication between souls." Without exception, every human culture includes music of some kind. Music is interwoven into our societies, from singing in the shower to the snared rituals of anthems and songs of praise"

 

"A Montessori Dictionary" Sometimes it is difficult to understand terms that Dr. Montessori uses in her writings. This dictionary will definitely help you.

"Maria Montessori" by Marlena Dasbach. Great overview of Montessori including a time line. Here is another good inclusive article about Maria Montessori

"Speech at Montessori Training College" in London by Mohandas Gandhi. This is an excerpt from the text: "The greatest lessons in life if we would but stoop and humble ourselves, we would learn not from grown-up learned men, but from the so-called ignorant children. Jesus never uttered a loftier or a grander truth than when he said that wisdom cometh out of the mouths of babes. I believe it; I have noticed it in my own experience that, if we would approach babes in humility and in innocence, we would learn wisdom from them."

"Maria Montessori" This is a brief but interesting essay about Dr. Montessori.

"Maria Montessori" by Various through Wikipedia. This gives a good short overview about Montessori and her methods.

A beginner's guide to the Montessori classroom

This is a great overview. It explains how Montessori classrooms differ according to the needs of the children, society and culture.

"Dr. Maria Montessori and Lord Robert Baden Powell, Two Pedagogues" by Margarete Wonesch. What do the Boy Scouts and Maria Montessori have in common? This is an interesting comparison.

Laying the Foundation for Cosmic Education in the Child-3 to 6 Years by Patricia Hilson

Indirect Preparation for Great Lessons for preschool stage

Montessori's View of Cosmic Education- by Mary Hays-This includes great illustrations and overview

"This is a graphic image of the unity to which we are referring.  Here are depicted both the organic/living and inorganic/non-living agents of creation.  We could think of this as cosmic organization.  Arrows indicate dependency, can you find the single independent element on the Chart?"

Bringing History to Life in the Elementary Classroom

" It is what Montessorians call the First Great Lesson. The teacher may present the story of the "Big Bang" and share various creation stories from around the world. Experiments and charts that spark the imagination and lead the child to further inquiry about the universe accompany these stories.

Montessori believed that "knowledge may truly be developed by awakening the interest" (Montessori, 1994, p.22). The child's interest in the 6-9 classroom is awakened through the use of the imagination. The educator's job is to spark the child's imagination, or as Montessori says, "To enthuse him to his inmost core" (Montessori, 1989, p. 11 )."

 

Montessori Nature and Outdoor Learning
 David Kahn covers outdoor learning and study of nature  from Early Childhood to the Great Lessons (Cosmic Education).  This article really captures the essence of Montessori education. Also  middle school programs, such as the farm school program,  are addressed.

This excerpt gives an idea how the Great Lessons were presented outdoors:

"In 1979, I interviewed both Mario Montessori and Lena Wikramaratne. Mario emphasized the outdoors as the basis for the cosmic education experience: "If you take all the charts and timelines and call it cosmic education, that is ridiculous. It goes much further than that. … We tried then to work with the child in nature—we would try to help the imagination of the child with real experiences" (cited in Kahn, 1979b, p. 55).

Those experiences included a garden, terrariums where small animals were held captive, and walks in the woods where the interdependency of plants and animals was pointed out—especially the role of water. Most lessons were outdoors and addressed the water cycle, erosion, sedimentary formations, etc. (Kahn, 1979b, pp. 56-57)."

 Reaching Montessori Parents Through Media  -more insight by Kahn

"The critical art of parent education is to bring the parent into the child?s world view, the child?s struggle in becoming. What a magnificent work is the absorption of a language and the coordination of movement by a child under six. Then, for the elementary-aged child, development evokes questions about life all around, about the world, about origins, about great themes of war and peace, about respect for life, and about human service. Indeed, the developmental turning points of childhood, if brought to the attention of adults, may inspire the adults with principles for interaction far more powerful than those doled out in today?s abundance of parent scripts and how-to manuals. Montessori principles beget one simple truth: You need to be there for your child, and you need to adapt the world to the needs of your developing child. Any methodical understanding of the child?s perspective comes to this fundamental conclusion simply because the child?s inner development must have its nourishment"

 

'A Vision of the Montessori Method for the Next Century' by Molly O'Shaughunessy

 

"Dance, a Joyful Expression of the Human Spirit"  By Lilian Bryan

If You Can Talk, You Can Sing

Montessori classroom is great for the arts. -

"If You Talk, You Can Sing

If You Can Walk, You Can Dance"

 

 

 

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