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WHAT MATERIALS ARE USED IN THE CLASSROOM?
Montessori materials are designed to physically demonstrate particular skills. Each material is carefully constructed to be both beautiful and accurate. Children are shown how to use materials with respect and care, always returning them to their designated place and making sure they are prepared for the next student’s use. As children enter the elementary program, the materials become less concrete and more abstract.
TELL ME A BIT MORE ABOUT MONTESSORI.
Acton Academy at Serenbe feels that the Montessori philosophy is perfect for launching learners into Acton elementry, implementing her methods through Montessori-trained faculty, prepared learning environments with beautiful wooden Montessori materials, and multi-aged classrooms with children remaining with their teacher for a three-year cycle. For our youngest students, our curriculum emphasizes geography, world cultures, history, humanities, global languages, and the arts, in addition to the core subjects of science, mathematics, reading and writing. We deeply respect each child and believe that all children, through curiosity and guided exploration, inherently love to learn. A Montessori education balances freedom with responsibility, and sets high standards of intellectual, social and moral development that is firmly rooted in the developmental stages of children.
- Freedom of movement to interact with peers and choose activities nurtures the excitement of learning. Maria Montessori saw freedom as the single most important factor in allowing children to develop as spontaneous, creative individuals. Children naturally love to learn and are internally motivated.
- The prepared environment is essential. The classroom is a responsive environment prepared with multi-sensory, sequential and self-correcting materials to support self-directed learning and the development of independence. The focus is on the process, not the results.
- Children learn at their own pace and level. Small group instruction enables the child to learn at his or her own pace, with tailored instruction for each child. Through such small group instruction, teachers are able to develop strong relationships with their students and families, understanding each child’s strengths, challenges and how to unlock and ignite their potential.
- Montessori focuses on the similarities in people, which lead toward understanding and peace. The curriculum emphasizes geography, history, world cultures, community service and peace education. Through the exploration of cultures, children gain a basic global perspective and begin to understand issues facing all of humanity.
- Our children practice stewardship of the earth. Students learn that we, as humans, are the custodians of the earth and have responsibility for an environment that sustains life.
- Freedom and self-discipline become parallel paths. Self-discipline is acquired gradually through absorption in meaningful work. The child is guided by respect for the teacher, for the work of others and respect for the materials themselves. Growth requires freedom to use inborn powers to develop physically, intellectually and socially. A Montessori classroom provides this freedom within the limits of an environment that encourages a sense of order and self-discipline. Children thrive on order and structure, but need freedom within that order and structure to explore and learn.
- All classes are multi-aged. In a three-year period, children experience being the youngest, the middle and the oldest in the community. They learn from, they practice with, and they teach other students. In this way, students reinforce their own learning and master skills while helping others.
FAVORITE MONTESSORI SITES + RESOURCES
This collection of Montessori-related media is intended to serve as a resource for parents or others seeking to learn more about the Montessori Method.
- Montessori Education (Wiki): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montessori_method
- Wikisori: http://www.wikisori.org/
- Maria Montessori Blog: http://mariamontessori.com/mm/
- Association Montessori Internationale: http://www.montessori-ami.org/
- Association Montessori USA: http://amiusa.org/
- American Montessori Society: http://www.amshq.org/
- Montessori Science: http://www.montessori-science.org
- Aid to Life: http://aidtolife.org/index.html
- What is Montessori Resource Site: http://montessoriobserver.com/what-is-montessori/montessori-videos/
- School Locator (AMI): http://www.amiusa.org/school-locator-2/
- School Locator (AMS): http://www.amshq.org/School%20Resources/Find%20a%20School
- School Locator (NAMTA): http://www.montessori-namta.org/School-Directory
- School Locator (About.com): http://privateschool.about.com/od/montessoriindex/l/blmapmontessori.htm
- The Absorbent Mind (Heny Holt & Co., 1995), by Dr. Maria Montessori
- Montessori Madness! A Parent to Parent Argument for Montessori Education (Sevenoff, 2009), by Trevor Eissler
- Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius (Oxford University Press, 2005), by Angeline Stoll Lillard
- Discovery of The Child (Fides, 1967), by Dr. Maria Montessori
- The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything (Penguin/Viking 2009), by Sir Ken Robinson
- Drive (Penguin, 2011), by Dan Pink
- A Whole New Mind (Penguin, 2006), by Dan Pink
- The Schools Our Children Deserve: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and “Tougher Standards” (Houghton Mifflin, 1999), by Alfie Kohn
- Punished By Rewards: The Touble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise, and Other Bribes (Houghton Mifflin, 1993), by Alfie Kohn
- Stop Stealing Dreams, 2011, by Seth Godin, http://www.squidoo.com/stop-stealing-dreams (free download)
- Brain Rules (Pear Press, 2009), by John Medina
- A Pattern Language (Oxford University Press, 1977) #18 Network of Learning
- Montessori Madness (5:44), by Trevor Eissler: Here are versions of this video in Russian, Spanish, Italian, French, Indonesian, Hebrew, Farsi, and Romanian
- Superwoman Was Already Here (6:14), by Daniel Petter-Lipstein:
- How Do You Hug a Child Like This? (3:23)
- Do Schools Kill Creativity? (19:29), by Sir Ken Robinson
- Bring On the Learning Revolution (17:58), by Sir Ken Robinson
- Changing Education Paradigms (11:41), by Sir Ken Robinson
- Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us (10:48), by Dan Pink:
- Achievement vs. Learning (1:05), by Alfie Kohn
- It’s Bad News if Students are Motivated to get A’s (1:03), by Alfie Kohn
- Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin talks about his Montessori education
- Google Founders Talk Montessori
- Dr. Steve Hughes, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics & Neurology, University of Minnesota Medical School, Discusses Montessori: * Dr. Hughes: Part I (4:23) * Dr. Hughes: Part 2 (3:38) * Dr. Hughes: Part 3 (3:27)
- Dr. Hughes: Good at Doing Things: Montessori Education and Higher-order Cognitive Functions
- Dr. Hughes: Building Better Brains: The Neurological Case for Montessori Education (1:35:27
- Dr. Hughes: NPR Interview on the Modern Educational System and the Impact of Montessori in Classrooms (48:37)
- Dr. Adele Diamond: Why Montessori Works (1:08:17)
- Educational Videos on the Montessori Method from the American Montessori Society
- The Montessori Mafia, The Wall Street Journal
- The Most Important Montessori Lesson
- What Do P. Diddy, Sergey Brin, and Peter Drucker Have in Common? from Korn/Ferry Briefings Magazine
- What is Montessori?
- What If the Secret to Success is Failure? The New York Times
- The Single Best Idea for Reforming K-12 Education, Forbes Magazine
- Montessori: The Missing Voice in the Education Reform Debate, Huffington Post
- Montessori Education Provides Better Outcomes than Traditional Methods, Science Magazine
- Neuropsychology and Montessori, Association Montessori International/USA
- A Classroom Without Walls: Deepening Children’s Connections With Nature
- “BGUTI” - Better Get Used to It, by Alfie Kohn
- Is the secret to Finnish schools Finns or is there something for America to learn?, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
- Maybe Private School is Cheaper Than Ritalin, Huffington Post
- Renewing the Promise of Montessori Education
- India: Ardee-defines new Measures in Education, India Education Diary
- The Montessori Approach to Discipline, Tomorrow’s Child Magazine
- Jewish Montessori article from Orange Country Jewish Life
- Develop Leaders the Montessori Way, Harvard Business Review Blog:
- Montessori Lessons for Innovators
- How to Innovators Think?, Harvard Business Review Blog:
- How to Shape the DNA of a Young Company, The New York Times
- Maria Montessori: Guru for a New Generation of Business Innovators, The Globe & Mail
- Montessori...It’s Good for Business, Southern California Public Radio
- From Creeping to Leaping the Kindergarten Year – A Montessori Parent’s Perspective
- Why the world embraces the Montessori Method, New York Parenting
- Testing Now Reaching Kindergarten Levels Forcing Many to Ask Why?, Reuters
- Made by Montessori: The Education Method for Executives of the Future, Exec Digital