Jul
23
2010

Former ‘No Child Left Behind’ Advocate Turns Critic

When education places the emphasis on testing the result is detrimental. Who pays the cost of test-driven education? The children  http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=124209100

Jul
23
2010

The Lack of Creative Thinking Leads to a Lack of Ingenuity

Is creativity really critical? If so, can education foster creativity? Explore these questions as you read this Newsweek article from July 10th of this year: http://www.newsweek.com/2010/07/10/the-creativity-crisis.html

Jul
23
2010

What’s the Value of Creativity?

Adults often seek to nurture creativity in children. Interestingly, young children often refer to themselves as creative. Slowly, over time this notion is devalued by adults and children loose their self-perception of creativity. What happens to creativity? View Sir Ken Robinson’s humorous explanation of what might be the biggest factor in loosing creativity: http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html

Dec
14
2009

Myth #13: Montessori discourages cooperation and creativity.

During these very early years the child’s brain absorbs everything around them, without filters or censors. The scientifically designed Sensorial materials fine-tune the senses to orderly receive information bombarding the child.

5371310Once collected, the sensorial impressions can be named and utilized to express ones thoughts. Skills are built to develop hand control for story-writing, drawing and clay.

The integrity given towards work promotes the child’s trust in the environment and respect for working children. Trust and respect are the foundation of the community built in a Montessori classroom where older knowledgeable children help younger children.

Dec
14
2009

Myth #12: Montessori schools apply undue pressure in learning academics.

Due to the dynamic quality of the brain, young children can absorb vast amounts of knowledge including one’s mother tongue.

1549423Dr. Montessori noted this absorbent mind quality and applied it to an educational approach which satisfies the young children’s interest in writing which later develops into reading.

Dec
14
2009

Myth #11: Montessori is not for all children.

Montessori’s philosophy of child development is timeless and inclusive of all children, regardless of where or how they live.

3202772Parents are drawn to Montessori for its many outcomes but are disillusioned by the full three or four year cycle commitment: parents want to see immediate results.  Education of the senses precedes educating the intellect: this Montessori tenant dates back to Dr. Montessori’s earliest work with children.

Those children scored above the Italian national average and they were patients of the psychiatric unit in Rome, suffering from various types of mental disabilities.

Dec
14
2009

Myth #10: Montessori classrooms have homogenous populations and don’t embrace cultural diversity (lack diversity in backgrounds and socio-economics).

Some are private some are public but all Montessori schools reflect the population of the community it exists in. Geography folders depict the people, places, monuments…the culture of within each region.

Dec
14
2009

Myth #9: Montessori children are not socialized and don’t play because children “work” and lessons are given individually.

Self-disciplined Lessons of Grace& Courtesy develop a sense of community and respect 3-year age groupings decreases transitions &fosters. Part of Dr. Montessori’s legacy has been promoting peace and citizenship.

13930634Dr. Montessori observed that during a person’s life,  children under the age of 7 learn at the most rapid rate. Thus it is the task of the adults to aid in this mysterious process of learning.

The self directed work, freely chosen by the children, engages their attention because the child is interested in and drawn to that particular task. Children are playful and respond to joy and enthusiasm when given the opportunity to learn a new and purposeful skill.

Dec
14
2009

Myth #8: I never hear about famous people who attended Montessori.

Here are a couple of Montessori graduates you might have heard of.

  • Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Co-Founders of Google,
  • Julia Child,  Chef,
  • Sean “P. Diddy” Combs Musician
  • Jeffrey Bezos, Founder of Amazon.com
  • Prince William and Prince Harry, English royal family,
  • Helen Hunt Actress,
  • Anne Frank, World War II Author of The Diary of Anne Frank,
  • Melissa and Sarah Gilbert, actresses
  • Will Wright, pioneering game designer, entrepreneur and creator of the SimCity series,
  • Katharine Graham, Owner/Editor of the Washington Post
  • Jackie Kennedy-Onassis, Former First Lady, Editor,
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize winner for Literature,
  • T. Berry Brazelton, Pediatrician and author,
Dec
14
2009

Myth #7: Without testing and grades there is no measurement for the child’s knowledge acquired.

Individual lessons. Observation Peer-learning among the mixed ages reinforces previously acquired knowledge.  Children freely repeat activities working towards mastery at their own pace.

toddlerdrawA preparation for life includes a love of learning, positive self image, creativity, self motivation, independent thinker…how do you measure these important qualities?