Sunday, September 23, 2012

Storage Links

I have received requests for links on the "Sensible Storage" post
so here they are:
Community Play Things
(also check out their numerous other offerings, many
of them specifically "Montessori" designed)
Hello Wood
(bead racks are under math/beads, and storage
under furniture, chart storage is under geography/maps)
Montessori N Such
(for the cubbies and also do a search for "trays")
Hana Montessori
(click on Language etc...this company is
quite innovative in their designs!)
(for segmented presentation pink, green and blue reading and grammar boxes
and now individual colored boxes of most colors)

E & O Montessori
(pink, blue and green reading materials boxes)

Young Minds at Play
(Three part card Tray)

(Grammar Storage for Cards and Reading Towers)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Numerous Number Boards

Wow! I just got my shipment of number boards from
Young Minds at Play. They are very beautiful and well
worth the price!! I cannot recommend them highly
enough. These make a beautiful transistion from the
number rods to the counters and numerals. They have
a built in control with the counters fitting into the boards.
Here are the pix and a link:
(If Jeff is out of stock, just shoot him a message and
I am sure he'll make you a set...)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Sensational Suzuki Twinklers

So do any of you do Suzuki violin (or other instrument)
along with Montessori? They seem a good match.
Here are some Twinkler sources for beginning violinists:
(go to Student Resources/PreTwinkle Activities)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Monday, September 3, 2012

Happy Labor-Work Day!

Play is the Child's Work!
The Work of the Child is Play!
Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child's soul.

A better way to say conceive of this is that
what appears to be play to the adult is work
for the child. He is concetrating, repeating,
imagining, solving problems, creating and
enjoying the process of learning.

"What is the greatest sign of success for a teacher transformed?" Maria Montessori wrote, "It is to be able to say, 'The children are now working as if I did not exist."
Check out this page at Montessori Print Shop ...scroll down the page

for Practical Life ideas.

THE UNINTERRUPTED WORK CYCLE • This is a period of time, usually in the morning, when children work unencumbered. After a typical morning opening circle, children are encouraged to work independently, collaborating with classmates as their work and exploration dictate. *
Play activities are essential to healthy development for children and adolescents. Research shows that 75% of brain development occurs after birth. The activities engaged in by children both stimulate and influence the pattern of the connections made between the nerve cells. This process influences the development of fine and gross motor skills, language, socialization, personal awareness, emotional well-being, creativity, problem solving and learning ability.
The most important role that play can have is to help children to be active, make choices and practice actions to mastery. They should have experience with a wide variety of content (art, music, language, science, math, social relations) because each is important for the development of a complex and integrated brain. Play that links sensori-motor, cognitive, and social-emotional experiences provides an ideal setting from brain development.
According to Montessori, the essential dimensions of play are:
  • Voluntary, enjoyable, purposeful and spontaneous
  • Creativity expanded using problem solving skills, social skills, language skills and physical skills
  • Helps expand on new ideas
  • Helps the child to adapt socially
  • Helps to thwart emotional problems

If play is the work of the child, toys are the tools. Through toys, children learn about their world, themselves, and others. Toys teach children to:
  • Figure out how things work
  • Pick up new ideas
  • Build muscle control and strength
  • Use their imagination
  • Solve problems
  • Learn to cooperate with others
*Montessori 101: Some Basic Information that Every Montessori Parent Should Know, Tim Seldin, President, The Montessori Foundation.