Art in the Montessori Classroom

Art in the Montessori Classroom

Art in the Montessori Classroom: An Essential Part of the Child’s Work Art is an essential component of learning in Montessori classrooms. In each classroom there are dedicated art shelves ensuring students always have access to art materials for creative expression....
The Pink Tower

The Pink Tower

The Pink Tower, iconic to the Montessori classroom, is a foundational material from the Sensorial Area of the curriculum. Sensorial materials help children express, classify, and broaden their sensory experiences. These are organized into categories: visual (sight),...
Planes of Development

Planes of Development

Based on her observations and work with children, Dr. Montessori defined four planes of development, each characterized by sensitive periods for learning. First Plane: Ages 0-6 “Early Childhood” (Individual Creation of the Person) “I can do it...
The Uninterrupted Work Cycle

The Uninterrupted Work Cycle

“The mind takes some time to develop interest, to be set in motion, to get warmed up into a subject, to attain a state of profitable work.  If at this time there is interruption, not only is a period of profitable work lost, but the interruption, produces an...
Botany Studies in the Children’s House

Botany Studies in the Children’s House

Maria Montessori recognized the young child’s need to observe and absorb information about the world around them. Encountering something new in natures sparks the child’s curiosity and leads to a spontaneous lesson as the child wonders, “What is this? What is it...
Montessori as Preparation for the “Real World”

Montessori as Preparation for the “Real World”

In Montessori classrooms, we don’t insist that our students sit at desks all day, do the same work that everyone else does, or stop doing things they’re immersed in because a bell rings. Parents unfamiliar with Montessori often say, “That sounds great, but how does...
The “Three Period Lesson” Demystefied

The “Three Period Lesson” Demystefied

A key technique that Montessorians utilize to present information to students is called the Three Period Lesson.  The First Period: An Introduction During the first period, the guide presents a new skill, idea, or story to a student. Depending on the developmental...
Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius

Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius

Dr. Angeline Lillard, professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, has been studying Montessori’s methods for more than two decades. Dr. Lillard asserts that traditional American schooling is in constant crisis because it is based on two poor models for...
Children as “Sensorial Explorers”

Children as “Sensorial Explorers”

“The development of the senses actually precedes that of the higher intellectual faculties, and in a child between the ages of three and six it constitutes his formative period.” —Maria Montessori, Discovery of the Child Children as Sensorial Explorers Children from...
The Art of Observation

The Art of Observation

“It is necessary for the teacher to guide the child without letting him feel her presence too much, so that she may be always ready to supply the desired help, but may never be the obstacle between the child and his experience.” —Maria Montessori, The...