“The goal of early childhood education should be to cultivate the child’s own natural desire to learn.” – Maria Montessori

Archive for May, 2013

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David Coleman: Is September too soon to send our four year old to school?

David Coleman: Is September too soon to send our four year old to school?

In Montessori four is not too young as we follow the child and support them along their individual learning path but in mainstream they all have to go forward as a cohort and often face being left behind and confused. I really think we need to stop pressurising children at such a young age – give summer born children a chance.

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What You Need to Know About Montessori and Play

What You Need to Know About Montessori and Play

A wonderful article on the importance of play in early child education.

“The academic world sees us (Montessori) as didactic rather than play oriented.”

Which is simply not true as Ayer states “Montessori has many of the elements identified as part of playful learning (to wit, structure, objects, interactive lessons, free choice, peer interactions, intrinsic rewards, and fun).” but what we don’t do is “pretend play, such as dress-up, toy kitchens, and fantasy.” 

Montessori play is play with a purpose which is real and purposeful! It respects the child and follows the child’s interest.

Have a look at this article for more information on Montessori and play.