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

What do P. Diddy, Sergey Brin, and Peter Drucker have in common?

What do P. Diddy, Sergey Brin, and Peter Drucker have in common?

When it comes to producing creative business leaders, a Montessori education has proven to be a potent predictor of future success.

Ways to raise a focussed child

This is one of the main topics we have been discussing on the Montessori Diploma course – how to promote and protect concentration and mindfulness.

Keep Learning Going All Summer – Ideas for Children Ages 9-12

A wonderful article full of Montessori ideas for children aged 9-12

Why We Montessori

A lovely blog post on Montessori

Montessori, for me, has a lot to do with the unmeasurable, the intangible and invaluable. The life-long love of learning and discovery, the self awareness, the self-confidence, the ability to contribute, be heard, question and challenge things and make mistakes. It’s about working with (not against) the individual child and keeping their childhood.

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.

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.

The Value of Not Knowing

Mariamontessori.com posted a great blog entry by by  that we had to share! 

The Value of Not Knowing

All of us at West Cliffe Montessori understand the importance of discovery as Maria Montessori herself knew that “If I am told, I forget If I am shown, I remember If I do, I understand.”  We especially love the GPS analogy! Have a read and enjoy