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

Posts tagged ‘Child’

Link

Want your child to be a success? Quit scheduling and let them play freely

Want your child to be a success? Quit scheduling and let them play freely

At the start of February half-term, Dr David Whitebread explains the science behind free play and why parents must give children the chance to choose the pastimes they’re interested in

Link

Cake or Air? Making Montessori Education Plentiful

Cake or Air? Making Montessori Education Plentiful

Link

Children urged to put away screens and play outside

Children urged to put away screens and play outside

Another great article about the value of playing outdoors!  We at West Cliffe Montessori cannot get enough of the outdoors – whatever the weather!

Children are being urged to take back their “wild time”, swapping 30 minutes of screen use for outdoor activities.

Take a look at this video for more information on Project Wild Thing

http://vimeo.com/68072823

Link

Montessori pupils perform best in primary school tests

Montessori pupils perform best in primary school tests

Children at Montessori primary schools perform better than those at traditional schools, RTL news reports after studying the results of nationwide tests. – See more at: http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2013/09/montessori_pupils_perform_best.php#sthash.TSGp9qNl.dpuf

Link

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

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

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

Link

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.

Link

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.