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Assistants to Infancy, Applied in the Home

A few days ago, a recent MNW graduate, Ms. Junnifa Uzodike, shared some pictures of her son. Beyond their obvious cuteness, they also demonstrate some great Montessori principles that can be applied in the home. To better explain what you see here, Gloria Singh, Assistants to Infancy Course Assistant, has contributed a few notes.

On the bottom left we see her child looking at himself in the mirror, getting visual feedback about himself and also getting a view of the rest of the room--very beneficial when a baby can't move well independently to see what's around. Babies really enjoy looking at faces, studying the expressions, watching lips move in talking--even their own.

In the background, you can see the toys organized simply, with very easy access for the child.

We also see the baby very busy at the weaning chair and table, in this case he likely used it to pull himself up into a standing position so that his hands can be free to explore whatever has captured his interest. Non-walking children use the smallest chairs with arms--the arms give lots of support if their sitting is still unsteady and also helps them to stay at the weaning table until they are done with their eating.

A chair without arms at a table is best for children who have begun walking, because it is much easier for them to get into the chair without having to maneuver around the arms and they likely will not have learned to pull out the chair to make room for their bodies to get into it.

Have you ever watched a young child work out how to sit down in a chair? It's quite an event to witness. "How to Sit in a Chair" is a Practical Life activity that we learn to demonstrate for young children on the A to I course.

We also talk a lot about how simple, uncluttered, and appealing an appropriate environment is for young children--a few toys that get rotated, a mixture of materials (fabrics, wood, metal, etc.). You can see this here too.

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Look to the Leaves

It's that magical time of year when our attention is drawn to the fantastic color-changes, shapes, sizes, and physical characteristics of the falling leaves. It's the perfect time to present the leaf presentations from the botany work to the Elementary students.

A few days in advance, the students were invited to bring in a collection of leaves and a beautiful collection was assembled. A few were chosen to be used as examples to illustrate the parts of leaves and their many characteristics.

A few days in advance, the students were invited to bring in a collection of leaves and a beautiful collection was assembled. A few were chosen to be used as examples to illustrate the parts of leaves and their many characteristics.

The presentation shelf is prepared with all the materials needed for the Trainer to present the series of leaf lessons.

The presentation shelf is prepared with all the materials needed for the Trainer to present the series of leaf lessons.

Specially made nomenclature cards and booklets give the adult students more specifics about leaves and experience with a material that they will eventually make for their own classrooms. 

Specially made nomenclature cards and booklets give the adult students more specifics about leaves and experience with a material that they will eventually make for their own classrooms. 

Elise Huneke-Stone, MNW's Director of Elementary Training, shows the Elementary students a demonstration indicating that leaves give off oxygen. A clipping of an aquatic plant is submerged in such a way as to catch the bubbles of oxygen the leaves release.

Elise Huneke-Stone, MNW's Director of Elementary Training, shows the Elementary students a demonstration indicating that leaves give off oxygen. A clipping of an aquatic plant is submerged in such a way as to catch the bubbles of oxygen the leaves release.

The Montessori Elementary classroom feeds the six to twelve year old child’s insatiable appetite for learning, offering boundless opportunities to build their own knowledge within a collaborative community. The AMI Elementary training supports your growth as a storyteller, imagination-sparker, and ethical compass to provide the child with the keys to explore the universe.

Interested in learning more about Elementary Training? Learn more here.

Posted on November 25, 2013 and filed under Elementary, From MNW Staff.