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Course Connections

by Michelle Becka

Do you remember the description that Montessori offers in The Discovery of the Child, in which the Golden Bead materials that she had originally designed for the Elementary children instead became adored and cherished by the 4 and 5 year olds in the Primary classroom? Anyone who has worked in a school serving multiple levels can attest to the power of having Elementary classrooms in sight of Primary age children; the level of intrigue that the younger have for the older children, the love and affection for their “old” environment that the Elementary have for their former Primary classroom, it is such a fabulous opportunity for cross pollination.

This cross pollination is actively occurring at MNW, and in fact is one of the many benefits of our facility, in which all three levels of training are offered in the same building. Recently, Sarah Werner Andrews, one of the Primary Trainers, who is also Elementary trained, offered the Primary students a lesson on the Pythagorean Theorem. This lesson employs the Constructive Triangles, which in the Primary are used for language and sensorial exploration. Once the child is in Elementary, the same triangles are used to prove the Pythagorean Theorem. The Primary students were excited to see this connection and to get a glimpse of what the child experiences once they leave the Casa.

Another great connection was made when one of the Elementary students shared the story of The Coming of Life with the Primary course. The students hung onto Katie’s every word as she dramatically described how it all began! Afterwards, we had a brief discussion about how the mind of the Second Plane child is different from that of the First Plane, and we decided we would love to meet again to hear the next story in the series.

Montessori saw this work as Education for Life, and it is so excellent to be able to see the larger picture; to train at one level, yet still get little insights into where the child has been, and where they are heading, on their path of self-construction. 


Michelle Becka is absolutely thrilled to be pursuing the Training of Trainers Programme at MNW. She loves practicing yoga, riding her bike, reading great books, and learning new things.

Saturday Academy at MNW

Montessori Northwest is pleased to announce it has partnered with Saturday Academy, a non-profit group, associated with University of Portland. Saturday Academy facilitates hands-on classes and camps for school age children (grades 2-12). Our offering is titled, Triangles on the Nile: Ancient Tools for Today’s Design.

Posted on December 11, 2014 and filed under Partnerships, Events, Elementary, Materials, From MNW Staff.

Holidays

The holidays are approaching – ushering in a frequently scary season for Montessori teachers. We often have conflicted feelings around holidays and events that occur in the larger culture – afraid that these distract children from their work, disrupt the calm and productive atmosphere in the environment, and are just plain bothersome to us. I’d like to propose changing those feelings and finding ways to see these popular culture events as positive elements in the environment and exploring ways to channel them in support of each child’s development.

Posted on December 5, 2014 and filed under Elementary, Assistants to Infancy, Primary, Resources, From MNW Staff.

The "Practice Society"

Children in the second plane have what Montessori described as a “special sensitivity for the acquisition of culture.” This understanding was at the core of the discussion during Elise Huneke-Stone’s recent NAMTA workshop in Seattle: The “Practice Society.” Participants in this workshop looked at how the elementary classroom offers children an invaluable opportunity to use their reasoning minds and imaginations to explore how communities live, work, and create their own culture.

Posted on November 24, 2014 and filed under Elementary, Resources, From MNW Staff.

Beyond the Walls of the Training Center

Here at Montessori Northwest, the scope of our teacher trainers extends well beyond the walls of our beautiful training center. Whether offering individual consultations within schools, providing original content for Montessori journals, or presenting at education conferences, MNW’s leadership is passionate about advancing the international Montessori movement and bringing the benefits of Montessori education to children worldwide.

This fall, the North American Montessori Teachers’ Association (NAMTA) will be hosting their “Fostering Montessori Preparedness for Global Citizenship” conference just up the road in Seattle, WA, from November 13-15th. NAMTA has invited two of our Directors of Training, Sarah Werner Andrews and Elise Huneke-Stone, to present workshops and lectures to Montessorians coming from the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

When asked about her breakout session at the conference, Elise Huneke-Stone, Director of Elementary Training, said:

“The six years of elementary (6-12) are the relatively stable period between the transformative times of infancy and early childhood (0-6) and adolescence (12-18). At this stage of development, human beings are primed to learn as much as they can about how to get along together, how to meet their social needs. Dr. Montessori writes that these children have a special sensitivity for the acquisition of culture, and the classroom is one of their most significant experiences of human society. The prepared environment for elementary has to be a place in which the children are guided by the adult in the creation of a "practice society" in which the elements of social life can be explored. In this workshop, we'll examine ways that we can put before the elementary child these elements of social life, and help them develop the social skills they will need throughout their lives.”  

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