In order to best preserve and showcase this rich history, we've recently launched a new pictorial timeline. In it you can see the faces of many of the people who have made MNW such a fun and dynamic place to learn. But there are still gaps.
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?
One of the more challenging aspects of Montessori teacher training is understanding the developmental progressions of the materials.
The biannual showcase of our Primary students’ Material Making is one of our favorite times of year here at Montessori Northwest. Yesterday, our lecture area boasted a glorious display of their Practical Life and Sensorial Material Making for children between the ages of 3-6. It was a joy to peruse their creations.
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.