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Montessori Environments for Dementia Conference

The first International Montessori Environments for Dementia Conference is being held in Sydney, Australia!

The Montessori approach aims to support the full development of the human being. It is a person-centered approach that draws on the capacity of human beings to learn and develop from within. If we provide the appropriate support and the best possible environment, we will continue to be amazed at the incredible capability to learn at any age. Whether it be infants, children, adolescents or the elderly, all human beings seek to be independent, to participate in meaningful activity, and to make a contribution. Montessori provides the practical ways to support this at all stages of life.

The International Montessori Environments for Dementia Conference promises to bring together some of the international leaders in the field, covering some really interesting topics. Here are just a few of the workshop titles:

  • Dementia Specific Residential Gardens
  • Engaging People Living with Younger Onset Dementia with Their Community and the Workforce
  • Creating Memory Books
  • Art Therapy – A Restorative Model for People Living with Dementia
  • Changing the World for People Living with Dementia with the Capability Model that Includes Developing
  • Roles and Activities for Residents that Reflect the Montessori Principles
  • Individualized Music: Bringing Out the Person Not the Illness

For more information on this interesting event, visit their website here.


Posted on June 27, 2014 and filed under Resources, Public Event.

Primary Weekend Workshop Announced!

REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP IS CURRENTLY FULL. CLICK HERE TO GET ON THE WAIT LIST.

SELF-DISCIPLINE AND JOYFUL LEARNING:NORMALIZATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY MONTESSORI CHILDREN’S HOUSE

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Normalization is a key element of Montessori theory for successful early childhood education. Montessori’s writings indicate that we do not need normalized children to do our work. Instead, our work is to help children achieve normalization. She identifies normalization as ‘the most important single result of our whole work’ – the result that makes all other personal, social, and academic achievements possible; and she assures us that if we understand how to ‘normalize the conditions’, then joyful engagement, spontaneous concentration, self-discipline, literacy, and practical mathematics are within the potential of every child, and social cohesion is within the potential of every group.

In this weekend workshop, we will explore Montessori’s theory of normalization in relation to the materials and activities found in a Montessori 3-6 classroom: how to first offer motives for concentrated activity leading to normalization and then turn this point of arrival into a point of departure through the materials for development in Sensorial, Language, and Mathematics.  Observation, friendliness with error, and indirect preparation will give further focus to this exploration across all of the areas and all of the ages in the Children’s House environment.

Intended Audience

Primary Teachers and Assistants

Schedule

Friday, October 10, 2014 6-9PM

Saturday, October 11, 2014 8:30AM-4PM

Sunday, October 12, 2014 9AM-12PM

Cost

$250 Early Bird Discount (before Sept 26th) / $285 full price (On or After Sept 26th) - Lunch included

10% discount for schools registering 3 or more attendees - Lunch included

download a flyer / download a printable registration form here

housing and travel information here

Continuing Education Units

This workshop earns both Oregon Registry and Washington STARS/MERIT credits.

REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP IS CURRENTLY FULL. CLICK HERE TO GET ON THE WAIT LIST.

A Note from Polli Soholt

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Earlier this spring, I was in Portland for a Montessori conference, and was able to spend time at Montessori Northwest. It is always a treat to come to Portland, because of the city itself, but especially because of the vibrant Montessori community surrounding the training center. This June I will be returning to Portland to lead an AMI Assistants Course at MNW. For those not as familiar with this course, I thought I’d take a moment to give you a clearer vision of what to expect.

During the AMI Assistants Course, participants are introduced to Montessori principles and how those principles are reflected in the practice with the children. We spend time practicing art techniques that we can use with children; learning songs and finger plays to introduce to the children; exploring children’s literature; and making materials for the children to enjoy.

Making materials is one of my favorite elements of the course because we allow time for the students to make some card materials by hand. We provide everything needed to make these cards and adequate class time to complete them. These cards aid the children in their vocabulary development, and they use them later for reading practice. Each set of cards focuses on a topic that is interesting to young children such as vehicles, buildings, or tools. I really enjoy seeing the adults in the course come to appreciate the value of these unique cards as well as experience a sense of accomplishment as they progress in the process. The children will be aware that these special materials were made by hand, just for them!

I have found that the participants of this course are genuinely interested in child development and are searching for more meaningful educational principles to support the children in their development. Assistants, parents, administrators, and traditional educators all find value in the Montessori theory and practice, and are able to take away information and skills that will aid them in their homes, schools, and classrooms. I look forward to introducing this information to a new group of people in Portland, and hope you will consider joining us on this adventure.

AMI Assistants Course at Montessori Northwest

June 16th - 27th, 2014

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Ginni Sackett Published

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Click above to download the full article.

The Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), with which Montessori Northwest is affiliated, was founded by Maria Montessori in 1929 to protect the integrity of her life’s work. AMI upholds these origins by maintaining core functions that include overseeing/developing Montessori teacher training around the world, organizing conferences, overseeing the publication of Montessori’s work, and many other endeavors.

One of these ‘other endeavors’ is the publication of a periodic journal. This publication includes articles by Dr Montessori as well as scholarly papers on Montessori and related topics. Currently, two issues are published each year.

The most recent AMI Journal is a definitive double-issue reviewing Montessori literature on the psychology and implementation of peace on earth. It’s made extra special for two additional reasons:

  1. It reprints in book size NAMTA's exhibit, Guided by Nature, that appeared at the 2013 International Montessori Congress in Portland.
  2. It features the article “A Sharp Call to the Public Conscience: Maria Montessori and the Social Party of the Child” by Ginni Sackett.

Ginni Sackett, one of MNW’s very own Directors of Primary Training, is also an AMI consultant and examiner. She is passionate about advancing the international Montessori movement and bringing the benefits of Montessori education to children worldwide.

The AMI Journal is typically only available to AMI members, but we’ve received permission to make available Ginni’s great article for you to enjoy and share.

If you’re interested in obtaining the full journal for yourself, it can be purchased here.  

 

Posted on April 24, 2014 and filed under Articles, From our Trainers, Primary.