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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.

Primary Weekend Workshop!

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

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

REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED

download a flyer   /   housing and travel information here

Continuing Education Units

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

Posted on June 25, 2014 and filed under Primary, Events, Resources, From MNW Staff.

MNW Trainers Published in Latest NAMTA Journal

We are delighted to note that both Sarah Werner Andrews & Ginni Sackett, both of MNW’s Co-Directors of Primary Training, are featured in the most recent NAMTA journal.

The North American Montessori Teacher's Association (NAMTA) links Montessorians with their legacy and their future. Its services include print publications, audio visuals, conferences, and research. 

One of NAMTA's  endeavors is the publication of a quarterly journal. This publication includes articles by Dr Montessori as well as scholarly papers on Montessori and related topics. 

The most recent NAMTA Journal - Vol. 39 #2, Spring 2014 - is dedicated to "Breaking the Poverty Cycle: Social Retooling of the Montessori First Plane".

The NAMTA Journal is typically only available to NAMTA members, but we’ve received permission to make available these great articles for you to enjoy and share!

Ginni Sackett's Article:  "The Lines That Make the Clouds" The Essence of the Mathematical Mind in the First Six Years of Life (download)

Sarah Werner Andrews' Article:  Joyful Engagement: Montessori's Common Core Standard (download)

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

Montessori in the Square 2014


On July 30th, 2014, Montessori Northwest will once again offer “Montessori in the Square,” a public glass classroom event held in the heart of downtown Portland.

This highly-visible celebration of Montessori education will feature three large interactive Montessori classrooms, activities for children, and information for parents. Trainers and guides will be on hand to assist viewers with questions.

But don't take our word for it--see for yourself below.

This video from last year's Montessori in the Square provided by ChildPeace Montessori.