AMI trainers are having spirited discussions about this topic and I feel that everyone should feel encouraged to explore and experiment as to what ‘Montessori All Day’ can be in a culture such as ours in the 21st century.
Some labels are helpful - others are not.
Without its label, could you tell a can of tuna from a can of cat food?
Children are sometimes labeled by the adults that surround them, both positively and negatively.
Have you ever wondered how to introduce the clock in your classroom? Below is a statement from the Scientific Pedagogy Group of the Association Montessori International to clarify the use of the clock in the Children's House. Following it, there is a link to a document that details how MNW introduces the clock (and calendar) in our Primary teacher training courses.
Ginni Sackett, Co-Director of Primary Training at Montessori Northwest, addressed this question during a recent NAMTA workshop in Portland. She asserts that the values of respect, dignity, and grace are vital qualities to establish in an individual who can then infuse them into society at large. Read her presentation, Empowering Children, Liberating Adults, for details on how the tenets of Grace and Courtesy provide a foundation for a positive social life.
"The principles of grace and courtesy are based in respect. During our Montessori training, we become conscious of what it means to “respect the child” and we begin the process of inculcating this respect so that it may infuse all of our interactions with children."