The magic of numbers

A young child is bombarded by many, many things to learn.  Thankfully they are born with the gift of an "absorbent mind".  Maria Montessori, (founder of the Montessori Method), uses this term consistently in her observations of children.  She … [Continue reading]

Rivalry

The first time I walked into a Montessori classroom I was 20 years old looking for a 'job with children".  I had held many jobs prior, all related to kids, but NOTHING like this.  As I walked up to the "school" I marveled at the 2 cottages that had … [Continue reading]

Figuring it out.

It has always surprised me that "learning materials" for young children can be very confusing.  For example, we find materials that try to "teach" shapes, but each shape is a different size and color.  Our children can easily be confused by WHAT they … [Continue reading]

“Ah- ha!”

As parents and educators we want our children to make discovered on their own.  As adults we know that when WE figure something out by ourselves our memory is heightened, our self worth is elevated and we take that feeling forward to preserve  with … [Continue reading]

Reading anyone?

Wow, how times have changed.  When Dr. Montessori started her first "casa" over 100 years ago it was NOT expected that children would learn how to read or write.  This is one of the many things that just "happened" in the Montessori classroom  which … [Continue reading]

beginnings

The start of the year is always an exciting time.  Especially for Children entering a Montessori classroom. A parents we sometimes have mixed feelings: excitement for our children, anticipation, worry and happiness.  For the first few days the … [Continue reading]

Amazing ART!

We had the opportunity to come together for the holidays and celebrate with some amazing ART.  We met at Art ala Carte PDX located in the heart of NE Portland.  WOW!  This place is great!  The space is set up for free form art...as much or as little … [Continue reading]

A Peaceful Path

"Peace is what every human being is craving for, and it can be brought about by humanity through the child."  - Dr. Maria Montessori   One of the many things that drew me to Montessori education was what I saw in the casa (age 3-6).  These … [Continue reading]

Music

Children are born with an inclination for music.  This must be why singing will calm a baby and we all do this without even thinking about it.  As the child grown older their love for music grows, as well as all things related to music; dancing, … [Continue reading]

Friendships.

When we send our children off into the world of "school" we are left to ponder what they are like with other children when their parent is absent.  At about the age of 2 or 3 most children are looking for something outside of the home.  We can see … [Continue reading]