Art & Montessori, From Birth to Age Twelve

In the Montessori tradition it is the child’s own original and unique art that is preferred over adult-generated forms to be colored in. This gives the child not only a very good self image, but skill at both observation and draftsmanship. As Dr. Montessori said, we cannot teach a person to be an artist but we can help him develop an eye that sees, a hand that obeys, and a soul that feels. For many years this Michael Olaf Montessori Newsletter has been shared by schools around the world.

The First Year
In the first days and months of life the child’s attention is on the environment. Since the infant cannot yet move about, he is exploring visually. There was a small print that I had brought back from India taped to the wall next to where my second child spend the first weeks of life. Then it was packed away. When it was unpacked many years later she remembered and said that she loved that kind of art all her life. I am sure that it was imprinted on her idea of what should be in the environment, what is “beautiful” in just those first few weeks. . .  more at the link below.
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Learning at Home during COVID


It is not possible to learn everything from a book, but there are are several, based on Montessori experience at home and in the classroom that have been found to be very helpful to parents and teachers during these days. They are all written by a Montessori teachers trained at 0-3, 3-6, and 6-12 levels, and with many years of experience with children and young adults from birth to 18 years of age. Continue reading

The Red Corolla, Montessori Cosmic Education (for Age 3-6)

The Red Corolla, Montessori Cosmic Education (for ages 3-6+)

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The culture lessons taught in an AMI primary teacher-training course—physics, biology, history and geography, and the arts—are presented here in great detail to lay the foundation before age six for the older child’s search for his Cosmic Task. Also included are personal “filling in the gaps” assignments for the parent or n teacher, and two republished AMI and NAMTA articles, one on Cosmic Education and the second on music for all ages.

What I like about this book is the possibility that it will give to teachers who have not learned in their training this way of presenting the various cultural areas—art, music, geography, biology and physics—to young children.  Its value is in the excellent information about how adults can prepare themselves to inspire children in the first place. Although it is scattered throughout the book, there is information on approaching various ages of children, not just young ones.
—Rita Zener, AMI Montessori Teacher Trainer

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Montessori Work in Morocco

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The Montessori 3-6 Course, the First in Morocco
This was my third trip to Morocco. It was an honor to be part of Montessori teacher training for children from age 2.5 to 6 where I could share what I learned in my very first course at The Maria Montessori Institute in London, England almost 50 years ago. And what I have been sharing in the classroom with children. Continue reading