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Dear parents, on our “blog” side you will find a collection of our own articles we have sent with our Newsletter and links to articles of other authors. We cover topics that are based on the Montessori methodology, inspire us, surprise us, help us and that we just want to spread the word about.

As we are international and multilingual you will find entries in English, French and German!

 

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Montessori Material
PINK TOWER:
The Pink Tower is usually introduced as the second activity in the area of Sensorial work.

This lesson consists of a series of ten graduated pink cubes, which vary in size from 1cm³ to 10cm³. This indicates variations in size of three dimensions and helps develop a basis for the cubes of numbers.

Positive Discipline

As a Montessori Teacher and a mother of five, I’ve had many people ask me my advice on various misbehaviours. So I was very excited and happy when I was introduced to Jane Nelsen’s book, Positive Discipline. In this article, I will share with you some insights into how positive discipline works in the Montessori classroom as well as Jane Nelsen’s approach to positive discipline.


The Role of Adult

While the child is at the centre of the Montessori education and the "main actor", the adult plays an essential role.  He is the connection and catalyst between the child and the environment, the interpreter of her spirit, of her needs, the mentor and guide to present and show, a source of inspiration and while not intended as such, also a model that she will want to follow.     


Mère imparfaite et fière de l'être

La mère parfaite n’existe pas !

Etant maman de deux enfants et ayant étudié l’éducation sous toutes ses coutures, j’ai appris une chose en devenant maman : avec ses enfants, on fait ce qu’on PEUT et non ce qu’on VEUT ! 



The 4 planes of development

What is a child about? How can a helpless baby become a full member of our society? Maria Montessori’s understanding was that “education” becomes an “aid to life” - a natural process all children undertake spontaneously, guided through ever evolving stages of development.


Pédaler dans les classes

Quelle ne fut pas ma surprise en tombant sur cet article lors de mes recherches sur internet.

Et pourtant cela faisait écho à ce que j'ai pû observer durant mes nombreuses années de travail avec les enfants.

Trop souvent j’ai entendu que les élèves devaient rester en position bien droite et statique sur leur chaise et trop souvent j’ai vu ces enfants se tordre, gigoter et prendre des positions improbables sur leurs chaises alors qu’ils étaient pourtant parfaitement concentrés sur leur activité.


Le 2nd plan de développement (6-12 ans)

L’enfant de six à douze ans, l’enfant du primaire. D’un point de vu anthropologique, c’est un enfant qui n’est plus complètement dépendant de ses parents mais qui n’a pas encore atteint la puberté.
Maria Montessori montre cette période comme bien distincte de celle dans laquelle l’enfant était encore en 3-6 ans, il faut donc une adaptation dans la manière de lui parler, de lui apporter la connaissance et l’environnement dans lequel il va s’épanouir.  L’enfant connait un changement radical en passant de la période précédente à ce stade-ci. 


The Child's Mind - Sensitive Periods

There is a big difference between animal and human babies.  Human babies do not have language and motor skills programmed into them, unlike other mammals who are able to walk shortly after birth.  They have no predetermined instinct to survive on their own and are totally dependent on their parents for food, warmth, movement, communication, etc.  The human child must, literally, learn everything.