Montessori St Nicholas is delighted to be working with THINK EQUAL initiative for introduction of a universal curriculum for young children focusing on development of empathy, emotional literacy and critical thinking. This initiative supports the UN vision for Global citizenship and is in line with Maria Montessori’s own vision of the child as CITIZEN OF THE WORLD – a human being with respect for all and committed to peaceful co-existence. Barbara Isaacs invites you to preview the draft of the Curriculum framework.
Though we’ve just missed it with this issue, International Children’s Book Day takes place on or around every April 2nd (Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday), its aim being to inspire children to pick up a book and get reading. This issue of Montessori International is in the same spirit, looking at different aspects of books and their place in our lives.
In Montessori’s view we should give children the opportunities to imagine spontaneously, free from adult input, explains Barbara Isaacs…
Over the years, role play has caused much misunderstanding within the Montessori community. Some of this stems from the ambiguity of Montessori’s own writing, and Montessori teacher trainers have at times perpetuated the conundrum by not discussing the nature of children’s play in the context of Montessori’s own writing, or in relation to research around child development. Yet, we witness role play every day in Montessori settings – while children explore the activities of everyday living, when they investigate the sensorial materials and play outside, and also while they engage with the many resources available in the area of understanding world.
International Women’s Day is annually held on March 8 to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. It is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.
I write with the very sad news that Shaunagh died on Sunday evening 14 February 2016. As you know she fought a long and brave battle against cancer and all the while continued to keep the school and Region 12 running brilliantly.
Twenty two organisations and individuals gave evidence to the House of Commons Committee considering the Childcare Bill in December 2015, including MSA. DfE presented evidence in a Policy Statement and a ‘Review of childcare costs’. Several organisations questioned the accuracy of this evidence.