There are some things that children gravitate towards. Whether at home or at school, if we observe children over a period of time, we may well see the child choosing to play with or work with the same things on more than one occasion. Favourite toys, favourite things to do, both in the home and in the classroom. In the prepared environment of the classroom, we try and make the activities on the shelves as appealing as we can so that they ‘call’ to the child, as Montessori described. We consider the appeal to the child of the materials, which speak to the child on an unconscious level and encourage them to make independent choices.
More and more these days the Montessori community is expected to work within the broader education community. Accordingly, we are taking the opportunity in this issue to look at a selection of those agencies that contribute to good early years practice.
A long time ago, I recall a relative of mine shaking their head sadly while watching my then 2 year old struggling to do up their shoes.
‘Poor little mite, think it’s a bit much that they make them do their own shoes up at pre-school.’
‘There are loads of 5 year olds who can’t do up their own shoes, let alone 2 year olds.’
This seemed to be quite a big deal and somehow stood for an underlying feeling of disapproval for my choice of a Montessori school for my child. It was early days in my own Montessori journey and I remember feeling a bit affronted at this judgement, not least because I genuinely felt – and still feel – as we all do as parents – that I had chosen the way I felt was best for my child.
Barbara Isaacs explores how children can be enticed to learn in early years settings…
During recent research into Anna Freud’s early work in Vienna and in London during World War II, I came across the statement, “learning is an emotional experience”, which was made by her during the time she worked with a nursery in her native city. I started to reflect on what this means in context of early years practice and in support of young children’s emotional development in Montessori nurseries.
Wednesday, 04 September 2014
Montessori Centre International is delighted to announce the launch of two new Montessori courses from October 2014. The Introduction to the Montessori Approach and Introduction to Montessori Practice. Both courses are available through MCI’s new online Virtual Learning Environment.
There has been some publicity over the summer about the Government’s wish to ensure that schools teach British values, following concerns expressed about some schools in Birmingham and elsewhere. The Department for Education (DfE) has followed this up with proposed changes to regulations which will affect not only schools but also funded early years’ places. Obviously it’s easy to miss such things over the summer holiday period, so I wanted to try to make sure you were up to date on this.