Congratulations to all the MCI Graduates and newly MEAB accredited and re-accredited schools.
Marking the year’s major festivals presents invaluable learning opportunities, but needn’t dominate your setting’s schedule, says Barbara Isaacs…
The children made trees to their liking, changing the arrangements of the decorations on a regular basis and enjoying taking photos
Every year, early years settings prepare to celebrate the Christmas season by making all sorts of gifts and cards, and organising performances for parents. For many, the frenzy of preparation will start soon after the autumn half-term and will continue until the children leave for their Christmas break. I believe it does not have to be like that, and want to suggest a few simple ways in which we can rethink how we celebrate this festival, and others, in our settings, to better suit the 2–4-year-olds who make up the lion’s share of our intake.
Montessori Centre International celebrates its annual 2014 Graduation Ceremony and MEAB School Accreditation Awards on Friday 12th December from 6.30pm to 9pm at the Institute of Education, London. Over 130 Montessori graduates will receive their awards from Lesley Joffick, Founder of the London Montessori Centre.
Penny Johns, Director of Studies at Montessori Centre International says, “We are delighted to welcome Lesley Joffick to our Ceremony. As founder of the London Montessori Centre, now Montessori Centre International, Lesley understands just how dedicated our students are. Our experienced tutors work hard to ensure every Montessori student achieves their personal best.”
We are in November now and the nights are drawing in, the weather has set itself into its customary pattern of rain and greyness and gloom. It is the time of year where one can really feel the seasons shifting and the swing into Winter from Autumn is beginning. At this time, certain countries across the world remember and commemorate the fallen of the wars since the First World War on Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day and we in England look to our own local war memorials as well as the Cenotaph in our capital city London, as our focus of this remembrance. This year was particularly special as we remembered the centenary of the First World War. The Tower of London was a huge focus, with its art installation Blood-Swept Lands and Seas of Red involving a sea of 888 246 ceramic poppies representing each one of the Fallen in the Great War. As the volunteers work now to remove each one of the flowers ‘planted’ in the lawn by the Thames, and we move past the focus of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, it is important that we do not lose the emphasis on peace that has been shared by the many recently.
“The child’s first conscious bid for independence is made when s/he defends him/herself against those who try to do the action for her/him”.
Maria Montessori (1870 – 1952) based her whole science of teaching on observation of young children. Her observations led her to her discoveries which underpin the Montessori approach and remain as relevant in 2014 as they were in 1911 when she published her first book – The Montessori Method, later re-issued as The Discovery of the Child .
There have been changes to the EYFS requirements and the Independent School Regulations over the summer requiring providers to promote ‘Britishness’ in their work. This only affects English schools and settings.