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Montessori Classrooms – Around the World – how we montessori

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The Right Stuff for Kids, Montessori Forever:

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Courtesy of Ohio Montessori Alliance

Courtesy of Ohio Montessori Alliance

     This weekend of blogs is turning into an “all about the kids” time. The Montessori approach to education is the very best of what exists now. I always think it is ironic–and sad–that what Maria Montessori designed for poor children in Italy has become so often in the US only available for the wealthy. My ideal school system would be child-centered and based on the Montessori principles.

     Enjoy this visual feast of Montessori classrooms and the other resources available on the site.

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Source: Montessori Classrooms – Around the World – how we montessori

Courtesy of the Ohio Montessori Alliance

Courtesy of the Ohio Montessori Alliance

Courtesy of Metamorphosis Montessori School

Courtesy of Metamorphosis Montessori School

The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Montessori Schools Everywhere!

Study finds toddlers can invent simple tools, Europe News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

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More Support for Play/Exploration Approach to Early Childhood Education:

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Courtesy of the Ohio Montessori Alliance

Courtesy of the Ohio Montessori Alliance

     One of the education disasters of our time is the pushing down of academic approaches to preschool education. It will take generations for us to recover from this–and only if we recognize and change directions immediately. Montessori, Waldorf, and Emilia Reggio all provide models that can ease the transition. My book in progress, “Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life,” builds on our understanding that all human development emerges from the interactions among playing, making, and knowing.

     This post from The Straits Times shares the results of a recent study by Professor Eva Reindl of the University of Birmingham’s (UK) School of Psychology. (Note: I spent two years at the University’s Shakespeare Institute in the 1960s.) The study is an important building block in the support for more person- and play-centered approach to early childhood education.

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“Europe News -PARIS (AFP) – Toddlers can figure out how to make and use simple tools without being taught, said a study Wednesday that defies conventional wisdom and earlier research.. Read more at straitstimes.com.”

Source: Study finds toddlers can invent simple tools, Europe News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

Courtesy of Ohio Montessori Alliance

Courtesy of Ohio Montessori Alliance

Courtesy of the Ohio Montessori Alliance

Courtesy of the Ohio Montessori Alliance

The Creative Apothecary Believes in the Power of Play and Exploration for Children!

We’re Doing Preschool All Wrong, Says New Book

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How We Are Setting Kids Up for Disaster in the Future, Crisis in Preschool Education:

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This may be the most important thing you will read all week.

     We are laying the foundations for a major disaster in America because of the destruction of early childhood development by making preschool more academic and less based in the natural process of children learning through play and exploration. Like the permanent damage to children brought by the Flint, Michigan water contamination, the results of the current trend in early childhood education will be nothing less than a disaster for children and the nation.

     The new book, The Importance of Being Little: What Preschoolers Really Need From Grownups, by Yale professor Erika Christakas, needs to be read by every parent, every educator, all the politicians who have been driving education into a dangerous and unjustifiable system that masks as accountability when it is merely an attempt to create a one size fits all system.

     I have been calling for years for an early childhood and preschool education based on what we know from resource and practice that works. There are outstanding models we can emulate and adapt: Montessori, Waldorf, and Emilia Reggio are examples of the best. The alarm is being sounded from voices across the nation, even the New York Times finally weighed in recently. Get the book and do something to change the situation!

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Source: We’re Doing Preschool All Wrong, Says New Book

Courtesy of the Ohio Montessori Alliance

Courtesy of the Ohio Montessori Alliance

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Courtesy of Art therapy with Create and Transform

The Creative Apothecary Believes in Preschools Based on Children Playing and Exploring!