Here’s another Montessori school video that gives a glimpse into Montessori education in action. This video has ideas to use with both preschool- and elementary-aged children.
There are a number of Montessori elements to observe:
• The children use real tools.
• The education is individualized.
• Children work at child-sized tables or on rugs on the floor.
• Tracing sandpaper letters is a direct preparation for writing with an indirect preparation for reading.
• The teachers in the video use the three-period lesson to teach phonetic sounds and the names of geometric shapes.
• Montessori grace and courtesy lessons are discussed as a way of teaching children to treat each other with kindness.
There are also specific activities parents and teachers can adapt for their homes and classrooms.
• A child works with a mortar and pestle.
• The geometric solids guessing game could be adapted for other objects.
• Children can be introduced to the beginning sounds of objects around them.
• At the elementary level, a lesson clearly introduces interjections.
• At the elementary level, map explanations clarify concepts of size and distance.
One of the teachers in the video emphasizes the importance of individualization in Montessori education when she says:
It’s almost like doing an individualized education plan for every child because they can work at their own level, their own pace.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gcMokHZyVY&feature=related[/youtube]
What was your favorite idea from the video?