Montessori Math Night – February 13th

Montessori Math Parent Education Night
Tuesday Feb. 13, 2018 : 6:30 – 8:30pm


Maple Grove PAC invites you to enjoy an interactive workshop with Ms. Lize Hart and several Grade 3-7 Montessori students who will present and demonstrate an overview of Montessori math curriculum and materials.

You will learn how Dr. Montessori introduced the study of Mathematics from a cosmic perspective and how the materials integrate with cultural curriculum. Time will be provided for participants to work with materials selected from the Kindergarten to Intermediate level.

We will discuss how these materials support learning in a multi-sensory way leading students seamlessly to abstracting concepts in Math. Discussion will also include how the progression of materials aligns with the new B.C. draft curriculum.

Childcare (by donation!) : 6:15 – 8:45pm

Need more information or have questions? Please contact Paula Temrick.

Walk-ins are welcome but pre-registration (by February 9th) helps us out (and ensures we have enough cookies).


Welcome Back

Welcome back! I hope each one of you had a wonderful holiday break.

We remind you to “Save the Date” for our two parent education nights!

  • Montessori Math – Curriculum and Materials K-7: Tuesday Feb. 6 6:30 – 8:00
  • Montessori Language – Curriculum and Materials K-7 Tuesday April 17 6:30 – 8:00

We will post more information in the next few weeks. Both sessions will start in the school library. Refreshments and childcare will be provided.

Over the break I had the opportunity to watch this TedEd talk “The Myth of Average.” I post it here because, while I still think we could do better, I do think Montessori tries to address some of the challenges and issues raised in the video.   But I think it makes us think deeper about the issues and how to fix them for everyone.

Montessori Materials Purchases

I wanted to update you on how we spend our money.  For the first time, we have attempted to order everything together (we will do another order cycle in April).  We do this to help minimize shipping costs and to facilitate discounts from the vendor.

I am writing this post for full transparency.  This money is raised through the direct donation campaign that you donate to and you have every right to understand how the money is spent.  Continue reading

Errata, or this blog now has a SME!

We decided to start this blog because we felt that we wanted to help parents who were on a learning journey with Montessori navigate through the mountains of information and find things that were illuminating and pertinent.  We felt that we had something to add because we were a program in the Public System and, as such, had differences that warranted closer examination.

I wanted to write the blog because I am on that journey too and I hoped that my knowledge would increase if I had to write about Montessori every week (it has).  As a traveler on that journey my greatest fear was that I would be wrong a lot.

And last week I was wrong (actually I’m sure I’ve been wrong before but no one bothered to point it out).

In being wrong, something amazing happened in that this blog got a Subject Matter Expert (a SME! smeeee!).  From now on I will be running my “theory” and “materials” posts by my SME which makes me feel WAY better and should make you feel pretty good too.

So – Let’s do a re-do on last week’s blog post.  Here we go…

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Materials : Simple to Complex

Please note that there are problems with this post and I’ve talked about, and fixed, those problems here. Thanks for reading!

[They do] it with [their] hands, by experience, first in play and then through work. The hands are the instruments of [their] intelligence. ~ Maria Montessori

In Ms. Hart’s presentation she explained the characteristics of the Montessori Materials:
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Thank You


I just wanted to take a minute to say THANK YOU to a few people for the Montessori Fundamentals Parent Education Night last night.

First and foremost, thank you to Lize Hart for bringing her beautiful self and helping all of us reach a new level of understanding about the amazing education our children are a part of.

Second, thank you to Paula Temrick for being so passionate about parent education and making it happen this year in our school.  Organizing and hosting a night like this takes an enormous amount of effort and she rocked it.

Third, thanks to everyone who helped with every aspect of the night – including Victoria and Nancy for feeding us and the kids; Mr. Evans, Ms. Smith and Ms Tornroos for allowing us to use the school and completely dismantle the library space (next time we’ll take pictures to help us put it back to normal!); and to Galen, Karrie, Allison, and all other beautiful people who helped organize and set-up; and to our wonderful Maple Grove Montessori graduates (class of 2014) — Palas, Ryan, David and Shaolin who provided childcare.  You were each a vital part of making the night successful.

Finally – thank you to everyone who CAME.  I am so grateful to be a part of a community of parents who care deeply about their child’s education.  And thanks for helping with clean up! 🙂

If you weren’t able to make it — there will be future opportunities.  Watch this space.

Ms. Hart shared a quote last night:

My vision of the future is no longer of people taking
exams and proceeding from secondary school to
University but of passing from one stage of
independence to a higher, by means of their own
activity and effort of will. It is necessary, then, to give
the child the possibility of developing according to the
laws of his nature, so that he can become strong, and,
having become strong, can do even more than we
dared hope for him. ~ Maria Montessori

She shared an inspiring video to illustrate why this is still our vision today.  I urge you to watch (or watch it again!) – here it is.