I’ve lately been alerted that more people are following this blog. I’m pleased and hopeful that this may be an influx of our new parents whose children are entering the school (especially Kindergarten). Welcome.
I’m sure you may have many questions – feel free to ask them in the comments of this post or email me directly and we’ll try to get you some answers.
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! 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.
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
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…
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: