Category Archives: Materials

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

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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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Montessori Finance Committee


Last week I talked about the money a little bit.  We rely on your parent donation to provide the Montessori materials in your child’s classroom – the Vancouver School Board does NOT allocate funds for those materials.

The Maple Grove PAC executive have been striving for greater parent involvement and transparency around the allocation and disbursement of funds.  If you would like to know more about this I invite you to come to a meeting and be a part of the Maple Grove Montessori Finance Committee.  Continue reading

Montessori Material: Function of Words

   
One of the things that continues to impress me about Montesorri is the natural flow and interchange to and from and between the materials.  From sandpaper letters to the moveable alphabet the child is introduced to writing and then reading (more about that in a later post) and at some point the child becomes curious about the words themselves and the function of words is introduced.
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