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What is Normalisation?

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​​SMXLL     Normalisation is a distinctly Montessori word. The word itself though can easily be misinterpreted. When speaking of a normal child is the educator speaking of an average child, a developmentally normal child or an academically average child? In fact Montessori is not speaking of any of these. To know what normalization is allows the educator to make an environment where the child is able to blossom and is freed from obstacles in their social, academic, emotional and mental path . In Montessori’s seminal work ‘The Absorbent Mind’ Maria Montessori  wrote about the young child’s formation. She discussed in...

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What does discipline look like in Montessori?

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​​SMXLL       This article is written based on the knowledge of the 6-12 year old child   Imagine this situation:   'The teacher took a checkerboard lesson where the children were learning to read numbers on the checkerboard and compare their size. This group had children from age 5-9. One child kept calling out, after being reminded 2 times the teacher said 'M I can see you are having trouble waiting your turn, if you call out again you will have to leave the lesson because everyone needs a turn'    Discipline in a Montessori classroom’s can appear...

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Living Things A montessori inspired unit

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​​SMLXL Those of you that have been following me recently will know that I have been teaching in a ‘normal classroom.’ The schoolwide focus for this term is ‘care.’ We had a vote and the children aged 9-11 decided they would want to know more about caring about the animals and plants. I have used this schoolwide focus to help introduce the children to elementary montessori botany and zoology. I have adapted the montessori scope and sequence a little and have also integrated guided reading and arts activities about caring for the earth. Here is what I have taught this...

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Bringing Montessori into a traditional classroom

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​​SMXLL   Wow time has flown! In my first post I introduced my classroom to you and what I have been doing in my 'traditional' class. We have just ended week 2 of Term 4. Term 4 is the final part of the school year before schools end for the summer break.  Our final week of term 3 was spent at school camp which was a great time to get to know my class of year 5s and 6s better.  During the 2 week holiday that followed I spent a week planning and thinking about how I could make things...

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The dominance of the US American Montessori Voice in Montessori today

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​​SMXLL Have you ever had a cold and blocked ears? Perhaps you found yourself talking louder than you thought you were and someone had to tell you to stop shouting. This is kind of how I feel about the dominance of US American Montessori, Ever since getting my first job at a Montessori School here in New Zealand American Montessori has dominated my story. When I did my training through NAMC (A distance provider based in North America) I had to do questions on US  American related topics such as how to present a lesson on my state – something...

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