Let's move past the traditional Montessori  puzzle maps

Let's move past the traditional Montessori puzzle maps

We need to decolonise our curriculum.

If I decide to teach using the traditional series of Montessori maps including the 'Australia' map here are some questions I ask myself.

  • Am I critically examining why I am teaching this? What is the purpose? Who does this teaching benefit? 
  • Do my maps show the borders of all countries in the world or only those deemed important when Montessori puzzle maps were first made? 
  • Am I teaching about indigenous cultures who have been impacted by western 'borders' that identify a country? Are my students aware that Indigenous populations may live across two or more countries, territories or states?
  •  Am I talking about colonisation and how the borders might be based on one culture winning a land through plundering, violence and hurt? 

I endevour to teach Biome and Indigenous maps alongside the traditional maps especially for my own country. If the children in my care can understand these things about my own country then I can help them extrapolate this to other places around the world. 

Here is an example using the North Island of A/NZ in its regions compared to Iwi of Aotearoa:

Previous article The big picture road map
Next article Diary of the First Great Story Part 2

Leave a comment

Comments must be approved before appearing

* Required fields

Related Posts

Read and Retell
One of my all time favourite reading and writing strategies to teach is 'Read and Retell.' I learned about it from my...
Read More
Encouraging Visualising with Story Telling in Montessori
Visualising is one reading skill that we know that helps create good readers. We all create mental pictures of what a...
Read More
Ableism permeates Montessori
I write as the mother of an ADHD child and as a Montessori trained teacher who has made many many mistakes in my teac...
Read More