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Master's Thesis (Action Research Report)

Purposeful Movement in an Early Childhood Classroom

Available from: St. Catherine University

Action research

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Abstract/Notes: The purpose of this action research was to determine the effects of physical activity through purposeful movement on behaviors and the ability to focus in a mixed-age Montessori Early Childhood classroom. The intervention took place over a period of six weeks in an independent school setting with 17 children ages 2.5 to 6. Data was collected using observation tallies and notes, a teacher journal, and interviews with the children. Results show some of the children’s behaviors were positively affected by the use of specific movement materials. Although there was not much change observed, the intervention appeared to help some children become less distracted and helped them with their ability to focus on lessons in the classroom. Movement lessons in the research that required focused attention for their use were seen to create feelings of calmness in the children. Further research might include the introduction of focused movement exercises such as yoga or the introduction of meditation.

Language: English

Published: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2016

Master's Thesis (Action Research Report)

Implementing Technology in the Primary Montessori Classroom

Available from: St. Catherine University

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Abstract/Notes: The purpose of this research was to find out if implementing technology that parallels the Montessori language sequence would increase student engagement with literacy work. Would an increase in student interest facilitate the potential for them to meet the expected goals for alphabetic knowledge? This study was conducted in a primary Montessori classroom consisting of four year-old students identified as being “at risk” for school readiness. Prior to beginning the project, observations of student work with the language materials was conducted to create a log of lessons completed by each student. An assessment of student knowledge of upper and lower case letter names and sounds was also completed. Daily activities to increase phonological awareness were implemented by utilizing the classroom Smart Board and iPad over a six week period. Post assessments revealed an increase in language lessons completed each day and an increase in knowledge of letter names and sounds by most students.

Language: English

Published: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2016

Article

Three Innovations for the Montessori Classroom

Publication: Montessori Leadership, vol. 7, no. 1

Pages: 23–24

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Language: English

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Montessori Instruction: A Model for Inclusion in Early Childhood Classrooms and Beyond

Available from: ProQuest

Publication: Montessori Life, vol. 24, no. 1

Pages: 32-38

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Abstract/Notes: Maria Montessori was one of the first special educators. In 1898, as an assistant instructor at the University of Rome's Psychiatric Clinic, Montessori visited an asylum for the "insane" and became interested in the children with special needs who were housed there. She noticed that the children were not being stimulated; learning was at a standstill. It is from this juncture that she developed materials and space to educate those once considered "uneducable." From 1898 to 1900, Montessori worked 11 hours a day with the children at Rome's First State Orthophrenic School. During this period, she developed a program specifically designed to teach academic skills, life skills, and social skills to children with special needs. In 1907, inspired by the success at the State Orthophrenic School, Montessori opened her first "Casa dei Bambini" (Children's House) for the children of Rome. Montessori's methodology has developed over the years, but its original three principles remain the same: (1) Teaching academic skills; (2) Teaching life skills; and (3) Modeling social skills. This article investigates whether Montessori teaching, materials, and methods can support an inclusive 21st-century classroom.

Language: English

ISSN: 1054-0040

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10 Tips to Take Better Pictures in the Classroom

Available from: ProQuest

Publication: Montessori Life, vol. 33, no. 4

Pages: 38-44

Classroom environments, Montessori schools, Photography, Teachers

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Language: English

ISSN: 1054-0040

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Diploma Holders Meetings [Listening to recorded music in the classroom]

Publication: Montessori Quarterly, vol. 10, no. Supplement

Pages: 17–18

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Language: English

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A Study of Multi-Age or Family-Grouped Classrooms

Available from: JSTOR

Publication: Phi Delta Kappan, vol. 62, no. 7

Pages: 513-514

Academic achievement, Americas, Early childhood care and education, Early childhood education, Elementary education, Nongraded schools, North America, Student attitudes, United States of America

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Abstract/Notes: This experiment inmulti-age grouping revealed little difference in basic skills achievement levels but a big difference in attitudes toward school.

Language: English

ISSN: 0031-7217

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Moment of Peril: Classroom Routines [question]

Publication: Montessori Observer, vol. 22, no. 1

Pages: 4

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Language: English

ISSN: 0889-5643

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Moment of Peril: Classroom Routines [answer]

Publication: Montessori Observer, vol. 22, no. 2

Pages: 3

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Language: English

ISSN: 0889-5643

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Health Problems in Infant-Toddler Classrooms

Publication: Montessori Observer, vol. 4, no. 4

Pages: 4

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Language: English

ISSN: 0889-5643

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