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Article

Ecosystems in the Backyard: Preparing a Diverse Outdoor Environment for Primary (Ages Three to Six) Children

Available from: ERIC

Publication: NAMTA Journal, vol. 38, no. 1

Pages: 61-65

Early childhood care and education, Early childhood education, Ecology, Mary B. Verschuur - Writings, Montessori method of education, North American Montessori Teachers' Association (NAMTA) - Periodicals, Prepared environment

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Abstract/Notes: Mary Verschuur chronicles the outdoor work of Lincoln Montessori School in prairie, forest, and indoor greenhouse environments, pointing out the application of the prepared environment principles to the natural world. Implicit to the design are opportunities for caring, including various practical life exercises with outdoor tools blended into each habitat. The repeating cycles of nature and its seasons are part of the yearly cycle of children in multi-age groups, adding to sensory richness and hands-on tasks. Lincoln Montessori School demonstrates how schools can model simple and well-thought-out solutions with minimum expense and maximum engagement. [Reprinted from "The NAMTA Journal" 28,1 (2003, Winter): 195-204.]

Language: English

ISSN: 1522-9734

Conference Paper

Divergent Production in Montessori Children

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Abstract/Notes: This study examined the contention that teacher instruction in the "correct use" of classroom equipment, as in the Montessori training method, inhibits a child's ability to generate other uses for that same equipment. Subjects were 31 matched pairs of four- and five-year-olds from two Montessori preschools and two traditional nursery schools. Each child was given adaptations of four Unusual Uses Test from Torrance's Minnesota Tests of Creative Thinking and Writing. The tests utilized two items familiar to all children (a stuffed dog and a fork) and two Montessori equipment items (a triangular wooden block and a button frame). A comparison of the children's test results contradicted theassertion that teacher demonstration of how to use equipment inhibits creativity, whether or not the objects used are Montessori equipment items. (ST)

Language: English

Article

Journeying with Children Toward God

Publication: NAMTA Journal, vol. 27, no. 3

Pages: 59–65

North American Montessori Teachers' Association (NAMTA) - Periodicals

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Language: English

ISSN: 1522-9734

Article

Grace and Courtesy: Empowering Children, Liberating Adults

Available from: ERIC

Publication: NAMTA Journal, vol. 40, no. 1

Pages: 113-126

North American Montessori Teachers' Association (NAMTA) - Periodicals

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Abstract/Notes: Ginni Sackett delves into the many implications of grace and courtesy, from social relations and the basis of community to respect for the child's personality. Her point of departure is modern social living with grace and dignity. Hers is an exploration over two generations of seeing grace and courtesy as a comprehensive social view that is the greatest goal for the Montessori teacher to empower adults and children to live sociably. She suggests that standards have changed greatly over two or three generations. To live within the school microcosm of a "society by cohesion" means that grace and courtesy is pervasive with every material used and work chosen, implying that it is part of nature's plan demonstrated by Montessori children in a prepared environment with social life practiced daily. [This talk was presented at the NAMTA conference titled "Grace, Courtesy, and Civility Across the Planes," Portland, OR, March 13-16, 2014.]

Language: English

ISSN: 1522-9734

Article

Learning Through Doing: Why Our Children Need Hands-on STEM Curriculum

Publication: Tomorrow's Child, vol. 23, no. 1

Pages: 13–15

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Language: English

ISSN: 1071-6246

Master's Thesis

Children's Well-Being in Traditional vs. Montessori Schools: A Test of Self-Determination Theory

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Abstract/Notes: The present study is a test of Self -Determination theory, which is well established in the field of education with a huge body of empirical evidence to support its assumptions that when the three universal psychological needs (Autonomy, Competence & Relatedness) of a child are met they will grow and function optimally leading to enhanced well-being. It is evident that Montessori philosophy is overlapping with the components of SDT. This study was conducted to examine the extent to which the three psychological needs are satisfied in Montessori schools in comparison to the Traditional schools. A purposive sample size of 80 children in elementary grades was selected from both Montessori and Traditional schools. Perceived support experienced by the children and their Well-Being was determined to establish the assumption of the SDT. The results showed that children in Montessori schools experienced greater satisfaction of needs when compared to traditional school children. However, the well-being of children from both school types didn’t vary much and the causes can be attributed to factors outside classroom. These findings have some strong implications for policy makers, educators and parents.

Language: English

Published: Bangalore, India, 2018

Book

Maria Montessori Writes to Her Grandchildren: Letters from India, 1939-1946

Asia, India, Maria Montessori - Biographic sources, Maria Montessori - Correspondence, Maria Montessori - Writings, South Asia

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Abstract/Notes: In October 1939, while the “storm of war was gathering in Europe”, Maria and Mario Montessori set off to India to deliver a training course and lecture tour. When Italy became involved in the war, the British rule of India did not give the Montessoris permission to leave; they were to spend close to seven years in India, which would become a defining period in Montessori’s outlook on life and education.The letters Montessori wrote to her four teenage grandchildren in Holland give a completely new, private insight into that compellingly interesting period. We see a woman who is deeply connected to her family and friends. We also see her strong commitment to bringing progress and fighting illiteracy in India, which grew into an enduring love for the country and its people. Montessori’s colourful descriptions of her journey and life in India, her worries about her grandchildren in war-torn Europe, and her son’s imprisonment make a fascinating read.

Language: English

Published: Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company, 2020

ISBN: 978-90-79506-49-1 90-79506-49-4

Master's Thesis (Action Research Report)

Fostering Emotion Regulation in Lower Elementary Children through Practical Life Exercises

Available from: St. Catherine University

Action research, Lower elementary, Montessori method of education, Practical life exercises

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Abstract/Notes: This action research investigated how integrating practical life exercises and self-regulation lessons could foster emotion regulation in lower elementary children. Twenty First and Second grade students in a public Montessori school participated in this four-week study. Quantitative data tools included students’ feelings self assessments, parent questionnaire, feelings check-in, and tallies of student behavior. Qualitative tools included students’ feeling journals, my observation journal, and children’s practical life reflection. Data analysis indicated that teaching children to identify their feelings and offering choices of calm down activities in the practical life area gave children the tools to recalibrate themselves. By the end of the study, an increasing number of children checked in daily as feeling happy, calm, and focused. Introducing social emotional lessons in September alongside classroom rules, routines, and expectations along with calm down tools equips children with a preventative rather than remedial repertoire of tools to emotionally regulate themselves to be successful learners for life.

Language: English

Published: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2021

Article

Montessori Milestones [Montessori Children's House of Morristown (NJ); Debbie Blackburn]

Publication: Montessori Life, vol. 4, no. 3

Pages: 17–18

Art

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Abstract/Notes: "New Jersey school establishes innovative cultural arts center".

Language: English

ISSN: 1054-0040

Article

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Cognitive Performance in Montessori and Nursery School Children

Available from: Taylor and Francis Online

Publication: The Journal of Educational Research, vol. 62, no. 9

Pages: 411-416

Americas, Cognition, Comparative education, Montessori method of education - Criticism, interpretation, etc., North America, United States of America

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Abstract/Notes: Cognitive performance was measured in fourteen pairs of children, matched in social class, CA, sex and IQ, selected from a Montessori and from a “traditional” nursery school. No differences were found between the parents in these schools on such measures of social and parental attitudes and behavior as: achievement orientation, traditional family ideology, dogmatism, anomie, parental control behavior, or task oriented vs. person oriented values. The nursery school children were significantly more creative on a measure of non-verbal creativity, were more socially oriented, and less task oriented than the Montessori children.Style of approach to tests was felt to be a critical outcome of the two educational environments. The Montessori children used significantly more physical characteristics to describe commonplace objects, whereas significantly more functional terms were used by the nursery school children in their descriptions. Montessori children’s drawings had people present significantly less often and geometric forms significantly more often than the nursery school children’s drawings.

Language: English

DOI: 10.1080/00220671.1969.10883885

ISSN: 0022-0671

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