Entries in Montessori education and training (14)


Taking a Closer Look at Online Montessori Training

Lori Bourne of Montessori for Everyone, just wrote a featured blog post on online Montessori Teacher training and certification. A well balanced article. Take a look and post your comments as well: 



Math: Original Project

A fun activity for classroom or home!

May Brymn from Silver Spring Maryland shares her Math original project for UMA. She uses all natural materials...wood tray and glass candle holders. Very inviting!



Frequently Asked Questions About Montessori

Information can often overwhelm with too many choices without ever getting to the bottomline. Here is a great FAQ page from http://montessori.edu that is simple and concise and may be of help to you or to parents who are interested in Montessori education.

Check it out: http://www.montessori.edu/FAQ.html

For those of us in the USA, have a great 4th of July!



New Urbanism: Rooftop Farming

There are several ways for us to make a difference in our children's lives. Perhaps this video will stir some imagination on how we can help our children see the earth as alive and a part of who we are!


Enjoy and Learn...!


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Sequencing and Matching Exercise, Pam Morgan

Pam Morgan of Elkin WV shares with us the beautiful, natural materials she used to make a sequencing and matching exercise, using cross sections of tree limbs. It was a joint project, in that her husband had made the tray by hand. Thank you, Pam, for inspiring us to utilize the beauty of creation, so that we might, in turn, inspire the children to appreciate and value their natural environment.


Interview with Jonathan Wolff, Montessori Educator and Leader

Right now, so many Montessori schools are faced with the challenges of a downward economy and all the issues that come with it. What an encouragement to interview Jonathan Wolff, a leadership and educational consultant, with over 30 years experience in dealing with the complex school and societal issues. In this interview, he was insightful and down to earth about what we can explore with our staff, parents and children within our schools and our Montessori community. Much to consider!

Here's the interview:

For more about Jonathan, go to his website at: http://jonathanwolff.org


Pre-Reading Activities, from Montessori for Everyone

Thank you to Lori Bourne of Montessori for Everyone for this great set of activities for pre-reading:


PNMA Spring Sharing Fair

Last Saturday over 125 Montessori teachers, aides and directors gathered for the annual Pacific Northwest Spring Sharing Fair at Cherry Hill Montessori, part of the Seattle Muslim School. Over 15 vendors were there showing and selling their products. Plus there were classrooms full of demonstrations and exhibits for primary and elementary ages! The event ends with a raffle with many great and useful classroom items. It was great! Here are just a few pics:


Cultural Experience- The Norooz Table

The Norooz Table - A Cultural Experience

This Spring, UMA went for a visit to Harborpointe Montessori School in Mukilteo, WA and found a beautiful table display called “The Norooz Table.” Norooz in Persian means New Year Day. It is the traditional beginning of the new year in Iran and goes back 15,000 years. It begins at the beginning of spring on vernal equinox, March 21.

Generally, wheat, barley, lentils, and other vegetables seeds are soaked to grow on china plates and round earthenware vessels some ten days in advance, so that the sprouts are three to four inches in height by Norooz. A table is laid. Displayed here are typical items, such as candle, incense burner, bowl of water with live gold fish, the plate with green sprouts, fruit (apple), coins, fresh garlic, and painted boiled egg. Articles are prominently exhibited in small bowls or plates on the table. The whole table, beautifully laid, symbolizes the Message and the Messenger, light, reflection, warmth, life, love, joy, production, prosperity, and nature. It is considered thanksgiving table for all the good beautifully bestowed by God.