montessorichildshop The precision, beauty and order of the Sensorial materials inspire children to see these connections and patterns.
Is it just me or is there something quite peaceful and special in this convergence of creativity and order? Contrary to popular belief, creativity isn't chaotic by definition. It is about seeing something in your mind's eye and engaging in a joyful process to realise this vision. That's exactly what has happened here!
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montessorichildshop Happy Mother's Day!
Everything I am today is because of my mum. I am who I am because of her love, her support, her trust in me, her respect for me. The sacrifices she made, the effort she put in, the opportunities she provided have allowed me to build this blessed, busy, beautiful life. I am eternally and inexpressibly grateful for all that she is and for all that she has done.
I know I'm not the only one with an extraordinary mum, so here's to all the amazing women who care for their children (whether those children are still little, or all grown up!)
#mothersday #montessorimums
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montessorichildshop On Friday my Montessori preschool children made ANZAC biscuits and we delivered them to our next door neighbours at the RSL (Returned Services League). Before we made the biscuits we had read a story about what ANZAC day means and what the biscuits represent. When we visited the RSL the children were excited to meet "brave soldiers" just like the ones in our story.
Whatever your present political alignments, ANZAC day is a time of tribute to those who fought (and particularly those who sacrificed their lives) to give us the society we have today where we have the freedom to make choices about our politics, our values and our lifestyles.
ANZAC Day is also important because "those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it". Days of remembrance for the battles of our past help to inspire us to strive for a peaceful future! This is why I include children in the ANZAC traditions - because they also need to be aware that history to avoid repeating its mistakes. As Maria Montessori said, "Establishing lasting peace is the work of education."
#anzac #anzacday #mymontessorichild #mymontessoripreschool #montessoriquotes
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montessorichildshop High-pressure, standardised assessment/testing is not a rational strategy if we are trying to create confident, curious, resilient learners. That's one of the (many) reasons why I love the Montessori approach - it does not treat learning as a "standardised" process and it certainly doesn't rely on "testing" to make learning visible. Montessori students are given the freedom and respect to learn joyfully, to embrace challenge, to explore topics in-depth, to problem-solve in the face of mistakes and to focus on the satisfaction of the 'process' not the 'product'! If these five risks of overemphasising "standards and achievements" get you thinking then you might like to read the full essay, explaining each of these points in detail and providing the background and evidence to support these claims, available from http://www.alfiekohn.org/article/costs-overemphasizing-achievement/
Alfie Kohn is extremely generous in making so many of his essays and articles freely available online! Go to www.alfiekohn.org to read them - and if you're based in Australia, and you'd love to hear Alfie's words in person, go to www.alfiekohnaustralia.com.au to learn more about his Australian tour in November this year!
#alfiekohn #alfiekohnaustralia
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montessorichildshop As I help to organise and promote Alfie Kohn's first Australian tour (woohoo!) I find some people asking me, "I know his books, but what does he talk about?" There will be a specific topic for each of his presentations ("Punished By Rewards" being the theme of the Adelaide appearance that I'm helping with) but Alfie himself is the best person to explain what he REALLY talks about and why his message is so important. In his book, What It Means To Be Well-Educated, Alfie explains that he helps people to see - and therefore bridge - the gaps between their idealistic goals and their actual practices. Most educators absolutely WANT the very best for their students, and all parents WANT to raise happy, healthy children - yet the educational and parenting practices we use are often at odds with these goals. Alfie isn't here to tell anyone off, or criticise anybody, he is simply here to help provoke reflection on where your principles and practices are misaligned and to EMPOWER and INSPIRE you to find ways to reconnect them!
#alfiekohn #alfiekohnaustralia #punishedbyrewards
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  •   montessorichildshop Alfie will be here during November this year - exact dates are available from www.alfiekohnaustralia.com.au ... There are currently dates booked for NSW, Victoria and SA. Exact details (topics, venues) are still being finalised so tickets are not yet available but you can 'save the date' (and we suggest liking the Alfie Kohn Australia Facebook page so you can be notified as soon as tickets are released). @oxy_peck @seval_doterraoils 1mon
  •   oxy_peck @montessorichildshop Thank you! I appreciate your time to response! 1mon
  •   seval_doterraoils @montessorichildshop Thanks so much for the reply back :)) 1mon
  •   kate_aneverydaystory Oh my goodness!! Really??? PLEASE tell me he's coming to Canberra 1mon

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montessorichildshop Unexpected occupational hazard - presenting the Adjective Game to a group of children only to become the subject of the descriptions! Turns out I am "big" (at least compared to a room full of preschoolers!), my shirt is "soft" and my pants are "black"! #mymontessorichild #mymontessoripreschool #montessoriliteracy #montessorilanguage 2mon

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montessorichildshop A beautiful moment of serenity observing our Water Garden Fish Tank. #montessori #mymontessorichild #montessoriquote #montessoriquotes 3mon

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montessorichildshop Yesterday we were celebrating Chinese New Year, today we are cooking pancakes for "Shrove Tuesday" (or "pancake day" as we tend to call it here in Australia!) #mymontessorichild #mymontessoripreschool #practicallife #pancakeday 4mon

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montessorichildshop Happy 30th birthday to my business partner, best friend and boyfriend (though now that he's an official 30 year old grown up I definitely feel we are way too old to use the words "boyfriend" and "girlfriend!"). Every single parcel that is sent out from Montessori Child is personally hand packed by Andrew. I'm so grateful for all his contributions and for his patience in listening to my endless explanations of this magic thing we call Montessori.
We celebrated with 4kg of chicken wings ... Good thing we are saving the cake for tomorrow night, no room for it now! #happybirthday #mymontessoriman
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montessorichildshop Sometimes at the start of the new school year we find that our children need a little extra scaffolding on the climb towards independence. When the children are packing up after our group meal they wear this lanyard so that they have a handy reminder of the steps they are working through. A respectful and supportive way to help a child stay on track and self-correct rather than being reliant on an adult's constant supervision and input (plus a practical use for old lanyards from conferences / work events!) The same sort of tangible reminder could be applied for different processes or practical life jobs at home (such as a bedtime routine card). I definitely wouldn't recommend them permanently, as it's an important cognitive skill for children to internalise the steps and sequences involved in complex tasks, but it can be a temporary support structure for when a child needs an introduction or reminder but the adult is not readily available or is trying to avoid excessive interference. #mymontessorichild #mymontessoripreschool #montessori #practicallife 4mon

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montessorichildshop Most of my favourite quotes tend to come from Maria Montessori herself but this one from Ralph Waldo Emerson really resonates with my values and I think a lot of Montessori parents and teachers will feel that way too! #ralphwaldoemerson 4mon

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montessorichildshop Happy 14th birthday to my amazing, intelligent, brilliant, bonkers, caring, hilarious niece Emily!
The greatest joy, the biggest privilege and the highest purpose of my life has been supporting this incredible individual. There are no words to describe how proud I am of her. We have shared so much over the past 14 years, holding each other through laughter, tears and adventures. She has grown so much and yet she hasn't changed - she is still just as much of a nutter today as she was as a toddler! I can't believe that she is now almost the age I was when I met her. That was the year that my life completely changed, that I discovered a world so much bigger than myself. How glad I am that this little treasure came along and opened my eyes!
We do not have the same blood running through our veins but we are family. I will always feel blessed that our paths crossed (I feel sure that it was somehow 'meant to be'!) and I will be forever grateful to her mum for allowing and embracing my role in Emily's life.
#mymontessoriniece #happybirthday #memories #montessoriteenager #truefamily #proudaunty
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montessorichildshop One of my all time favourite quotes! #montessori #montessoriquote #mymontessorchild 4mon

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montessorichildshop This is why it is more important to help children develop skills and dispositions for learning than it is to ask them to memorise facts. To know how to learn, to create, to think, to explore, to experiment means that a child's discoveries will be infinite in scope and potential. This is how we help the child to move from learning what others have done to developing their own insights, innovations and inventions!
#montessori #mymontessorchild
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montessorichildshop Dr Maria Montessori (2012)
Solving the Social Problem
From 'The 1946 London Lectures'
Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company
Pg. 144
The sentiment obviously applies equally if you switch the pronoun to "her".
When we look at a child let us all strive to see their merits, not their size.
#mymontessorchild #montessoriquote #montessoriquotes
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montessorichildshop Too many schools take a "do as we say, not as we do" approach to teaching. "Show kindness to others...but we will humiliate or punish you if we don't like your behaviour". "Support your friends...but compete against them for grades and awards". "Fill in this worksheet...but think creatively". "Don't question the rules...but show your initiative". No wonder so many children are left confused and disheartened! That's one of the reasons why I love Montessori so much - the environment and practices are all aligned harmoniously with the type of attitudes and dispositions we are trying to support in children. Montessori avoids those contradictions that confuse or undermine children in so many other learning environments. #mymontessorchild #montessori 5mon

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montessorichildshop This is why "following the child" and allowing choice and self-determination in learning is so important! Natural, spontaneous and personal curiosity about a subject makes for a much deeper, more powerful and longer lasting learning experience! #mymontessorichild #montessori #squarepeg 5mon

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montessorichildshop Right now I'm feeling incredibly blessed to be surrounded by so much love in our little Jescott Montessori community and I'm feeling spoilt by the fact that so many families choose to share their appreciation through symbolic tokens of thanks at this time of year. My house is currently adorned with beautiful symbols of the children and parents who mean so much to me. There are chocolates in my tummy, decorations on the shelf and scented candles ready for my relaxing bubble bath (says the girl who doesn't have children of her own yet!) There are also the special handmade gifts - the cards from old scholars, the artwork by our current children and even a beautiful book lovingly created by a wonderful family whose third child just graduated from Jescott. Today this was topped off by a bunch of flowers from my team to celebrate our recent rating outcome.
These gifts and gestures are absolutely beautiful, meaningful and hugely appreciated - but they are a treat, not an entitlement. I'm lucky and grateful that we have families who treat us so well, but it's never an expectation that they have to. Because the honest truth is that every single Jescott family already gives us the most precious gift in the world just by trusting us to care for their children. It may be a cliche but I am absolutely sincere when I say that the best 'present' we get is their 'presence'! I cherish the Christmas gifts not just because I like getting stuff (though that is nice, of course!), but because the gifts are symbols of the relationships that mean the world to me.
#mymontessoripreschool #gratitude #mymontessorichild
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montessorichildshop It's been an emotional week at Jescott Montessori Preschool as we have said "farewell" to the children who are ready to graduate.
It's always a strange feeling saying these goodbyes, a bittersweet mixture of pride and sadness. We build such strong relationships with the children, and with their families, and then we have to let go as they step out into the world. But we never let them leave our hearts!
This morning, with graduations on my mind, I remembered that I had my own "Graduation Certificate" from my days at Jescott. A little less formal than the reports we write now, but beautiful and precious! I'm glad my crooked fringe grew out but the cheesy grin hasn't changed much! #throwback #preschoolgraduation #mymontessorchild
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montessorichildshop Yesterday a 4 year old boy approached one of the teachers to say "the staplers aren't working". The teacher was engaged in another lesson but helpfully replied, "maybe you could use sticky tape?" Off he went, satisfied with that suggestion.
It's only this morning that we discovered that he did in fact "use sticky tape" - not to stick his pages together, but to "fix" the staplers! #montessorimisunderstandings #chooseyourwordscarefully #ambiguous #opentointerpretation #mymontessorichild
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