Sunday, April 25, 2010
Proper development of the emotions is crucial for good self-esteem and self-perception. When a child is in a positive environment in which her emotional needs are met she is free to think and act in the best way she knows how.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
The little fish were released last week. Unfortunately, I was suffering from a horrendous migraine and the thought of going out into the sunshine was more than I could face - which is my whiney way of saying I didn't go with the children this year.
However, Denis was pressed into service once again and off they all went, in my van, with my camera, to find a perfect spot to release the little fry.
First the little fish had to be put into a smaller bucket.
Then a perfect spot had to be found. A place with a flat shore or better yet, a flat rock works best for an effective release. The children all want to get as close as they can in order to watch the fish swim off into the deep water.
Carefully tipped into the water........
Can you see them? No? Well, they are rather small but they are there.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
A Montessori teacher must believe that there are no "bad" children: there are only those who need to be directed toward work that will occupy them. In writing that, I am reminded of Michael, a boy in one of my first classrooms. At the beginning of the school year he wanted only to talk and tease the other children. He constantly disturbed the others and had to be guided away. Initially, my co-teacher and I wondered if he would ever settle down but decided to have faith in the method and to observe carefully. When Michael interrupted others, we would distract him in order to stop the disturbing behaviour. Often we would quietly remind him of the classroom rules or, at other times, we would simply guide him back to the Practical Life shelves.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Pretty soon it will be time to release the fry into one of the streams near the school. The older children with Diana (me too, if I can get away) will carry the buckets of small fish to the stream and find an appropriate place to empty them. Then we will watch as the tenacious little fishes swim away and we will speculate about how many will make it to the ocean. I wonder if any of the eggs we will hatch in years to come will be from "our" salmon.
The cycle of life –Discover Montessori style.
Friday, April 2, 2010
As if I wasn't busy enough, I've begun another blog. This one, called The Montessori Child at Home, is dedicated to all Montessori parents. It will feature a different family from our schools every couple of weeks with picture of how they've incorporated the philosophy into their home life. We have some truly committed parents at our school and I am honoured they are letting me showcase their endeavours. Here is the link http://themontessorichildathome.blogspot.com/