Having children spaced a year or two apart can be a huge benefit in the home. Siblings often form very close relationships - partnerships, if you will - which tie them together in complex ways. By encouraging the older child to participate in helping the younger one, your home resembles the mixed age method used in the Montessori classroom.
Friend and Protector
An older sibling can help the younger ones by providing moral support and bolstering self-esteem. Young children look up to older siblings in the same way they look up to their parents, and often form a closer bond. Nurturing this bond can be beneficial in developing social attitudes and response mechanisms.
Guide and Advisor
Older kids - even if they are only a year or so older - think they have experienced the world and are quick to share what they have learned with smaller children. Acting as a guide through the complexities of life, and a trusted advisor when new situations develop, the older children build confidence and self-esteem by helping their less experienced brothers and sisters.
A Trusted Confidant
Sometimes young children have trouble making their thoughts or feelings clear to parents but can talk freely to older siblings. Because understanding the underlying discontent is vital to help children overcome stressful situations, having a mediator makes it possible to address issues quickly and effectively.
A Tutor and Teacher
Younger children will often turn to an older sibling to gain insight or reconcile misunderstandings. Older kids are also able to help the young ones with understanding concepts or learning skills such as reading or arithmetic. In return for helping a little brother or sister learn to read, the older child gains a sense of accomplishment and responsibility.
Mixing children of different ages is an important part of the Montessori Method. Older children are able to help younger ones, which in turn allows the teacher to spend more time with students who are facing challenges. To find out more about mixed ages and educational benefits, contact the Montessori School of Flagstaff Sunnyside Campus today.
Next month is Black History Month in the United States, and Martin Luther King, Jr. always figures prominently when discussing African American achievements in history. His life was a lesson in standing up for what you believe in and equal treatment for all people. We have put together some suggestions for topics concerning Martin Luther King Jr. and you can add some ideas of your own when teaching elementary aged children. The Montessori Method puts emphasis on acceptance and diversity, and Martin Luther King, Jr. is an important person in history to learn about and celebrate.
Teaching Acceptance and Diversity
All human beings share certain traits which make us human, but we all have differences based on where our ancestors lived, our physical abilities, and more. Learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. offers some insight into why we have to look beyond skin color or other differences. A lot of senseless violence has been caused by people who couldn’t accept the differences of others, and people like Dr. King have given everything to make change happen.
Biography of Dr. King
Martin Luther King, Jr. experienced the things he stood against first-hand, and his goal was to bring about change by showing the world that the way things were done was unfair. He was born in Atlanta, attended Morehouse College, and later earned his doctorate at Boston University. Learning about the environment Mr. King grew up in helps children understand why everyone has basic human rights that deserve to be respected.
Actions of Martin Luther King Jr.
After the Rosa Parks incident, Mr. King spearheaded the Montgomery Bus Boycott. His passive protests attracted global attention and a public outcry for decency and equality. His “I Have A Dream” speech is considered a cornerstone in Civil Rights and racial equality.
Teaching diversity and the acceptance of people who are different than ourselves is an important part of the Montessori Method. Learning about famous people who played a role in making diversity possible helps demonstrate why acceptance is so important. To learn more about the Montessori Method, contact the Montessori School of Pleasanton and schedule a tour.
Montessori education is an approach to life which continues when the school day is over. To get the best results, Montessori techniques should be incorporated into your home life as well. Not only will this encourage your children to be more active and inquisitive, but it will also help them learn and become more self-confident.
Children pay more attention to things which are at eye level and are more likely to use furniture that is a good fit for their small bodies. Dedicate a portion of the home to your children’s perspective, including things like photos hanging at their level, a small-sized bookcase, or at the very least, the lower shelves of a full sized one, and a table/chair combination.
You can make baskets with various themed learning activities to keep your child active. Simple motor skill toys, musical items, and cultural examples make excellent learning baskets, but you should tailor the ones you make to your child’s interests and preferences. Providing children with the freedom to move from one activity to another encourages independence and self-control.
Get outside. Go to parks, zoos, aquariums, or just the backyard. Discover the diversity of life which surrounds us and how each living thing plays a part in the circle of life. Learn about different kinds of plants, build an ant farm in a soda bottle, or grow a flower or vegetable garden. Most importantly, do it with your children, because you are the first place your child looks for examples and instruction.
If you have questions about incorporating the Montessori Method into your home routine, contact the teachers and staff at Mission Valley Montessori. We share a common goal of helping your children be the best that they can be, and working together, we can achieve wonderful things.
Since it was first practiced in 1907, the Montessori Method has helped children to thrive in their educational develop and transition into lifelong learners. Schools across the globe have adopted the Montessori philosophy and made it their own, allowing students reap the benefits of the legacy of Dr. Maria Montessori. This method of education focuses on cultivating independence and curiosity in order to facilitate learning and has a remarkable history that begins with singular passions of its namesake.
Dr. Maria Montessori
Born in 1870, Maria Montessori had a unique career path, defying gender stereotypes from the start by pursuing higher education and an eventual position in the sciences. While initially interested in a degree in engineering, Montessori instead chose to study medicine at the University of Rome. There, she was often met with resistance and harassment from her peers and instructors due to her gender, but nonetheless went on to publish her thesis and graduate as a doctor of medicine in 1896. From there, Dr. Montessori began her work with and advocacy for children at the Orthophrenic School of Rome which served children with intellectual disabilities. There, she conducted some of her initial observations into the behavior and cognition of children and developed some of the first learning tools of the Montessori Method.
Casa dei Bambini
Equipped with her experience and research from the Orthophrenic School, as well as further education at the University of Rome in pedagogy, in 1907, Dr. Montessori undertook the directorship of a new school for the children of working-class parents in the San Lorenzo district of Rome, which she called the Casa dei Bambini, or Children’s House. At the Casa dei Bambini, Dr. Montessori applied and honed the concepts and practices she’d initiated early in her career, and which are now key tenets of the Montessori Method and philosophy. She replaced the heavy furniture with lightweight, child-size tables and chairs that the students could move in order to better manage and care for their environment; initiated self-directed learning and play; incorporated open space into the classroom, thereby encouraging students to move freely; and continued to enhance the learning tools the children accessed throughout the room based on their interests. By 1909, four more Case dei Bambini were opened in Italy, and Dr. Montessori conducted her first training for other instructors in the new pedagogical method that was quickly gaining attention and accolades.
The Spread of Montessori
During the rest of her career, Dr. Montessori would go on to lecture and provide teacher training throughout Europe and southeast Asia, and by 1936, Montessori societies and schools were founded in France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Russia, Serbia, Canada, India, China, Japan, Indonesia, Australia, and New Zealand. Today, there are thousands of Montessori schools across the world, and thousands more students and parents who testify to their enthusiasm for the Montessori Method.
Hill Point Montessori is a preparatory school for ages 2-12 in West Hills, California. Using the principles and established by Dr. Montessori, our teachers and staff incorporate mixed age classrooms to encourage children to explore and develop at their own pace. Contact us today to schedule a tour.