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Practical Life in the Upper Elementary Classroom

By Victoria Gaber Upper Elementary children have a strong desire to use their knowledge and abilities in meaningful ways both in and outside of the classroom. That is why it is so important to provide an array of experiences that will utilize children’s learning at home, school, and on field trips or vacations. “Going out” […]

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Hello and happy fall!  We are getting into the swing of the school year and I can feel normalization beginning in Lower Elementary classroom.  Maria Montessori described normalization as a process that occurs over a period of time and requires the child’s total engagement with the materials.  Montessori said, “The children are now working as […]

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Science in the Elementary Classroom Maria Montessori said, “Our experience with children in elementary schools has shown us that the age between six and twelve years is a period of life during which the elements of all sciences should be given. It is a period that, psychologically, is especially sensitive and might be called the […]

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Practicing Presence with Elementary Students By Mary Donahoe   January takes its name from the Roman god Janus, the god of “gateways and beginnings.” It naturally follows that each New Year is an opportunity for us to reflect upon our past and explore the idea of endings and beginnings.  What were the peaks and valleys? […]

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Practical Life in the Elementary Classroom By Mary Donovan   In the Elementary years, the child’s academic learning increases.  Geometry, Physics, Biology, Grammar and Algebra are only a few of the subjects that children begin to explore.  All of these lessons are important for children as they grow and learn but perhaps one of the […]

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NOTES ON HOMEWORK IN THE MONTESSORI ELEMENTARY CLASSROOM By Walnut Farm Elementary Teacher Mary Donovan I can’t believe we are already beginning the new semester! The first semester was filled with so much growth and happiness. I begin 2018 grateful for the Walnut Farm Community and for the authentic Montessori environment that we have at […]

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The Montessori children in the elementary environment are beginning to find their independence.  We, as the adults, are there to foster this independence.  Children need freedom and discipline in order to be independent.  These two ideas are intertwined because to truly have one, you must have the other.  Freedom does not necessarily mean that the […]

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Summer Ideas From Lower Elementary The children have been busy with reports this month in Elementary!  They wrapped up their weather research with group reports on severe weather, and they completed reports on countries and animals of Asia.  On May 5, the children enjoyed watching “The Painted Garden” at Walton Arts Center and enjoyed lunch […]

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Our classroom is buzzing with spring fever, and we are enjoying every minute of this beautiful weather! We have been learning more about weather, and each child will have the chance to be meteorologist for a day this semester. We have had the opportunity to go out as a class to see a show at […]

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