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April 2021 Elementary Newsletter Article

“Education, as today conceived, is something separated both from biological and social life. All who enter the educational world tend to be cut off from society…People are prepared for life by exclusion from it.” – Maria Montessori   One of the most crucial and large differences between Montessori and conventional schooling is in the realm of […]

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Transitioning to Lower Elementary

The transition in a Montessori school from the Primary level to the Lower Elementary is particularly remarkable, and requires our special attention. Maria Montessori developed an educational model to offer information and experiences during the times when it matches the child’s actual interests and ability to easily learn material.  Typically, readiness for this transition happens […]

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Fantasy and Imagination

In The Absorbent Mind, about the second plane of development Maria Montessori says, “…it is a period of growth unaccompanied by other change. The child is calm and happy. Mentally, he is in a state of health, strength, and assured stability.” There is also a newfound focus on the society, goodness, rules, and social constructs. […]

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Path to Abstraction

By Victoria Gaber   Throughout the elementary years, children are following their own internal path towards abstracting concepts of math, language, the sciences, and the rest. The weeks right after the holidays can tend be a time of serious academic growth as the students remember the feeling of focusing on work after a long break […]

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The Great Lessons

By Mary Donovan   Once children reach Elementary age, they are beginning a new plane of development (ages 6-12).  This child is able to have a reasoning mind.  At this stage, children are beginning a gradual journey to abstraction and they have a major focus on social relationships.  Children in this plane also have a […]

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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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