Lower Elementary Overnight…

Community, by Cab Yau, October 16, 2018,

After weeks of thoughtful planning, last weekend the night finally arrived for the Lower Elementary Overnight. The planning work for this event cannot be understated. The children took on every aspect of preparation. Based on self-identified interests, they were divided into committees: Communications, Games, Breakfast, Campfire, Music, Story Telling, Tent Assembly and Random Tent Distribution. … Continue reading “Lower Elementary Overnight…”

Observation…

Lower Elementary, by Cab Yau, October 10, 2018,

If you haven’t already come up with your favorite way to answer those questions about what Montessori is and what makes Montessori unique, here’s a great way to answer: observation. Dr. Montessori did not impose a method which happened to work. Rather, her pedagogy arose from her continued observation of children. She noticed which materials … Continue reading “Observation…”

A Peek at Concentration…

Lower Elementary, by Cab Yau, October 2, 2018,

“The first essential for the child’s development is concentration. The child who concentrates is immensely happy.” -Maria Montessori Whether figuring out how to grasp a rattle, pull up, write or read, concentration is central to learning. While coming naturally to children, concentration is also a skill which we cultivate by providing the right environment. How … Continue reading “A Peek at Concentration…”

On Peace…

Community, by Cab Yau, September 21, 2018,

Perhaps the most profound aspects of Montessori education are those that we do not see. Montessori nourishes our children’s very character. Our hope is that, well nourished, our children will develop a sense of justice and a true understanding of peace. In celebration of The International Day of Peace, Anna Schwind offers the following for … Continue reading “On Peace…”