Why young children like to do the same activities each day

19 April 2017 • Parenting

It can be very beneficial for young children to choose the same activities every day. By repeating and repeating the activity, your child is mastering the skill or refining her understanding of the concepts involved. While the child is still learning and gaining from the activity, a Montessori teacher would not deter her from choosing…

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Children learn through their senses

17 April 2017 • Parenting

Maria Montessori was an Italian educator who began her involvement with young children more than one hundred years ago. Her observations and pedagogical method, however, continue to offer new insights into the understanding we have of young children’s learning. When Montessori first began observing children in the slums of San Lorenzo in Italy, schools of…

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An Aid to Life – supporting the natural development of children

16 April 2017 • Resources

This is a fantastic website for parents of young children. You can learn how to support your child’s developing communication, movement, independence and self-discipline. Everything from setting limits, sleeping, making choices, supporting independence and making conversation with your baby and toddler. Aid to Life has been created by five project partners including Association Montessori Internationale,…

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Montessori from a parents perspective [Podcast]

15 April 2017 • Resources

Montessori from a parents perspective is an interview with Dr Angeline Stoll Lillard, author of Montessori: The science behind the genius published in 2005. Dr Stoll Lillard explains the Montessori approach and describes what Montessori looks like in a Montessori early childhood and primary class. She mentions the importance of intrinsic motivation, the importance of…

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Montessori Ground Rules You Can Use at Home

15 April 2017 • Parenting

A Montessori teacher shares some ground rules established at Montessori, which help adults talk effectively with children. Go slowly, be gentle and use your words! Go Slowly We have a classroom “rule” which says Go Slowly. If you are going slowly, you have time to react to situations as they arise.  Contrary to general assumptions, children don’t…

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An Owner’s Manual for a Child

12 April 2017 • Resources

This is written by Donna Goertz Bryant, a experienced parent, grandparent, Montessori teacher and school leader from Austin, Texas. We were fortunate to have Donna and her husband Don, come to New Zealand in 2010 for our annual conference. Donna writes so well and it is a pleasure to gain some of her perspective. This…

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Savouring Childhood at a Slower Pace

12 April 2017 • Parenting

Dr Maria Montessori strongly believed that an adult’s pace of life is not the natural pace of childhood and too often, children are expected to speed up rather than having the adults around them slow down. I was really aware of this before I had my son Lincoln and so I came into parenting with some…

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Why children in Montessori pour water and wash tables

12 April 2017 • Parenting

The activities are from the Practical Life curriculum in the Montessori classroom. In a class for three to six year olds, this area is set up with many different activities and experiences that have underlying benefits and often subtle messages for our children.  Practical life exercises such as table or window washing or pouring exercises…

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One Hundred Years of Montessori in New Zealand

10 April 2017 • Montessori

In 2012 the Montessori community is celebrating 100 years of Montessori in New Zealand. MANZ marked the New Zealand centenary at the 2012 Conference in Auckland. We invited our community to help build a timeline at the conference; many photos of early classes, people, events, teacher meetings, workshops were contributed to build a pictorial history for Montessori…

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