Binda Goldsbrough Research Fund 2018

19 September 2018 - Awards

Jane McLeod, from Little Earth Queenstown, is the recipient of the Binda Goldsbrough Research Fund.  Jane’s research is entitled “Repositioning the Montessori Method Within a Contemporary Mathematical Approach”

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MANZ Conference 2017

11 August 2017 - MANZ

The conference has been and gone with us all having the opportunity to listen, learn, reflect and, of course, network with one another. We were very fortunate to have Peta Gibson, Robin Padar, Michael Duffy, Jan Gaffney and Eve Scott as our speakers, who were all well received. Some comments from attendees include: Fantastic to…

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Dr. Nicola Chisnall Memorial Award 2016

27 June 2017 - Awards

The Children’s Corner Howick was the winner of this award in 2016. Their submission Learning in the Community told the story of the relationship they had been building with the local rest home Howick Baptist Healthcare (HBH). Preschool Community Programme Dr Chisnall Submission

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How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

22 April 2017 - Parenting /; Resources

In mid-September best selling author Daniel Pink hosted another best-selling author, Paul Tough, on his internet broadcast talk show, Office Hours. Paul Tough is the author of the recently released book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. Wendy Calise, principal of Countryside Montessori in Illinois, USA and the driving force behind…

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What to do at home in the holidays when your child is missing Montessori

22 April 2017 - Parenting

If we look closely at Maria Montessori’s writings, we notice how much she emphasised children’s need for routine and purposeful activity, so you could organise your holiday with your child with these two principles in mind. Before the holidays start, I would recommend discussing or creating a daily routine with your child. What needs to…

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Tribute to Dr Nicola Chisnall (1955-2013)

21 April 2017 - Awards

Dr Nicola Chisnall died after a two-year battle with cancer. Her funeral was held in Auckland, New Zealand, on September 24, 2013. Nicky and her family wanted her funeral service to highlight the different parts of her life.  This tribute to her outstanding contribution to Montessori education was made by Ana Pickering, former executive officer…

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Seven Suggestions for Parenting from Collaboration to Freedom

20 April 2017 - Parenting

Seven suggestions from collaboration, to good leadership, from observation to opportunity. What Montessori values can you use in your parenting? Foster a spirit of collaboration with your child Building collaboration with children involves taking an interest in them as human beings – let your child know that you enjoy their company. Listen to your child…

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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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Supporting your young child’s pathway to literacy at home

17 April 2017 - Parenting

One of the most common questions that I hear from parents is, “What can I do at home to help my child read?” The urge to help your child is understandable since literacy is a fundamental life skill; when your child has mastered it, you can breathe a little easier as a parent. You may…

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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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