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 parent’s 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, an 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 perspectives. 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 have the adults around them slow down. I was aware of this before I had my son Lincoln, so I came into parenting with strong beliefs…

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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 are often…

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One Hundred Years of Montessori in New Zealand

10 April 2017 - Montessori

In 2012 the Montessori community celebrated 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, and workshops contributed to building a pictorial history of…

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MANZ Census 2014

8 April 2017 - Montessori

MANZ is developing a new strategic plan for 2015-19. One focus of this work is on developing a viable, sustainable Montessori-qualified workforce for Montessori early childhood centres and schools in New Zealand. To begin this new focus, MANZ gathered baseline data from Montessori current employers and the existing workforce. The census ran from July –…

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