Archive | March, 2011

It’s Cosmic, Baby!

24 Mar

Grusse aus Deutschland, dear readers!

Greetings from STUNNING Frankfurt, Germany, where I am doing a one-week observation at an amazing school with an even more amazing teacher and an incredible  group of inspiring children.

My newest post is up on MariaMontessori.com… It explains what Cosmic Fables are and how they contribute to the child’s understanding of the interrelatedness of our world.   Why is this so important, you might wonder?  Well, visit the site and find out! 

In the meantime, I’ll get back to enjoying the GORGEOUS Spring weather and preparing a slew of new posts…

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Silent Journey

9 Mar

If your child is in a Montessori school, chances are you are curious about the kind of work she is doing.  And chances are, when you ask your child what she did today, the answer you consistently get is: “Nothing.”

In order to better understand and appreciate the developmental nature of the Montessori materials and how they can contribute to your child’s intellectual, emotional, moral, physical, and spiritual growth, many quality Montessori programs provide a Silent Journey once a year.  This is a unique opportunity for parents to put themselves in their children’s shoes and experience first-hand what their children did, are doing, and will do throughout their years in Montessori.

Click here to enjoy a beautiful photo essay by Matt Hillis, which clearly describes the usefulness and magic of the Silent Journey.  If your child’s school doesn’t do one, share the article with them and encourage them to set one up.

You will never look at your child – or at Montessori – the same way again. 🙂