Sunday, February 26, 2012

Math and Science for Young Children recognizes Montessori Materials!

This is incredibly exciting! Dr. Rosalind Charlesworth, from Weber State University has acknowledged Montessori works in her textbook for University students. She believes that hands-on,concrete approaches are what we educators call "best practices" in teaching children math concepts! Montessorians knew this all along. However it's still incredibly exciting to see the traditional minded educators taking a look at alternatives to pencil paper and memorization. This is just one small step towards all schools embracing the Montessori Materials and Philosophy!

Dr. Charlesworth came to our classroom again last week. She spent the entire day with us! She saw the great math and language work the children do on a daily basis. She recognized the importance of snack and  watched them during P.E. and joined us for our cultural studies where the level 1s painted world maps, the level 2s explored igneous rocks and the level 3s made cloud pictures with cotton balls! She was taking photos for her next textbook due on shelves next fall/winter. Hopefully Montessori will become more recognized and appreciated for the amazing educational approach it is!

Me and Sequoia a student from 2010-2011 working on the Large Bead Frame
Lydia working on the checkerboard

Brinley and the Pythagorean Board

Fraction Circles!

Luke using the place value mat I sewed with golden beads

Aubrey's long hair and stamp game!

Bryson graphing buttons

Time Cards, Money Box and Cards and Weighing with Lydia and  Jerith