- Hand-eye coordination
- Self confidence
- Preparation for writing (pincer grip)
- Preparation for reading (left-to-right sequence)
- Learn to attach and remove a screw to a bolt!
The Nuts & Bolts of Practical Life
How can a very simple nuts-and-bolts activity be developmentally meaningful for a young child? So many benefits...read on.
First, our thanks to Yohanna Ruger, UMA student from Tigard, Oregon for creating this sensorially appealing (and beautifully simple!) Practical Life activity. Notice there were no plastics used here. Even the tray is made of wood.
So, what are the developmental benefits?
How to Communicate with Children
Here's a great article entitled:
"The Most Powerful Way to Love A Child"
Written by Janet Lansbury, inspired by the research and wisdom of Magda Gerber.
A long article but worth reading all the way through. (click photo for full article)
Montessori Belt Buckle Exercise
UMA student, Heather Sharma from Winchester, VA, created this simple, easy-to-assemble Belt Fastening activity, for both home or classroom. This makes an excellent Practical Life extension or variation of the traditional Montessori Belt Buckle exercise. Since the Montessori Dressing Frames tend to be pricey to purchase, this also serves as a great alternative.
Thanks for sharing, Heather!
Montessori Teacher Training
Follow your heart's desire...become a fully certified Montessori teacher!
"This was my first experience with an online course and it has been a very rewarding one. I really appreciate all of the time and consideration that went into making my experience at UMA so fulfilling." (Jenny B-California)
Here at UMA, Fall Quarter begins September 15th. There is still time for you to enroll in UMA's Montessori Teacher Training and Certification. What you will receive:
"I appreciate UMA’s unrelenting stand for thorough and quality work. Their passion for the classical Montessori method is inspiring." (Lee L-Canada)
Throughout the course, we give individual attention to YOU - always ready to guide and answer your questions. Our long history and trusted reputation as worldwide Montessori leaders, the success of our UMA graduates, and superior experience of our staff are just a few of the reasons to join our Montessori "family!"
UMA has my eternal thankfulness and gratefulness for giving me this excellent education. The professionalism and dedication of UMA to the Montessori philosophy and preparing the student to become a valuable and effective Montessori teacher is an inspiration to everyone." (Susanne V-Florida)
Do you have questions before applying? Give us a call: 206-900-1802
Email us: email@example.com
Practical Montessori School - Seattle
Practical Montessori School is an in-home Montessori preschool located in the Sunset Hill neighborhood of Ballard in Seattle. "Our teachers are UMA and AMS trained.
We are looking for a warm and creative assistant to join our Montessori community. This position will be approximately 20 hours per week, but may be able to extend into additional hours."
For more information and basic requirements, contact Veronica or Edwin Dutton. (206) 858-1731
A Practical Biography for Children
Stephanie Van Hook, UMA graduate and Montessori early childhood educator, has written this beautiful book that has just been released.
"Inspired by conversations with three-six year olds about the principles of nonviolence and the life of Mahatma Gandhi, I decided to write a book that could serve as a tool for deep conversations with kids about the power of nonviolence while giving some insight into Gandhi as a person. I wanted to show the children that the most important ideas about nonviolence that Gandhi discovered as an adult were really learned while he was still a child. What emerged was Gandhi Searches for Truth: A Practical Biography for Children."
(click image for details)
Instruments Made from Nature
What's more beautiful than simple percussion instruments made from nature? UMA graduate, Tamara Stoll, created a lovely basket of instruments by collecting shells, rocks, and driftwood pieces from her beach in Oregon. She included brass bells and woven wrist bands to her musical collection. Just lovely!
A Collaborative Design
Here's a lovely idea for helping to create a spirit of respect and cooperation in the classroom.
Smooth & Bumpy
UMA graduate, Renata Lemire from Alberta, Canada, shares her Montessori original Sensorial Project which she entitled: Nature's Beauty - Smooth and Bumpy.
A very beautiful and inviting original Sensorial project!
(The transparent vinyl mat lays on top of the cotton floor mat):
A Personal Reflection
When people apply for our UMA teacher training, they are always asked "What attracts you to the Montessori method of education?"
Often they relate where their own journey with Montessori began. They may be a parent who has enrolled their child in a Montessori school and has observed how children interact. Or they didn't know a thing about Montessori but began to work as an assistant in a classroom. Or they had only heard about Montessori from a friend and went to a class as a casual observer. Perhaps they came across an article or read one of Dr. Montessori's books. Whatever the reason, what they saw STUCK and they were hooked.
Thus began their own trek to seek out what makes this method so unique for a child's learning. Something significant often happens along this journey. Many realize that Montessori education offers a way of looking at life for not only the child but for the adult.
My own journey with Montessori education began when I met Trudy (my wife). She kept talking about the unique giftedness of each child and their desire to freely explore this world, learning how to enjoy and cherish it. And how, through this unique method, a child learns to freely give back and actively contribute to others and to this world. But Trudy didn't just talk about it. She lived it in how she treated children and adults, with a level of respect and dignity. There was something different just in the way she would ask me a question or carry on a conversation with a child or a group of children. It was about appreciating the journey together, exploring answers, and marveling at our world!
So I began to read about Dr. Montessori and her writings. I guess you could say I had a revelation about my own early childhood while reading The Secret of Childhood. She wrote how a child, if given a nurturing environment, has a natural desire for independence, self-discipline, order, dignity, concentration, and so much more. I was struck by how my own childhood learning seemed so different. There was very little self discovery and more trying to figure out the "facts and knowledge" adults had in their possession.
As I reflected back on my childhood, I realized that my expected role was to simply open my head and let them (teachers, parents, adults) pour it into my little brain. Then, somehow, I was to regurgitate it back out by what they wanted to hear or by my marks on a quiz or exam. Okay, I am over-simplifying but you get my point. Learning didn't involve my own appreciation and exploration but someone else's expectations. Educationally, I felt as if I were trapped. My only way out was to tell someone else what they wanted to hear.
Reading Dr. Montessori's own discoveries in working with children was my turning point. From that time on, I was personally touched by how her concepts were not just a method of education but a helpful guide in the way I looked at and perceived life. It gave me something more than a method of education or how one goes about learning or guiding others to learn. In Dr. Montessori's teachings, I found why this way of learning is foundational to who we are as human beings.
Why do I believe in Montessori education?
First Things First
So often students enter our course eager to start learning about the child, classroom setup, creating materials, working with staff and parents... We begin by channeling this eagerness by re-orienting them to, first, a process of self-examination and what they can learn about themselves in order to cultivate a healthy outlook for the child.
"Here we must insist on the fact that an instructor must be prepared inwardly, and must consider one's own character methodically with a view to discovering any defects within oneself which might prove obstacles in the treatment of the child." Dr. Maria Montessori
Some students may struggle with this different orientation. But then, over time, they get it! They tell us how they have become more grounded inwardly and how it effects their work with children. Now learning involves their own self-discovery while helping children do the same.
At UMA we strive to cultivate each student's understanding of the child and their environment, coupled with a clear mindfulness about oneself. We believe Montessori education begins with YOU and your understanding of your own growth as a child. Discovering what affected you and how you learned during your early childhood helps you create a deeper connection to children, allowing them to reach their highest potential.
What attracts you to Montessori method of education? Where does your journey begin?
You have a wonderful inspiring program and your dedication to changing the world one teacher at a time shines through!
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