Are there certain keys to parenting? absolutely. do you want the secret? Listen to pediatric neuropsychologist, Stephen Hughes, who tells us how to best support our children in order to meet our dreams for them- independence selfsufficiency, joy, fulfillment as adults, etc. As we cannot bring this inspiring, motivating, helpful guide to you, you can access Stephen Hughes online at this site: Parenting: Tips, Tricks, & Traps Community Conversation Meetings are a dedicated time to talk with River’s Montessorians about supporting children in their growth and learning! Come ask questions, give and share perspective, meet new people, and get a little support in the process. Each meeting is hosted by our administrator and/or a guide and includes a loose topic for inspiration and time for agenda-free questions and discussion.
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The Montessori method is the ultimate “hands-on,” “multi-sensory” education. Everything in a Montessori classroom is 3-dimensional. Children are inherently motivated to learn because they are given opportunities to touch, hold, and handle materials. You won’t find alphabet cards hanging from the ceiling, rather actual letters that children feel with their hands to learn sounds or construct words and sentences. Children don’t look in a book to find out what trapezoids, octagons, or rhombuses look like, they go to a shelf and pick them up with their hands. When learning about landforms such as peninsulas, islands, or isthmuses, children pour water into clay molds to see right before their very eyes how the water juxtaposes the land. As a former “traditional” public school teacher, I was sent to trainings to learn “differentiated instruction” (individualized teaching) and “integrative curriculum planning” (teaching subjects across curriculum). Come to find out, these are the basis of the Montessori method, created 100 years ago!
It’s paying attention to the child; their wants, their needs and their interests. When children are interested in something and get to learn about it in a focused, easy-to-access, well-thoughtout, active, hands-on way and then experiment with their own ideas about it, by themselves or with some friendsthey learn so much more than if they had to sit down and just listen to somebody blah blah blah… at them. Teachers or guides, support basic human rights such as freedom within limits for the children to move, be heard, given the benefit of a doubt, ask questions, create their own work and instill complete respect no matter what culture, race or religion they are. The environments are key to the success of everyone; being cheerful, culturally rich, aesthetically pleasing, well organized, uncluttered and comfortable, whether they are in or outside, they are vibrant, working, playful, peaceful communities where everybody counts and contributes. I hope you, your child or a friend can experience one. It will change your life for the better of forever.
LINKS TO THE MADMEN AND THE MADNESS ALIKE: Book: Montessori Madness: A Parent to Parent Argument for Montessori Education Website: www.montessorimadmen.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/montessorimadmen Video: Montessori Madness Presentation for Parents Contest: Winner of the Montessori Elevator Speech
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UNIVERSITY January 16 Life After RMCS: An Alumni Panel
February 20 Vulnerability Creates Success
March 20 Book Review: Montessori Madness: A Parent to Parent Argument for Montessori by Trevor Eissler
April 17 Bring on the Learning Revolution!
May 15 The Happiness Advantage
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Monthly newsletter of River Montessori Charter School in Petaluma, California