The Inquisitive WHYs

As we dive into geography mixed in with language lessons I keep getting questions from children like why does the earth fly through space? Why do platypuses lay eggs? Why is Australia so far away? Why, why, why? To a busy parent these might seem rather irritating but those are the best questions a learning child could ask and a sure sign of an inquisitive mind. Sure we don’t always have the answers, there is no shame in that. Maybe they will grow up and find them one day! 

Animals in the classroom and focusing

I noticed that on the days when Oliver comes I children are more likely to focus on their work. They try to move around the classroom with more caution and keep the noise level down. They know he has sensitive ears! He comes in from time to time and our Montessori classroom transforms into a focusing environment. Just take a look at this concentrated work: multiplication with Oliver, the dog, by your side. Notice that even the dog has to follow the rules like keeping his body off the rug and avoid putting materials in his mouth!

What did you learn in school today? Making learning visible.

On November 8, 2014 I attended an AMS conference in Chicago, sponsored by the Seton Montessori Institute. The theme of the conference was “”What did you do in school today?” Using documentation to make learning visible.”” Inspired by what I learned from Dr. Pinciotti, the main speaker at the event, I decided to make a video about my own Montessori classroom: “What did we learn in November?” In addition to being a certified yoga teacher for children I am also a certified Montessori teacher for ages 3-6. Here is our video report.