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    1. 1. Montessori Method Kelsey Girardot Jennifer Cramer Aimee Wilson Jessica Gieche Kaitlyn Smith Cary Link
    2. 2. What is the Montessori method? • • • • • • • Natural development Creativity Problem solving Critical thinking Time management Uninterrupted concentration Children in touch with environment
    3. 3. Montessori triangle Student Parent/Teacher Environment
    4. 4. Maria Montessori
    5. 5. Montessori Materials "All the apparatus must be meticulously in order, beautiful and shiny, in perfect condition. Nothing must be missing, so that to the child it always seems new, complete and ready for use.― – Maria Montessori
    6. 6.  Important to be sure materials are truly Montessori  International committee oversees production of materials used in AMI schools
    7. 7.  Everything has a purpose  ―grow‖ with the child  Self-correcting  Made of materials such as wood, wicker, fabric, or metal
    8. 8. Practical Life  Caring for self, others, and the environment  Learn every day skills such as pouring, scooping, cleaning, or tying  Increase self-esteem and independence  Fine motor skill development  Learning through trial and error
    9. 9. Practical Life Materials
    10. 10. Sensorial  Explore world through their senses  Explore size, texture, color, weight, sound, and smell.  Allows for individual work and repetition  Prepare for later math and language
    11. 11. Sensorial Materials Geometric solids
    12. 12. Mathematics  Understanding of numbers and number relations  Abstract concepts  Every material is one concept that prepares for the next  Practical life and sensorial materials prepare for math
    13. 13. Math Materials
    14. 14. Language  1. phonics 2. letter recognition 3. book reading  Learn the shape and order of letters through exploration  Learn vocabulary for their environment  Learn to hold a writing instrument as well as the art of writing
    15. 15. Language Materials
    16. 16. Culture and Geography  Promotes an understanding of the physical world  Understanding that the earth and environment are shared with other people and cultures
    17. 17. Culture and Geography Materials
    18. 18. Music  Enhances understanding in all other subject areas  Learn rhythmic sounds  Promotes creativity  Fine motor skills
    19. 19. Sources    (2012). In Montessori Services . Retrieved June 2, 2012, from Manufacturers of AMI Approved Materials (n.d.). In Association Montessori Internationale. Retrieved June 1, 2012, from Montessori Learning Materials (2011). In American Montessori Society. Retrieved June 2, 2012, from sori/Montessori%20Learning%20Materials.aspx  Montessori Materials (2008). In Northwest Montessori School. Retrieved June 1, 2012, from  Montessori Materials (n.d.). In Family Montessori Preschool of Loyola. Retrieved June 1, 2012, from Montessori Materials and Learning Environments (2011). In The International Montessori Index. Retrieved June 2, 2012, from Program (n.d.). In Wesgami Montessori School. Retrieved June 2, 2012, from    The Environment (n.d.). In Montessori St. Nicholas Charity. Retrieved June 2, 2012, from
    20. 20. Montessori Water Activities Can relate to: •Practical life •Pouring •When to stop/knowing a glass is full •Math and measurement •Science •What happens when soap or food coloring is added?
    21. 21. Purpose  Develop    Motor skills Concentration Eye-hand coordination
    22. 22. Materials  Does not require a $200+ water/sand table  If you know someone handy, instructions to MontessoriWaterTable.pdf
    23. 23. Household Materials  Basin, shallow or deep  Beads  Sponges  Ping pong balls  Whisk  Ladle  Strainer  Glasses  Measuring cup
    24. 24. Activities  Mix beads with water, practice pouring through drainer so that beads are separated from water  Whisk- can add soap  Spooning floating objects  Pouring  Water with sponges and wringing out
    25. 25. Pouring and Spooning
    26. 26. Pouring back and forth • • • • Enhances control and coordination Independence Self help skills Learn ways to clean up
    27. 27. Spooning • • • • Concentration Coordination Motor skills Eye-hand coordination
    28. 28. Practical Life Station • Practice pouring water from pitcher into cups. • Practice using the line on the cups. • Practice pouring water from cup to cup/pitcher to pitcher. • Use rags provided to clean up spills. • Practice spooning rice and corn. (Either just spooning them up or placing into other bowl) • Think about how this helps with coordination and concentration. Can you do the task if you are not concentrating?
    29. 29. The Montessori Approach Using sensory materials in the classroom
    30. 30. Our Sensory Centers….. Texture Feeling Sound Boxes    Shake the boxes and listen to the sounds they make. Match the sounds and place them as a pair on the tray Check your answers by flipping over the boxes to match the colors.       Explore the textures of the materials How do they feel? What could they be used for? Do any feel the same? Match them! Classify or order them by texture or color. Try using a blindfold to match the textures.
    31. 31. What is the benefit? Sound Boxes    Increases ability to recognize and compare sounds Promotes self confidence and independence Requires focus and concentration Texture Feeling  teaches students to identify and compare textures  Increases vocabulary used to describe what they feel (rough, smooth)
    32. 32. The Montessori Approach to Snack Time
    33. 33. The Basics of Snack Time • • • • Can be eaten at any time of the day Have a space for children to prepare it Use real materials Children serve and clean up
    34. 34. Students Learn To… • • • • See themselves as a member of the group Move carefully Focus Complete sequential steps • • • • Concentrate Make intelligent choices Persevere Gain a better understanding of real life materials
    35. 35. At Our Snack Center… • Work with the other students at the center to prepare a snack. Help each other set the table, cut the apples, and pour the drink. • Think about how this experience enriches a child‘s understanding of food & food preparation. • Don‗t forget to wash your dishes when you‘re finished! •
    36. 36. The Montessori Approach Guide to using clay in the classroom
    37. 37. Why Clay?  Helps children develop control and coordination through handling  Helps develop fine motor skills and muscles  Pre-Cursor for developing skills for cutting. Develops appropriate hand and finger control and builds appropriate hand muscles
    38. 38. Children learn that every material has a purpose, and are able to explore that material within a controlled environment. "It was not the method which produced the great changes in the children, so much as it was the great changes in the children which produced the method." —Maria Montessori
    39. 39. ―Working Freely Within Limits‖  Children determine a goal or objective for working with the material  Children explore and create while building fine motor muscle control  Teacher provides clay materials and environment necessary for children to obtain their goal.
    40. 40.  Create an animal or bug observed  Learn geographic structures through creating model geographic land plots  Creating and exploring shapes Possible Activities Montessori approach to clay use at home and in the classroom
    41. 41. At our Clay Center… Look at the pictures of different animals (in a real Montessori classroom, we would have actual bugs instead of pictures). Then learn through creating! This demonstrates use of a science lesson learning about bugs through Montessori approach
    42. 42. Montessori at Home Carly‘s Part
    43. 43. Montessori in the Home • • • • • Independence Self-help Transitions Working while playing Interests
    44. 44. Furniture • • • • Best if child-sized Chairs where feet can touch the floor Shelves in every room Low bed at child‘s height
    45. 45. Meals • • • • • Allow child to partake in preparation Real utensils and plates Pour, stir, mix Set table Clean dishes
    46. 46. Snacks • • • Have a cupboard or drawer Spot in the fridge Easily accessible
    47. 47. NAP/choices • • • Allow child to choose when to nap Allow child to make own decisions Give options
    48. 48. Toys/Books • • • • Easily accessible Organized Baskets, trays, shelves, books shelf Neat and not crowded
    49. 49. Art • Q-tips, cotton balls, tissue paper • Crayons, colored pencils, markers • Paint, paint brushes • Paper
    50. 50. Practical Life • • • • Dishes, beans, rice, silverware Button, zip, lacing boards Shoe polishing, ironing Soap and water for washing
    51. 51. Sources           Montessori Info: Girl with dishes image: Child sized table and chairs image: Silverware image Snack cupboard image: Napping boy image: Toys on shelf image: Finger painting girl image: Boy scoop image: Montessori in the Home: