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Ep 29 CD v2, Ch4, Development through Activity

Montessori describes the teacher’s role in deciding when to intervene and when to observe if a child is making a mistake, interrupting another, or using the lesson in a way not intended. Very helpful this time of year!

Ep 28 The Age of Miracles, Ch 17 “Correction of Anomalies”

In this chapter Montessori reminds us that *we* cannot make the child different by making laws, not by punishment, nor prize, nor preaching. It is only through connecting the child to activity in their environment- not merely occupation but through interest does the child begin to change.

BONUS Montessori’s Birthday Wish

This 3 minute recording is a reading from Maria Montessori Writes to her Grandchildren: Letters from India 1939-1946, p.144, where Dr. Montessori requests to see her son on her birthday. Out of respect for Dr. Montessori, Mario was released and they were indeed reunited on her birthday in 1940!

Ep 25 The 1946 London Lectures Ch 32 The New Teacher

In this chapter, Montessori says the teacher must create an environment for normalized, concentrated activity, but she must act as sheepdog and policemen before the child can concentrate and shows signs of normalization, by redirecting the child with a walk in the garden, songs, collective games, or any activity that captures attention and draws them … Continue reading Ep 25 The 1946 London Lectures Ch 32 The New Teacher

Ep 14 Unlocking the Intelligence (Sensorial Lessons) Vh 10, 1946 London Lectures

In this chapter, Montessori describes the first Sensorial materials, including the Knobbed Cylinders, Long Rods, Brown Prisms, and Pink Cubes. She give instructions on how to present them- which may be the only place she describes this in such detail! I love this chapter, and after these lectures were published, a LOT of teacher training … Continue reading Ep 14 Unlocking the Intelligence (Sensorial Lessons) Vh 10, 1946 London Lectures

Ep 10 The House of Children Pt 2

In this episode, we finish The House of Children, from Montessori’s 1944 lectures in India. Montessori describes in detail ideal outdoor school environments.

Ep. 7 The Periods of Growth

This reading is from The Absorbent Mind, Ch 3. Montessori describes the planes of development and the importance of language and movement.

Ep. 6 Education and Peace

Montessori’s birthday is August 31! Happy Birthday, Dr. Montessori! Chapter 3 from Education and Peace seems a fitting read for our time and place.