One of the virtues of Montessori education is the development of self-control. The “marshmallow” experiment of the late 60′s found some interesting facts about self control.
1. Children who had good environments had better self-control.
2. Later in life, self-control aided with success in school more than I.Q.
3. Self-control can be taught to preschool children.
Read more at Don’t the secret of self-control.
If you want to hear what sounds different animals actually make, there are samples available at Cornell’s Macauley Library. I have been listening to house finches, raccoons, mourning doves and robins. It’s a great way to listen to nature with your children and recognized the call of wildlife around you.
Happy Mother’s Day! It doesn’t matter if you have children or not, we all have a Mom inside of us.
With the current outbreak of flu, it’s important to have your children wash their hands properly. Here is how to do it the Montessori way. Use a paper towel or a hand cloth to dry hands only once to prevent contamination.
Wash your hands after using the bathroom, before you eat, cook a meal and after coming back home from any event, such as school, work and shopping. Good health to you!
“Information must be wholistically learned before it can be memorized and retained.”
Remembering Chinese Characters: a case study in computer-aided spaced repetition rehearsal has much more information about learning at this pdf
The Montessori classroom uses a wholistic type of learning as well.
Learning only happens when you have an overview and introduction for what you are learning. For example, preschool children can learn the sounds of the alphabet because they know how to talk. It would impossible to teach letter sounds to an infant who does not understand language.
Another example is music. How can children learn to play an instrument or learn music theory if they have never heard music or sang songs? Preparing children for learning takes into account the purpose of learning and providing a whole approach.
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