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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Why the Change?

In the spirit of my former self, everyday is different. In fact recently I decided to reinvent my brand and personal philosophy to reflect new changes in my life. As a mom and educator, I believe the only true way to connect with our kids is to stay fresh and current, to embrace change and move forward as life presents the opportunity.

Here is what I discovered along my journey:
I am a resourceful mom, who learns a little bit of something from everyone. I am painfully optimistic and proud of my desire to nurture and educate my own child while embracing the community where we reside.
 My current educational philosophy:Place-Based 

PlaceBased philosophy is more than a method of teaching sequentially from birth to age 6, and the research proves it (as we see in new trends where Montessori is turning up in mainstream dementia care). In the field of human development, Place-Based is an anthropological framework for people as individuals and the communities they call home. This is why Montessori is both variable and universal. As people change the community changes. As communities change people change. At the heart of Montessori is an education for a new world.

So without further ado, let's embrace the future of Montessori education. We must be wise, witty and resourceful--or we will never make history!
A Resourceful Mom

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Montessori and Play

Many parents and educators alike wonder how Montessori philosophy and creativity coincide.
In some circles, there is a definite clash of  theories; a play versus work mentality exists.
In other circles there is a collaboration between the two where the words of Dr. Montessori ring true: that "play is the work of the child"

Play and Language
The Montessori Farm exercise is a classic  model of what Dr. Montessori described as the "miniature environment" used to teach parts of speech, sentence diagramming, sentence analysis, craft and structure.
The main strength of this material is the agreement with Developmentally Appropriate Practices ie. Children love to play with little figures and set up stories and scenes.

The farm itself isn't the only material that teaches in this way. Montessorians who are responsive to the needs of children know that miniature environments exist in many forms such as doll houses, train sets, and yes even gardens.
The photos below are the beginnings of my garden miniature environment. This teaching tool will live in the south west section of the garden bed among the herbs and flowers.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Animal Photography

Place based education and Montessori go together. In the book "Place Based Education" by David Sobel, there are amazing stories of Montessori schools  (elementary, middle and highschool) who adopt this path when a farm school isn't an option.
After listening to Sobel speak at the NAMTA conference, and observing and networking locally with a large public Montessori Highschool that is "Place based", I found a small oasis. Today my son age 12 and I completed our first class at the local animal shelter. We can now do laundry, file paperwork, help run the store, greet in the lobby and explore other classes and certifications. My son is interested in animal photography now and will persue his next class sponsored by Purina...who knew?! I'm looking into fundraising and or event coordination there (in addition to bottle feeding kittens ♡)
I can't help but imagine the infinite lessons and possibilities.
Place Based Education+Montessori