I join and follow all posts in this group called IMS International Montessori School yahoo group which is facilitated by Lee Havis. In one of his posts earlier this year, there was a message from a Montessori teacher showing interest in school exchange programme. Below was her mail to Lee Havis:
I teach ninth and tenth grade at a Montessori School in Munich, Germany. We are looking for Montessori Schools in the US that might be interested in joint projects, communication via E-Mail or possibly even student exchange.
If you have any ideas or recommendations I would be most grateful!
On “linkedin”, you can contact Birgitta Berger:
I am an ardent fan of school exchange and have been toying with this idea for so long. If anybody is interested in this type of programme within the Montessori community, please write your ideas or thoughts here.
Another exciting event by Montessori Association of Malaysia happening this Sunday morning at a tranquil park. This time around MAM is celebrating the colour green with a bucket full of ‘natural’ events. Call the above number for more details.
I am very excited and looking forward to attending this seminar with president of MAM this weekend.
A lot have been written and reported about Finland’s education system, especially on the level of early childhood education. This time, an educational guest from Finland, Prof Lasse Tapio Lipponen will be talking on topics covering constructing and reconstructing childhood, social interaction and learning, and Finnish education, teacher training and teacher profession of ECE.
This event is hosted by KPAKK, Kolej Perkembangan Awal Kanak-Kanak, Damansara Damai. For more information, click on the image below.
The children in my class absolutely love these two versions of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. We sing them every day during class’ morning Circle Time.
Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar
Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar,
My daddy drives a rusty car,
Push the button pull the choke,
and off we go in a puff of smoke.
Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar,
My daddy drives a rusty car.
Twinkle Twinkle Traffic Light
Twinkle twinkle traffic light,
standing by the corner side,
When it’s red it ‘s time to stop,
When it’s green it’s time to go,
Twinkle twinkle traffic light,
standing by the corner side.
Have a great time singing with your kids, I’m sure you will enjoy them too!
I hope to upload my class’ children singing this song in my next post.
Registration is still available until the 1st of October for the many presentations and school visits during the Montessori Europe Congress in Hungary next month.
The attendance fee of the congress is about RM1600. Flight fare and accommodation are excluded.
If anybody wants me to cover the event from the 17th -20th October, which coincides with my school’s half term holiday, I would be very delighted to volunteer myself, provided that accommodation and flight’s fare are covered.
Mama dog impresses me with her perseverance, nudging the child gently and continuously pawing and embracing the child with motherly and monstrous hugs. Pet therapy is an upcoming new age research trend and is also a service worth considering especially for people with special needs, children and old folks.
Enjoy this drama as we start a new dawn tomorrow!
The text below was send to my email inbox last year September. The sender’s general mail to all subscribers is to awaken the understanding and meaning of Montessori Education for the public’s eyes. Some readers, especially teachers might find this article specially helpful in the end of August, when preparing for class teaching. I was also hoping that by including the text here, I shall use the description written here about Montessori as consolidating facts to be included in my master’s research proposal.
Montessori in a Nutshell
by Terri Sherrill
On the first Saturday of this month, I joined a group of Do Good volunteers cleaning a tourist hot spring spot at Selayang and gardening at Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation Malaysia in PJ. This activity was a joined venture between The Star’s Leaderonomics and My Khatulistiwa. All our basic physical needs such as food, drink, shirt and transportation were provided courtesy of The Star while our emotional, social and spiritual needs were nurtured and temporarily sustained by My Khatulistiwa, a young NGO headed by a lovely lady, Sham Priya.
Here are the photos I plucked from Facebook, except one from yours truly’s collection. My most favourite part of the activity is the gardening. I learned a lot about how to reuse and recycle items from our surroundings. True innovation speaks wonders as illustrated in the pictures below.
1) use empty mineral water bottles. Cut them into half. Remove the lid. Use the top part of the bottle to put soil and seeds in it. Before inserting the reversed top part of the bottle, pour a bit of water into the other half of the bottle. Dont need to water every day after that, the contained water will evaporate and condense to keep the moist. Then add tags and strings/stickers to give to ppl. The ones given to us were lady finger seeds and basil plant.
2) Use abandoned wooden pallets to plant herbs or flowers. Can place them horizontally flat on the ground, or wait for them to grow into the soil after a month to be placed vertically. Simply adjust the space between the planks according to the size of the plants.Reuse plastic banners or buntings by nailing them to the wood to form the base or platform before putting the mixed soil and compost between the planks.
After cleaning and clearing debris and rubbish at Selayang Hot Spring,
Do Good team having a blast time at the end of the day!
The third International Montessori Convention 2013 is back in Kuala Lumpur. This would be another invaluable chance to rub shoulders with Montessorians in another Montessori oasis.
When and Where
Date: 6 & 7 July 2013 (Sat & Sun)
Venue: Dewan Selangor, Menara PGRM, 1Jalan Pudu Ulu, Cheras 56100, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Registration: On or before June 7, 2013
RM 430 per participant (Single registration)
RM 390 per participant (Group registration of 5 and above)
After June 7, 2013
RM 470 per participant (Single registration)
RM 430 per participant (Group registration of 5 and above)
More information can be obtained from the website, www.montessoriconventions.com.
A brief recap of ‘sensitive periods‘ from an article by Maren Schmidt which was published in Tomorrow’s Child magazine, Sept 2009:
What are ‘sensitive periods’: An age-appropriate and individual-appropriate time when children seem to be participating in a well-defined activity which reflects a work cycle and is irresistible for the child to stop once he begins, in which the activity will be repeated again and again, as a result of this a passionate interest will develop and eventually the child will feel calm and restful at the end of the activity.
There are 5 main ”sensitive periods’:
- Sensitive to Social relationships & Social Skills – age 2 1/2 -6( learning basic pro-social skills and practical skills); age 12-15 (polishing social skills)
- Sensitive to Order – age 0 to 4 1/2 .
- Sensitive to activities which Refine the Senses – age 0 to 4 1/2.
- Sensitive to Movement – age 0 to 5 1/2.
- Sensitive to Language – age 0 to 6.