Montessori World

An educational blog for children and adults

Montessori Article (Free to Download)

Do you know there’s a new publication on the internet that is related to Montessori education and is free to download? I get a tad bit excited when there is something Montessori to read and it is absolutely at no charges at all. Yea, I have to repeat that many times!

The great thing about this publication is that it can be shared with your other colleagues or students to ignite some discussion during meetings or classes, and how to improve the teaching and learning experience in the Montessori environment. Currently, there are four publications available that tackle different major issues relevant to Montessori education. Choose one of your preference at MontessoriPublic.org.

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March 30, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Tuition Classes by Me.

I offer home tuition classes to early years and primary school children. Occasionally, I also give English tuition classes to secondary children and adults too.

Last month, I had the opportunity to offer tutoring service to a child with delayed learning difficulties. My philosophy of transmitting knowledge is not just about giving that knowledge and skill to read, write and count, I would also like to make a difference and change the student’s lifestyle and thinking pattern. I want my presence as an educator/educationist to make an impact in a student’s life for a long term. I am not saying that I want the students to remember me as the ‘fabulous educator’ who makes a ‘fabulous revolution’ in their lives. I want to make that change and impact that will revolutionize the thinking and creating process of a student towards success, which arrives as a result of their own manipulative and independent thinking and observation. The student will arrive at that destination by their own means and judgement. I’m only the guide who appears when I’m needed.

Due to my universal perspective of education and educating, I always make sure to plan learning sessions which contain hands-on learning materials.

To begin the class which started during Chinese New Year (CNY) period, I prepared a CNY kit for my special child. The picture speaks volume so I’m not going to elaborate on the content of the kit.

What is more important is how do I use the kit for introductory learning and extended variation  activities and lessons to sustain and quench the student’s quest and desire to the self-learning process.

This is what I do as a tutor for student of all ages. The process is complex and lengthy. If you want to know more about it or witness the process of learning that goes on in my sessions, just give me a shout by leaving a comment or pm me via Facebook. I can’t wait to leave a mark in a student’s life.

March 10, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Giant Bubble.

What is there not to like about bubbles, whether they are tiny ones or giant ones!

A couple of years ago, I had the privilege and joy of playing with giant bubbles for free at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur. Only recently, that is last year, I had the opportunity to make one from scratch for the children under my care.

The ingredients are simple:

  1. Dishwashing Liquid, JOY, small one
  2. Tapioca starch flour – 4 tbsp
  3. Water – 1.5l

I prepare all the ingredients on a shelf in a basin so that the children can even make the bubble formula themselves.

For the wand, I made it from two sticks which I got from a tanglung/lantern festival. I use a kite string to make the loop. You can also use a plastic or wire cloth hanger.

After that, any children and adults with a young heart will walk with a spring in their steps!

March 3, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A story for Yoga for Kids class.

A story for my Yoga for Kids class. What human values can you gather from here? Why do you think the child doesn’t bring any food? How do you think you can help this child? <What other extension questions or activities can you think of for this lesson?>

February 6, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Montessori Conferences Around The World

I have added a new link on my blog under the title ‘Montessori Conferences Around The World’. You are invited to add more information of Montessori conferences in your country by leaving a comment at the end of this post. Hope you get to nourish your mind with knowledge and experiences from other Montessorians around the globe.

January 18, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Cultural Studies in a Montessori Curriculum

The most interesting and most flexible area in a Montessori classroom, Cultural Studies, provides opportunities for children to explore and discover nature (through subjects such as Zoology and Botany) and attempt to understand the culture of the world (through Geography, History, Art & Craft and Music & Movement).

It is said that in the beginning, Cultural Studies was not included in the Montessori curriculum. According to Barbara Isaacs, Chief Education Officer of Montessori St. Nicholas Charity(2003, Montessori International magazine, pg. 10-12), only when Maria Montessori went to India during the Second World War, did she observed the appreciation and awareness of nature by looking after plants in the classroom, growing plants and caring for pets. Together with her son, Mario, they worked together on the concept of Cosmic Education, the foundation of values which becomes the base of our work with children. The Cosmic Education or Cosmic Plan provides a framework that helps the older children to seek for more complex questions such as “Who am I?”, “Where do I come from?”, “Why am I here?” or “How can I help others?”.

Many educators find Cultural Studies a difficult area to develop as they find it challenging to prepare a flexible and ‘living’ area of learning. This is particularly ambitious if we were to prepare resources to capture the children’s interests and imagination. Are there any hard and complex rules to abide to? Certainly no strict and hard-to-bend rules. A few simple strategies and principles would be helpful as a reminder when preparing resources for the 3-6 years old children:

  1. OBSERVE the child: Take note of their interests and real experiences inside and outside the classroom. Eavesdrop on their conversations with friends and with other adults. Take pictures or audio record if writing tools are not accessible to you. Make sure to jot the dates on all the occurrences.

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[Teachers are the players in this chess game. Children are like the pieces on the chessboard, but alive, independent and free to move]

 

  1. Add and DEVELOP materials on the shelves or tables: Create materials from natural resources such as leaves, wood, bamboo, sticks, wool or stones. Hand-made and well-crafted new equipment or materials will definitely entice children as compared to plastic or other artificial toys. Make sure to change the materials at least every month or as when is needed to feign the children’s curiosity. If possible, invite local artists and craftsmen to make furniture and materials for you.

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  1. INTER-DISCIPLINARY teaching and learning: This simply means that whatever materials which are prepared on the shelves can include practices from other learning areas such as Practical Life or Sensorial. For example, children who are getting to know about Paricutin Volcano, one of the subjects of Seven Wonders of the World, would surely love to do the experiment of volcanic eruption with baking soda and vinegar by themselves. They also get to repeatedly practice on transferring and pouring skills, refine their visual and olfactory senses, and receive a general introduction of science knowledge of the properties of acid and alkaline chemicals.

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Cultural Studies offers a good opportunity for Montessori teachers to make the classroom area an attractive and lively place of hands-on learning. This is one of the best ways of implementing inter-related curriculum using current topics and themes that are relevant to children’s lives.

Now, let’s ponder: What is the lesson plan for Cultural Studies that you would prepare for next week’s learning experience?

January 16, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

SENSORIAL: Inserting Pipe Cleaner activity – for ages 20 months to 3 years

Committed to creating a humble and sustainable environment, it feels good to be able to design an activity for the very young ones in a Montessori environment!

This activity is prepared for the age range of 20 months to 3 years, with the objective of developing eye-hand coordination, strengthening small muscles, enhancing fine motor skills and building a better pincer grip and stronger finger dexterity.

 

The materials for this activity can be found around us. What are they:

  • White plastic bottle
  • Pipe cleaners

Use a hammer and a nut to make the holes on the bottle. The nut should be able to make a hole large enough to insert the pipe cleaner.  I’ve made five holes on this bottle.

Then, I make a black circle around each hole so that the holes are easily visible to the child. I also make a loop at one end of the pipe cleaner so that the child can grip the pipe cleaner with ease.

This is how the activity looks like as an end product.

Do you know what is the Control of Error for this activity?

December 5, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Book Swap 2017

Book Swap and Book Sale at a comfortable and down-to-earth dwelling place, probably with local ice-cream at a corner.

November 14, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Tic-Tac-Toe Rocks.

There are several tree stumps, previously belong to tall and large trees, in the school’s garden. Every day children love to stand on them and pretend to be pirates or some types of group leaders. I love the stumps because they give me extra height, making me feel like I’m ready to give a speech to the public.

Then, one day, during a chalk-drawing session, I took a chalk and was doodling on the garden’s cemented floor. But the ground’s colour just buried the colours of the chalk. So, I take the chalk to the stump and started to make lines. It feels like I’m drawing on a blackboard.

The lines formed the platform for Tic-Tac-Toe. So, I put the painted stones (ladybirds and bees) in a beautiful Japanese tin and showed the older children how to play with this game.

The younger children were happy to simply touch, feel and look at the brightly painted stones. Their activity is simple, just put one stone in one box, unless if there’s an extra stone, they can choose to put in one of the boxes.

October 11, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Rock painting.

Painting rocks is another fun activity, other than colouring books or canvas painting. Rocks are free but not easily available from where I come from. Rocks are also recyclable like a canvas. If you don’t like what you paint, you can still repaint it white or black, and start all over again.

On a calm weekend, I like to conduct activities for/with my mother and friends. Not so long ago, mum, Wendy (my friend) and I spend one morning doing rock painting at an educational institution. It was a very relaxing and meaningful way for us to spend our time together, besides devouring the nasi beriani and mango lassi that comes after that.

*Thank you to Vengene, a kindergarten principal and an ex-university mate, for coincidentally passed by and helped to take the photos above.

Wendy, mum and I cherish this moment forever, and if you would like to capture a rock-painting session together with the senior citizens or young children, we can arrange for a meetup to gain this therapeutic and relaxing moments together.

 

September 17, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment