All Montessorians are familiar with the Montessori Birthday Walk. Some schools celebrate intra-transition when a child transfers or graduates from one plane of development to another. Other schools celebrate a child’s leaving the current school to go to another school or country.
Recently, in July, I had the privilege to conduct a farewell ceremony for a child who was leaving to another country. I intended to conduct the ceremony in a calm and meaningful manner that will leave a remarkable experience for all the children.
To prepare for the farewell ceremony, a candle is put in the middle of the circle. [When the children arrived they thought it was somebody’s birthday!] When everybody is gathered in the circle, with the leaving child sitting next to her teacher, I took the candle in a jar, opened the lid and explained the reason of the Circle Time.
“Today, we sit here to say goodbye to a friend who is going to another country far away from here.”
“Let’s wish her well by closing our eyes and say a wish for her into the jar softly.”
I demonstrated by speaking softly into the candle jar. “I wish M will be happy always.”
As the candle jar was passed on to another child in the circle, we sang a song which was inspired by R.Tamingga’s (a kids yoga instructor, whose course I attended in June) song, ‘May The Light In Me Shines On You”.
When the candle jar was returned to me, I put the jar back into the middle of the circle and lit the candle. “Now, all the children’s and teachers’ wishes are in the candle. Blow the candle and take their wishes with you, M.”
After the child blew the candle, I closed the jar and invited her teacher to present the candle jar to her. The leaving child brought back the candle with her when she left the school that evening.
I am happy to have successfully combined two methods of education – Montessori Method and Teacher Tamingga’s Love and Peace song- in this educational farewell ceremony. Thank you to both gurus: Maria Montessori and Teacher Tamingga!
These vacancies are gathered from a group:
- A kindergarten (international division) in Shanghai is looking for Early Years Montessori trained teachers to start in August 2016. Candidates must have knowledge of the Montessori curriculum for ages 3-6 years and have at least 2 years experience teaching in a kindergarten with a passion for working with children.
Salary will be in line with teachers’ experience and qualifications and will be paid in local currency RMB and package including housing allowance, annual flights, medical insurance with international policy, lunch is provided at school, end of contract bonus.
For more details about this position and opportunity, please register atwww.edvectus.com
And for more information about China please see here:http://www.edvectus.com/…/TheEdvectusEducator.An.Introducti…
- Would you like to work & live in Norway?Stavanger Montessori School is a newly established government-funded school in Stavanger (NORWAY), that starts education in August 18th, 2016. The school is located in Hundvåg until January while the new school building in Nådlandskroken is being renovated.
In order to serve our students, parents and the city with the highest quality and quantity of education, we are working towards renovating a school building, designed in accordance to the needs of the students as the main focus.
The school opens its doors to 1st to 5th grades in the first year. Each year new grades will be added so that after five years it will be covering 10th grades’ students.
We are looking for two AMI-diploma (Elementary school 6-12) teachers. Interested?
Mail to: soknadMy Site@stams.no
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I will be using the musics from Bensound.com for the slideshow for my school’s concert this year. This is the first time I will be exploring this website and I think there are easily more than fifty musics to download for free. Just remember to give credit to the owner of the website at the end of the show. ENJOY !!!
[The link to the website is permanently etched at the right column of the blog.]
Member student of a Facebook Group who attended Montessori Elementary course at Bergamo Montessori Training Centre in Italy produced this video for one of the subjects. I think it’s a good video to show children about the reversible role humans have played in this world which contributes widely to climate change’s disproportionate damage around the world.
This is an invitation to all early childhood and alternative education educators, parents, school authorities and shareholders to come forward and support the movement of Montessori education in Malaysia, by attending the 6th Annual General Meeting next Saturday, 3pm, at Subang Jaya. Let’s show our commitment to Montessori education by becoming a member of the association to give more exposure and acknowledgment to our meaningful work.
The International School of Kuala Lumpur Melawati will be hosting the Special Educators Network in Asia (SENIA) conference on February 25, 26, and 27. Local Malaysian teachers who would like to attend this event to learn more about serving students with disabilities and have their conference fees waived for all three days should apply throu this link https://goo.gl/zrFP65. This application is due by February 11th and winners will be notified of their acceptance by February 15th. Please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like additional information.
Speakers from around the world (Julia Cook , Dr Sam Oritz etc.) will be presenting on topics relevant to educators, especially those serving students with special needs. The conference will be conducted entirely in English.
It is time (yes there is ample time) to spread the mission of Maria Montessori through this four-year congress in Prague, Czechoslovakia. It is also due time to spread the theme “Pathway to Peace: Montessori Education for Social Change” which will be demonstrated by the international congress through dialogues and collaboration amongst pioneers, veterans and experts from the global Montessori community.
The event is next year and the preparation begins now.
27-30 July 2017
Ketupat is a type of dumpling made from rice packed in woven palm leaf or daun palas. In Malaysia, it is usually eaten during Eid or Hari Raya Celebration, with rendang chicken, a type of curry dish or serunding, a type of famous malay/indonesian dish sauteed grated coconut and meat dish.
In August this year, I’ve decided to record the making of simple ketupat in the shape of triangle, with the assistance of children and teachers in school. We made about 40 ketupat for a game. Ketupat were hung on a string and children were only allowed to ‘pluck’ the ketupat by pulling it using their mouth.
*The palm leaf or daun palas can be purchased from local markets during the fasting season at the price of RM3 (make about 50 ketupat). Peel one leaf from the stalk and give it a good beat on the ground (which is usually best done outside due to dust from the leaves) to open up the thin layer.
There is a huge demand on play dough activities in my school right now, from children to adults. I guess that’s because play dough session is enjoyable and therapeutic. For my next project, I will be working on collecting play dough recipes and preparing raw materials for give away or sale to parents during concert, sports day and other fundraising events.
Do you have a favourite recipe that you would love to use again and again with your young or old ones? Please share it here.