Jan 26, 2024 • 40 Mins min read
Join us as we explore the intricacies of how little ones develop their gross and fine motor skills, coordination, and spatial awareness.
Jan 15, 2024 • 55 mins min read
With several 'low key' but significant and impactful amendments to the EYFS coming into play as of last week (the 4th Jan 2023) it's crucial everyone within the industry is up to date and has a plan of action to swiftly tick the boxes necessary to comply with the changes.
This comprehensive class aims to empower educators, parents, and caregivers with the foundational principles of Maria Montessori. Participants will explore the core tenets of child-centered learning, mixed-age grouping, and the creation of a prepared environment for optimal development. From individualised learning strategies and practical life skills integration to navigating the digital age in Montessori education, this class equips learners with the knowledge and tools to foster holistic growth in children. Join Ben as he delves into the heart of Montessori philosophy and its application in today's dynamic educational landscape. Enrol now to embark on a journey towards creating nurturing environments that inspire a lifelong love for learning in the early years.
1. The Montessori Planes of Development07:12
In this class, we'll explore the profound concept of the Montessori Planes of Development, a key framework that guides understanding of the stages of human development according to Maria Montessori. Participants will delve into the four planes, spanning from birth to adulthood, each characterized by distinct developmental needs and milestones. From the absorbent mind of the early years to the reasoning mind of adolescence, we will examine how Montessori's approach tailors educational strategies to align with the unique characteristics and sensitivities of each plane. By comprehending these developmental planes, participants will gain valuable insights into creating purposeful and age-appropriate learning environments that nurture the unfolding potential of individuals at every stage of their journey towards maturity.
2. The Wonders Of The Absorbent Mind13:03
In this class, we will delve into the fascinating concept of the 'absorbent mind' as elucidated by Maria Montessori. Participants will gain a clear understanding of how the absorbent mind functions during the critical early years of development, where children effortlessly absorb and internalise their surroundings.
3. Montessori's Idea Of Sensitive Periods06:15
Within this class we unravel the intriguing concept of 'sensitive periods' in early childhood, a key principle in Maria Montessori's educational philosophy. These periods represent windows of heightened sensitivity during which children are particularly receptive to specific stimuli, making learning and skill acquisition optimal. Participants will explore how recognising and responding to these sensitive periods is crucial for effective teaching and guidance.
4. Understanding Auto-Education07:23
In this class, we will embark on a comprehensive exploration of 'auto-education,' a fundamental concept in Maria Montessori's philosophy. Auto-education refers to the innate ability of children to self-direct their learning experiences. Participants will delve into the principles underlying this concept and discover practical strategies for its application in modern educational practices.
5. Creating Your Own Prepared Environment07:51
In this class, participants will discover the art of crafting a Montessori-inspired environment through the lens of the 'prepared environment.' Rooted in Maria Montessori's philosophy, this concept emphasises the intentional design of spaces to foster optimal learning experiences. We will explore practical ideas and principles to create environments that cater to the developmental needs of children, promoting independence, exploration, and concentration.
6. Getting Hands On With Montessori Learning Materials09:59
In this class, we will take a close inspection into the heart of the Montessori Approach – the meticulously designed learning materials. Participants will explore the significance of these thoughtfully crafted materials, which serve as catalysts for hands-on, experiential learning. From sensorial materials that engage the senses to mathematical and language materials that scaffold understanding, we will delve into the purpose and application of each.
7. The Role Of The Practitioner In A Montessori World06:27
As we wrap up this class, we turn our attention to the fundamental role practitioners play within the world of Montessori education. Beyond the meticulously designed environments and engaging materials, the practitioner serves as a guide, mentor, and facilitator in the child's educational journey. Participants will investigate the crucial role of observation, adaptability, and the ability to respond to the unique needs of each learner. Emphasising the practitioner's responsibility in cultivating a supportive, respectful, and nurturing atmosphere, we'll explore how their approach influences a child's development, independence, and love for learning. Join us in reflecting on the practitioner's pivotal role in fostering the principles of Maria Montessori, creating environments where children can thrive and reach their full potential.
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