Author Archive for: Julia Arndt

How to Prepare Your Child’s Home Environment

A beautiful, organized, and uncluttered home environment can help in many ways: dressing and undressing is simplified; the favorite book and toy is always within reach; the child can participate in the life of the family and feel needed; challenging work that focuses the child’s attention and fulfills her needs is always available; a more fun, creative, and peaceful life comes into being for the whole family.

The Joyful Child Montessori Company has a very informative article advising parents on how to prepare their young child’s environment at home to facilitate and maximize independent learning and exploration.

You may read the article here.

Shared with permission of The Joyful Child Montessori Company: www.thejoyfulchild.us

Free Montessori Webinar for Parents

We encourage parents to attend the free 45-minute webinar Finding Motivation the Montessori Way on Thursday November 1, 2012 from 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM PDT.

Motivation is too often thought of in terms of carrot and stick methods of rewards and punishments. Join Maren Schmidt, a certified Montessori educator with over 25 years experience, as she shares how self-motivation develops the Montessori Way.

During this webinar, Maren will explore the following:

  • Why rewards and punishments rarely motivate behavior for the long term
  • What three psychological needs motivate each of us to be our best
  • How Montessori environments of school and home support these three critical need

Register now

The Connection between Dr. Maria Montessori and Gandhi

One World Montessori observes Gandhi’s birthday every year in the beginning of October. Gandhi’s practice of satyagraha had distinct influence on the development of Dr. Maria Montessori’s perspective on peace education and fostered the start of many Montessori schools for the lower caste systems in India. Read more →

The Prepared Environment at Home

One of the fundamental principles behind Maria Montessori’s educational theory is that the child needs to learn in a “prepared environment.”  Order, simplicity, beauty and accessibility are fundamental to a prepared environment.  This article by Maren Schmidt offers great suggestions on how to view your home from the child’s perspective and make the necessary changes to prepare your home environment. 

Read the article here: The Prepared Environment at Home

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27 Non-School Skills Children Need

We all know that there are life skills that even the best educational opportunities currently do not provide.  We recommend that you read this article that lists 27 life skills that are crucial for children to learn before they reach adulthood  so that they can become productive, responsible members of society.  The article provides suggestions on how to teach these skills to the young members of your family.

Read the article here:  27 Skills Your Child Needs to Know That She’s Not Getting in School

 

 

Why Does the Paper Crane Symbolize Peace?

At One World Montessori School, we join millions of people around the world every year in acknowledging the International Day of Peace.  For the week leading up to the event, we decorate our school with origami cranes, which are a symbol if peace.  The touching story of Sadako Sasaki explains why the crane has become a symbol of peace.  Read more →