Montessori for Flint
June 2018 Newsletter
It may seem odd, but in Montessori education, kids start out by learning letter sounds rather than letter names. When introducing the letter B, for example, the teacher would call it "buh." The reason for this is that when learning to make sense of letters, we need to know what sound the letter makes, not its name. This picture shows a sorting activity for grouping small objects based on their beginning sounds and is good to use once the child already associates the "buh" sound with the letter. If you have a young child, you can try this at home.
Similarly, the math materials help students go from the concrete form to abstract thought. This picture from a recent Montessori conference shows the array of math materials laid out to create a sequential path from basic quantity through division. Each work in the process builds on the child's prior mastery and teaches one new skill.
Peace education is an important part of the Montessori Method. Grace and Courtesy lessons give children tools for resolving conflicts peacefully and ways to cultivate a peaceful and productive environment for learning.
Joining the Flint Montessori Program
The initial application window for the Early 5/K-3 program for the fall has closed. If you have not applied yet, you can still do so and the application will be considered after those that were submitted by the May 15 date. If you applied and are waiting to hear back, you can expect to be notified by June 15.
If you have a student who will be 4 years old by September 1 and you are interested in the Montessori pre-K program, you can pre-register by calling 591-KIDS or going online to Michigan Preschool | Home. Be sure to select Flint Community Schools- DTM Montessori as your preferred option. Once you have done that, please call the Flint Community Schools early childhood office at (810) 767-8018. (The pre-K application process has multiple steps, and doing both of these things helps ensure a smoother path.)
Help Us Re-Stock the Pre-K Room!
Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world. - Maria Montessori
June Montessori for Flint Advisory
Friday, June 15th, 4pm
1518 University Avenue
Substitute Teaching Opportunity
Montessori for Flint is seeking individuals who are interested in being available as a substitute teacher for the Montessori classrooms. Having at least 90 hours of college credit is required, and knowledge of Montessori philosophy is preferred. To register, visit PESG (the company that coordinates substitutes for Flint Community Schools at www.mypesg.com. If you or someone you know is potentially interested please register as soon as possible. If there are potential substitutes who could be a good fit for the Montessori program but don’t yet have Montessori training, there are possibilities. Contact Elizabeth Jordan with questions or for more information.
Saturday, June 16th, 11am-3pm
G2138 West Carpenter Rd, Flint, MI, 48505, Flint, MI 48505
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About Montessori for Flint
Montessori for Flint serves as the advisory group to the Flint Community Schools' Montessori program. To be added to the advisory group email list or get more information call (810) 610-7209.