Montessori at MVM Thursday 12/10
Deepening Our Collective Understanding
Focus: Montessori Primary Education
The most important period of life...
Children age 3-6 complete the 45 layout, seeing what numbers look like into the thousands. How did you learn about quantity?
Children work with the material and often have follow-up work like this.
This work helps refine the senses as children learn to differentiate slight variations of color.
What are the Planes of Development?
First Plane: ages 0 – 6 (the period of the “absorbent mind”)
Second Plane: ages 6 – 12 (the period of reasoning and abstraction)
Third Plane: ages 12 – 18 (when youth construct the “social self,” developing moral values and becoming emotionally independent)
Fourth Plane: ages 18 – 24 years (when young adults construct an understanding of the self and seek to know their place in the world)
Place value unit bead, ten bar, hundred square, and thousand cube
Note the colors, which will be consistent throughout a Montessori student's educational journey, Primary-Upper Elementary
Different dimensions learned sensorially; this work corresponds with the knobbed cylinder work. Children often create their own beautiful patterns with these materials.
What is Primary Education in a Montessori setting?
Maria Montessori designed her materials, curriculum, and methods after observing children
Montessori was first and foremost a scientist. She observed children and designed the environment for their needs.
Primary classrooms are designed specially for the child and the entire environment is created to facilitate their learning process.
Maria Montessori observed that children learn by doing and wrote that the "hand was the instrument of the mind".
The Montessori curricula, techniques and materials satisfy the natural tendency for this age child to learn by doing. Independence, coordination, order, self-discipline and concentration are developed. Children work individually and cooperatively with materials that engage their curiosity.
The children are given lessons using the materials and then are free to explore and observe. An emphasis is placed on the process rather than the product of learning. The aim is to develop a love of work and a joy of learning.
The Montessori primary program includes activities for Practical Life, Sensorial, Language and Mathematics. Cultural studies in Geography, History, Physical Science, and Life Science are presented to the child through various language and manipulative activities. Movement, music and art form part of the day-to-day activities.
Food for Thought
Who is the Primary student?
The first six years of life are marked by tremendous physical and psychological growth, exploration and development. Psychologically, the child is a concrete thinker, taking in everything around him.
Montessori coined the first plane as the time of the Absorbent Mind. She believed that more learning takes place at this stage of life than during any other. Children begin to acquire language, develop cognitive and motor skills, begin to imitate the adults around them, and develop expectations of the world around them.
Montessori believed that a prepared environment should be provided to allow the child to explore and experience purposeful activities.
It is also during this time that children undergo a series of sensitive periods or “windows of opportunity." This is a time of innate learning: developing language skills, the urges to sit up, crawl, and walk. It is during these sensitive periods that it is easier for a child to learn certain concepts that will be more difficult as they get older.
Montessori identified 11 different sensitive periods from birth to age six.
Children in their first plane of development are constantly taking in and processing the world around them. Having a solid understanding of the physical, psychological, emotional, and intellectual needs of each child helps us best serve the needs for the individual child in a Montessori environment.
Students begin spelling as soon as they're ready with the moveable alphabet
Students work on puzzle maps throughout their Primary years. Note the peg placement--it's where the state capital is.
Fingertips are filled with nerve endings. When children trace sandpaper letters and practice saying the sound of that letter, the mind-body connection is made.
Meet our Primary Teams
Meet Primary 1 Team
- enjoys watching sports, trips to the beach, and spending time with her big, furry dog Truman
- second year at MVM, seventh year as a teacher
- received her AMS credential from the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies
- working on completing her Masters degree
Alison Flanagan (in red in photo), Instructional Assistant
- enjoys hiking, watching movies, and listening to music
- is excited to become a grandma in February
- has been married for almost 35 years
- has sold makeup, worked for an advertising agency, was a CNA in an ICU, and worked for the Frederick County Health Department for many years
Jeanette O'Malley (in black in photo), Instructional Assistant
- enjoys camping and taking trips
- has lived in Frederick for ten years and been involved with MVM for nine
- has a daughter in 8th grade at MVM
- has been a substitute at MVM and also works in the front office
Meet Primary 2 Team
- enjoys reading, running, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends
- was born in London and has lived in Maryland since 1984
- runs half-marathons!
- has been teaching for 14 years, ten of those years at MVM
- is a teacher trainer and Intern Coordinator at the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies (which is also where she received her Montessori credential)
- director of Before and After Care
Jen Brown (in black in photo), Instructional Assistant
- enjoys traveling and acting in a local community theater
- is originally from Toms River, NJ
- has a B.A. in Speech and Theater
- has lived in Woodsboro with her husband and two children for 20 years
Erika Blumer (in white in photo), Instructional Assistant
- enjoys crocheting, HGTV, yoga, reading, and her animals
- has a B.S. in Elementary Education
- has worked with at-risk students at a South Dakota boarding school for Native American children
- was the director of the Army Child Development Center inGiessen, Germany (her husband is a nurse, currently at Walter Reed)
- has four amazing children of her own, in four different schools
Please Note: Hearing and Vision Screening
Hearing and Vision Screening will take place January 5th, 2016 for all students in Pre-K, K (if not previously screened in Pre-K), 1st, 8th and any new students from out of state. Maryland State Law mandates this screening.
Any parent that does not want their child tested must put this in writing to the health room. All written requests need to be submitted to the health room by December18th.
Please make sure if your child wears glasses that they have their glasses with them on screening days. If you have any questions please contact the health room at 301-668-0667.