Entries by Maegan Ellis

Montessori Materials Flow

Primary to Elementary, Concrete to Abstract Inspired by Aristotle and John Locke, Dr. Montessori believed that nothing could exist in the intellect that did not first exist in the senses. One of the hallmarks of Montessori education is the elegant materials, designed to lead children from concrete to abstract representations of a variety of ideas.The […]

The Montessori Three-Year Cycle and the Importance of the Third Year

The three-year multi-age Montessori classroom is not an arbitrary configuration of convenience, but an implementation of the “planes of development,” or four distinct periods of growth: 0-6 years; 6-12 years; 12-18 years; and 18-24 years. Dr. Montessori, along with other developmental scientists, observed that the child’s development follows a path of successive stages, each with […]

Positive Communication with Children

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Montessori from My Perspective

The Montessori children that I had the honor of knowing in my long and most satisfying career as head of school became partners in their educational journey. They became active participants in their education, not passive receptacles of information. How much more satisfying to feel a part of the learning process.

The Three-year Cycle

The three-year cycle refers to an essential element of Montessori education. Children from 3-6 years are able to stay in the same classroom, with the same teacher, the same classmates and as a result are able to build a strong, cohesive community.