One of my favorite things about teaching 3-6 year olds is participating in the magic of learning how to read! At Pinewoods I present sound lessons to all of my students and use Montessori materials like the sandpaper letters and moveable alphabet to help children practice their way to fluency.
by Jimmy Acevedo, lower elementary assistant teacher
As the elementary lunchtime proctor, I take advantage of our ~10 minutes of ‘chew time’ each day to expose the children to new facets of music. It’s very rewarding to see the children jamming out to a Baroque, harpsichord-heavy, concerto grosso (something that does not see heavy use among the traditional 6-12-year-old market, one imagines) or to some early bebop.
If you haven’t seen a full 20-piece air-band rocking out to classic power rock, complete with furious air-guitar, celery-stick air-drums, and peanut-butter-and-jelly-sticky-fingered air-keyboards -- well, you should. Hopefully they’ve enjoyed it as much as I have.
“What is social life if not the solving of social problems, behaving properly and pursuing aims acceptable to all? [It is not] sitting side by side and hearing someone else talk…”
One of the most important and sometimes overlooked portion of Montessori education, are lessons of grace and courtesy in the classroom. In Toddler and Primary classrooms, teachers often spend the first few weeks of school demonstrating and modeling these lessons for the children.
What are these lessons?
See for yourself!
Observation is key to understanding Montessori, and experiencing Pinewoods first hand.