lightbulbs aligning

After reading my previous post, my mom said to me "Favorite daughter, you should check out Montessori ideas and techniques."  (that's almost a direct quote)

I added that comment to my mental shelf of things that pinged (real word...to me) my interest.

This morning as I was perusing Pinterest, my new obsession to finding cool ideas/crafts/decor (basically online bulletin boards that people create to store/organize/share ideas), I stumbled upon a blog written by a woman that had the coolest toddler play areas throughout her house.  Low and behold, she mentions incorporating Montessori ideas in her home.  I immediately bought one of the books she recommends. Lightbulbs are aligning.

Then I did a Pinterest search of "Montessori" and though I don't know why all the toddler bedrooms consist of mats directly on the floor, a carefully chosen selection of a few toys, and lots of books, I can tell you that that is EXACTLY the way I arranged my toddler's room last month when I re-organized.

Right now, this short video is about the extent to my knowledge of Montessori.

Hmmm... I'm definitely intrigued.!  For the record, I am fighting my inner "go public school" speech until I finish my research on this idea.


  1. We have just signed our oldest up for Montessori school this year. After touring the school I will never again say, go public (and I am a public school teacher). From now on I will say, go with where your child belongs. Our child is excited, he loves to learn, and more than that he is VERY hands on. None of these would fit into the typical classroom in Florida. I want my child to use his hands and create his own learning. The classroom where Brac will attend has everything at his level. It is expected that he will touch EVERYTHING...he will use EVERYTHING...and he will work on the floor, in his chair, or wherever he is comfortable. He will be guided daily in a variety of lessons, one on one with a teacher. Then, once he has finished his lesson he will be encouraged to use the tools from his lessons to create new learning. I am ecstatic to provide him with the opportunity to be in a classroom having a hand in his learnng and being involved with other students in his teacher. Yay for discovering Montessori!! If you want any more websites, let me know, I have found a ton in my research:)!

  2. Oh NO YOU DIDn't! Favorite daughter?
    I'm boycotting this blog. Just for a half-day or the next posting or so.

    Everyone knows that I'm the favorite.

    ;-) Love you. Well, I did. . .

  3. OK, I was going to go to bed and read, but then your post caught my attention. I think in college I studied Montessori schooling for like 1 day, but this video made it sound so much better than what I remember hearing/learning. Even though I don't have kids, yet, I would definitely look into this one day, as I think it sounds like a great idea!
    Why do we test kids all the time? I'm a HORRIBLE test taker, in college I had to have separate tests (as I'm only good at essay tests where I can explain my answers)...and if my future kids are like me, then they're grades will probably reflect their bad test-taking skills. So I would find out more (and then share with me when I have to worry about this). Good luck!

  4. Oh doggone it. I couldn't not watch the video. My boycott was unsuccessful.

    There's a Montessori Charter-School here. Maybe there's something like that for Hazel? Combination of private and public? Go both ways!
    (for the record, the public school that I work with goes with all of the philosophies that the guy mentioned in the video. Then again, we're a charter- so we're special. ;-)

    And one more thing: A lot (and I mean, A LOT) of teachers are really good- no matter what the label of the school is. Maybe you should go check out Cranberry Elem. Get a tour of the kdg. and 1st grade classes. Then make decisions. That would help you know what's out there.)

  5. I agree with the above that there are a lot of good teachers with great classrooms. However, great teachers in great classrooms still have to meet the demands of a government who think that testing and scores should determine a child's place in the classroom. I think it is important to find out what the schools in your area are doing as far as testing. In Orange county, where I have been teaching for six years, we test our kindergarteners in math, science, and reading weekly. We also have four larger assessments that take place three to four times per year. All of the testing is done during what should be my small group time, therefore eliminating time for me to work one on one with my struggling students. So, my students who are behind, are not being taught at their level because I am testing them to find out that they are in fact behind. And my high students, well, I am told not to meet with them individually as they are successful in the large group setting. All of that means that their enrichment is being provided by way of activities that they complete on their own without the guidance of a teacher. Teaching like that is absolutely against my philosophy of education, but I have visitors from the state and county walk through my classroom at least one or twice a month looking to see that I am following the "guidelines" given to us as a school/county. When counties and school boards step back from micro managing classrooms then I will definitely support the public school system. It is sad that our students are expected to score well on tests but often their individual learning styles and needs are not addressed!

  6. Michelle, I went to see yo' Mama yesterday...and I pass the Butler Montessori school everytime. It's right downtown and looks intriguing. I wonder if that'd be a place for you to work someday? (I only pass it when I come down Rt. 38 to Butler...on the road to the hospital).

    Favorite daughter? Hmmmm........Can't wait for Julie to be explaining this to Hazel and Heidi!!!!

  7. Thought you might enjoy this link:) There are some pretty good activities/stories on her blog.


    Also, look up push pin punch outs and montessori handsewing. Both might be great activities for Hazel:)!


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