One of the great things about Montessori is the degree to which it encourages concentration without any external pressure from adults. When children are permitted to follow their interests, their levels of engagement soar. The boys above are very interested in writing recently, which is evident by the focus they are bringing to their work.
Casa South spent a good deal of time outside this week, but it’s not only about enjoying the nice weather. Planting our garden required us to put some division to use as we needed to figure out how many beans we could plant per plot, since each needs an equal amount. Math is a big part of every day life, and these are wonderful ways to practice it.
Casa South is also lucky to have had an exceptional student join our environment this past year. The developmental leaps and bounds he has made working with Marissa and the Montessori materials have been remarkable. Montessori was originally developed to work with exceptional children.
A seemingly simple activity such as sorting items into simple categories goes a long way towards helping children begin to develop categorization skills. Montessori kids are stereotypically known for being organized and for putting things in their place.
“It is always surprising how a simple concept like this can be very powerful for a young child,” says Pat.
Finally this week, please note that the sleepover for the third-year Casa children will take place Friday, June 6, at 3:30 until the morning of Saturday, June 7, when pick up will take place promptly at 9:00 a.m.