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Capitalists for Preschool - New York Times

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Twin Cities Daily Planet Capitalists for Preschool New York Times IN his State of the Union address, President Obama called for making preschool available to every 4-year-old in America, opening a welcome discussion on whether and how to make the...
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This confuses me.......I thought education spending was being dwindled down.... 

I support any and all pre-education needs(to a limit) and have experience in the Montessori environment where I know pre-school can have such an impact for the foundational years to set a precedence for a life long love of learning. 

Some of our public schools in TX have pre-school ages(4 year olds and only if they qualify financially challenged) in a classroom preparing them for public school kindergarten. I agree that some children need to have this interaction to be ready for their KN year, however if our country is trying to cut spending.....how does this help that situation...not to mention the REAL reason children are in school....to learn and apply this knowledge year after year......NOT to just pass the tests so the school gets its funding, and is this just another way to get more money by the schools?......What if parents took responsibility for getting their child ready to start school...and what has happened to following the children in their progress?  Well, I feel like it is due to the way schools focus on money and testing as opposed to the TRUE nature of schools and teaching SHOULD BE to assit the child in readiness to the next level...NOT just testing and money!!!

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How to Motivate a Child With Executive Dysfunction - NCLD

How to Motivate a Child With Executive Dysfunction - NCLD | Preschool Montessori Education | Scoop.it
Many children with LD, ADHD and other problems with executive function can be difficult to motivate. Find out tips and tricks here.
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Praise and motivation, learning the effective way to communicate and offer compliments will lead to a child with confidence and the ability to perservere. For the preschool ages, I like to use phrases like, "You have used a lot of different colors and mixed them nicely, I see you were really concentrating to stay on the line, Keep up the hard work!" Or, in social settings when a child chooses to refrain from being a part of something he knows is not right, recognizing good choices and focusing on those will help the child to see praise for the behavior he chose and hopefully for the others not making the good choices, they will see this and want to receive positive praise as well. 

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9 Ways Neuroscience Has Changed The Classroom

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9 Ways Neuroscience Has Changed The Classroom
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This is great to read how more studies are showing the positive effects of differentiated teaching! Long road ahead to recruit the masses, however it is on the rise and the more information that gets out there, the more the benefits will be seen for the children now and future. I believe in Montessori education due to the very nature of the child is fostered from a very young age, allowing for exploration and development in their own ways, however shown variations and extensions to further their understanding. I think the article might have tapped in on a small bit of what Maria Montessori was working with during her time, it was just not the time of technology. And for the comment: "These developments can not only help to improve learning in those with disabilities but can also improve memory and language skills in all students, regardless of ability."--- Dr. Joyce Pickering is a doctor who has specialized in learning differences, and I was fortunate enough to have her for one of my classes during Montessori child development courses. She developed the Montessori Applied to Children at Risk for the very purpose of helping children and even adults to avoid medications and utilize their own brains by being taught different ways to learn, and with great success. There are even studies showing the significance of continuing education in this way for the elders to stave off dementia. 
It is essential that the comment "Educators are increasingly encouraging administrators to move away from memorization-based learning to programs that ask students to solve problems, think critically, and explore creativity, as these methods not only build knowledge but also enhance and build brain pathways themselves, prepping the brain for future educational experiences." be heard and hence seen for the sake of the children's future endeavors......wish there was a way to get the government and educational agencies within the state to see the bigger picture of things! It almost seems as though there is a purpose for their blindness to the mind of a child, and it has become about money or politics and truly lost the grasp of education for all.

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Will My Child Do Well in Montessori?

Will My Child Do Well in Montessori? | Preschool Montessori Education | Scoop.it
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Thinking about Montessori education for your child? This is a good start to some questions from concerned parents and other educators about Montessori methods. Sharing from my reading this morning, thought it could be of interest to others, as well as correlation to my interests in this area. 

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Let Children’s Play (with Technology) Be Their Work in Education

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The importance of play as part of a child’s development has been the focus of educational specialists and research for decades.  Piaget and Montessori have emphasized that a child’s pla...

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What child does not like legos or some type of building blocks? 

Recently there was a discussion on linked-in about this very subject and it has gotten a lot of responses. In my opinion PLAY is a necessity to child's development.....and if you haven't gotten to play with a child lately, take the time you will learn from them too!

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 12, 2013 8:18 PM

This post explores a report from the Institute for the Future, 'Transformative Changes for Children at Play' that was sponsored by the LEGO Group. The infographic provides a look at information found in the report, including sections on:

* How play is expanding social reach

* How play is empowering creativity

* How play impacts new visual literacies

* Blended play

* Deep personalization

* Emotional tech

* How tech is going mainstream

Within the post Jackie Gerstein summarizes "the key areas of the change nature of play as identified by Lego" as well as additional information from the report and provides her perspective on "some simple suggestions I have to facilitate play with technology in educational settings." 

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100 Low-Cost or Free Web-Based Tools for Nonprofits

100 Low-Cost or Free Web-Based Tools for Nonprofits | Preschool Montessori Education | Scoop.it
The number of low-cost or free, web-based resources and tools available to nonprofits today is astounding. Many nonprofit professionals are overwhelmed by the all choices and as the Mobile Web and ...
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Great resources, very helpful to find assistance for non-profits. I found this while searching for assistance to help me in the foundation I am currently assisting in Nigeria to begin Montessori education in a small village. Thank you for sharing. 

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Boso Studios's curator insight, May 22, 2013 6:08 AM

Great tools for Non-profits >

Carmen Giordano's curator insight, August 26, 2013 2:41 AM

Very interesting!

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Social Messages Are Best Heard In Color

Social Messages Are Best Heard In Color | Preschool Montessori Education | Scoop.it
Every day we give our children social messages in words. Use your kindest voice. Treat others as you wish to be treated. Do the right thing...
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Color and Art ... attention of children .... music-art-self awareness-exercise...

You can do it too!!  studies have found children and even adults will benefit from relaxation techniques- hence Tai Chi 4 Kids, which I know from experience teaching this to elem. age children gave them tools to use when stress or anxiety appeared...taught them how to listen to their bodies and minds and release tension appropriately. The music and art proved to be the same with great ways to express themselves, all the while creating relaxation and relieving stress. Color brightens the day and grabs our attention in a good way :)

 

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Real Montessori Help

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Join the community and help spread the knowledge of Montessori around the world.
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Empathy: the Key to Social and Emotional Learning | MindShift

Empathy: the Key to Social and Emotional Learning | MindShift | Preschool Montessori Education | Scoop.it
Educators are aware that social problems like poverty, unsafe neighborhoods, violence, and family trauma can affect how students learn when they come to schoo
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Learning encompasses more than just the basics, empathy is so important to the child and their success as they get older and become adults. Teachers and parents all need to model what behaviors benefit the child, they will learn from observing better than from lecturing. Give a Hug or a Smile today, never know who's day it will brighten!

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Young at Art museum preschool incorporates math, science and more into arts - Miami-Dade - MiamiHerald.com

Young at Art museum preschool incorporates math, science and more into arts - Miami-Dade - MiamiHerald.com | Preschool Montessori Education | Scoop.it
At the Young at Art museum’s preschool, where Broward’s library is also located, children get math, science and more with a dose of art.
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Reading this article brings me to realize the Art Curriculum with applied Montessori that I am building is on target for addressing the needs of preschool children and their love of art and books.  

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Montessori Monday – How to Prepare a Peace Corner

Montessori Monday – How to Prepare a Peace Corner | Preschool Montessori Education | Scoop.it
“Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.” Maria Montessori

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Love it......great corner.....soon I will have a peace curriculum utilizing Montessori Methods.....just what our world and classrooms need :)  

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The Neuroscience of Individuality

The Neuroscience of Individuality | Preschool Montessori Education | Scoop.it
What makes one person different than another? Many may say it’s a combination of genes and environment, but recent neuroscience shows that it’s more than just that.
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An article to share...The paragraph stating: "In the study, each genetically identical mouse grew up in the same environment, but it was a rich and diverse environment that allowed each individual mouse to choose a different range of experiences within that environment." - This is what a well designed Montessori classroom environment provides for the children. Throughout the school year children are allowed many choices in so many ways, and each child is followed at their own pace. I am grateful to know research is showing as we age we continue to build neurons....so, now off to increase my hippocampus! 

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Real Montessori Help

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 Through use of metal or wood insets with consistent repetition, the child will gain pre-handwriting skills to foster their success. This lesson is derived from Montessori Metal Insets and can be utilized in any classroom environment.
 

All around the world there are steps being taken to ensure the children are gaining educational needs at the appropriate times. This article supports the preschool education and introduction to writing and other basic skills needed for the children's readiness for kindergarten and the years ahead. http://www.dw.de/germany-to-reform-pre-school-education/a-1690133-1

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Snakes for snack - | Teach Preschool

Snakes for snack - | Teach Preschool | Preschool Montessori Education | Scoop.it
We've recently learned that the letter S makes the “ssss” sound like a slithering snake. To reinforce our new letter sound, we made snakes for snack.
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What a fun idea! and learning SSSSS is always better when it applies to a snake and snack :)

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Webinars-American Montessori Society

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Join the American Montessori Society from the comfort of your office, classroom, or home to grow professionally and personally through relevant and cost-effective Webinars.


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This is great to hear!  

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Capitalists for Preschool - New York Times

Capitalists for Preschool - New York Times | Preschool Montessori Education | Scoop.it
Twin Cities Daily Planet Capitalists for Preschool New York Times IN his State of the Union address, President Obama called for making preschool available to every 4-year-old in America, opening a welcome discussion on whether and how to make the...
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This confuses me.......I thought education spending was being dwindled down.... 

I support any and all pre-education needs(to a limit) and have experience in the Montessori environment where I know pre-school can have such an impact for the foundational years to set a precedence for a life long love of learning. 

Some of our public schools in TX have pre-school ages(4 year olds and only if they qualify financially challenged) in a classroom preparing them for public school kindergarten. I agree that some children need to have this interaction to be ready for their KN year, however if our country is trying to cut spending.....how does this help that situation...not to mention the REAL reason children are in school....to learn and apply this knowledge year after year......NOT to just pass the tests so the school gets its funding, and is this just another way to get more money by the schools?......What if parents took responsibility for getting their child ready to start school...and what has happened to following the children in their progress?  Well, I feel like it is due to the way schools focus on money and testing as opposed to the TRUE nature of schools and teaching SHOULD BE to assit the child in readiness to the next level...NOT just testing and money!!!

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Keystone Montessori embraces peace on campus - Ahwatukee Foothills News

Keystone Montessori embraces peace on campus - Ahwatukee Foothills News | Preschool Montessori Education | Scoop.it
Keystone Montessori embraces peace on campus
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Upon entering Keystone Montessori School, you feel a sense of peace and calm, unlike the conventional spiritedness of many traditional schools.
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Peace....love.....unity for all. 

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What Would Maria Montessori Say About the iPad? | Children's Technology Review

What Would Maria Montessori Say About the iPad? | Children's Technology Review | Preschool Montessori Education | Scoop.it

"This is a fun question, and one that I’ll be exploring in depth in my presentation tomorrow night at the Strong Museum of Play. I’m also going to be introducing ten apps that I think support Montessori ideals."


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I think that Maria Montessori would be proud to know her curriculum still holds strong to this day and is still in use in traditonal Montessori schools. She might say..."As the directress, you should always follow the child".....so, for today's society and technology I feel as the directress we may need to consider utilizing apps, programs and other technology to continue engaging the child and fostering their life long love for learning. 

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Wendy Grant's curator insight, December 13, 2012 5:52 AM

Interesting,

Aldo Arbore's curator insight, July 12, 2013 5:45 PM

a proposito di scuola digitale e classi 2.0...

@CotCotCotApps's curator insight, August 9, 2013 3:02 AM

a legitimate question.

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Montessori Learning Materials | American Montessori Society

Montessori Learning Materials | American Montessori Society | Preschool Montessori Education | Scoop.it
Montessori students work with specially designed materials, manipulating and investigating until they master the lesson inside.
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This is only part of what is so great about Montessori education, and holds true to this day. I feel the children grow in so many ways with these types of materials and environment. I miss being in the classroom with the children and their wonderful energy. Keep Montessori alive and share with all!!!

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Activities for Kids and Adults on International Day of Peace and World Gratitude Day

Activities for Kids and Adults on International Day of Peace and World Gratitude Day | Preschool Montessori Education | Scoop.it

Blog post at RaisingFigureSkaters.com :
Today, September 21, is a very special day. It's International Day of Peace and World Gratitude Day. (This post includes links to Montessori-inspired peace education activities and Montessori-inspired gratitude activities.)


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Peace, love, gratitude :)  thank you for sharing!

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21st Century Information Fluency

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