"We must support as much as possible the child’s desires for activity; not wait on him, but educate him to be independent."
– Dr. Montessori
Possibly you have heard of Montessori from this blog or another resource, and perhaps done some research or observed a Montessori classroom, or maybe your child even goes to a Montessori school. Have you ever thought about what would take to create a Montessori environment in your own home? To do so successfully, it is important to have a well-prepared environment.
The room can be organized by the 5 primary subject zones (practical life, sensorial, culture/science, math, language arts) and the secondary areas (circle or ellipse for circle time, art, library). The main area of the room should have a general use table, low shelves to define the areas stated above, and an area to store children’s projects. The library area should have comfy chairs. The bathroom should have a stool or steps and towels hung at the children’s height. In the art area it is essential to have a work table, a shelf for supplies, an easel, a flat area for paintings to dry and hooks for aprons. The practical life area needs a rack for drying cloths and dishes.
Ideas for the practical life, language, and cultural area:
Ideas for the Sensorial, Math, and Movement Area
You can make your Montessori space as simple or as elaborate as you wish. Try to keep it as attractive and organized as possible; emphasize Montessori principles for natural learning; and enjoy following your child!
By Noora Khalifa Albinkhalil
Founder and Principal of Al Shorooq Preschool
We think of breast cancer as it affects women. But many children are also affected in a way or another by breast cancer. Maybe their mother or another relative has breast cancer. Or maybe a child’s teacher has breast cancer.
So how do I tell them about it? What does they need to know right now? I think teaching them about the significance of pink might be a start.
Children can be involved in Breast Cancer Awareness Month in a variety of ways. And contribution in Breast Cancer Awareness Month can help in even more ways if someone close to the child has breast cancer. Kids can truly make a change in the fight against breast cancer, and it can also help if they’re making a difference.
Here are some methods to get kids involved in Breast Cancer Awareness Month:
1- Pomegranate Flavored Ice Cubes:
Take a couple tablespoons of pomegranate seeds and place them in a small amount of water. Crush the seeds using the edge of a knife crush the seeds to release the flavorful juices. Pour the mixture into the ice cube trays, throw a few additional pomegranate seeds in each section, and place in the freezer until frozen.
2- Pink Sensory Tub:
- Cheap Rice(around 12 cups)
- Red food dye
- Felt heart stickers(without the backs peeled)
- Pink pom poms
- Heart buttons
- Pink plastic fork
- Pink plastic spoon
- Pink tongs
- Pink pipe cleaners
- Pink plastic cups
- Pink cupcake liners
- Cheap Cupcake mini erasers
- Fabric flower petals
- Pink mixed sequins
- Wow! That’s a lot of pink!
Dye the rice using a little red food coloring, by laying it out on two baking sheets and mixing the color in with a fork. Then left it for one day to dry thoroughly.
After the rice dries, I poured it all into a big plastic tub (the sensory bin), you can mix it with a few cups of plain white rice too.
Sprinkle all the other items over the rice and let the kids play!
The kids can use tongs, forks, spoons, cups, and cupcake liners to play in the tub. Perfect for small motor skills.
Plus, they can easily create learning activities of their own that you couldn’t have planned for them. Finding matching items, making patterns, counting buttons, creating designs with the pipe cleaners, comparing the sizes of the felt hearts, make cupcakes complete with “frosting” and decorations on top etc.
- White paper
- Pink washable paint
- Goggly eye
- Black & orange marker
Use the paintbrush to paint your kid's hand with pink paint and place it on the white paper. Use a paintbrush to paint the flamingo’s head. When the paint has dried, use the glue to stick on a googly eye. Now use the markers to add the beak and legs.
This is the easiest! Search for "Breast Cancer Awareness Coloring Pages" in google image page, coloring these pages are a fun way for kids of all ages to focus, develop creativity, motor skills and color recognition.
Yesterday, I was touched by Mark Zuckerberg's letter to his new daughter, about his hopes for personalized learning experience for his daughter and her generation. To read more about his letter, click here.
Personalized learning in general is seen as an alternative to so-called “one size fits all” approaches to teaching in which teachers may, for instance, offer all students in a given course with the same type of instruction, the same homework, and the same evaluation. Personalized learning may also be called student-centered learning, given that the general objective is to make individual learning needs the prime concern in important educational and instructional decisions, rather than what might be preferred, more convenient, or logistically easier for teachers and schools.
Maria Montessori was a forerunner of student-centered learning, where children learn through independent self-directed interaction with formerly presented activities. After more than one hundred years, Montessori education is still one of the most comprehensive models of personalized learning. Montessori classrooms can be disorienting for the inexperienced. In Montessori classes around the world, different kinds of activities occur simultaneously spanning several subjects. Students are sprawled across the classroom working individually, in pairs, or in small groups to complete practical, self-directed activities. It is this “freedom within structure” that allows personalized learning, encourage student independence and focus on child development well beyond academics.
Personalized learning is intended to smooth the academic progress of each student by first determining the learning needs, interests, and aspirations of individual students, and then offering learning experiences that are customized to a greater or lesser extent for each student. To achieve this goal, the Montessori experience centers on a daily 3 hours working period where every child progresses through a customized work-plan of activities and tasks. Students might work together if they have common assignments, but the idea is that students are working at their level in each academic subject.
Principal of Al Shorooq Preschool
Max Zuckerberg was just born today, so it’s going to be a while before she can read the letter her dad — and Facebook CEO — wrote to her about his 99 percent of his Facebook shares donation to charity in order to help advance human potential and promote equality -- by curing disease, personalizing learning, harnessing clean energy, connecting people, building strong communities, reducing poverty, providing equal rights and spreading understanding across nations.
Regarding personalized learning, he first wrote about his generation experience "Our generation grew up in classrooms where we all learned the same things at the same pace regardless of our interests or needs.". Then he explains his hopes and goals for his daughter generation "Your generation will set goals for what you want to become -- like an engineer, health worker, writer or community leader.", "You'll advance quickly in subjects that interest you most, and get as much help as you need in your most challenging areas.", and added "Your teachers will also have better tools and data to help you achieve your goals.".
English-speaking children absorb the idea of the number one sooner than Japanese- and Chinese-speaking children, whereas Slovenian-speaking toddlers learn "2" faster than English-speaking ones.
A new study suggests that the differences come from the languages themselves. English differentiates between singular and plural nouns (1 car, 2 cars), while Japanese and Chinese don’t. In the meantime, Slovenian and Arabic, two unrelated languages, have different ways of saying singular nouns, nouns in twos, and nouns in numbers three or greater. In Slovenian, for instance, one button is a , two buttons are , and three or more buttons are . These distinctions help children understand those differences in numbers faster.
As the children got grow up, English-speaking kids outstripped their Slovenian peers in knowing greater numbers. This may be because Slovenian parents don't often explicitly teach their children to count the way English-speaking parents do, the scholars wrote.
Therefore, there are many ways of affecting when kids learn different numbers. The study indicated that language structure is particularly essential for the lower numbers. For numbers higher than four, however, other research has found children learn those by other processes.
These activities is not only suitable for preschoolers, it will prepare toddlers for preschool as well:
1- Letter Recognition
2- Counting and matching number cards
3- Sand Play
Under the patronage of His Excellency Mr. Zayed R. Alzayani the Minister of Industry and Commerce Al Shorooq Preschool grand opening was held last week in the premises of the preschool in Bu Kuwara - East Riffa, and with the coordination of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization "UNIDO", and the presence of Mr. Abdul Karim Ahmed Al Rashid the Assistant Undersecretary of Industrial Development, Mr. Akbar Jaffari the CEO of "JAFCON for Productivity Improvement", number of members of Bahrain Business Women Society, Bahrain Voluntary Media Team, and elite of officials and stakeholders from different governmental, educational, and media agencies.
Al Rashed praised the efforts of those in charge of Al Shorooq Preschool, and expressed his admiration for the educational level of students, and the impact of Montessori approach in empowering their personality.
On the other hand, Dr. Hashim Hussein the Head of United Nations Industrial Development Organization has explained that such educational programs create generations of entrepreneurs and innovators to support Bahrain's economy in the future.
It is worth mentioning that registration period has started at Al Shorooq Preschool since the beginning of April, and began to receive applications for the year 2015-2016 and for the summer camp program.
A lot of events and activities and events were held in Al Shorooq Preschool that revolved around animals. One of them was the costume party, when the children enjoyed themselves and danced on the rhythms of Old Macdonald and itsy bitsy spider. New visitors have arrived as well to stay, like rabbits, chicken, birds, and golden fishes. In addition, the children wnet on a field trip to see how stuffed animals were made.
Al Shorooq Preschool applies Montessori curriculum, which provides an opportunity for children to lifelong learning, and expands their skills that will help them improve their societies.
During the one century that has passed since the launch of this approach, we can find many famous Montessori graduates: Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon international website), Princes William and Harry (British royalty), Julia Child (first television cook), Peter Drucker (founder of the modern management science), Larry Page and Sergey Brin (founders of Google), and many others.
In the case of Google’s co-founders Page and Brin, it was the unconventional education system they had as they were children that influenced their lives significantly. Since that the main purpose of Montessori education is to establish unique personalities who can develop their communities without fear of doing tasks that seem impossible.
Dr. Maria Montessori believed in the importance of giving children their liberty, in order to kick off in improving their skills. Where without this freedom, the force of serving society in adolescent will not be formed in childhood. Therefore, the independence and uniqueness of Paige and Brin personalities today is owed to their education during their childhood, as they always mention in interviews. Children are encouraged in the Montessori approach to respond and learn in their own pace. It also offers them long periods of working on their own projects without interruption from the teacher.
It is clear now that the well-known Google's policy that encourages engineers to spend 20% of their work time in something that interest them personally has emerged from the educational background of its founders. In addition to the prevailing cooperative work atmosphere which is clear from strict monitoring, that Google founders restored from their inspiring learning environment they experienced in childhood, which focuses on the development of individuals and giving them the power to change society.
Al Shorooq Preschool is now open, and it follows Dr. Maria Montessori’s very well-known internationally curriculum. The premises is located in Bu Kuwara, near Al Montazah Supermarket.