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ERIC Number: EJ942568
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-1054-0040
Children's Memories of Their Montessori Experience
Tatsch, Joyce
Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, v23 n2 p30-33 Sum 2011
This article discusses the results of a survey conducted at the Princeton Montessori School (PMS) in New Jersey, a school serving age levels from infants through middle school. The author designed a series of five to six questions about memories of activities, teachers, and friends for all current K-8 students with a minimum of 1 year of Montessori schooling and for former students for whom she had contact information. The study suggests that the Montessori approach as practiced at the PMS works. Results in areas of "memories of classroom" and "favorite works" are consistent in supporting the use of concrete materials for internalization of abstract concepts. Responses from all areas of this study at PMS provide support for Montessori educators' implementation of the principles of independence, freedom to choose, socialization, and movement in their classrooms. Students participating in the study liked food work because they could eat, move around, and share. They enjoyed and remember the concrete materials, especially the math materials because of their beauty and concrete quality. All levels enjoyed being outdoors and those in the Elementary and Middle School programs, in particular, liked having specials, not only because of the activity, but because they developed skills while having fun.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey