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Fresco, Grazia Honegger – NAMTA Journal, 2016
Grazia Honegger Fresco gives us direct observations of her daughter from birth to eight months, grouping her observations by age even further into birth to fourth month, fifth and sixth months, and seventh and eighth months. Within each age range, she focuses on Sara's sensory life and her relationships. Her observations are detailed and gentle as…
Descriptors: Mothers, Daughters, Infants, Child Development
Shanks, Pam – NAMTA Journal, 2014
Pam Shanks describes the stages in the child's development of language and reminds us that the Montessori principle of observation should guide the support of the child with articulation errors. For most children with developmental articulation delays, the directress can implement Montessori materials and use conversational strategies to emphasize…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Articulation (Speech), Child Development, Language Acquisition
Schaefer, Larry – NAMTA Journal, 2015
Larry Schaefer's history of civility is a succinct summary of the implicit and evolving definitions of civility over 2500 years of civilization. Beginning with the Romans and the root word "civitas," meaning the rights and duties of citizenship, civility appears in classical literature as integral to the roots of democracy in the context…
Descriptors: History, Montessori Method, Behavior Standards, Prosocial Behavior
Black, Connie; Davis, Liza – NAMTA Journal, 2015
Introducing real community into the Children's House goes back to the roots of Montessori education through all-day Montessori. The all-day environment is a house where children live with a "developmental room" of Montessori materials including a living room, kitchen, dining area, bedroom, bathroom, greeting rooms, and outdoor spaces.…
Descriptors: Montessori Schools, Montessori Method, Child Development, Developmental Stages
Wolf, Maryanne; Gottwald, Stephanie – NAMTA Journal, 2016
Maryanne Wolf's early literacy knowledge is based on her research into deep reading and on periods of enlightened linguistic processes. In her own rich language of conveyance, she brought great inspiration to the Montessori teachers at the Columbia, South Carolina conference. Her presentation on the research of early reading, the acquisition of…
Descriptors: Child Development, Developmental Stages, Emergent Literacy, Beginning Reading
O'Shaughnessy, Molly – NAMTA Journal, 2016
Once the reasons for habitual observation in the classroom have been established, and the intent to observe has been settled, the practical details of observation must be organized. In this article, O'Shaughnessy gives us a model for the implementation of observation. She thoroughly reviews Montessori's work curves and how they can be used to show…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Classroom Observation Techniques, Early Childhood Education, Environmental Influences
Orion, Judith – NAMTA Journal, 2015
Judi Orion, a Montessori expert on the birth-to-six plane of development, delivers a no-nonsense call to arms about the vital importance of the right beginning to set the stage for all that follows. Although we often hear and read about the period from birth to two-and-a-half years, Orion communicates the urgency of responding to the developmental…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Education, Young Children
Montessori, Mario M. – NAMTA Journal, 2013
This simple, first-published article by Mario Montessori was written in Kodaikanal, India, and reveals a great Montessori truth that has never been so explicit: There are developmental stages for practical life that cross over into nature study and living experiences. Although more abstract, the second plane has a strong practical life component…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Child Development, Developmental Stages, Age Differences
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Baker, Kay M. – NAMTA Journal, 2003
Asserts that although there are distinct characteristics to each of Montessori's planes of development, there is no separation, especially between early childhood and childhood. Suggests that these first two planes of education could fall under one "Children's House," and points to the path of responsibility and the steps toward living in society…
Descriptors: Child Development, Developmental Stages, Early Childhood Education, Educational Philosophy
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Zener, Rita Schaefer – NAMTA Journal, 2003
Reviews Maria Montessori's view of sensitive periods and examines the kinds of help needed from adults: an open mind, specific help from a prepared learning environment, and challenges presented at the right time. Stresses the universality of sensitive periods and their connection to brain development. Focuses on the unconscious nature and…
Descriptors: Adult Child Relationship, Child Development, Childhood Needs, Developmental Stages
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Ford, Terry N. – NAMTA Journal, 2003
Gives a personalized account of the individual development of one school administrator/founder in relation to a Montessori school's evolution. Suggests that the school must consider stages of development in teachers and parents. Discusses the expansion of services to a second charter school, identifying how failures can lead to success. Suggests…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Children, Developmental Stages, Early Childhood Education
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Orion, Judi – NAMTA Journal, 2002
This article explores the idea of toddler independence from a Montessori perspective. Integrated with increasing competence in daily living, independence is defined in terms of toileting, dressing and undressing, eating and food preparation, plant and animal care, clothes washing, sweeping, gardening, and putting oneself to sleep. (Author/KB)
Descriptors: Adult Child Relationship, Caregiver Child Relationship, Child Behavior, Child Development
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Orion, Judi – NAMTA Journal, 2002
Discusses how the behavior of Montessori professionals provides a model for the young children with whom they interact. Asserts that the most critical factor in creating an environment for young children is the attitudes of the adult working with them. Discusses the importance of transition periods and highlights toileting issues during…
Descriptors: Adult Child Relationship, Caregiver Child Relationship, Child Development, Developmental Stages
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Hutchison, David – NAMTA Journal, 2002
Advocates an environmentally congruent conception of child development and includes Montessori theory as part of a biocentric view where child development connects to the laws of nature. Explains orientations to the world informing development of a biocentric vision of childhood: mastery, immersion, and engagement. Discusses how mastery and…
Descriptors: Child Development, Children, Developmental Stages, Educational Theories
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Montanaro, Silvana Quattrocchi – NAMTA Journal, 2002
Discusses stages of movement in the first 3 years of life with a philosophical dimension regarding evolutionary aspects of movement as first manifestation of "will." Describes how the early childhood environment is prepared to allow for movement and the connection between movement and brain development. Discusses the contribution of…
Descriptors: Brain, Child Development, Classroom Environment, Developmental Stages
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