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ERIC Number: EJ746923
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1054-0040
A Visit to a Montessori Elementary Class in Israel
Fernando, Chandra
Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, v18 n4 p26-28 2006
The author of this article describes her week observing a Montessori class in the Adam Vesviva School at Kibbutz Ga'ash, located on the outskirts of Tel Aviv. The headmaster of the school, Yariv Ya'ari, had previously been associated with Democratic Schools, an alternate to the public educational system, whose philosophy was established at Adam Vesviva. This approach has at its center respect, independence and child-centered learning. The article relates how impressed she was by the independence and mutual respect of the children and the wonderful cooperation among the faculty. She found the headmaster to be an excellent role model and advocate for Montessori education. Children and seniors enjoyed their meals together in the kibbutz dining hall in a wonderful example of intergenerational socialization and cooperation. The elementary room resembles any class in the United States, except that all the work done at Adam Vesviva is in Hebrew. Seeing a well-designed fort built by two 10-year-old boys, and recalling the same project by boys in her 9-12 class in America was a reminder of Montessori's understanding of the universality of the planes of development. The author was touched when some children, who were learning English, invited her to a special presentation of her book, "A Little Book of Peace." The children and teachers at Adam Vesviva put much importance on the value of cultural studies that included all members of the human family, often focusing on the importance of shared cultural heritage. The operation of a Montessori elementary class within the Adam Vesviva School is a work in progress, and the faculty is becoming familiar with the Montessori philosophy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel