Ofsted: Cultural Capital – a Capital Idea?

By Helen Moylett, first written for Nursery World, Monday, 29 April, 2019 Reference to ‘cultural capital’ in the draft** Education Inspection Framework has sparked a number of concerns in the early years sector, finds consultant and author Helen Moylett A new phrase has entered the early years lexicon: cultural capital. Associated with the work of … Continue reading Ofsted: Cultural Capital – a Capital Idea?

Practical life – starting point of the Montessori classroom?

Practical life activities are often seen as the starting point of Montessori education because they enable children to focus their attention on a use of objects and, through repetition, perfect the skills of using them. The activities usually relate to objects used in daily life and reflect the culture of the child.  From a very … Continue reading Practical life – starting point of the Montessori classroom?

Self-regulation is the Greatest Gift We Can Give to Children

Over one hundred years ago, the young child’s emerging self-discipline was seen by Montessori as one of the positive outcomes of her pedagogy, which advocates respect for the child, freedom with responsibility in an environment prepared to meet the child’s needs, as well as support from a trusting and sensitive adult who cherishes the child’s … Continue reading Self-regulation is the Greatest Gift We Can Give to Children

Teaching is about learning and learning is about teaching

“It is our duty, as parents and as teachers, to give all children the space to build their emotional strength and provide a strong foundation for their future”The Duchess of Cambridge in the keynote speech launching the publication of her 5 question survey on 27 November 2020. When the Duchess of Cambridge convened the steering … Continue reading Teaching is about learning and learning is about teaching

Community

By Andy Lulka, December 2020 My favourite aspect of education is the expansion of perspectives, and my favourite element of Montessori professional development is supporting adults in shifting paradigms around education and childhood. Curating the Montessori Everywhere Challenge Pavilion with Barbara Isaacs, whose work in this area I have long admired, was a dream come … Continue reading Community