Challenging our Practice

The real preparation for education is the study of one’s self. The training of the teacher who is to help life is something far more than the learning of ideas. It includes the training of character; it is a preparation of the spirit. 

Montessori, M. The Absorbent Mind

Montessori was a pioneer, not afraid to observe, reflect and adjust. Join us as we come together to consider how the Montessori philosophy and pedagogy can serve the child in the changing and challenging times we find ourselves in today.

In our monthly webinars, we reflect on our practice and, by means of provocations shared beforehand, challenge ourselves to consider how, and in what form, the essence of Montessori can be preserved and stay relevant for our children growing up in the 21st Century.

What’s on

10 May, 7 pm (UTC) – What Do We Understand By Normalisation?

At a recent webinar in which we explored the favourable environment, discussion turned to normalisation and the challenges it brings. It is generally viewed that “Normalisation comes about through “concentration” on a piece of work” (Montessori, M. The Absorbent Mind, 2007: 199) which Montessori describes as “the most important single result of our whole work” (197).

But this view appears to negate the social-emotional development of the child and, particularly, the (family) cultural needs and values they bring. Is it time for adults’ expectations of ‘normalisation’ to shift?

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14 June, 7 pm (UTC) – Working with Birth to 3’s

The needs of the children from birth to around the age of 3 are significantly different to those in the ‘casa’ environment. How do we meet these needs? What is the role of the environment and how can the adult in this environment best support the children? We look forward to welcoming Annamaria Guild, a former childminder and tutor, specialised in the 0-3 age-group. Annamaria now works independently as a consultant, supporting settings and parents with creating a nurturing and inviting environment for the youngest children.

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