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This is the June, 2010 edition of Montessori Matters, the journal of the Montessori Australia Council, in affiliation with the International Montessori Council

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  • 2010Montessori MattersSummer 2010

    www.montessori.edu.au

    independance

    initiative

    communication

    Vol 3, 2010

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    Publisher

    Montessori Australia Council

    Editor

    Eva Nislev

    Design

    Charlotte Durack

    Printer

    TTR Print Management

    AdvertisingRenai Delaney all enquiries tomac@montessori.edu.au

    Postal Address

    PO Box 1125Indooroopilly, QLD 4069

    Photos

    The MAC is building a library of photos for its publications. We need photos of children 0-18,

    teachers and families. All photos submitted must be accompanied by relevant permission form (see website)

    CopyrightAll articles are copyright and full written permission must be sought from the MAC in order to reproduce.

    Copy Deadlines 2011

    Issue Winter April 6

    The opinions expressed in Montessori Matters are those of the individual authors and not necessarily those of MAC. We aim to publish material that is diverse in opinion and encourages critical reflection and provides a forum which promotes professional growth and debate in the interest of all our children.

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    Editorial/ Contributors

    Why Montessori can be unique

    Reflections on education or is it schooling?

    Seminar Day

    Activities for Summer!

    Multitasking Is Cool, but Can They Task?

    Vale, Julie Spencer

    Q & A

    The Montessori Baby A Peek Inside our Prepared Environment at Home

    The Humanities and Social Sciences for the 6 and over

    Observation and Documentation The great balancing act.

    You Cant Hurry Love! Homework and the Montessori Way

    Arts Education in the Early Years

    2011 International Montessori Conference

  • EditorialAs we go to press for this edition the Commonwealth Games in India are in full swing. Wonderful stories from India have been on the television and beautiful photographs are in papers and magazines. What a wonderful opportunity to share with our children another culture, to immerse ourselves in the food, music, sights and traditions and that make this country so fascinating.

    The MAC has been busy once again putting together a fantastic Conference for 2011. We are delighted to announce that the conference will be on the Gold Coast and that Griffith University is the Venue Sponsors. Our keynote presenters are world-class Dr. Jane Healy and Tim Seldin. Our website will be updated as information comes to hand so please keep visiting www.montessori.edu.au.

    In one of my other lives I read lots of policy documents in the field of education. I never cease to be amazed at how far one needs to get before the children they are obstensively written for are actually mentioned! This issue is all about children and how our differing

    ContributorsCarol Brands is a teacher with 40 years experience in the classroom. She has worked in the State School system, the Catholic system and the Independent system including 10 years as Principal of one of the few Montessori schools in Australia that has an adolescent programme. Carol is secretary of the Board of the MAC and has her own business as a writer and a consultant. As an education consultant she works with government agencies, schools, teachers and parents to improve educational outcomes for students. She also acts as a media training specialist advicing company executives, their staff and sports people on how to deal with the media.

    Tim Seldin is the President of the Montessori Foundation and Chair of the International Montessori Council. His forty years of experience in Montessori education includes, twenty-two years as Headmaster of the Barrie School in Silver Spring, MD, his own alma mater (age two through high school graduation). He has also served as the Director of the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies and as Head of the New Gate School in Sarasota, Florida. He earned a B.A. in History and Philosophy from Georgetown University, an M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Supervision from The American University, and his Montessori certification from the American Montessori Society. Tim Seldin is the author of several books on Montessori Education, including his latest, How to Raise An Amazing Child, The Montessori Way with Dr. Paul Epstein, Building a World-class Montessori School, Finding the Perfect Match - Recruit and Retain Your Ideal Enrollment, Master Teachers - Model Programs, Starting a New Montessori School, Celebrations of Life, and The World in the Palm of Her Hand.

    Susan Mayclin Stephenson (Artist and Educator, Trinidad, California) Susan is married and has three children and three grandchildren. In 1969, when her first daughter began attending a Montessori school in San Francisco, California, Susan saw the immediate positive results of her daughters experiencethe practical application of the best that philosophers had to offer concerning the meaning of life, education, creativity, and happiness. Susan is an artist, educational consultant, writer and world wide traveller and co director of the Michael Olaf company.

    Jane Healy Phd is an educational psychologist, teacher, and author of Failure to Connect: How Computers Affect Our Childrens Minds (Simon& Schuster, 1999); Endangered Minds: Why Our Children Dont

    Think and What We Can Do About It (Simon& Schuster, 1999) and Your Childs Growing Mind: Brain Development and Learning from Birth to Adolescence (Doubleday/Broadway Books, 2004) Her new book, Different Learners, was published in May, 2010. Her major research interest has been in finding practical applications of current brain research for teachers and parents.

    Meghan Hicks is a Montessori educator of children aged 0 to 12, has taught at several Montessori schools and was the founder of the award-winning pilot Montessori program, the Eaton Community Montessori Project (just north of Bunbury in the South-West of Western Australia). She is currently a stay at home mum, caring for her son Noah (almost 5) who attends regular school part-time and directs his own learning at home in a prepared Montessori Home Environment. The family are eagerly awaiting the birth of their second child. Meghan makes handmade Montessori Mobiles and Infant Welcome Baskets (great for baby showers and birth gifts), makes Birthing Packages for expectant mums for use during labour, holds Montessori Gatherings in Busselton for expectant parents, and offers support to families wanting to create child-focused homes. She can be contacted at: athomewithmontessori@gmail.com

    Eva Nislev M Ed.During her lengthy teaching career, Eva has worked with many different age groups, from children as young as 2 to adults in their 70s in a variety of capacities ranging from Montessori centre director to workshop presenter, tutor and lecturer. She holds a Masters Degree in Education with a concentration in early childhood education, a certificate in special education and is Montessori certified for ages Infant through Elementary 6-9 years. Eva currently works as a consultant and lecturer and serves as Chair of the Montessori Australia Council (MAC).

    Susie Garvis. (Phd, B. Music (Honours), BEd, MEd (Early Childhood), AMUSA (piano), Lecturer in Early Childhood, School of Education and Professional Studies Griffith University. Susie has worked in the areas of early childhood education and arts education before joining Griffith University. She currently teaches in the early childhood program. Susannes research interests include early childhood education, the Arts and the use of narrative inquiry. Susannes PhD investigates beginning teacher self-efficacy for the teaching of arts education.

    roles intertwine to give all of them the opportunity to be become joyful learners and future happy, well-adjusted citizens of the world.

    In this edition we have many contributions including Jane Healy who talks to us about the childs brain and what happens to its structure with hours of digital distraction. Tim Seldin also makes the point that we cant hurry love or learning and reminds us to the think about the things we really want for our children.

    As the school year draws to a close and holidays and celebrations begin, I would like to thank the very hard working MAC board (Carol, Sheryl, Cate) and staff (Kylie and Renai) for all their wonderful efforts this year. Remember be kind to each other, have a great holiday break and hug your children.

    Happy reading and Happy Christmas!

    Eva Nislev (Editor)

    Editorial/ Contributors

    Why Montessori can be unique

    Reflections on education or is it schooling?

    Seminar Day

    Activities for Summer!

    Multitasking Is Cool, but Can They Task?

    Vale, Julie Spencer

    Q & A

    The Montessori Baby A Peek Inside our Prepared Environment at Home

    The Humanities and Social Sciences for the 6 and over

    Observation and Documentation The great balancing act.

    You Cant Hurry Love! Homework and the Montessori Way

    Arts Education in the Early Years

    2011 International Montessori Conference

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    Nearly six years ago I received this wonderful e-mail from our American colleague Tim Seldin. I believe it is more relevant than ever in these times of National Curriculum and the assault that it makes on our Montessori uniqueness. Carol Brands

    16 Key Recommednations For IMC Members (MAC members)

    These words of wisdom are the basis of the IMC philosophy. They are not always easy to follow, and the odds are that you will slip up from time to time. Gosh knows that I do. It is difficult not to react w