Curriculum Spotlight: Practical Life

Posted on 25 Jan 2016
Practical Life is one of the main curriculum areas in a Montessori classroom. As the name suggests, it denotes activities that are “practical” – activities children may encounter in their day to day lives. It includes: utilizing practical tools (preliminary exercises) – e.g. a screwdr

Freedom and Discipline

Posted on 29 Nov 2015
In the dictionary, freedom is defined as “the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action.” (Merriam Webster) On the other hand, discipline is defined as “control gained by enforcing obedience or order.” (Merriam Webster) The dictionary definitions often as

Imagination

Posted on 28 Oct 2015
Happy Halloween! It’s that time of year again when children don costumes, imagining themselves as super heroes, animals, characters, and more! Imagination is defined as a “creative ability.” It is “the act or power of forming a mental image of something not present to the senses or ne

Language Preparation at School and at Home

Posted on 29 Sep 2015
A child begins his or her lifelong education in Language from birth – from the first words heard to their first sounds uttered, the infant observes and absorbs an abundance of information. The infant strives to communicate – to express his or her thoughts and adapt to the culture and

The Importance of Movement and Experience in Education

Posted on 19 May 2015
Montessori classrooms pride themselves in educating the whole child – following not only the child’s academic development, but his or her physical development as well. Both aspects are so deeply intertwined that not only did Dr. Montessori observe the benefits of movement and concrete

Delving Deeper: Graduate Projects

Posted on 27 Mar 2015
The Montessori geography curriculum aims to educate the child about the world in its entirety. The child begins with the big picture overview and progresses to the finer details – the earth, its continents, its land and water forms, its countries. The graduating children from the Sora

Montessori Education Week 2015

Posted on 26 Feb 2015
Montessori Education Week Montessori Education Week, February 23-27, 2015 was seen in full swing at Odyssey Montessori School. The week marks an annual celebration of the wonderful and innovative educational approach developed more than 100 years ago by Dr. Maria Montessori. Dr. Monte

The Young Child, Technology, and Development

Posted on 29 Jan 2015
Happy 2015! The December 2014 holiday festivities were a roaring success! Thank you so much to all the parents, families, and friends who made the holiday concert and party such an amazing event. On behalf of all Odyssey Montessori staff, thank you so much for all the kind words, gene

Observation

Posted on 16 Dec 2014
Montessori classrooms are dubbed “Children’s Houses” for a reason. Dr. Maria Montessori developed the environment and the materials with a keen eye on the needs of the child. She determined these needs through careful, deliberate observation.