2nd Annual Walk for Mansio

                             

When: Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. -noon

Our 3 Mile Family Walk begins at 9:00 followed by post walk festivities including DJ, games, food, raffle and more!!!

Where: Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve Shelter #1 -37W370 Dean St., St. Charles

Please join us and support our school!! Here are a few pictures from our Mansio Walk from last year! Everyone had so much fun!

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Mansio will be presenting at Batavia Preschool Fair- Nov. 4th

 Last year, Janet Shanahan, Amy Mackh and Nancy Belmont represented Mansio Mens and spoke with prospective families at the Batavia Preschool Fair on November 7th. Nancy's daughter Hannah demonstrated some Montessori works for the parents and children. They had good discussions with several families and  explained the Montessori materials and the philosophy.

  We could use your help this year on November 4th! It is always nice having current parents meet and talk with prospective families.

 

The Montessori Environment and Peace

The science of peace, were it to become a special discipline, would be the most noble of all, for the very life of humanity depends on it. So, also perhaps, does the question of whether our entire civilization evolves or disappears.

—Maria Montessori, 1932

It is truly eye-opening after completing my Montessori teaching education. Having seen the Montessori approach, I strive to make my life more peaceful so that I can pass on this Montessori philosophy.

As a Montessori educator, I must have respect for myself, respect for others, and respect for the environment, as well as responsibility for my actions and words.

The essentials for peace education are inherent in every level of the Montessori curriculum.

From an early age, children can develop a sense of fairness and unfairness, of justice and injustice. Children can be helped to understand that violent solutions carry harmful consequences and that problem solving leads to friendship and community.

Children have possibilities and potential in many different ways. Their humanity will rise up in all its creativity, wisdom, beauty, love, and kindness. When we teach towards the spirit of the child and educate young hearts and minds for peace. A child can, in fact, concentrate for an extended period of time, love silence, appreciate simple beauty, be joyful and full of wonder, and appear to experience inner peace.

Children easily pick up on hypocrisy around them. If we teach peace in our classroom, we must strive for peace in our lives, in our home, and our workplace. We are the models of peace. We are teaching and nourishing the peace keepers of the future.

About the author

Yuriko “Yuri” Ferrell

Yuriko “Yuri” Ferrell

I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. Since I was very athletic, my undergraduate major was PE. I loved to dance and practice martial arts when I was young, and now I practice Yoga and Tai-Chi for my health.

When I was living in Japan, I was also interested in acting and theater. I graduated from Art Specialized School (Theatrical Performance Department). I was an instructor at a sports club teaching aerobics to adults and swimming for children. I also taught acting at a school for children. I moved to the United States in 1992 and have been working at Mansio Mens Montessori since 1998.

Montessori Education and the Three Year Cycle

When reading about Montessori education, you will occasionally see reference to the “Montessori three year cycle.” Unless you are a Montessori educator, it is unlikely that you have thought much about the Montessori method and its nuances. As a parent of Montessori ‘kids’ whose ages range from 21 to 4 years old, I can assure you that it is a core tenet of Montessori education.

Dr. Maria Montessori invested years into the scientific observation of children. The Montessori method has been adopted globally and is a testament to the universal truths institutionalized in her program.  I remember very vividly the conviction with which I was first ‘told’ about the three-year cycle in the context of Montessori education – the enthusiasm was a little overwhelming.  After watching my oldest children grow into young adults, I would offer nothing other than Montessori education to my youngest children.

What are Montessori Planes of Development?

The context within which the Montessori three year cycle is understood falls within the concept of planes of development. These are the greater stages of development as defined within the Montessori method.

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Dr. Maria Montessori also believed that the needs of each plane of development must be fully satisfied in order for the individual to pass into the next stage of development. The 1st and 3rd planes are considered to be periods of creation, while the 2nd and 4th planes are periods of consolidation. Needless to say, there have been books, dissertations and theses written about each aspect of the different planes.

The Three-Year Cycles within Each Plane

According to the Montessori method, each plane of development is associated with two (2) three-year cycles. The cycles continue to repeat within and between the different planes of development. Within the first plane of development, there are two (2) Montessori three-year cycles:

  1. Ages 0 – 3: the “unconscious” Absorbent Mind
  2. Ages 4 – 6: the “conscious” Absorbent Mind

Both are characterized as sensitive periods of development, which include intense needs for order, language, refinement of the senses and movement.

My personal observations of the Montessori method as far as three-year cycles are concerned are rooted in a layman’s explanation of what happens during the second three year cycle.

Children ‘shop around’ during the the first year of the cycle by observing the older children in the classroom. During the second year, they attempt new things. By the third year, they have mastered materials and demonstrate their expertise by helping younger children learn those materials.

The prepared environment of the Montessori classroom is something to behold. It enables physical independence in children that enable them to claim that “I can do it myself!” To parents, the squeals of joy will justify any sacrifice that may have to be made to pay tuition.

Our family was confronted with the difficult choice of sending our five-year old to public kindergarten or remaining with Montessori to complete the Montessori three year cycle. Since our school district offers only half-day kindergarten, we ultimately split his day between public and Montessori.

The third year has been referred to as a capstone year for the Montessori three year cycle. I believe it to be true. I have observed my child’s tremendous frustration after a morning at public kindergarten, which seems to be cured only by an afternoon at Mansio Mens Montessori. All children are different, but do not discount the Montessori three year cycle when you are asked if your child will be returning to Montessori for kindergarten.