About 3PLblog

This is Montessori. This is an aid to life for children age birth through forever. This is the radical but simple idea that children can teach themselves, that nature has its own plan, that the child is born complete and that if we only remove obstacles to learning and provide the proper environment children will become perfectly adapted to their time and place.

Show me Montessori. The Montessori Method was invented by Maria Montessori based on her initial observations in 1907. It is not a curriculum but rather a way of helping children to help themselves. The adults are called “guides” because we guide rather than instruct. I discovered the Montessori method in my 30’s after over a decade as a teacher in traditional elementary schools. I was searching for a method of instruction that was child centered. Everything I Iearned about child development in my teacher preparation courses supports the idea that children construct their own knowledge and learn best when they have choice and can direct their own learning. Yet, most traditional schools are still structured on the antiquated concept that a) children are blank slates b) all knowledge flows from an expert all-knowing teacher and c) all children learn and develop at the same rate, in the same way as if they were carbon copies.

What is a Three Period lesson?  “The three-period lesson is a fundamental approach to introducing a new concept (not just vocabulary) to children. It is used to move the child from basic understanding to mastery.” http://montessoritraining.blogspot.com/2007/09/montessori-method-three-period-lesson.html#.UK1Q-uOe_rc

I started the Three Period Lesson Blog, in November of 2012 after about 3 months of Montessori teacher training. Since I am new to the world of Montessori, I designed this blog as a way to:

  1. Provide an introduction to the Montessori method for those new to the method
  2. Detail the metamorphosis of my transformation into a Children’s House guide
  3. Provide links to more resources about the Montessori movement. Educational reform movements have been searching for ways to provide better instruction to children and, specifically, to increase competency in Mathematics and literacy for the past 50 years if not longer. In the children’s house, children age 3-6 learn to read, to write, and understand advanced concepts of geometry, botany, algebra all before 1st grade.  Why are we searching for The Answer when it has been known worldwide for over 100 years?

Not a teacher? Are you a parent? Do you have children in your life? This is for you:

  1. Montessori at Home

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