Posted by admin on December 11, 2013
From time to time we meet people or receive emails asking us exactly what Montessori Alliance does and we thought we’d take the opportunity to let everyone know a bit more about us. Montessori Alliance was set up to support people who work with children whether they’re owners, managers, practitioners, trainers or students. People who subscribe to our website don’t need to be Montessori trained but they need to be child centered. Our mission is to help Childhood Professionals to deliver a quality service regardless of the type of service they deliver.
We have found people who work with children in a small setting can feel very isolated and lonely and although they enjoy working with children they can, at times, run out of steam and get bogged down in the day to day running of their centre.
Posted by admin on December 7, 2013
Try before you buy! We’ve uploaded ‘Christmas classification 3 part cards’ to our website. If you follow this link you’ll be able to download this resource. It’ll give you an idea of what is available on our website and hopefully persuade you to part with the subscription fee of €30 for 12 months access to over 300 resources on our website.
Posted by admin on November 29, 2013
Leaning the names of the numbers 11 – 19 can be tricky as sometimes the name doesn’t give a clue to the quantity it relates to i.e. thirteen. This new resource uploaded to our website contains 3 cards for each number, a picture of the golden bead material, the digit and the name of the numeral. Used in addition to the Seguin board it will enable the child to practice and consolidate the knowledge he/she is acquiring.
Posted by admin on November 27, 2013
This following are responses to parlimentary questions asked by Robert Troy in the Dáil on Tuesday the 26/11/2013. We’ve posted them here because we feel you need to be kept up to date about what is happening in your sector in Ireland.
Deputy Robert Troy: I thank the office of the Ceann Comhairle for selecting this issue for discussion. I welcome that the Minister has secured €900,000 for allocation in 2013 to the delivery of training modules in the early child care sector. While it is a modest sum given there are 4,300 service providers throughout Ireland it is to be welcomed.
During the summer I published a discussion paper entitled Investing in Tomorrow, one of the key objectives of which is support for and professionalising of the early child care workforce by way of a professional early childhood training fund based on a needs-led targeted approach. I do not believe that the model being advanced by the Department will ensure a needs-led targeted approach is taken. Read the rest of this post.
Posted by admin on November 20, 2013
Having been on my travels for the past three weeks I’m afraid the creation of new resources has just not happened. Thankfully things are starting to get back to normal and we plan to have our usual four new materials available for subscribers to download by the end of the week. We’ve had a request for more language materials specifically the irregularities (green material) and are working on that now. Read the rest of this post.
Posted by admin on November 8, 2013
It’s that time of year again!
Time to break out the thermals, the hats, and light the fire,and time for men all over the country to insulate their top lip for the winter by growing a wonderful mustache!
Movember is here and it is in full swing! Personally it is my second year to sport a cookie duster to help raise awareness for a host of men’s health issues, and specifically prostate cancer! Read the rest of this post.
Posted by admin on November 6, 2013
My name is Nuala Finucane. I am currently engaged in a Masters of Teaching and Learning (MATL) with Hibernia College, and I am about to commence my research which focuses on the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in Montessori early childhood settings.
ICT can be described as “…anything which allows us to get information, to communicate with each other or to have an effect on the environment using electronic or digital equipment” (Siraj-Blatchford and Siraj-Blatchford, 2003).
I am asking you to participate in my research projected entitled;
Posted by Clair Battle on November 6, 2013
“The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.”
I have always been a huge fan of the practical life area; actually it was one of the initial aspects that drew me into Montessori. I sometimes find that in the day to day running of the class it is easy for me to forget the power that these exercises hold. It is easy to see them as just another piece of work that the children are doing. However, when I get like this, it is always a child who reminds me why we have them in our environment and why they are so special. This reminder came in the shape of a four year old girl on the day of our midterm break Halloween party.
Picture the scene, 15 little……… eeeemmmmmmmm……. Creatures! I say this because on that day they weren’t “children”. In my company I had a child sized spider, two swashbuckling pirates who were armed to the teeth, the full array of Disney princesses accompanied by a very cute Minnie Mouse, a witch with no room on her broom for the cat that followed her around all day, Dracula’s bride holding hands with Batman, a very charming crocodile/dinosaur/frog (we are still unsure on that one), and one little strawberry blonde girl who was dressed as Spiderman. Read the rest of this post.