Education & Learning

Ozobots

These tiny line-following robots are quite popular with elementary-age children. They are instantly drawn to the high-tech, low-tech aspects of these ‘bots. They are also a great way to talk about the concept of ‘programming languages’ in a different context. These ‘bots have their own color-coded language and kids can use chisel-tip markers  (like Crayola) to command them. Check out the intro lesson, follow-up lesson and map extension posts.

 

Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning can be defined in many different ways, but generally, the student directs their own learning and present this information to others. Facilitators are vital, but students make most of the choices.

 

Reality-Based Children’s Books for Montessori Practical Life

As an AMS Montessori-certified directress, I am passionate about a Montessori education. I think it is one of the best ways to help our children grow to be happy and healthy adults. I also believe that the ages of birth – age six are just as important as the “academic” years of high school and college.  Check out these reality-based books, which will help teach practical life concepts (care of self, handwork, personal growth) without having to do any lesson planning.

 

Reality-Based Children’s Books for Montessori Sensorial

As an AMS Montessori-certified directress, I am passionate about a Montessori education. I think it is one of the best ways to help our children grow to be happy and healthy adults. I also believe that the ages of birth – age six are just as important as the “academic” years of high school and college.  Check out these reality-based books, which will help teach sensorial concepts (shapes, solids, colors, etc.) without having to do any lesson planning.

 

Using Scratch Across the Curriculum

Rather than teach programming as a separate class or topic, use the icon-based programming language, Scratch, to demonstrate student learning. If you are new to Scratch, go through the introductory course and learn how to set up an account and navigate the web site. Once you have access to Scratch 2.0, you can learn more about programming through special topics, such as the Wright Brothers.