What makes an activity ‘Montessori’? What is the difference between a Montessori activity and any other kids activity? I’ve seen this question and variations of it often recently.
While I’m no expert, I created this infographic to concisely share the elements of a Montessori activity that set it apart. These are the aspects that I am mindful of when creating a Montessori inspired work.
Thank you for reading!
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Dina Keeler says
Your presentation of the key tenet of Montessori is beautiful! I follows it’s own advice!
I will be presenting a conference call to educators in my state about Montessori, I am wondering if I can reference your chart and/or offer it to them to view?
Thank you again for your work!
This is why I love infographics… A very easy and useful guidelines to understand. Not all net surfers are good readers. Some are so lazy reading a full article. Nice post!
Hi! Could I translate this infographics in Italian for my blog? Please! It’s so useful!
Mandi Lee says
This is the best graphic I’ve seen on ‘What makes a material Montessori.’ With your permission, I’d love to include it in an article I’ve written on ‘Are Shoebox Tasks Montessori?’
I found this infographic in pinterest. Could I use it for a post at my blog? (I will also translate everything in greek). Of course there will be a hyperlink to this post.
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Reena Kapoor says
Great work !
Your information has been very helpful, its organized very well, and can relate to it as a Montessorian.
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Mallory Harwood says
I was wondering if we could share this wonderful infographic on Facebook and Twitter for our client, Montessori Unlimited.
Please let us know if this would be alright.
Of course :) Thank you for contacting me :)
Linda Karchmar says
Dare I add one more that we learned in my AMI training – make sure it doesn’t already exist in the Montessori Materials. In other words, don’t substitute or add something that already exists.
That’s a great addition. Thank you Linda :)
Emma @ P is for Preschooler says
I’ve tried looking up a simple explanation of Montessori or other teaching theories and they were never simple enough for me. :) I love that this is easy to understand and gets right to the point. Apparently we’ve been doing a lot of Montessori all along!
I found that too when I started researching Montessori! Lots of respectful parenting aligns with Montessori theories :)
What a great idea! I personally didn’t really know what Montessori meant. I had an idea for what moms shared with me but this graphic is great! Sharing it on our facebook page ;).
Thank you for sharing and for reading, Daniela :)
Hi, I thought you might be interested in two things: 1 – this post is being shared in professional Montessori circles on Facebook, and 2 – what trained Montessori teachers said they would add to it:
– Are beautiful, and “call to the child”
– Are meaningful
– Have direct and indirect purposes that tie them in to the rest of the spiral curriculum
– Made of natural materials whenever possible
– Focus on concepts that can be generalized
– Are simple in design
Really nice work, getting all the main components without using Jargon – I can see this being a very useful tool for lots of schools and parents :)
Thank you so much for letting me know Andrea! I really appreciate the positive and constructive feedback :D
Kate - An Everyday Story says
This is really great Rach. It turned out really wonderful. It’s nice and clear and I think explains (well my understanding of Montessori activities/work) really clearly. I love infographics too :)
Thanks so much Kate :)
I love the infograph. I like how it is broken down to show the difference.
Thank you Bonnie :)
I love infographs and this one is great Rachel.
I love how infographics make knowledge a bit more visual. I am glad other people enjoy my one! :)
Thanks Rachel! Great idea to put all the ideas together in an infographic! I’m sharing it right now!
Thank you for your support!