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Kathy’s Insights

Insights on the Montessori method and Early Childhood Education from Dr. Kathy Roemer

Kathy’s Insights

Maria Montessori Then and Now

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Maria Montessori was a scientist who was ahead of her time.  She used her uncanny scientific observation skills to observe children learning.  The information she gathered translated into an educational method using  multi-sensorial, hands-on materials in multi-aged classrooms that you can see at Twin Parks Montessori Schools.

When Dr. JoAnn Deak, brain research synthesizer and international speaker, presented information about current brain research to our teachers and parents, she equated the neurons in our brains to rubber bands.  The more you use the neurons, the more they grow or stretch.  Children will naturally choose a mode of learning that is a natural strength, or one of their longest rubber bands.  We do not get to choose the brain we are born with or in what area our strengths will be.  Therefore,  is the work of our teachers to make sure that our students are in a safe, nurturing environment and feel comfortable taking learning risks.  Children need to stretch all of their rubber bands, or neurons.  Like a muscle the brain grows and during the night while we are sleeping, it reorganizes the information taken in during the day.

Montessori understood the way our brains work 100+ years ago.  Isn’t that amazing?   I thought you would enjoy this sort video, titled “Superwoman was Already Here!” Of course the title is in reference to the most recent movie on education titled, “Waiting for Superman.

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Twin Parks Celebrates the Ribbon Cutting at Central Park Montessori School

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A storm was brewing on 91st Street, September 7, 2011, but it did not stop our families, friends, teachers and community members from celebrating the ribbon cutting at Central Park Montessori School.  With help from Richard Ungerer, Executive Director of the American Montessori Society and Andrew Ackerman, Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Dr. Kathy Roemer cut the ribbon signifying the opening of Twin Parks Montessori School’s third location.

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One, two, three! Cut the ribbon!

As part of the celebration, and to give back to our community, Twin Parks Montessori Schools made a contribution to one of the Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s outreach programs.  A donation of $7,500 was made to support the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Arts Outreach Program for children with cancer.

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Mr. Ackerman is presented with a check from Dr. Roemer. Mr. Ungerer and Central Park Administration join in making the contribution to support the Children's Museum of Manhattan's outreach program.

Afterwards, the participants listened to a lecture given by Dr. JoAnn Deak, on the topic of sensitive periods of learning within the first 10 years of a child’s life.   Dr. Deak is an international speaker and synthesizer of brain research and how parents and teachers can use the latest information to help children grow and develop.

Dr. Deak uses rubberbands to illustrate the neurons in our brain. When they are used, they stretch and grow!

Dr. Deak’s children’s book, The Fantastic Elastic Brain is available for sale at Central Park Montessori School (please inquire at the office).  During the book signing, guest participated in tours of the school and listened to music while enjoying refreshments!

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Stephanie Whalen and Ramze Rodriguez sample the refreshments.

Guests were offered a gift bag containing umbrellas – at the end of the evening!  A great time was had by all!

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Guests signed the register and picked up gift bag at the end of the evening.

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