Order NAMTA's 2013-2015 supplement to the Whole-School Montessori Handbook, The Evolution of a Montessori High School
NAMTA's purpose is to maintain Montessori traditions, and at the same time, to be on the cutting edge of innovative education. Accordingly, we provide the medium for study, interpretation, and improvement of Montessori education.
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Infants and young children are captivated by language and the connection that is created through human communication. This introduction to a fundamental characteristic of being and becoming human is essential to the development of personality, and the benchmark for all language development. Children who become confident and articulate writers must first become confident and articulate speakers. Every day, Montessori educators at all levels have the opportunity to develop the power of language and light the flame of imagination in the children. From rhymes, songs, poetry, and finger plays, to dramatic recitation, speeches, and debates, foundations in speech lead to artfully crafted writing, and appreciation for the power and beauty of words. Led by Montessori trainers Janet McDonell and Carla Foster, this conference offers a full overview of oral and written language supporting development from childhood to adolescence.