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The Montessori Children's House: An Introduction
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.
Never before has a Montessori conference created a whole school vision of practical life where the concrete work of the hand is the basis for the evolution of the individual and the emergence of culture. Imagine a Montessori school with a revolutionary learning design where the role of hand and head is expanded to create a place for physical work in every aspect of its functioning. Steven Hughes will discuss the critical role of movement in the development of higher-order cognitive functions. Presentations from several exemplary whole school models demonstrate that linking head and hands from toddlers to middle school leads to a harmonious social community. Montessorians will link the hand to the history of humanity, the hand to the will. From a toddler community in Sweden, to the primary classroom where practical life is the pathway to culture and community, learn from Montessori practitioners who have used sewing, quilting, knitting, bread making, and more to shape community.