Roseville Montessori Family Math Night Workshop
Report on the October 16, 2014..This, first of many workshops scheduled on the American Montessori Elementary calendar, offered parents a tremendous opportunity to engage in their children’s educational journey and to fully understand the process of Montessori instruction in the area of mathematics.
The math workshop was hosted by American Montessori Elementary, and presented by American Montessori Elementary Master Teacher Ms. Teci Jarnagin, and Nautilus Montessori School Preschool & Kindergarten Master Teacher Ms. Ronnie Binczewski, M.E.d, AMS.
The evening opened with the introduction to activities in the classroom that foster O.C.C.I. (Order, Coordination, Concentration, & Independence). With this method of instruction, young learners ages 3-6 use sensory repetition to prepare their cognitive abilities in preparation for more advanced academic applications, ages 6-9 years old. The night’s observers were then led through the magic of the Montessori math scope & sequence from Pre-K through Upper Elementary. In both, presentations and discussions, topics addressed the interwoven connectedness of algebra and geometry.
Hands-on math exercises and learning tools were introduced, demonstrated and explored. Adult minds were opened with visual, auditory, and concrete methods of presentation, connecting them to the wonders that their Montessori instructed children experience on a daily basis.
What, perhaps, was most impressive was the passion and excitement exhibited by the presenters; clear to all was both teachers’ genuine belief in the Montessori philosophy of education and its impact on student achievement. Parents and guests were soon caught up in the fervor and just as anxious as their children to get their hands on the learning activities and tools.