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Toilet Training: A Montessori Perspective

We republish the complete article by the passionate Sony Vasandani, Founder & CEO of Sunshine Teachers' Training. Sony, and the institute are no strangers to our website and we enjoy sharing their great work. If you are interested in a world-class Montessori teacher certification, you should consider them. Back to our topic.TOILET TRAINING? Say Goodbye to diapersToilet training doesn't have to be a dramatic phase. Let's do it the Montessori way and support children's brain development.Build a Positive ImpressionUrinating and having a bowel movement are normal bodily functions. When changing a child's diaper, explain that their body is getting rid of waste from food they no longer need. Never joke or make disgusted facial expressions that might make this process seem negative to the child.Monitor and Support Child ReadinessReadiness to use the toilet is a natural process within the child, not a decision made by adults. Typically, children start showing interest in using the toilet between 12 - 18 months of age. At this age they begin to control their bladder/bowels. They will be able to stay dry for a couple of hours. This is a sign of their readiness! Use cloth diapers so that you know when the child urinates/deficates. Remember to provide a toilet-accessible area, such as a potty or a regular toilet, with a child seat, a changing area, a handwashing spot, a place for dirty clothes, etc. Children enjoy imitating adults by sitting on the toilet, even when they're not quite ready to use it.The Role of the Brain in Toilet TrainingThe brain network involved in this process is the salience network, which detects and filters stimuli. It plays a crucial role in self-awareness, social behavior, and communication. When a child feels the need to urinate/deficate, or has an accident, this brain network activates, detects stimuli, and makes the child aware that they need to use the toilet. The use of disposable diapers can slow down the child's learning process. Cloth diapers, on the other hand, accelerate the process of toilet training while strengthening the brain n etwork's function. Besides the points above, remember that rewards or punishment must not be a part of toilet training. Our role is to provide an environment that supports the child's independence, allowing them to go through every step of learning to use the toilet and offering support during this natural developmental stage. Have faith in our children's abilities. Isn't the Montessori approach incredible for supporting a child's learning journey? If you want to delve deeper into Montessori, please contact Merlinda via Whatsapp or fill out this form so our representatives can contact you. With Montessori, let's optimize the growth and learning of our beloved children.

10 October 2023

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Our Latest Youtube Video

Our latest video is on the history of the Montessori Movement in the USA. Please view the video and like and subscribe, to help our channel.

14 October 2023

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GMC - Training Montessori Teachers in Nigeria Since 2018

The Greensprings Montessori Centre is a spin-off of the Greensprings School and falls under Greensprings Educational Services Limited. Situated in Lagos, GMC is accredited by MACTE, which is no stranger to our website. The US-based MACTE is the preeminent quality assurance brand for Montessori teacher training worldwide, so its accreditation means that you can fully trust the GMC. The services provided by GMC include workshops, short courses, and Diploma courses. The focus of the Centre is early years Montessori pedagogy. With this diploma you can work anywhere you want in the world. The diploma course is divided into 265 hours of lecture time and 400 hours of teaching practice. The Early Childhood Montessori DiplomaMontessori Curriculum SubjectsThe Centre’s website lists the subjects covered by the course and they look quite tantalizing. Here they are. Practical Life Exercise Sensorial Education Literacy Skills (Language) Mathematics Cultural Subjects Art and Craft Music and Movement DramaTheoretical subjectsMontessori Leadership Montessori Philosophy Child Development Observation and Assessment Contemporary Issues, including Equal Opportunities Childcare, Health and Nutrition Child Protection Special Needs Peace Education   If you are interested in becoming a Montessori teacher, give them a serious thought. How to Contact the Greensprings Montessori Centre Address: 22, Oluseun Street, Off Olujobi Street, Gbagada, Lagos. Email: gmc@greenspringsschool.com Telephone: 08023468228, 07045502430, 07045502413, 08023156841 REQUEST: We are very interested in publishing Nigerian Montessori stories. If you can help us with information, we would really appreciate it. CREDITS School website: https://www.greenspringsschool.com/montessori-education-in-nigeria-10-undeniable-reasons-you-cant-but-love-it/ Images: school website and videos.  A special thanks to Isaac Nwali for sharing information about Greensprings School, via LinkedIn. 

18 October 2023

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Greensprings School - Growing Education in Nigeria for 38 Years!

In May 2019, we published our first article on Montessori education in Nigeria. This article is still being read today, and we are happy to be able to publish another article on great Montessori work in this important African country. Greensprings School is a co-ed institution based in the city of Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial nerve center. It is a British International school, with a Montessori origin and foundation. Like many other Montessori schools around the world, it has an inspiring story to tell. Lai Koiki, a young mother in the early 80s, was looking for a good school for her daughter, but she found none up to her expectations. As a first time mom, she became interested in early childhood education and read up on it. In doing so, she came across the Montessori Method and was completely fascinated by it. She immediately knew that this was what she wanted for her daughter. She started her journey by completing a Montessori qualification at the St. Nicholas Montessori Training Centre (UK), which is no stranger to our website. After completing her studies, she started the school, which opened its doors on 21 January 1985 with three students and two teachers! Since then the school expanded until it reached its current student population of 2,500, over 600 staff members, and 3 campuses!   The school enrolls students from 18 months to 17 years of age. It follows an open door policy and school life is organized around five core values: Child-centeredness Respect Integrity Excellence Service Greensprings School has the following sections and curriculum diversity, which displays different international pedagogical approaches, as well as local and British content. THREE CAMPUSES From humble beginnings at Anthony Campus, the school has grown to three campuses, Anthony, Lekki, and Ikoyi. The Anthony and Lekki campuses have a creche, preschool, elementary and secondary classes. The Lekki Campus has about 1,400 students, a 24-hour health  clinic and caters for about 400 boarding students. The Ikoyi campus has a preschool and elementary section.PRE-SCHOOL (18 Months to 5 Years) This is the Montessori component of the school. “In Pre school, our Montessori methodology is committed to serving children of all religious and ethnic backgrounds between the ages of 2 to 5 years. We follow the basic Montessori philosophy incorporating art, music and movement, dance, gymnastics, computer and outdoor play activities.“ (Website) ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (5 - 11 Years) Elementary school follows the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). Upper elementary classes are taught using the International Primary Curriculum. “Teaching from the age of 5 is by subject and is conducted by highly qualified specialist staff. This is a special feature of Greensprings School and gives children from an early age contact with subject specialists, not available to many children in other settings until secondary school. Our classes average around 20 pupils.” (Website) SECONDARY SCHOOL (11 - 16 Years) The curriculum used is the National British Curriculum which culminates in the  International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). SIXTH FORM SCHOOL The Greensprings Sixth Form school is regarded as one of the best in the country. This school is dedicated to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, which prepares students for university. This course is an excellent gateway for graduates to the best universities in the country and globally. BOARDING SCHOOL Greensprings School claims to have the best boarding school in the whole of Nigeria. Common rooms are equipped with wifi and modern facilities such as audio-visual appliances. Students have access to excellent sports facilities, including 3 football pitches, 4 tennis courts, 2 swimming pools, 2 basketball courts, 4 table-tennis tables and a badminton court. SPECIAL NEEDS Greensprings accepts special needs students, and is working on a new and fully equipped building to ensure that such students have all the facilities and support that they require. HUNGER FOR EXCELLENCE  The above lines already reveal the continuous pursuit for excellence that we observe. When this school does something, they put in all their efforts and passion. We will list some of the additional evidence of this hunger for excellence. Over the years the school has invested in top class sporting facilities and equipment. Greensprings has made a name for itself in the school sporting circuits in Nigeria.It is the first thinking school in Nigeria, being part of the Thinking Schools International.The school has a strong offering of enrichment and extracurricular activities.The alumni are not forgotten, as they are continuously drawn into the life of the school and Greensprings believes in supporting its alumni to develop solutions going forward.Greensprings continuously produces graduates who reach the highest levels of academic success. We wish it all the best with its goal of redefining education in Africa. We are very interested in publishing Nigerian Montessori stories. If you can help us with information, we would really appreciate it. Look out for our next article, which will be on the Greensprings Montessori Centre, a wonderful offshoot from Ms. Lai Koiki’s initial dream. All information is from the Greensprings School website and videos. Click here to check out our YouTube Channel. CREDITS School website: https://www.greenspringsschool.com/montessori-education-in-nigeria-10-undeniable-reasons-you-cant-but-love-it/ Images: school website and videos.  A special thanks to Isaac Nwali for sharing information about Greensprings School, via LinkedIn. 

23 October 2023

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Comparing who Likes School More: Montessori or Conventional School Students?

In July 2022, Snyder, LeBoeuf and Lillard published a research paper on the above topic. Their full title is, “‘My Name is Sally Brown and I hate School!’: A retrospective study on school liking among conventional and Montessori Alumni”. Let us dive right into it! School liking is a huge factor that impacts academic success. Not enough research is being done on this, but sadly, not much action is being taken to deal with this damning trend. This Snyder et al research is the first known study that examined school liking across the three major school levels of elementary, Middle, and high school. This is also the first study in which school liking by conventional school and Montessori school alumni is compared. This article is another excursion of ours, as we promised to do previously, into the research work  of Angeline S. Lillard. Let us start with the end, namely the (key) findings: The data showed that Montessori alumni liked school significantly more than students of conventional schools, and that Montessori schools have many of the features that predict higher school liking. It is averred by the study that this might explain the well-known positive academic and well‐being outcomes of Montessori students. THE SAMPLE: 630 Adults, of whom 187 had attended Montessori elementary schools and 436 conventional  schools of all levels - 7 did not specify their school type. The reason for restricting the Montessori group to only the elementary school level, was the size of the sample. THE RESEARCH QUESTIONS: The researchers set out to answer three questions: “First, how much do people recall liking school in each school level? Second, what features of school (as they recall) are associated with higher school liking? Finally, do people who attended Montessori—the most common and enduring alternative school model—recall liking school more or less than people who attended conventional schools? UNIQUE CONTRIBUTIONS MADE BY THIS STUDY: “ (1) showing how a wide range of school features predict recalled school liking, (2) examining data for all school levels using a single sample of participants, and (3) comparing recalled school liking and its predictors across conventional and Montessori schools.” PREVIOUS RESEARCH RESULTS: There are numerous previous studies of school liking, but they are level specific, for example, only elementary. Snyder et al surveyed the available previous studies and stipulated their key findings. For details you can review their work, we provide the link below.  THE BEST AND THE WORST OF SCHOOL: Seeing friends was the best part of school for 56% of the conventional sample, but 38% for the Montessori sample.  25% Of the Montessori sample (compared to 15.1% for conventional) regarded the social milieu as what they liked least about school. Montessori students were also significantly more likely than conventional participants to choose “learning” as what they liked most about school, even after they left Montessori school. Furthermore, interest in schoolwork was consistently higher across time for the Montessori sample. IN CONCLUSION: Our children spend about 12 years of their lives in school. An overwhelming majority of students of conventional schools dislike school (by the assessment of teachers associated with youmemontessori). How is this possible? How is this sustainable? Society has lost the plot. No amount of tinkering can make any real change. The reason is simple, conventional education is meant to churn out automatons that can do as they are told. Its purpose is to crush the student’s spirit, individuality, creativity and genuine critical thinking. It is not meant to raise our children to the highest level of appreciation of and engagement with human culture, as is the purpose of Montessori pedagogy. Montessori is the answer. LINK TO THE FULL STUDY: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/pits.22777

26 October 2023

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The Drama of the Ocean

Enjoy the latest video on our Youtube Channel. This is the 8th video in our series on Montessori's book, To Educate the Human Potential.  

30 October 2023

Everything at YouMeMontessori is great.

Check out the shocking statistics below!

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Growth rate: Montessori vs Traditional Education

27%

Success Rate: Montessori vs Traditional Education

32%

Lang. Acq: Montessori vs Traditional Education

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Number of Montessori Schools Worldwide