Teacher training in Music and Art, Taiwan, 2018

In May I taught a group of 20 student teachers the Montessori exercises for Music and the Montessori approach to art in the Elementary Classroom. Games with the bells for older Casa and Elementary children. Some of the teachers had a background in Casa, but most did not, so we began the day with a

Self-Regulation for children and adults

The ideas in this article are based on the work of Dr Stuart Shanker and if you find this interesting I encourage you to read more of his books and publications and to watch videos of his presentations which are available for free online! This presentation is a great place to start http://www.runforlife.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Shanker1.pdf. The website

Numicon in the Montessori Classroom

Some of the young children we work with can struggle to understand number even with all of the hands on preparation in Casa.  Depending on where you live you might get a child assessed for dyscalculia and specific guidance given.  I have met a few children who struggle with clear motor movements and have difficulties

Floortime and Montessori

Introducing DIR Floortime DIR stands for Developmental, Individual-differences, & Relationship-based.  A great deal of information is given at http://www.icdl.com/DIR. It aims to enable an individual to enter the world of a child who it is difficult to make contact with and after doing so to bring the child into a shared world and interact in

Bodywork, Focusing and Montessori

Bodywork in Montessori Lessons As those of you who teach in Casas will know Montessori gave two key lessons to young children which require them to use their bodies – Walking on the Line and the Silence Activity. As Montessori’s we want to engage the whole child, and yet, apart from these two activities most


I’d like to offer personal mentorship to people working in Montessori classrooms in a more personal way.  When I see the amount of ‘likes’ our Facebook page receives throughout the world I realise how much I want to meet each one of you. I’d enjoy presenting at the big international conferences to offering trainings for

Self Care Introduction

Together we are able to do so much more than we can do alone. In this section I have shared some of my writings about processes that I think are very helpful in achieving the kind of world Montessori described.  Perfecting the way we give lessons is not going to help children if we are

Changing habits to meet values: using Personal Development Education and Education for Sustainability.

Dissertation submitted as course requirement for the MSc in Education for Sustainability, South Bank University. Abstract My aim was to clarify the relationship between Personal Development Education and Education for Sustainability and to see if the learning principals used in Personal Development Education could benefit the field of Education for Sustainability.  I used modern Western

Rachel’s Learning Journey

This website is a place to bring together my trainings and experiences as a Qualified Teacher in England, studying an MSc in Education for Sustainability with Southbank University, London, my AMI Montessori trainings for Casa and Elementary, the Postgraduate Certificate in Inclusive Education with the University of Nottingham and my British Association of Counselling and

Share your learning journey

Hello, In this section we would like to encourage you to share your Learning Journey. A learning journey is a story of yourself, I found that the big moments for me weren’t so much qualifications and positions, but unexpected meetings, books and chance encounters. We would encourage you to include any photographs, links or short

Introduction to Inclusion

The posts here come from my experiences in the classroom when I met children who needed something extra.  Some children required me to have a much clearer understanding of specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia and to allow those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to manage their learning in novel ways. I

Comparing the approaches of Montessori Education and Play Therapy

Is it possible that Play Therapy and Montessori education principles and values make them ideally suited towards each other and simply the way they use the language of ‘work’ and ‘play’ seems to set them apart. Could ‘Play Therapy’ materials be used as Montessori Materials for the troubled child as a way to make abstract

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