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Lesson Plans


Montessori

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gregjuli
Sat, 30 May 1998 18:19:41 -0500


Gail1611 wrote:

> Are there any of you out there( Montessori Art Teachers)? My school
is
> changiing and I feel I'm loosing the essence of my art theme. I'm
being
> told I have to relate all art to their science, math, nature
notebooks,
etc.
> themes. But no one is talking about art for art sake. I need help to
explain
> that a combination is a better approach. Can anyone help me? I feel

like
> they've taken away my creative powers. Gail

Gail,
I'm curious what these teachers are thinking. I say that because I
worked
in a
Montessori school for 5 years as the assistant to the implementor a
Montessori
program. If I recall correctly there are different schools of
Montessori
philosophy. The teachers I worked with were from AMI- (American
Montessori
Institute). They seemed to appreciate art history because I remember
that
they
liked me putting up famous work (prints) of art in the halls so the
children
would increase there awareness to art. I was also given the opportunity
to
occassionally do a short art lessons with the K5s ( and I was a
paraprofessional!) It was the art teacher's job to teach to 1st to 5th
grades.
I got to know the art teacher there well and I do remember her
integrating
across the curriculm but also teaching elements and design principles of

art.
I don't know if this helps at all , but I'm curious what Montessori
school
this
philosophy is developing from? Good Luck!

MaryB.