Region 3 Contact
Chair: Ruth Palmer
Counties: Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire
East Anglia Meetings
‘There’s so much more to Practical Life!’ with Lynnette Brock
Date: Saturday 8 June 2019
Venue: Sunflower Montessori, Aldeburgh
Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: £20 per person (for MSA members), or £30 per person (non-members), including a fish and chip lunch
Join us for a (hopefully!) sunny day at the seaside, where Lynnette Brock will be leading discussions around practical life. We’ll be talking about:
- Vertical grouping in the classroom: meeting the needs of all children
- Theory of mind, and its importance for self esteem and belonging
- Schemes applied in the use of practical life materials
- Order, clarity and context of the Montessori Practical Life materials
- Practical Life resources and care of the environment
Registration is at 10am and the workshop is expected to finish around 4pm. Tickets are available to book via the website here, or give Ellie a call on 020 7493 8300 to reserve your place.
East Anglian Regional Meeting
Saturday 18th November 2017
Creative Arts with Lisa Elvish
Around thirty of us gathered on a fresh November morning at The Meadows Montessori Primary School in Ipswich. Our focus was ‘Creative Arts’, and the day was led by Lisa Elvish, a qualified Montessori Teacher with over twenty years’ experience of working with youth and adult theatre groups.
Lisa explained how drama and the creative arts really do bring learning to life and help children express what they are processing in their minds. Without this outlet, their minds can become confused and crowded and the world would be a very dull place!
Lisa covered topics such as warm up games, fantasy and fairy tales and incorporating Montessori materials into sessions. She covered drama topics that could be stand alone or part of a theme continuing for a week or half term. We also looked at how drama can help with areas of development including social and communication, maths and language and emotional awareness. She also explained how drama can help children with additional needs to express themselves, develop imagination and extend their learning beyond the classroom.
The day was full of hands on activities and exercises, practical ideas and suggestions and sharing of current practice. It provoked thought, discussion and laughter.
Our next regional training day will be held at the same venue on Saturday 28th April 2018 when Lynnette Brock will be addressing the Language area.