Region 3 Contact
Chair: Ruth Palmer
Counties: Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire
East Anglia Meetings
The next East Anglia regional meeting, Characteristics of Effective Learning & Montessori Practice with Barbara Isaacs, is taking place on Saturday 17 November 2018.
The workshop will explore not only the aspects of engagement and involvement in daily life of children attending Montessori settings, it will also investigate how problem solving, creating thinking and creativity are promoted and documented in Montessori settings.
It’s important that Montessori practitioners are able to articulate how creative thinking and creativity are encouraged in their settings – be prepared to show your observations of children’s creating thinking and discuss its relevance in the development of the whole child.
Date: Saturday 17 November 2018
Venue: The Norwich Montessori School, The Conley Parish Room, Old Watton Road, Norwich, NR4 7TW
Time: 10am – 3.30pm
Cost: £20pp for MSA members, £30pp for non-members
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.