Region 3  Contact

Chair: Ruth Palmer
Deputy: TBC
Tel:  07703724155
Email:msaeastanglia@montessori.org.uk
Counties: Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire

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.

East Anglia Meetings

Saturday 28th April 2018 – Language with Lynnette Brock 
I AM A TALKER! I AM A WRITER! 
10.00AM – 3.O0PM AT THE MEADOWS MONTESSORI PRIMARY SCHOOL 

The Meadows Montessori Primary School
32 Larchcroft Road
Ipswich IP1 6AR

Lynnette will take us on a journey exploring how to support language acquisition and vocabulary, discuss key points for encouraging active engagement in story-telling, provide us with some pre-literacy games to get involved with and offer a refresher/introduction to using the Montessori literacy activities. The workshop will also look at the topical new report in ‘narrowing the gap’ in literacy and focuses on helping children to identify themselves as readers and writers – “I can write!”

As always I am looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at is what is sure to be a great day!

Lynnette is always interesting and inspiring and wants this to be a hands-on day where we can encourage each other designing activities at a language or literacy level.

If you would like to attend then please send names of delegates along with a cheque made out to Montessori St Nicholas Centre as soon as possible, to the address below. The cost is £20 for MSA members and £30 for non-members, which includes a light lunch.

With very best wishes
Ruth Palmer, Chair, MSA East Anglia Region

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