This question created quite a storm of opinions and some great reasons for and against demonstrating Montessori Materials at circle, and this conversation was just about the Montessori Materials not all the other good things that happen at Circle.
The reasons for Montessori Material demonstrations at Circle
3) To remind the children of appropriate use of materials.
4) Making sure all the children have been demonstrated a Material and each child is recorded as having seen it.
5) Good for record keeping.
6) Group observation and listening as part of the normalisation process.
8) Encourages peer mentoring
The reasons against Montessori Materials Materials at Circle:
1) With a wide age range it is difficult to accommodate the attention span and cognitive readiness of each and every child in Circle.
3) Some Children won’t be able to see properly.
4) No hands on participation.
5) Eliminates a child’s right to choose his/her own material.
6) Too, “en mass” teaching.
7) Risk of assuming a child has been attentive and had “box checked” for the material in record keeping, and therefore misses individual demonstration.
8) The children are a Captive audience.
9) If a child is not interested in the demonstration they still have to sit through it, leads to boredom and discontent. Discourages normalisation.
10) Where you sit next to a child when giving a demonstration cannot be addressed in Circle demonstrations.
11) Included in circle but a child is actually excluded from the individual experience.
The majority of Montessorians are against demonstrating Montessori Materials at Circle, but we were all agreed that it really depends on what material is being demonstrated and whether the children have a choice to participate or not.
Cultural materials are inclusive of all the children so are more ideal.
Montessori Materials that require precise movements, quiet demonstration, concentration and hands on are not for Circle.
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