Montessori education

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There are Montessori Schools all over the United States. They have been around for many, many years. Mary Montessori started them years ago. Her idea was that children's work is called play. She did believe that children learned through play. She also believed that they needed to reach certain milestones in their play. Children in a Montessori school are required to reach developmental milestones, before they can move on to another activity. Often in Montessori schools, you will see Montessori materials. They are actually materials that you see just at a Montessori school. They are academic materials, lettering and numbers. They are very specific to a Montessori school. Children in a Montessori school are also taught to be very independent. They are taught very early on to clean up after themselves, to put things away, to respect their environment. There is a lot of talk about the environment and how we need to respect the environment and respect others. It is an academic setting, but it has some developmental underpinnings.

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Educational Specialist & Executive Director of PEL

Joanna Port is Executive Director of the Parents Education League (PEL) of Los Angeles. She holds a master's degree in Education from Pepperdine University and a master's degree in Social Work from University of Southern California. Before having four children of her own, she worked as a social worker with families and children in residential treatment. After she obtained her teaching credential, she worked as a teacher for four years. Coming back to work as PEL's Executive Director, she is able to combine her degrees and interest in education and children's mental health in her hometown, Los Angeles.

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