This is the main hub for all of the educational-type posts here on Sugar, Spice and Glitter.
My main influences are Montessori and Reggio (they’re like peanut butter and jelly!) and I even run a Facebook group called Combining Reggio and Montessori with Sugar, Spice and Glitter. I’ll try to give you a quick comparison, but as with anything worth knowing about, a quick comparison won’t do justice to these wonderful and indepth methods, and I’m sure some will take issue with my simplifications!
Both the Montessori Method and Reggio Approach are dedicated to hands-on learning and educating the whole child. They were both developed in Italy at the turn of the century by former students of the first modern kindergarten, Froebel’s Kindergarten.
The Montessori Method has a clear set of materials and lessons which convey advanced yet accessible information for children. Many families and schools are unable to purchase the full breadth of Montessori Materials, and so develop (or follow) a more Montessori-inspired approach to hands-on learning. The key principles of Montessori are encouraging orderly thinking, using physical learning implements, and allowing children to follow their own interests.
The Reggio Emilia Approach is a constantly evolving method of early childhood education that is very similar to Montessori in its desire to allow children hands-on, multi-sensory experiences which appeal to their own individual interests; it differs in that children completely design their own education, being empowered to use various methods of expression to explore different educational concepts.
Both philosophies focus on the process of learning, rather than the product, with Reggio placing a large focus on the documentation of learning (and displaying those documentations for children to observe).
Both focus on the environment as integral to facilitating education; Montessori emphasizes order, while Reggio emphasizes beauty. Both emphasize making the environment an accessible child’s space, with many natural materials.
It can be really easy to think that you have to become dedicated to only one method, or that you have the buy all of the materials that the methods prescribe, however, I’m here to tell you that you can pick and choose what works for your family and as long as you’re rooting yourself in the philosophy behind the materials, and in what you believe is best for your child, you’ll be successful in your endeavours.
I occasionally also incorporate and write about methods and philosophies like Froebel, High/Scope, and Waldorf, as well as more specialized approaches like Orton-Gillingham. This all speaks to the main goal of Sugar, Spice and Glitter: to give you effective and whole-child learning ideas, regardless of the label.
My focus is on creative, hands-on learning that supports how children actually learn and process information; there are a lot of “busy work” and flash-memorization activities out there that do not truly allow children to learn on a deep level, and resources that encourage developmentally inappropriate activities. Sugar, Spice and Glitter is not about acceleration, but about educational support and enrichment that feeds a child’s need to learn about the amazing world around them (and supporting the parents, teachers, and caregivers who are helping to facilitate that learning).
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