Is Montessori Right for Your Child?
Are you informed about preschools and the basis for curricular pedagogy used at the schools you are considering?  I highly recommend a commitment to exploring this for parents, because it also helps us understand how rigorously a school supports a particular model, or whether a school practices modified pedagogical principles. Hybridization in teaching and learning styles often evolve as trends based on new information emerge about child well being.One of the world’s most recognized pioneers in early childhood development (ECD), was Maria Montessori.  To better understand the essence of the Montessori Education System, it is useful to consider her ideas within their foundational contexts.  Dr. Montessori (1870-1952) was an Italian physician and educator.  She first came to her philosophy about child-rearing through medical training, specializing in problems with development and children’s aptitude for learning and socialization.In 1913, Montessori published a striking work, now dated, called Pedagogical Anthropology.  Nearly 600 pages, the compendium is a forerunner to statistical assessments in childhood development, both physical and psychosocial.  Have you ever thought about measurements your child’s nurse or pediatrician takes on your child – data that pinpoint the circumference of your child’s head, his or her height and weight within cohort range? The genesis of this tradition in assessments and benchmarks came about from Montessori’s and her peers modeling in new pedagogical theory.While this work was one of several works by Dr. Montessori, an Enquirer learns from this text, that she came to understand, for instance, the emotion in the children’s faces, through studies in the underlying muscle tissue.  When she describes body types, photographs provide details of skeletal development and articulation in very young children.  Based on this knowledge, Montessori sought to understand the experience of the young child, beginning with a Tabula rasa (“blank slate”).  Her belief was, once life begins, knowledge comes from experience and perception.From this standpoint, Montessori focused – as is well-known – on the individual child.  One of her most important works, The Child in the Family, describes how important it is for parents and educators to follow “the spiritual expressions of the child.”  A central tenet of the Montessori Method is valued, rather than “interfering” with a child’s activities and engagement.  She believed the educational system should provide children, “shelter in the storm, the oasis in the desert…” , meaning, an environment free of the burdens imposed by attitudes in the adult-centered world.Montessori was very much influenced by psychoanalysis, the development of the ego, and childhood fluorescence (and trauma). She championed the profound needs of the child in the ego’s struggle to adjust to adults and others in society, and she felt these childhood needs were not recognized by adult society, and could lead to “… an abyss of unexpected evils.”  The “repressed spirit” of the individual child therefore, finds expression in the Montessori Method. The established pedagogy, or ‘system’ for Montessori is dedicated to this emphasis on healthy ego development, and to overcoming damaging aspects of education and society. Her curriculum was an early, child-centered model that emphasizes spontaneous play and options.
Fast forward a century, and Montessori’s ego-development model may seem a little old-fashioned. But institutions continue to integrate her most influential principles into their curriculum.  Her ideas have had globally constructive influences on childhood development theory, on education and educators. Educators continue to value the individuation of the child, the challenges of separating the child from the freedoms of the natural self.  Modern educators influenced by Montessori’s ideas, teach today without being the “educationalists” that earlier critics of Montessori condemned. In a century, Montessori’s pedagogical philosophy diffused universally to cultures and nations of diverse origins.  UNICEF supports the rescue of the child from adult suffering, based on Montessori’s clarity in addressing the individual child’s needs and healthy adjustment to society.
Related Online Topics:
In Wikipedia: The Montessori Education System In  Goodreads: (Clio Montessori Series) To Educate the Human Potential, excerpts by Maria Montessori
Why Measure Learning?
In today’s society we measure EVERYTHING.  We buy a car based on horsepower or fuel economy, we measure our health in terms of things like blood pressure and weight, our fitness per calories consumed and burned, our financial stability in terms of salary and savings; and the list goes on and on.
But how do you know when you are healthier, or faster, or fitter?  You cannot improve what you cannot measure.  Once you start measuring, you are finally able to understand where you are in relation to where you want to be.  It does not matter what it is that you want to change.  It could be memory, mental alertness, strength, endurance, memory, etc.

We are okay to measure our health, diagnose an ailment, and then follow a plan to get better. BUT, we often do not approach education in the same way.  While tools for measuring learning are widely available, parents, teachers and society have not fully embraced them.  The results may show that we need improvement, which can be disheartening.  But, the reality is, that once you know, you can improve.

While we are not born with the same advantages, we all have the opportunity to grow our intelligence.  That is right.  Intelligence is developed over time.  Studies show that it just takes discipline, practice and educational support, including the feedback made possible through measurement.  We just have to keep challenging ourselves one small step at a time.

So what is the point you ask?  Well, if you are not measuring and monitoring your own learning, or more specifically your child’s, the likelihood that you and your child are performing at your best is small.
While I might have not learned and operated at my personal best all of my life, I certainly want this for my children today.  This is why I built Agnitus.
So start measuring and tracking your child’s learning today, and help them perform at their very best.
New Grading System!!

 

Our new percentile based grading system is just one more way that Agnitus is helping you to be a part of your children’s adventure in learning!  In addition to our detailed Skill Reports, which continue to show you your children’s accuracy with each kind of activity, Agnitus’s grades now give feedback about how each child’s performance compares to others.

As your children play, the accuracy and speed of their performance are compared to children of the same age from around the world, with “grades” being awarded as follows:

  •  A+  reflects a performance only demonstrated by the top 10% in the world
  • A     reflects a performance only demonstrated by the top 20% in the world
  • B+   indicates a performance well above average
  • B     indicates a performance just above average
  • C+  indicates a performance just below average
  • C    reflects a below average performance
  • F     may indicate when additional assistance or time is needed to develop a skill
Additional Information:

These are not your typical “grades”.  And that’s a good thing!  They do not reflect whether or not a child has mastered particular content.  That is what you can find in our general “Skill Reports”.  What the “Grade Reports” communicate, is how well a child is performing, over time, compared to their international peers of the same age.  Only once enough information has been gathered from a skill’s games can a grade be calculated.  Your child may need to play a skill’s games for a few days before a grade will be shown.  And grades can change over time, but only when a child’s rate of learning changes, accelerating or slowing down.

Fix to Agnitus 2.1

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Parents and Friends!

We are excited to announce the launch of our Interactive Books in our latest Agnitus App update on both the iPhone and iPad! (G-Play and Kindle are coming soon!)

However, it appears our latest Agnitus 2.1 App Update has caused unforeseen issues for folks with an iPad 1 or who are on iOS 6.x or older — our team is working on the problem right now and we hope to have a solution right away. Our apologies for the issues.

You have 2 Options. 

Option 1 (aka the “Easy Option”) – update your iOS system on your iPads! It appears Apple just released a new update yesterday. Back up your data on Agnitus (if you are still able to access the Parent Dashboard) delete your Agnitus app and re-install. It should work. Read About Apple Update. 

Option 2 ( This is necessary for all iPad 1 users and for those refusing to leave iOS 6.x or older) 

Re-install an older version of Agnitus. This is not as easy as it sounds because there’s no Apple-supported way to go back to a previous version of an iOS application once you’ve updated. There is a workaround, however, if you haven’t yet emptied your Trash in the Finder (or if you can restore your Mobile Applications folder using Time Machine). Read on for the steps.

Follow These Steps: 

First – open up your Trash can and use the Finder and search for .ipa files — those are all the recently-updated iOS apps, and the older versions have been placed here for deletion. Grab the Agnitus app .ipa (2.0.1 or older) and drag it to the Desktop. If you have emptied your trash and do not have an older Agnitus .ipa file, check your backups (on TimeMachine for example) for older versions of the Agnitus .ipa files.

Next, open up iTunes and look in your Applications list in the library. Click on the current Agnitus app version and hit Delete. You’ll be prompted to either keep or delete the app file — you can choose Delete.

At this point, sync your iPad so the newer app gets removed from the device. Then, just drag your 2.0.1 or older Agnitus.ipa file into the Library section in iTunes. You can now sync back the older version to your iPad.

We apologize again and are working rapidly on a better solution. Please feel free to contact us at support@agnitus.com for any other questions or help.
To read the original instructions on where we discovered on how to do this app rollback to a previous version, please visit Apple
Introducing Interactive Books

Agnitus is proud to announce the introduction of our new, animated, interactive books!

Interactive Books brings children’s stories to life by transforming classic tales into interactive, learning experiences. In our first release, children can sing along to beautifully animated Mother Goose classics as they build the confidence and vocabulary needed for independent reading.

Subscribers have access to new stories each month as well as personalized recommendations based on your child’s reading level. Sign up today for your free 30 day trial and try all 60+ games on Agnitus.com or on the App!

 

 

Agnitus Nabs 2 KAPI Awards!

HUGE THANKS for all the support from our PARENTS and FANS who continually make our games and program part of your children’s lives!!! Agnitus nabbed 2 awards. Best Children’s App (for pre-readers) and Best Education Technology! See more at the KAPI Site: http://kapiawards.com/2014-kapi-awards/agnitus/

And Congrats to the Agnitus TEAM for building such an amazing product with the level of passion, care and attention to detail that you do. 

Cyber Monday Deal to Help Get You Through the Holidays

Ever wish you had a body double over the holidays?

Wouldn’t it be nice if you had the freedom to cook Thanksgiving dinner, clean up Thanksgiving dinner, shop for presents, talk with family and friends, or just relax and not worry about keeping your child entertained?

Don’t you wish you could be that parent on the airplane traveling for the holidays who has the perfect, well-behaved, non-screaming/crying child?

You can now!

Agnitus is here to help. Our learning platform gives your child 45+ activities to stay entertained, and best of all – learning, for hours while you deal with the holiday craziness.

And unlike sitting them in front of the TV, you get to see everything they learned.

From now through Cyber Monday, take advantage of a special Cyber Monday deal. You can get 50% off of Agnitus - FOR LIFE!

That’s more than enough to get you and your family through the holidays.

Mamapedia Must Have App of the Year Contest T&Cs

Contest Terms & Conditions

 

Official Rules

No purchase necessary to win.

  1. Eligibility: Contest is open only to residents of the United States. Participants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the contest. Employees of Agnitus, including their respective affiliates, and subsidiaries, and immediate family members of employees are not eligible.

  2. How to enter: Entrants must

    • Like the Mamapedia Facebook page and enter in their email so we can notify them if they have won.

    • No purchase is necessary

  3. Prizes: Agnitus will send an iPad mini to 1 winner and enable that winner with 1 tuition-free scholarship for a full year. In the event that the prize becomes unavailable, Agnitus reserves the right to award a substitute prize of equal or greater value. No alternative prize, cash equivalent, or other substitution is permitted except by Agnitus in the event of prize unavailability. Prizes are non-transferable. All federal, state and/or local taxes are the responsibility of the winner. Winner is also responsible for internet access fees and service charges.

  4. Agreement to Terms and Conditions: Participation in the contest constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these official Terms and Conditions and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding.

  5. Promotion period: The promotion will be run on November 11, 2013 from 9:00am – 5pm PT through 11:59 PM PST on November 19, 2013.

  6. Selection of winner

    One winner will be selected randomly.

  7. Odds of winning a prize are based on the number of eligible entries received. Winners notification: Winners of the Twitter contest will be notified by a public tweet from Agnitus and a Direct Message on Twitter from Agnitus, at which time a code will be given so the winner can receive the prize. Winners of the Facebook contest will be notified by a public Facebook posting and a private message from an Agnitus representative. Winners will have 10 days from notification to accept the prize via responding directly back to the Agnitus team with your Agnitus email info. All taxes on prizes, including income taxes, and any incidental expenses associated with collection of a prize are the responsibility of the winners.

  8. Prizes: Winners of the contest will receive a code to redeem a full year of Agnitus tuition-free. Prizes are non-transferable. All federal, state and/or local taxes are the responsibility of the winner. Winner is also responsible for Internet access fees and service charges.

  9. Publicity release: Acceptance of a prize constitutes the winner’s agreement that Agnitus may use the Twitter and Facebook content of each entrant for promotional purposes in any and all media, without further payment or consideration of any kind. This includes posting the winner’s Twitter account name on the Agnitus website and on the Agnitus Twitter account.

  10. The Facebook contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Participating and entering in this contest is a complete release of Facebook by each entrant.

  11. By entering the prize giveaway, entrants assume all liability for any damages caused or claimed to be caused by participation or by any prize and release and hold harmless Agnitus, all affiliates and subsidiaries of such entities, their employees, agents and representatives from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims, and actions of any kind in connection with the promotion or resulting from acceptance, possession, or use of any prize, including, without limitation, personal injuries, death or property damage, and claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy. By entering the prize giveaway, entrants and winners consent to the use of their names, addresses, likeness and any statements they make in connection with this prize giveaway or about Agnitus without additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. Winners may be required to execute an affidavit of eligibility and a liability/publicity release that must be received by Agnitus within 15 days of the time it is sent by email or regular mail to the winner. Failure to respond to the prize notification or to return the affidavit and liability/publicity release on time will result in the loss of the prize and an alternative winner will be selected in accordance with the procedures set forth in these rules. Agnitus reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to suspend or cancel this prize giveaway at any time, for any reason including but not limited to computer virus, bug, worms, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud or other technical problem, security, or other problems or activities. In the event of cancellation, Agnitus reserves the right to award the prize in a random drawing from all entries received prior to the time of cancellation. The winner also agrees to allow Agnitus to utilize his or her responses, winner name and winner location for Agnitus marketing materials and website.

  12. Conducting the Contest and selection of winners are at the sole discretion of Agnitus, and decisions of Agnitus are final and binding. Agents and  representatives of Agnitus, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising,  promotion and fulfillment agencies, and legal advisors are not  responsible for and shall not be liable for: (i) any condition caused by events beyond the control of Agnitus that  may cause the Contest to be disrupted or corrupted; (ii) telephone,  electronic, hardware, or software program, network, internet, or  computer malfunctions, failures or difficulties of any kind; (iii) any  printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the  Contest; (iv) failed, incomplete, garbled, or delayed computer  transmissions in connection with or as a result of the prize, or acceptance,  possession, or use of the prize, or from participation in the Contest.

  13. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability  of these Official Rules or the rights and obligations of entrants and Agnitus in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California,  without giving effect to any choice of law rules or provisions (whether  of the State of California or any other jurisdiction), that would cause  the application of the laws of any other jurisdiction other than the  State of California.

  14. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, AGNITUS WILL NOT BE LIABLE UNDER ANY THEORY OF LAW, FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY, RELIANCE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO LOSS OF PROFITS, BUSINESS  INTERRUPTION, AND/OR LOSS OF INFORMATION OR DATA. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IF YOU RESIDE IN SUCH A JURISDICTION, THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS SHALL APPLY TO YOU TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.

  15. Prize receipt: Winners will obtain their prize directly from Agnitus. If a Winner’s signature is required on any releases or tax documentation, their prize will be mailed after receipt of such documentation by Agnitus.

  16. Sponsor: This promotion is sponsored by Agnitus, with headquarter offices at 120 Hawthorne Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Reading and Writing I

“Research has shown that the size of children‘s vocabulary at age 3 is strongly associated with learning to read and reading comprehension at the end of third grade.”

Build your child’s phonics and vocabulary with the most comprehensive and FUN game on your iPad!!!

see more here: www.agnitus.com/download

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Introducing The Agnitus Phonics Program

Agnitus’ new phonics program is designed to bring the best language arts instruction into your home.

Over these past 2 years we’ve been working with language arts specialists, phonics experts, and even speech pathologists to design comprehensive curriculum for successfully learning to read and write at an early age (Note to teachers: we blend a rigorous phonics program for reading with the best of the Whole Language approach, as it relates to comprehension, storytelling and memorization of irregular sight words).

Normally, literacy instruction doesn’t begin in earnest until Kindergarten;  but studies show that children are often able and ready for it by ages 3 or 4.  The problem is that they require more one-on-one attention and feedback, than parents or preschool teachers can realistically provide.

Agnitus: Modern Approach to Phonics:

•    We Start Early – We begin formal instruction early on in playful toddler level literacy exposure that progressively builds into a more rigorous literacy learning program.
•    Multisensory – We continually present visual, auditory, and contextual forms together, including interactive music and song!
•    Balanced Pedagogy – We blend best practices of Phonics & Whole Language instruction
•    Integrated Learning – Our suites of literacy games are synchronized to work together in unison
•    Leveled Games – We provide multiple suites of games, each one designed for a different stage of literacy learning, and each one adaptive and self-paced (Toddler-K…with 1st grade soon to come)

To read the details about the full Agnitus 2.0 release, click here.

Update your Agnitus app today to get The Agnitus Phonics Program.