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Mathematics: Addition Strip Board

Use of the Addition Strip Board requires children to have a good grasp of quantity to numeral because the equations (or addition sums, in a non-Montessori context) that are taught in this exercise are quite abstract. Little ones who have not…
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A trip to the wood

Children have an innate love for nature and it is vital to maintain this love and inspire its development – especially when enveloped by the brick and mortar that comprises city life. We have a beautiful garden space at St Andrew’s Montessori…
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Mathematics: Addition Snake Game

The Addition Snake Game is a fun way for children to begin memorising facts, and of course, boost their adding skills. The goal of the activity is to turn a colourful snake into a golden snake by counting to ten. The game has three components:…
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How to be safe around dogs

Dogs are a special part of family life and provide love and companionship to many of the children who attend our school. That said; there are some children who react with trepidation or uncertainty when confronted with pooches meandering across…
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Practical Life: The Silence Game

As a parent, silence is a rare, wonderful thing. Its effect is calming and centring, and although it might seem like children do not value the gift of silence, its benefits are paramount. In The Secret of Childhood, Maria Montessori said,…
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Jeans for Genes 2017

St Andrew’s Montessori is always excited to participate in Jeans for Genes fundraisers and this September past, we managed to raise a fabulous £151.72 for the charity. Jeans for Genes helps disorder-specific charities and patient groups…
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Sensorial: Colour Box 1 & 2

Colours are such an important part of life, enabling expression and evoking emotion, but it seems to take children ages to figure them out – their names, in particular. There’s a really great article in Scientific American that explores…
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A Montessori winter

There is something magical about winter. Possibly to do with a fat, jolly man preparing to squash himself down chimneys and into windows – it’s true – but there’s nothing quite like curling up with your kids under a fluffy blanket…
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Practical Life – Threading

A favourite activity amongst children in the Montessori classroom is Bead Stringing, or Threading. It forms part of Practical Life and helps children develop concentration, fine motor control and also concentration, which will serve them with…
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Festivals and Montessori

Celebrating holidays and festivals is a significant and exciting part of the Montessori curriculum, focusing on the traditions and rituals encompassing celebrations from religions and ethnicities the world over. Whilst festivals might…
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Language – Three Part Classification Cards

Learning new vocabulary can be daunting for any reader but Montessori methodology has a fabulous way of introducing new words in an accessible way. By attaching the new word to an image, the child’s brain is able to make a literal connection…
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Reception Visit to Morris/Khan Art Studio

St. Andrew’s Montessori Reception class recently had an outing to the art studio of Annie Morris and Idris Khan. Both Morris and Khan are counted among Britain’s most collectable young artists (Morris for her ethereal paintings and sculptures;…