Entries by StAndrewsBoss1

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Montessori materials – why they’re different

The materials used in Montessori classrooms are specifically designed, chosen and engineered to provide children with opportunities to discover, learn and create through independent learning, repetition, and practice. Materials are sensory-based, simple to use, guiding children through the Montessori curriculum, as they increase in complexity. Children are introduced to the Montessori materials by the Montessori […]

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Practical Life: Scrubbing

Children absolutely love to do real life activities; to mimic their parents or the adult in the house – doing adult things. It gives little ones a feeling of independence and success. Scrubbing is one such activity, falling under the Practical Life component of the Montessori curriculum. The materials you will need for a scrubbing […]

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Why travel is great for Montessori learning

One of the most enjoyable aspects of a Montessori learning environment is the attention given to difference and diversity, and what it might be like for people living all over the world in unique countries, families or circumstances. Montessori children are encouraged to explore ideas and cultures that are unfamiliar, and travel gives life to […]

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Maths: Subtraction

Once a child has understood the concept of numbers from at least 1-10 as well as the principles of addition, he/she will be able to move on to learning subtraction. As with all Montessori math lessons, the aim is to turn abstract concepts into something concrete (with representative materials) thus enabling easier understanding. Have look […]

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Playing football Montessori style

“Tennis, football and the like do not have for their sole purpose the accurate moving of a ball but they challenge us to acquire a new skill – something lacking before – and this feeling of enhancing our abilities is the real source of delight in the game.” – Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind Football […]

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Language: Sound Blending

Learning to read is one of the most exciting things in the life of any child. As little ones gain access to the freedom of engaging first hand with stories and texts, a whole new imaginative world opens up for them. When Maria Montessori began working with the children in the first Casa dei Bambini […]

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We’ve been learning about Healthy Eating…

One of the topics we’ve been exploring at St Andrew’s Montessori is ‘healthy eating’. The children have learnt about the human body – muscles, the heart and circulatory, digestive and respiratory systems – and how important it is to keep active in an effort to grow and keep healthy. We’ve encouraged the children to think […]

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Maths: Cards and Counters

In the Montessori classroom we call our introductory lesson on odd and even numbers, ‘cards and counters’; for which we use traditional Montessori materials – a series of cards featuring numbers from 1-10 and 55 counters (wooden dots). Essentially, the exercise is a visual representation of odd and even numbers; have a look at the […]

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We’ve been learning about Great White Sharks…

No matter the topic of discussion at school, we always enjoy a hands-on approach that allows the children to truly immerse themselves in the magic of whatever we are learning about. And when it came to Great White Sharks, the children were abuzz with ideas and excitement! Have a look at their artistry: The artwork […]

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Summer term food drive

A huge thank you to all of the families at St. Andrew’s Montessori for supporting our summer term food drive! We managed to collect an abundance of food, from tinned goods, pasta and puddings to tea, coffee and toiletries. All items will be donated to two of our local churches that give out food parcels […]

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Introducing St. Andrew’s Nanny Agency…

St. Andrew’s Montessori is pleased to announce the launch of a new and exciting nanny recruitment agency – St. Andrew’s Nannies. This new venture will run alongside St. Andrew’s Montessori School to provide bespoke nanny solutions. The team, directed by Samantha Rawson (principal at St Andrew’s Montessori and a familiar face to all of us […]