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Language: Sound with objects

Before engaging a child in a ‘Sound with Objects’ lesson, he/she must be familiar with the phonetic letter sounds, which are taught in a sound lesson presentation. Then you can have fun with sounds and objects, and eventually move on to sound blending. To present this lesson in the classroom or at home, you will […]

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Montessori Parent Coronavirus Survival Guide

For 6 months in 2020, schools in the UK closed their doors to most children in order to keep society safe. Mums and dads worked from home and children were home-schooled during national lockdown. Families had to adapt – children adjusted to new routines and parents became educators. Whilst this was no easy thing, it […]

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Language: Word Bingo

A game of Word Bingo is the perfect lesson for children who are blending sounds together and learning to read – a progression from the Sound Bingo tutorial previously shared on our blog. In a game of Sound Bingo, children will draw a letter cards in turn and sound them out before matching them to […]

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Sensorial: Pink Tower

The Pink Tower is a sensorial material that teaches children sizing, dimension and order. It consists of 10 wooden cubes, ranging in size from 1 cubic centimetre to 10 cubic centimetres, differing in three dimensions. Lessons with the Pink Tower aim to refine a child’s visual sense by discriminating differences in dimension and interestingly, little […]

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What is a Montessori birthday celebration?

Birthdays are deeply significant. They represent the passage of time, which is an important albeit abstract concept for children to grasp. Maria Montessori thought up a birthday ritual to help children understand that they are growing older with each passing year. Many Montessori schools practice a variation of this ritual in their classrooms when children […]

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Language: Sound Lesson

Maria Montessori’s sandpaper letters sharply contrast with the traditional approach of looking at letters to memorise them, in that it engages three senses – visual, auditory and tactile – to support children’s ability to learn and remember. Everything you need for this lesson can be found in your home: Large letters – you could write […]

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Montessori Moments: Each individual is valued

An education capable of saving humanity is no small undertaking: it involves the spiritual development of man, the enhancement of his value as an individual, and the preparation of young people to understand the times in which they live. —Maria, Montessori, Education and Peace Maria Montessori believed in peace. In a speech on the very […]

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Maths: Odd & Even numbers

Montessori’s Odd and Even maths activity (sometimes called Cards and Counters) introduces the abstract concept of odd and even numbers visually, making it easier for little minds to grasp. It is usually introduced after children have become familiar with number concepts taught in: 1)Number Rods, 2)Sandpaper Numbers, 3)Spindle Box and 4)Memory Game Montessori lessons. All […]

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Autumn-themed activities for Montessori families

The golds, reds and browns of autumn signal the transition from summer to winter. The days slowly get darker and the weather a little cooler. September (in particular) is an incredible month; still warm, not too wet (yet) plus it’s conker season! Here are some fun family activities that we enjoy doing at St Andrew’s […]

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Practical Life: Food Preparation

Working in the kitchen is a wonderful way to include children in everyday family activities; not only will children learn practical life skills but they will be engaged on a sensory level, too. If this is something you’d like to do more of at home, the first step is to prepare an environment for your […]