Entries by StAndrewsBoss1

Five Montessori-inspired indoor activities

Winter is a beautiful time of year – walks in the wood, collecting cold-weather treasures in the garden and building snowmen (if we’re lucky enough to have snow) but it’s also cold and dark earlier, and sometimes snuggling indoors is the best option. Hot chocolate and a good family film are great for indoor days […]

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Sensorial: Smelling Jars

When doing sensory work in the classroom at St. Andrew’s Montessori, we engage in a variety of exercises that help children isolate each of their five senses in an effort to nurture an awareness and understanding of each particular sense. Smelling Jars is one of the activities we use to help children isolate their sense […]

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Ofsted OUTSTANDING – Third time in a row!

We are delighted to share with you, the outcome of our recent Ofsted inspection. St. Andrew’s Montessori school was judged to be outstanding in all aspects of teaching and learning, attainment, behaviour and leadership resulting in an overall rating of OUTSTANDING! This is the best result that any school can hope to achieve and is […]

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How a Calming Jar helps children become more self-aware

Calm is a beautiful thing. If you’ve ever walked into a Montessori classroom, you’ll notice how peaceful it is, with children learning, exploring and creating to their heart’s content. That’s not to say that these same children don’t get stressed, frustrated, anxious, fearful and angry. They do. But one of the aims of a Montessori […]

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Sensorial: Smooth and Rough boards

The purpose of the lesson using rough and smooth boards is to teach children to use their sense of touch when exploring the world around them. It’s a simple activity that can easily be replicated at home. All you need is: four varying grades of sandpaper cut into squares and glued onto individual pieces of […]

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Ten Top New Year’s Resolutions for Montessori Families

Is there anything that you would like to do differently in 2020? Positive change is a good thing and it’s even better when done together, as a family. Have a look at these New Year’s resolutions inspired by Maria Montessori’s learning philosophy, which is all about slowing down, taking in the moment and allowing children […]

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Practical Life: Collage

A collage is defined as an artistic composition made up from a collection of various materials glued on a surface. So, taking different things and sticking them together. At St. Andrew’s Montessori we love using collage not only a means of artistic expression but as a way of inspiring creativity and engaging the natural curiosity […]

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Montessori in the kitchen

Children love to imitate their parents – that’s how they learn! They love to get involved and participate in daily life, even the most mundane of exercises, like washing the dishes or setting the table. The kitchen is a great place to apply Montessori principles in your home (giving your child little jobs to do […]

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Cultural Studies: Science (Living & Non-Living)

Embedded in the heart of Montessori learning is the idea that children are naturally curious and it’s our job, as parents and directresses, to nurture this innate desire to explore and discover. Our Science lesson on ‘Living and Non-Living’ will not only help children to classify their world and develop a sense of order but […]

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Christmas Party – Fundraising for Shelter

I think we can all agree that loads of fun was had at this years Christmas party, whether you were relaxing with cake and a cuppa, or trying to convince Santa you had been nice and not naughty! Thank you to all our elves for manning the selfie station, café, face painting and generally sprinkling […]

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London Metropolitan Police Christmas Tree Appeal

A huge thank you to all our lovely families for their extremely generous donations towards this wonderful initiative where we can actively give back to the community by buying a Christmas Present that will go to children in care, disadvantaged families, refuges or hospitals all over London. The children were absolutely thrilled when they saw […]