Entries by StAndrewsBoss1

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Practical Life: Care of plants

At St Andrew’s Montessori we take great pleasure in teaching children how to care for the environment. We incorporate a child’s innate desire to help and feel purposeful into many of our practical life activities, to both inspire them and guide the learning process. Caring for plants is something we do at school but is […]

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Why multi-ageclassrooms are the best way for children to learn

One of the core learning principles separating Montessori education from most mainstream systems is the use of multi-age classrooms. Maria Montessori believed that one of most effective ways for children to learn, is from one another – with this in mind, Montessori school age grouping is typically: birth-18 months (infant), 18 months -3 years (toddler), […]

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Language: Picture Cards

One of the best things about the Montessori curriculum is that each and every lesson or activity is dynamic and adaptable according to the age and ability of the participating child/children. This is easily exemplified in activities using 3-part cards, which are used to teach language skills in the Montessori classroom. Three-part cards consist of […]

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Montessori for teens – yes, it exists!

Most families and children involved in Montessori primary and pre-schools fall in love with the academic freedom that is facilitated by an emphasis on discovery and child-centric learning. There are around 700 early years and primary institutions in the UK, a number that is growing as Montessori gains in popularity. But what of secondary school? […]

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Cultural Studies: Continent Boxes

Montessori methodology places great emphasis on other cultures and places in the world, which we explore as part of our Cultural Studies curriculum. One of our favourite activities at St Andrew’s Montessori is Cultural Boxes, of which there are seven; one for every continent in the world (North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, Asia, Africa […]

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Is Montessori a good fit for your child?

Parents want the best for their children and choosing the right school for a child is an important part of making sure that they are happy, healthy and well-adjusted. If you’re considering Montessori as an option for your little one, the good news is that Montessori’s teaching methodology is suitable for all children – of […]

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Mathematics: Sandpaper Numbers

The wonderful thing about Montessori learning is that it incorporates the different senses into activities in an effort to assist learning. Sandpaper Numbers is one such activity; it ‘lives’ in the mathematics area of a Montessori classroom but easily crosses over into the sensorial area. The purpose of the lesson in which Sandpaper Numbers are […]

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5 top Montessori crafts to do with your child this autumn

One of the core principles of Montessori methodology is the idea that children want to learn about the world around them, and they want to do this not by being told about it but by discovering things for themselves. Our role, as directresses and parents, is to guide our respective pupils and children; allowing them […]

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Practical Life: Buttoning

It’s so easy, as parents, to fall into the trap of doing things for our children rather than giving them the opportunity to do things themselves. In our busy, modern lives; often we feel like we don’t have the time (and let’s be honest, the patience) to allow our children time to figure out how […]

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Why concentration is the key to all learning

The Practical Life area in any Montessori classroom is particularly special – it’s where children are given the opportunity to develop the concentration skills that are necessary for them to excel in all subjects. Maria Montessori believed that concentration is the key to all learning: The first essential for the child’s development is concentration. The […]

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Football at St Andrew’s Montessori

Football! It is so much a part of English culture, and children love it…and so do we at St Andrew’s Montessori. At our school, football activities form an integral part of the Physical Development area of the curriculum. Movement contributes to children’s fine and gross motor development, builds physical strength and stamina, enhances perceptual motor […]