Entries by StAndrewsBoss1

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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 […]

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Practical Life: Folding

Many of the activities included in the Practical Life area of the Montessori curriculum are things that might seem fairly obvious but, in fact; it’s incorrect to assume that our little ones simply know how to brush their teeth, wash dishes or do their buttons. It’s also equally incorrect to assume that they cannot perform […]

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Teaching manners the Montessori way

Montessori principles can play an important role in helping pre-schoolers to learn good manners. Maria Montessori believed young children have an innate sense of dignity and want to do the right thing: Bring the child to the consciousness of his own dignity, and he will be free. We see no limit to what should be offered […]

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Sensorial: Colour Box 3

A couple of tutorials ago, we covered Colour Boxes 1 & 2 from the sensorial area of our curriculum. The activities associated with these two boxes focus on primary and secondary colours; once children have mastered the identification of the specified colours, it’s time to move on to Colour Box 3, which focuses on shades […]

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Story telling with puppets

Families and communities have shared stories as far back as history goes – as a way of communicating ideas, imparting lessons and entertaining one another. Montessori methodology has drawn on this philosophy of learning – incorporating these age-old principles into its teaching curriculum. In her critical work The Absorbent Mind, Maria Montessori said, “Is the […]

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Cultural Studies: Continental Globe and Map

A continents globe, map, apple and knife – that’s what you’ll need to teach your child not only the locations of the continents and their names but also, how the spherical shape of the earth translates onto a 2-Dimensional map. In a Montessori classroom, we’d use a special continents globe whereby each continent is a […]

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Meet Bruno the Basset Hound

St Andrew’s Montessori is very pleased to welcome Bruno the Basset Hound into our school family. Bruno – a life-size toy Basset complete with a bed, collar, lead and brush for grooming – has settled well into his new home and is a lovely addition to our little community. Our idea to ‘adopt a dog’ […]

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Language: Metal Insets

Learning to trace is great fun for little ones and with the help of Montessori’s metal insets, children will pick up the skill in no time at all. The idea behind the specific shapes that form part of this apparatus is that the tracing exercise replicates the movement the child’s hand will make when writing […]