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Cultural: Structure of the Earth – Water, Air and Land lesson

The introductory lesson to the ‘Structure of the Earth’ will teach children what the earth is made up of and will develop their sense of order. It’s an activity that can easily be replicated at home and as well as stimulating, it’s a…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Community Police visit St Andrew’s Montessori

A police uniform can be an intimidating thing for a small child. Living in London, it’s probably quite likely that your little one has witnessed some or other street-side altercation involving a police officer and member of the public –…
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Mathematics: Addition Strip Board

Use of the Addition Strip Board requires children to have a good grasp of quantity to numeral because the equations (or addition sums, in a non-Montessori context) that are taught in this exercise are quite abstract. Little ones who have not…
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A trip to the wood

Children have an innate love for nature and it is vital to maintain this love and inspire its development – especially when enveloped by the brick and mortar that comprises city life. We have a beautiful garden space at St Andrew’s Montessori…