### The child’s view of spring

As Montessori teachers we are constantly trying to see our world through the child's perspective, whether it is acknowledging and celebrating their opinions and points of view or trying to see the world through their eyes. By valuing…

### Practical Life: Opening and Closing Boxes

The learning objectives for this simple lesson of opening and closing boxes are: fine motor development, problem solving, cause and effect, as well as receptive and expressive language. The lesson provides children with the opportunity…

### What makes a good Montessori toy

“Do not tell them how to do it. Show them how to do it and do not say a word. If you tell them, they will watch your lips move. If you show them, they will want to do it themselves.” – Maria Montessori Many mums and dads are keen…

### Practical Life: Cutting

The purpose of the cutting activity is to teach the child how to cut paper in preparation for other activities using scissors. The lesson is simple but what is important is a neat, ordered environment, which is essential to the confidence of…

Tasha’s class have had a wonderful time learning about history and Early Man – a theme that could be continued in discussions and activities at home. Questions we’ve been thinking about are: How did we get here? (Including…

### Sensorial: The Pink Tower

The pink tower was designed by Maria Montessori herself and is a favourite in Montessori classrooms. It consists of 10 wooden cubes, ranging in size from 1 cubic centimetre to 10 cubic centimetres. The cubes are the same colour, texture and…

### World Book Day at St Andrew’s

World Book Day is one of our favourite celebrations at St Andrew’s Montessori. Books are an important part of learning at our school – whether it’s a beautifully told story that inspires imagination and creativity or a fact book that piques…

### Mathematics: The Decimal System

Children in Montessori classrooms are introduced to the decimal system and place value using the Golden Bead Material that represents the values of ten in a concrete manner. The Golden Bead Material is composed of beads that are uniform in size…

### Gardening ideas for spring

Oh spring is exciting – buds and blossoms, warmth, light and gardening! It’s around about now that many of us will start thinking about sowing seeds and there’s no doubt that our children will be more than happy to help. Montessori’s…

### Sensorial: Colour Mixing

The initial colour mixing lesson can be presented to one child or a group, after which the materials can be made available for children to use on their own. If you’d like to try it at home, here’s what you’ll need: tray eye droppers …

### How to choose the best Montessori books for your pre-schoolers

Reading is one of Life’s greatest gifts and there is nothing more precious than snuggling up your child on your lap and a good story. We are blessed to be living in a time when books are in abundance… to such an extent that it can be difficult…

### Language: Words Around the House (Electrical Appliances)

The Words Around the House lesson is a great way to bring Montessori learning into your home – it’s fun, dynamic and ideal for smaller children. The lesson could involve any objects or furniture that you might typically find at home…