montessori haida sticks
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Sensorial: Haida Sticks

In Native American culture, Haida sticks are thin playing sticks that were often decorated with traditional markings or engravings. Haida art has been linked specifically to indigenous people living along the north west coast of Alaska; the…
Child Motivation
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A Montessori approach to motivating your child

“Discipline is born when the child concentrates his attention on some object that attracts him and which provides him not only with a useful exercise but with a control of error. Thanks to these exercises … the child becomes calm, radiantly…
practical life pegging
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Practical life: Pegging

Whilst pegging might sound like a basic skill it has many important developmental benefits. This simple activity requires patience, concentration, dexterity and good eye-hand coordination, plus it strengthens fingers and develops the all-important…
reducing child screen time
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Ten top tips for reducing screen time at home

We don’t know what Maria Montessori would have said about screen time (as there were no screens when she was around) but we do know that her educational model placed emphasis on children from 0-6 learning in a hands-on way with a focus on…
Parts of a frog
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Cultural: Parts of a frog

A primary focus of Montessori learning is to inspire children’s natural curiosity and our cultural lesson on parts of a frog does just that. Frogs are strange little creatures and it is great fun to think a bit more about their lifecycle and…
ten nature-inspired Montessori activities
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Ten nature-inspired Montessori activities for spring

Spring is such a joyful time of year. As we notice buds and blossoms all around us, it’s hard not to think about the bigger picture—about preserving the beauty of our planet. There are so many big things that have gone on (and are still…
estimation jar for mathematics
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Mathematics: Estimation Jar

The purpose of the estimation jar is not only to practise counting and problem solving but to develop curiosity about numbers and maths. What might sound like a simple guessing game (and, really, it is that simple) takes on levels of complexity…
bubble making for practical life
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Practical Life: Bubble Making

In the Practical Life area of a Montessori classroom, you will find children pouring, spooning, scooping, sponging, slicing, spreading ladling, and using tongs and tweezers to transfer items. It’s where they explore, chat and concentrate,…
hama beads used for practical life in montessori
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Practical Life: Hama Beads

Hama beads—did you know that these are often used in Montessori classrooms? You probably have some buried in every crevice, nook and cranny in your home but they are absolutely worth digging out because of their educational value as well as…
make your own mud kitchen
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Make your own mud kitchen

Maria Montessori advocated for children to have free access to the outdoors, with no separation between the indoor and outdoor classroom. This is something we can encourage at home. Nature, in and of itself, is an incredible teacher and…
routines for children are important
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Helping children into a routine

As families and communities, we are wading our way through masses of uncertainty at the minute, which can be quite stressful. What helps is having a regular routine or rhythm at home—this is good for us as parents but it’s especially important…
decluttering childs toys can help a lot with man things
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Top tips for decluttering your child’s room

The tinsel is tucked away, wrapping paper recycled and the new year is upon us—as are piles and piles of toys, which seem to have a knack of taking over before we’ve noticed. That said, it’s never too late to declutter and actually, just-after-Christmas…