montessori pin poking
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Practical Life: Pin Poking

Pin poking is yet another really simple Montessori activity that children love. It teaches hand control, fine motor strength, pencil grip, attention to detail and concentration, and is something that can easily be done at home. Here’s…
encouraging friends at school
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Encouraging friendship at school

School is about learning but perhaps first and foremost, it’s about relationship; practising how to be in community. Maria Montessori believed that every person has a responsibility to be part of something that not only serves individual…
9 layout for montessori maths
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Mathematics: 9 Layout

The aim of the 9 Layout lesson is to help children understand number placement (1s, 10s, 100s, 1000s) as well as reiterate the association between quantity and numeral. It’s one of the lengthier mathematics activities and is good for encouraging…
preparing a montessori child for school
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Preparing children for Montessori school: top tips

It’s been a long, lovely summer and children are back to school this month. Perhaps you even have a new starter? Either way, there are some easy things you can do at home to help your little ones feel prepared and confident as they walk…
Metal insets for montessori language
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Language: Metal Insets Extension

Metal Insets are part of the language area in a Montessori classroom and their purpose is to prepare children for writing. The apparatus is a complete set of metal shapes (heavy and sturdy for ease of use) that children will use for tracing…
Montessori children love forest school
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Why Montessori children will love Forest School

“There must be provision for the child to have contact with nature; to understand and appreciate the order, the harmony and the beauty in nature.” – Maria Montessori, The Secret of Childhood Maria Montessori advocated for children…
montessori continent globe
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Cultural: Continent Globe

Young children don’t naturally have an understanding of the great wide world outside of their own context – they live within the confines of home, family, school (and wherever else they spend the majority of their time). The Continent Globe…
learning montessori on a camping trip with kids
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Kids and camping – Practical Life activities

Are you planning a camping trip this summer? Montessori learning champions outdoor adventures and with the sun out, there is no better time to dust off the tents and stock up on marshmallows. Whilst camping is a wonderful escape from…
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…