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…
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…
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…
montessori teen boards
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Mathematics: Teen Board

The traditional Montessori Teen Board is used to show children how tens and ones make teens; it is a visual and physical application of building numbers to enable understanding. Quite specific materials are used for the lesson: a teen board…
montessori bead bar
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Mathematics: Bead Stair

The short bead stair is a way to visually represent number values; making abstract concepts more concrete so that children can better grasp mathematical principles. The objective of the lesson is to reinforce number quantities from 1 to…
sensorial montessori snowflakes
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Sensorial/Language: Matching Snowflakes

Matching games are traditionally found in the Language section of a Montessori classroom but because the exercise has a sensorial application (as children will be visually discriminating against different snowflakes – in this case), it…
fine motor skills in montessori
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Practical Life: Fine Motor Skills

Maria Montessori pointed out that the development of fine motor skills is directly connected to the development of the brain. In a Montessori pre-school classroom, children thus participate in many activities that help improve their fine motor…
montessori animal print
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Cultural Studies: Animal Coat Matching

Children love animals and they love to learn with multi-senses. There are so many lesson applications that can marry these two ideas, and My Montessori Works has really fun, simple activity that is sure to inspire your child’s natural…
montessori still life
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Sensorial: Portrait, Landscape and Still Life

One way to explore art with your children at home is to teach them the difference between a portrait, a landscape and a still life. In a Montessori classroom, we would do this by stating the definition of each concept and then have examples…
montessori practical life nesting box
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Practical Life Lesson: Nesting Box Surprise

One box in another…in an another, and so on. This sounds almost ridiculously simple but when children are using nesting boxes or materials in a Montessori classroom that are doing so much more than exploring – they are problem-solving and…