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…
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 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…
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…
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…