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World Book Day at St Andrew’s Montessori

World Book Day is one of our favourite yearly celebrations at St Andrew’s Montessori. It’s the biggest event of its kind and is even designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries…
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Spring Fete at St Andrew’s Montessori

Thank you to all who attended our Spring Fete! The children had an absolute ball running around with their painted faces, spending their pocket money on canvas art, Faberge eggs, clay handprints and all of the other wonderful crafts they have…
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‘Going out’ Montessori style

A classroom is wonderful thing but Montessori learning is far more dynamic than just one space – all the time. Maria Montessori said this: “When the child goes out, it is the world itself that offers itself to him. Let us take the child…
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How important is handwriting in this age of technology?

Within the context of Montessori education there is often debate as to whether children should be taught print or cursive when first learning to write. It’s a conversation that sounds almost trivial in light of the fact that there is an…
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Why multi-age classrooms are the best way for children to learn

One of the core learning principles separating Montessori education from most mainstream systems is the use of multi-age classrooms. Maria Montessori believed that one of most effective ways for children to learn, is from one another – with…
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Montessori for teens – yes, it exists!

Most families and children involved in Montessori primary and pre-schools fall in love with the academic freedom that is facilitated by an emphasis on discovery and child-centric learning. There are around 700 early years and primary institutions…
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Is Montessori a good fit for your child?

Parents want the best for their children and choosing the right school for a child is an important part of making sure that they are happy, healthy and well-adjusted. If you’re considering Montessori as an option for your little one, the good…
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5 top Montessori crafts to do with your child this autumn

One of the core principles of Montessori methodology is the idea that children want to learn about the world around them, and they want to do this not by being told about it but by discovering things for themselves. Our role, as directresses…
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Why concentration is the key to all learning

The Practical Life area in any Montessori classroom is particularly special – it’s where children are given the opportunity to develop the concentration skills that are necessary for them to excel in all subjects. Maria Montessori believed…
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Football at St Andrew’s Montessori

Football! It is so much a part of English culture, and children love it...and so do we at St Andrew’s Montessori. At our school, football activities form an integral part of the Physical Development area of the curriculum. Movement…
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Teaching manners the Montessori way

Montessori principles can play an important role in helping pre-schoolers to learn good manners. Maria Montessori believed young children have an innate sense of dignity and want to do the right thing: Bring the child to the consciousness…
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Story telling with puppets

Families and communities have shared stories as far back as history goes – as a way of communicating ideas, imparting lessons and entertaining one another. Montessori methodology has drawn on this philosophy of learning – incorporating these…