Autumn at St Andrew's Montessori
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Autumn-themed activities for Montessori families

The golds, reds and browns of autumn signal the transition from summer to winter. The days slowly get darker and the weather a little cooler. September (in particular) is an incredible month; still warm, not too wet (yet) plus it’s conker…
Chores at St Andrew's Montessori
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Chores for small children

What we think of as “chores” Maria Montessori thought of as daily life or practical life skills. The benefits of children helping out around the house has been well researched and documented; it teaches responsibility, independence and importantly,…
Rainbow at St Andrew's Montessori
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Ten tips on how to manage coronavirus fears in the early years

Life during the Covid-19 pandemic has been strange and difficult but the return to school for many children in the early years group is, hopefully, a welcome step. Little ones will be able to reconnect with their friends and teachers, and although…
Montessori girl washing her hands and learning about hygeine
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Toddler self-hygiene – washing hands

Maria Montessori was a trained physician and sought to teach children at an early age how to incorporate the practical life skill of personal hygiene into their daily lives. As well as nurturing an understanding that being hygienically safe…
Girl staring at a screen
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How to include screen time in a Montessori lifestyle

The more time our children spend with screens, the less time they spend interacting with others or in hands-on, creative play, which are both proven to be important for learning. Screens were invented in an era that came after Maria Montessori…
St Andrew's Montessori nursery adopt a tiger
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We adopted a tiger!

Imagine having a tiger at school! – Being able to protect it and feed it, look after it and learn from it. It might sound bizarre but not at all in the mind of a child – and is, in fact, exactly what the children were discussing in one of…
Montessori calming glitter jar
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How a Calming Jar helps children become more self-aware

Calm is a beautiful thing. If you’ve ever walked into a Montessori classroom, you’ll notice how peaceful it is, with children learning, exploring and creating to their heart’s content. That’s not to say that these same children don’t…
Top 10 Montessori family resolutions
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Ten Top New Year’s Resolutions for Montessori Families

Is there anything that you would like to do differently in 2020? Positive change is a good thing and it’s even better when done together, as a family. Have a look at these New Year’s resolutions inspired by Maria Montessori’s learning…
Montessori in the Kitchen
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Montessori in the kitchen

Children love to imitate their parents – that’s how they learn! They love to get involved and participate in daily life, even the most mundane of exercises, like washing the dishes or setting the table. The kitchen is a great place to apply…
Montessori Christmas Ideas
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A Montessori Christmas – thoughtful giving

You might have heard that less is more. But is it – really? Maria Montessori believed so. A Montessori learning environment is a controlled space with limited clutter that allows for clarity of thought and mastery of skills. A Montessori…
Montessori Parenting Tips
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Ten tips to parenting Montessori style

Montessori is not just an approach to education, it’s a lifestyle – and is something that we can apply to our parenting in an effort to embrace holistic development when it comes our children and families. And guess what? You might have…
montessori learning materials and how they are different
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Montessori materials – why they’re different

The materials used in Montessori classrooms are specifically designed, chosen and engineered to provide children with opportunities to discover, learn and create through independent learning, repetition, and practice. Materials are sensory-based,…