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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…
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Meet Bruno the Basset Hound

St Andrew’s Montessori is very pleased to welcome Bruno the Basset Hound into our school family. Bruno – a life-size toy Basset complete with a bed, collar, lead and brush for grooming – has settled well into his new home and is a lovely…
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Community Police visit St Andrew’s Montessori

A police uniform can be an intimidating thing for a small child. Living in London, it’s probably quite likely that your little one has witnessed some or other street-side altercation involving a police officer and member of the public –…
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A trip to the wood

Children have an innate love for nature and it is vital to maintain this love and inspire its development – especially when enveloped by the brick and mortar that comprises city life. We have a beautiful garden space at St Andrew’s Montessori…
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How to be safe around dogs

Dogs are a special part of family life and provide love and companionship to many of the children who attend our school. That said; there are some children who react with trepidation or uncertainty when confronted with pooches meandering across…
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Jeans for Genes 2017

St Andrew’s Montessori is always excited to participate in Jeans for Genes fundraisers and this September past, we managed to raise a fabulous £151.72 for the charity. Jeans for Genes helps disorder-specific charities and patient groups…
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A Montessori winter

There is something magical about winter. Possibly to do with a fat, jolly man preparing to squash himself down chimneys and into windows – it’s true – but there’s nothing quite like curling up with your kids under a fluffy blanket…
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Festivals and Montessori

Celebrating holidays and festivals is a significant and exciting part of the Montessori curriculum, focusing on the traditions and rituals encompassing celebrations from religions and ethnicities the world over. Whilst festivals might…
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Reception Visit to Morris/Khan Art Studio

St. Andrew’s Montessori Reception class recently had an outing to the art studio of Annie Morris and Idris Khan. Both Morris and Khan are counted among Britain’s most collectable young artists (Morris for her ethereal paintings and sculptures;…