It is true that Montessori classrooms lack the traditional “pretend play” toys and equipment, like play kitchens and play tools, play castles or stuffed animals. This is not because we don’t value imaginative play – quite the opposite. But we prefer to give the children different tools and opportunities for it.
In Montessori, we believe in each child’s innate goodness, their potential for peace and grace. How do we approach the small child who is anything but – the child who hits and hurts others?
This week, we take a break from the Communication Series to consider some of the most wonderful educational materials that Mother Nature provides our children.
After discussing children’s art and its importance at length, as well as the character of graphomotor development , it’s time to offer some concrete and hand-on tips for art activities and exercises.
The physical act of writing – using pens and paper to create marks that relay words, concepts and messages – is a uniquely human and tremendously complex activity. Increasingly, it is also one that modern children struggle with. Can Montessori...
Art and artistic expression are, in Montessori, considered to be one of the fundamental human tendencies. More so, we also know that it forms a crucial aspect of children’s mental development. How do we understand, interpret and support this important...
After introducing the Prepared Environment and discussing newborn, infant and toddler home environments, this week we will take a look at how to prepare the home of a preschooler and Elementary school student.
Although there are many expensive Montessori materials and schools, there is nothing inherently expensive about the method. Both Montessori education and parenting can, are, and should be practiced even on the most limited budgets.
The Practical Life curriculum is the easiest and the most rewarding aspect of Montessori in the home. Its flexibility, emphasis on culturally appropriate tasks and independence makes it perfect for anyone wanting their child to grow up confident and happy.
Summertime, and the livin’ is easy… when all of your child’s energy can be spent running around the playground. How to get all of that all-important movement, however, when it’s dark and cold by the time school lets out?