Tag:Practical

Beyond Markers and Crayons

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.

Developing Graphomotor Skills

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...

Children’s Art

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...

Setting up the Home Environment, part III

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.

Setting Up the Home Environment, Part II

We spoke about the Prepared Environment as a concept and last week, described the home environment for a newborn. Now it’s time to discuss the environment of a crawling baby and toddler.

Setting Up the Home Environment, Part I

In the last article, we spoke about the prepared environment as a whole. Next, we will explore setting up a home environment for each age group, starting here: with the infant.

Montessori on a Budget

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.

Observation

“The child has a mind able to absorb knowledge.  He has the power to teach himself. A single observation is enough to prove this.”

Discipline, Freedom and Limits

Discipline, consequences, and limits of a child’s behaviour are among the most contentious topics in parenting and education. In Montessori, they are viewed as inextricably linked to not just each other but, most importantly, to freedom and independence.

Practicing Practical Life

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.