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Montessori Inspired Autumn Spice Scent Bottles

Montessori Inspired Spice-Scent Bottles Scent or smelling bottles are a classic part of the Montessori curriculum. It’s also an easy and inexpensive do-it-yourself activity. I found these perfect, mini mason jars at the dollar store. Perfect because they are glass (so they have no plastic scent) and the lids are easy to remove and replace–even for very small […]

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Father’s Day Breakfast – Banana Pecan Pancakes

Something Special for Dad on Father’s Day Sunday is Father’s Day and children enjoy making something special for Dad. This Montessori-inspired cooking idea provides a great treat for Dad and is a fantastic sensory activity for children of any age.  Children learn from exploring the sight of the ingredients, feeling the textures, smelling the spices, hearing the clink-and-whirl of […]

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The Ten Secrets of Montessori-#6 The Prepared Environment

The first aim of the prepared environment is, as far as it is possible, to render the growing child independent of the adult. ~Maria Montessori  Maria Montessori uncovered secrets–ten to be exact. Lucky for us, Mary Ellen Maunz, M. Ed., founder and Program Director of Age of Montessori, is willing to share the treasure of […]

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The Ten Secrets of Montessori-#5 Individual Differences

When the independent life of the child is not recognized with its own characteristics and its own ends, when the adult man interprets these characteristics and ends, which are different from his, as being errors in the child which he must make speed to correct, there arises between the strong and the weak a struggle […]

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The Ten Secrets of Montessori-#2 Help to Life

This is education, understood as a help to life; [t]his is the bright new hope for mankind. Maria Montessori uncovered secrets–ten to be exact. Lucky for us, Mary Ellen Maunz, M. Ed., founder and Program Director of Age of Montessori, is willing to share the treasure of information within these secrets, and to explain exactly […]

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Child Development Through the Senses

Exploration with the Senses Ten-month-old Amy sits in her highchair, little fingers kneading a bite of warm mashed sweet potato. Soon both hands are exploring the soft squishy slightly-sticky stuff. She tastes it, smears it on her face, and paints the vibrant orange color across the blank white “canvas” of the highchair tray. I watch and wonder: will my […]

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Montessori Culinary Celebration: Stars and Stripes Berry Bread

4th of July, Practical Life, and Montessori It is almost the 4th of July, the day that the United States celebrates its independence. This is a great time to talk about subjects such as pride and patriotism, community, independence, liberty and discipline.  It is also a good reason to incorporate some fun, 4th of July themes into your Montessori practical life […]

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Seeing Progress in a Child’s Work

Written by Jenny Formon There are numerous ways a child shows growth and progress in the classroom. Some are obvious: being able to write his name, mastering sounds, identifying numbers. Then there is the progress that without careful observation can go unnoticed. This growth is typically in the social aspect of the class and can […]

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A Sensory Cooking Activity for Mother’s Day: Fresh Strawberry Muffins

Delicious Strawberry Muffins for Mother’s Day Brunch Cooking provides a fantastic sensory activity for children of any age.  Children learn from exploring the sight of the ingredients, feeling the textures, smelling the spices, hearing the clink-and-whirl of the utensils and, of course, tasting the results. “The senses, being explorers of the world, open the way to knowledge. […]

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