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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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Strawberry Shortcake Sweethearts: A Delicious Valentine’s Day Activity

Even Very Young Children Like to Cook Cooking is an awesome activity to do with your children for a multitude of reasons. First of all, it’s fun! Children love to cook, and we all love to eat what they’ve made. Cooking is also a great way to develop small motor skills (chopping, using utensils, etc.,) sequencing (following […]

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Pumpkin Sun-Catcher and Color Mixing

Sensory Lessons and Color Sensory lessons are an integral part of the Montessori Method.  Sensory activities and materials are designed to help children to learn through their five senses.  At a glance, we can easily see that children are learning to recognize and name colors, shapes, textures, sounds, and much more.  These basics are important in their own right, but […]

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Early Childhood Development – Observing the Absorbent Mind

I could sit for hours watching my son (7 months), as he explores the world with curiosity and focus that Montessorians call the “Unconscious Absorbent Mind” (Age 0-3). It’s as though I can see the wheels turning in his head as he stares with a fixed soft gaze and mouth gaping, while he explores an […]

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Seven Easy Ways to Bring Montessori into Your Home

Last week, my sister and I were having a little mom-to-mom chat. My sister’s little girl is just reaching toddlerhood and she is giving her home the kid-safe-and-friendly-overhaul. I suggested that she might take this opportunity to bring some of the benefits of the Montessori Method into the mix. She agreed, so long as any ideas were both […]

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Top 3 Brain Boosters for Your 2 to 6-month-old

My little man is now 3 months old, and it’s a joy to watch the budding brain that’s unfolding before my eyes.  He has gone from holding his hands in a tight fist to beginning to swat, reach, grab and pull.  He progressed from barely being able to see black and white contrasts, to enjoying […]

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Montessori Inspired Bird Lesson

Lessons from the Birds Inspired by nature and the abundance of native birds, I have come up with the following ideas for a few bird related, Montessori style activities. Please feel free to use these ideas as they are, or change them up a bit to make them your own. Maria Montessori taught us to learn from nature, our […]

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Montessori Inspired Education – Outdoor Classroom Ideas

Get Them Outside! Now that the weather is improving a bit, what could be better than moving some of the daily learning experience outside?”  Maria Montessori was a real advocate for the outdoor classroom.  She placed a lot of emphasis on getting children outdoors and connecting with nature. “There must be provision for the child […]

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Autism Awareness Month: Busting the Myth about Autism and Empathy

Autism Myth: Autistic People Cannot Feel Empathy The idea that people with autism lack empathy is, in fact, a myth.  Any parent of an autistic or autism spectrum child can tell you that.  But here it is, World Autism Awareness month, and so I’d like to do my part to raise awareness. The Science Behind Myth […]

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