How to Set Up a Dishwashing Station for Your Child

Montessori activities for toddlers From the ages of 0-3, Montessori is all about Practical Life Activities. These activities not only foster independence and teach life skills, but they encourage the development of a child’s concentration and attention span. Dishwashing is … Continue reading How to Set Up a Dishwashing Station for Your Child

5 Fun and Easy Fall Activities Your Kids Will Love!

Ah, Fall! This is the time of year when the air cools and colors abound! My favorite time of the year! From hikes in the park to see the beautiful changing leaves, to apple festivals, to lighting that first fire in the fireplace…there is nothing not to love about Fall. Something my kids love about each changing season is the new activities and experiences that follow. Here, I put together a list of 5 very easy activities for you and your kids to enjoy! 1. Spice Painting This is a great activity for budding artists and little chefs! We found … Continue reading 5 Fun and Easy Fall Activities Your Kids Will Love!

Montessori Math: The Spindle Boxes

Montessori and child development Every material designed by Dr. Montessori had the child’s hands in mind. Dr. Montessori believed that the child who has the chance to use her hands in learning has the chance to attain a superior level of character and intelligence. For this reason, the materials were designed to fit in a small child’s hands, allowing them to more completely experience the presented concept. The materials actively engage the child’s senses, including tactile, visual, muscular, kinesthetic, and baric (weight). How does Montessori teach math? 1:1 correspondence and the concept of zero The Spindle Boxes are no exception. … Continue reading Montessori Math: The Spindle Boxes

The Zero Game

How does Montessori teach math? Montessori math activities focus on associating quantities with their corresponding numbers. The progression goes like this: Children first work with quantities, then move onto the symbols, and finally come to understand the association between the two. Early Montessori math activities focus heavily on the numbers 0-9. The reason for this has to do with future decimal system work, which we will discuss in a later post. Montessori and the concept of zero At the point when number symbols are being learned, there is a game that children really enjoy. It’s called The Zero Game. This … Continue reading The Zero Game

Sharing Space: Respecting the Development of Children in Different Age Groups

While the Montessori Method is more than a series of activities and the space in which they are contained, these things are important. Children need their environments to be aids to their development. The materials they access must be age appropriate and they need to be able to exercise unrestricted independence in their work areas. The issue that I’ve encountered in setting up my home for the pre-school years, Montessori-style, is the age difference between my children and their individual developmental needs. My 3 year old needs order, peace, and cleanliness. My daughter often chooses work that involves sharp and/or small objects … Continue reading Sharing Space: Respecting the Development of Children in Different Age Groups