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Choosing a Montessori School: Questions to Ask on Your Tour

Finding a good Montessori school is no easy task. Many schools and care centers use Maria Montessori’s name, but do not adhere to even the most fundamental principals of her Method. Here is a guide to helping you make the best choice when choosing a Montessori school. What to look for in a Montessori school …

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Montessori Hand Squeezed Juice Activity

Warm weather calls for fun activities to helps us cool down. Here is a great one; a Montessori hand squeezed juice activity for toddlers and preschoolers! Making orange juice without the juicer is a lot of fun and it has plenty of benefits for young kids. The same goes for homemade lemonade or any other …

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Why are Montessori Work Mats Important?

Montessori work mats are a common feature in Montessori classrooms and Montessori homes all over the world. What are they, though? What purpose do work mats serve in Montessori environments? Let’s find out. What is a work mat in Montessori? Work mats in Montessori are used for just that; a child’s work. Before removing a …

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How to Play The Montessori Silence Game

The Montessori silence game is a sensorial activity that is introduced in the primary age group (2.5-6) in Montessori schools. It is an activity that translates well to the home environment and can be a great calming activity, as well as a patience activity. In fact, the Silence Game can happen anywhere as a portable …

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What Does “Freedom Within Limits” Really Mean?

While children deserve as much freedom as possible, it is the responsibility of parents and teachers to keep them safe and healthy by restricting that freedom to some extent. This is where the Montessori concept of “freedom within limits” comes in. Freedom is a basic human right. Its importance simply cannot be overstated. Yet, within …

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The Montessori Sound Cylinders: Explanation, Presentation and Extensions

What are the Montessori Sound Cylinders? The Montessori Sound Cylinders are a traditional Montessori sensorial material presented in the primary age group. The cylinders come in a set of 2 boxes containing 6 cylinders each. The cylinders are color-coded red and blue for pairing. Each Montessori Sound Cylinder contains beads of varying sizes and amounts. …

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What Does “Follow the Child” Mean in Montessori?

You don’t have to be around a Montessori parent or teacher for long before you hear the phrase “Follow the child.” It is a common phrase in the community because it happens to be one of the core tenets of the Montessori philosophy. What does “Follow the Child” mean in Montessori? Growing up, my friends …

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The Montessori Color Tablets: Explanation and Presentation

Learn about what the Montessori Color Tablets are and how to present them, including the extension activities. This can be done in a classroom setting or in your home. What are the Montessori Color Tablets? The Montessori color tablets are a traditional Montessori sensorial material and are a “fan favorite” in Montessori classrooms around the …

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Montessori Touch Boards: Explanation and Presentation

The Montessori Touch Boards are a sensorial material introduced in Montessori primary programs. This activity is introduced prior to the Sandpaper Letters or Sandpaper Globe, as it helps heighten a child’s sensitivity to different textures. The Montessori Touch Boards There are 4 rectangular touch boards in a proper set: Touch Board 1– two equal squares, …

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What are Montessori Sensorial Materials?

Montessori supports the idea that children learn best when their senses are involved. Maria Montessori developed her Method and materials with the idea that cognitive development could be aided when a child used their senses when learning the ideas that were presented to them. Montessori sensorial materials are utilized to aid in refining the senses …

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