What are the Benefits of Practical Life Activities?

Why do small kids need to learn life skills? Recently, I posted an article on a social media site that I had written on how to set up a dishwashing station for a child. While, most of the feedback I received was positive, some responses were along the lines of, “Kids have the rest of their childhoods to learn how to wash dishes.“, and “Let them just be little.” It occurred to me that the aims of Montessori Practical Life activities are not clear to many people. There is solid reasoning behind Practical Life activities being an integral part of … Continue reading What are the Benefits of Practical Life Activities?

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

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

Open-ended Toys: Magna-tiles

Are Magna-Tiles a Montessori material? Last Spring, while I was in the low-energy end stages of pregnancy with our third child, we enrolled our daughter (3 at the time.) in a lovely Montessori Primary program. The admission process had a few requirements. One of them being that parents observe the classroom in action for an hour prior to enrollment. As I sat and watched all the children engrossed in their work, one young boy caught my attention. The reason he caught my eye is because the material he was working with didn’t look very Montessori. It was plastic and didn’t, … Continue reading Open-ended Toys: Magna-tiles

Montessori Math: The Golden Bead Material, part 1

How does Montessori teach math? Remember how daunting math became for you when the numbers started getting longer and longer? I remember being introduced to multiplication and division around the age of 7, and by the age of 10, I … Continue reading Montessori Math: The Golden Bead Material, part 1

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

Our Area is Ready: Go Time!

I finally finished preparing our area last night. My daughter dropped to her knees when she saw all of the beautiful activities that were prepared for her this morning! After breakfast, she was so excited to wash the dishes that she asked me to bring more dishes! She washed every dish and piece of silverware for the whole family…45 minutes it took her and she enjoyed every second, making sure to scrub away every piece of food, rinsing, then carefully lining things up in the drain. After the dishes were done and her table was clean, it was time for some activities. She enjoyed … Continue reading Our Area is Ready: Go Time!