What are the Benefits of Practical Life Activities?

What are the benefits of Montessori Practical Life activities? 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

The benefits of setting up a dishwashing station for your child 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 … Continue reading How to Set Up a Dishwashing Station for Your Child

Why does Montessori Teach Writing Before Reading?

The Montessori Method: Writing before reading Some might find it strange, maybe even counterintuitive that Montessori teaches writing before reading. I mean, isn’t writing the more difficult of the two skills? Let me give you another way to think about this. Writing is like speaking Maria Montessori wrote in her book The Discovery of the Child (p.199), “Writing develops…in the same way as speech, which is also a motor translation of sounds that have been heard. Reading, on the other hand, forms a part of an abstract intellectual culture. It interprets ideas represented by graphic symbols and is acquired only … Continue reading Why does Montessori Teach Writing Before Reading?

Toy Storage: 10 Reasons to Ditch the Toybox and Get Shelves

There is an alternative to a toybox Before I discovered Montessori, I just sort of went with the flow as far as toys go. My first child was young and we were lucky enough to have a family and friends that gave us lots of hand-me-down clothes and toys…lots and lots of toys. Did I mention toys? Too many toys Toys filled the toy box in her bedroom, toys were in bins in the living room, and toys were on the floor all over the house. Lots of plastic, lots of lights, and lots of noise! The mess drove me … Continue reading Toy Storage: 10 Reasons to Ditch the Toybox and Get Shelves

Montessori Math: The Spindle Boxes

Montessori math materials 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. The … 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: The Grimm’s Rainbow

Montessori Christmas gifts There is no doubt that this holiday season, your home will be inundated with the latest, greatest gadgets and toy for your little ones. No hate from me…some of these toys do some very neat stuff! From baby dolls that soil their diapers, to remote control drones, to laptops and cellphones designed just for toddlers! Times have changed and the toys of yesteryear just don’t pack the oomph! that kids expect when they peel away that shiny wrapping paper and rip off that bow, do they? Wooden toys vs plastic toys I’m not against shiny new gadgets, … Continue reading Open-ended Toys: The Grimm’s Rainbow

Montessori, Christmas, and our duty to the Earth

Hyper-consumerism and the Christmas aftermath You can walk down any given street in America the week following Christmas and observe piles of discarded toys, scooters, bicycles, ect. I’ve seen it in my neighborhood every year since I’ve lived here. I always get a little sad for the discarded items and wonder what they have been replaced with. Maybe little Tommy outgrew his bike and needed a new one. Maybe Katy hadn’t played with her Barbie Dolls in a while and room had to be made for this year’s gifts. I’m not judging; children grow and change, as do their interests. … Continue reading Montessori, Christmas, and our duty to the Earth