Few clean-ups seem as overwhelming as that of the Montessori fractions. The halves through sevenths are easy enough for most children, but the 27 hard-to-distinguish red wedges that make up the eighths, ninths, and tenths can leave even Elementary children feeling stuck and discouraged. I’ve inherited Montessori fractions in several of my classrooms, and I’ve… Read More When Help Is A Hindrance
When I became a mom, I realized that it takes a parent to understand a parent. I have been blessed to have a worldwide community of Montessori-trained friends who are navigating the same beautiful, yet often turbulent, waters of parenthood with me. One of my wisest friends is Junnifa Uzodike, the founder of the Nduoma… Read More A Deep Understanding
In an earlier article we discussed the basics of using the Three-Period Lesson to introduce vocabulary. Did you try it with your child? How did it go? Veteran Montessori guides will tell you that when you give a child a lesson, things don’t always go the way you expect them to. You might have noticed… Read More Tricks of the Three-Period Lesson
Last week we talked about preparing our home to help our children be successful. This week, let’s focus on Montessori materials. How hard is it to make them? What should you keep in mind? Click here to learn more and watch a short video!
I challenge you to think of one activity that exposes your child to math, language and science, while helping her develop concentration, motor skills, and delayed gratification. It’s not found in workbooks, and you probably won’t see it taking place regularly in most schools (unless they’re Montessori schools). If you want to know what it… Read More If You Only Do ONE Montessori Activity…
I recently posted a picture of 9-month-old Nadia’s shelves on my Facebook page, and several people wrote to me asking for links to her toys and materials. I hope this helps you when you set up your baby’s shelves! Top row of cubbies (left to right): Takane ball: I made the ball for Zachary when he… Read More On Our Shelves: materials for a 9-month-old and a 4-year-old
Is your child careless with his toys? Do you wish he would show more respect for his eating and drinking utensils? Are you as tired of saying, “Be gentle!” as he is of hearing it? Then maybe it’s time to introduce some fragile objects into his life! Young children are surrounded by plastic because it’s… Read More Is Plastic Really Fantastic?
I recently came across a series of workbooks for two-year olds that promised to help toddlers “develop fine motor skills” through coloring and pasting stickers. Do you feel pressured to buy workbooks to support your child’s development? Did you know that your child benefits more from everyday objects you have around your house than he… Read More Ditch the Workbooks
The Basket of Known Objects is one of the most simple and effective Montessori activities for babies. It promotes exploration, language, sensory development and movement… Best of all, it’s 100% FREE!! As its name implies, this activity requires placing 4-6 safe objects that you find around the house into a child-sized basket. It can be introduced… Read More The Basket of Known Objects