Simple as it may seem, peeling a clementine is a rewarding activity for any child. As a matter of fact, I’d consider it to be a sensorial treasure packed with rich language learning, fine motor and cognitive skill building opportunities! After offering him the bowl filled with clementines, he chose the one he wanted to
Montessori at Home with The Prepared Nest™
A home environment based on the child’s innate need to learn offers safe hands-on play, exploration and participation in daily family life. Introducing Montessori principles at home will nurture the child’s learning development — cognitively, physically, and emotionally— and strengthen family relationships.
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As an AMI trained Montessori educator, former Primary Guide for ages 2.5 to 7 years, and parent of three grown children, I now enjoy helping families bring Montessori principles and inspiration into their homes through The Prepared Nest. A home is not a classroom; however, it is the child’s first and most important learning environment. I founded The Prepared Nest to help parents understand how much they can enrich their child’s development by applying these principles at home.
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Young children are naturally attracted to things that open and close. This is especially true when it comes to doors. The young child may suddenly show a profound interest in a doorknob and door, and will continue to do so until his need is satisfied. The knob in his hand is yet another material that
One of my favorite areas of our property is our Charleston-style side garden with its lush greenery, native trees, colorful flowers and flowing fountain. It’s a wonderful place to relax with a book, visit with a friend or simply ‘be’. It’s also an area that needs frequent care: watering, misting, trimming, weeding, sweeping, etc. This
Caring for plants, both indoors and outdoors, is part of our daily routine at home. Our sunny and warm climate means our plants require watering, trimming and attention frequently. We always keep a watering can and mister handy. As important as it is for the plants to be cared for, the benefits to the child
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“Order is one of the needs of life which, when it is satisfied, produces a real happiness.” ~ Maria Montessori The need for taming our toys (books, puzzles, games, and more) became apparent early on. Our shelves were edited and attractive, the baskets were accessible and the floor space was plentiful, but it didn’t take
As we started our walk, he pointed to things that are rough and smooth and reached out to confirm his observations. I began introducing him to these sensorial differences when he was just a toddler by saying, “The gate is smooth”, encouraging him to touch it. I would then guide him to the bricks on
“Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.” Fred Rogers Outdoor play time is an important part of our day. Here in the South Carolina Lowcountry, the weather in April typically means we spend more of our day outside playing and learning; and there is no better classroom for children than what
“Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.” Plato Maria Montessori observed that the child’s sensitive period for music takes place between the ages of two and six years. During this period, the child is most sensitive to
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