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Design Inspiration and the Child’s Space

✨The child helps us see what we don’t; and my (now grown) children are consistently helpful in this area. Marni Jameson’s* interview with Thom Filicia said it best: “We all stop seeing ourselves and our homes honestly, and can benefit from outside experts who have good taste and a keen eye to help us see

The Very Hungry Caterpillar —Why Less Is More

Clearly, there is something about caterpillars and their ever-growing appetites for more. As the story shares: “On Saturday, he ate through one piece of chocolate cake, one ice-cream cone, one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese, one slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake, and one slice of

Early Toddler Art

Naturally drawn to hands-on exploration, early art activities are especially attractive to the toddler. This attraction encourages the gathering of important information through touch. As Dr. Montessori discovered, “The human hand allows the mind to reveal itself.” The benefits to learning through art are many. To begin with, engaging in toddler art supports small motor

Going Green

At 24 months, there is plenty of interest in new activities. Meanwhile, I have to be mindful that as a toddler she still “mouths” objects occasionally. For this reason, I decided to offer some fresh vegetables to sort, peel and taste. Yes, we were “going green.” She has grown so much in the past few months.

The Art Cart — An Invitation to Paint

Before my young friend arrived, I had prepared our art cart hoping there would be something that would catch her eye. Sure enough, the paint set was the the visual invitation that sparked her interest. While holding a paint set in one hand and a paint brush in the other, she turned and looked up at

The Need for Play Space Order and Boundaries

“Order is one of the needs of life which, when it is satisfied, produces a real happiness.” ~ Maria Montessori* Beyond the aesthetics involved in preparing a child’s play space, selecting activities and items that meet the child’s abilities is key. Toy shelves and baskets should be edited and floor space made available for movement,

Simple Sensorial Learning

Toddlers work unconsciously to refine their senses each day. Most toddlers love outdoor exploring and walking often leads to great sensorial learning. The opportunities for sensorial experiences during a walk are abundant; e.g., “The gate is smooth. Would you like to touch it?” After asking, I guided him to the bricks on a side wall

Leaps of Language and Learning

“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. Lucky for us, there is no better classroom for children

Music To My Ears

“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

As It Should Be

In his first six years of life, the child will pass through stages of development called “sensitive periods”. During these stages of development, supported by his absorbent mind, the child is ready to master specific skills effortlessly. Dr. Montessori’s observations revealed the sensitive periods involve movement, mathematics, refinement of the senses, social skills, attention to