Tag: Hands-on learning

Tag: Hands-on learning

Toddler Art Activities Offer Practical Life and Sensory Learning

“Movement of the hand is essential. Little children revealed that the development of the mind is stimulated by the movement of the hands. The hand is the instrument of the intelligence. The child needs to manipulate objects and to gain experience by touching and handling. ” ~ Maria Montessori, The 1946 London Lectures Because children are

Painting Activities Offer a Toddler Layers of Valuable Learning

“When children experience pleasure not only from an activity leading towards a special goal but also in carrying it out exactly in all its details, they open up a whole new area of education for themselves. In other words, preference should be given to an education of movement: practical activities are simply an external incentive

Taking in The Environment, One Step at a Time

“The child has a different relation to his environment from ours… the child absorbs it.  The things she sees are not just remembered; they form part of her soul.  She incarnates in herself all in the world about her that her eyes see and her ears hear.” — *Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind The Prepared

Who Let the (Now Dirty) Dog Out?

montessori at home projects for kids

“Through practical exercises…the children develop a true “social feeling,” for they are working in the environment of the community in which they live, without concerning themselves as to whether it is for their own, or for the common good.” ~ Maria Montessori, The Discovery of the Child Always grateful for the sharing of ideas, an

Child’s Developmental Skills Stack Up in a Prepared Environment

Who would believe a simple stacking toy could provide so many benefits? This favorite and go-to toy of many of our young family and friends fully engages their senses during hands-on play. And once the exploration begins, it’s time to sit back and watch as their skills stack up! “Praise, help, or even a look,

Sweet and Sensorial Treasures Are Found Peeling a Clementine

montessori kitchen activities

“The sensory education which prepares for the accurate perception of all the differential details in the qualities of things, is therefore the foundation of the observation of things and of phenomena which present themselves to our sense;” ~ Maria Montessori, The Advanced Montessori Method Simple as it may seem, peeling a clementine is a rewarding

When One Door Closes, SHOW The Child How to Open It

montessori practical life materials

“When one door closes, another door opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” Alexander Graham Bell, Montessori supporter and founder of the Montessori Educational Association in 1913 . Young children are naturally attracted to things that

Practical Life and Caring for Plants

montessori garden ideas

“Children have an anxious concern for living beings, and therefore the satisfaction of this instinct fills them with delight. It is therefore easy to interest them in taking care of plants and especially of animals.” ~ Maria Montessori, The Discovery of the Child Caring for plants, both indoors and outdoors, is part of our daily

The Child’s First and Greatest Teacher: The Hand

“He does it with his hands, by experience, first in play and then through work. The hands are the instruments of man’s intelligence. “ — Maria Montessori As parents, milestone expectations are common concerns as children grow and develop. Within a relatively short time, helpless newborns gain control of their bodies and movements. Before long,