Tag: Montessori at Home

Tag: Montessori at Home

Creating Children’s Spaces

✨The child helps us see what we don’t. My (now grown) forthright children consistently help 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 what

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

Tips for Toy Order

“Order is one of the needs of life which, when it is satisfied, produces a real happiness.” ~ Maria Montessori The need for greater play space order (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

Attention to Detail

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

Leaps of 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; and there is no better classroom for children than what

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

All That She Sees

It’s hard to imagine a day without including a little fresh air time here in our southern climate. It happened to be a beautiful day and so we were heading out on a long walk. I made sure to bring a few sensorial toys for her to hold and taste along the way. Although nature