Tag: Montessori at Home

Tag: Montessori at Home

Three Tips to Tame the Toys

“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

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

Success Starts Here

“He who is served is limited in his independence.” Dr. Maria Montessori I recently added this ‘Practical Life’ shelf to our kitchen. Creating a home environment that serves the child is critical for his optimal development and independence. My children are grown, but I work privately with local children in my home each week. The

Who Let the Dog Out?

montessori at home projects for kids

Inspired recently by an Instagram post @teacherandthetots, I decided to create a dog figure washing activity. He loves dogs and has been asking for more responsibility in caring for our real dog. He loves to feed her, fill her water bowl and, most recently, walk her on a leash. I’m sure he will be interested

Learning Development Stacks Up!

Who would believe a simple stacking toy could provide so many benefits? It’s his consistent ‘go-to’ toy and it fully engages his senses as he plays. As soon as this exploration begins, I know it’s time for me to sit back and watch: “Praise, help, or even a look, may be enough to interrupt him,

Cookies and Caring

After learning about a neighbor’s foot injury, we decided to make blueberry cookies for her. I asked him if he would like to take some to his family too. There would be plenty! His heart was all in. Now that he’s three years old, I felt it would be nice to introduce to a way