Tag: Montessori inspired

Tag: Montessori inspired

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

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

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

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

The Prepared Nest in the Spotlight

This past spring, I was contacted by Baan Dek Montessori school in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and invited to participate in their Spotlight Series (link below in green font). Surprisingly, I first discovered Baan Dek’s logo on a creative branding site called Fuzzco (a local Charleston, SC creative studio). I was intrigued and soon began