Teaching toddlers about seasons is tricky in general. If you live in a warm climate, it’s even trickier – especially when you’re teaching toddlers about winter. Still, the Montessori 3-period lesson can give your toddler one of the best introductions to the winter season. We’ve been introducing my 2-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, to winter concepts for
How can toddlers understand seasons? Well, they can’t, really. But with the Montessori 3-period lesson, you can give your toddler a good introduction to the seasons (or any concept). We’ve been introducing my 22-month-old granddaughter, Zoey, to fall concepts. That’s a bit tricky, since we live in San Diego. Where
I love the simplicity of the Montessori 3-period lesson for teaching vocabulary and concepts. I’ve been using the 3-period to teach vocabulary to my 15-month old granddaughter, Zoey. I also showed my daughter, Christina, how to use the 3-period lesson. Today, I’m sharing a video I directed of Christina
Name recognition is an important skill for preschoolers. Fortunately, there are lots of fun and unintimidating ways to reinforce the concept. Today, I want to share some circle-time name activities for getting acquainted and Montessori-inspired name recognition activities. Even if some of the activities aren’t designed as Montessori activities,
“If we could say, ‘We are respectful and courteous in our dealing with children, we treat them as we should like to be treated ourselves,’ we should have mastered a great educational principle and be setting an example of good education.” Maria Montessori “The first idea that the child
Cultural is the last curriculum area in my Free Montessori Video Lessons Series. Here’s the rest of the series: Free Montessori Video Lessons Online Free Montessori Practical Life Videos Free Montessori Sensorial Videos Free Montessori Language Videos Free Montessori Math Materials I have another category of Montessori videos that
The Montessori math curriculum was one of the first areas that helped me fall in love with Montessori education. I was especially impressed with the brilliance of the Montessori math materials for teaching the decimal system. I still am. I have a post with a number of math resources:
I’m totally in love with Montessori language activities and the use of phonics to teach reading. My kids were, too. I always have to smile when I think back on the early Montessori language activities with my son. See “Learning to Read Can Be Just a Fun Game.” I
Along with practical life activities, sensorial activities are some of the most important activities for young children. Montessori Sensorial Activities I have a post with lots of sensorial resources: Montessori Sensorial Activities. I also like videos that show Montessori sensorial demonstrations and activities in action. See Free Montessori Video
Practical life activities are probably the most important activities in Montessori education because they help children develop qualities that will help in almost every area of life. Those qualities are order, concentration, coordination, and independence. I have a post with lots of practical life resources: Montessori Practical Life Activities.
If you’re a parent or teacher who hasn’t had Montessori teacher training but would like to use Montessori activities, you’ll find online videos to be extremely helpful. It’s much easier to feel confident giving Montessori presentations when you’ve seen someone present a Montessori activity, even if it is on
Welcome to part 3 of the ABCs of Montessori! You’ll find ABCs of Montessori A-H here and ABCs of Montessori I-P here. At my ABCs of Montessori page, you’ll find more about my series as well as the entire ABCs of … series by 60+ bloggers from Kid Blogger
Welcome to part 2 of the ABCs of Montessori! You’ll find ABCs of Montessori A-H here, and ABCs of Montessori Q-Z will be published on Thursday. At my ABCs of Montessori page, you’ll find more about my series as well as the entire ABCs of … series by 60+
Welcome to the ABCs of Montessori! At my ABCs of Montessori page, you’ll find more about my series as well as the entire ABCs of … series by 60+ bloggers from Kid Blogger Network! Today, I’m sharing A-H. Below, I’ll be using the lowercase letters (except where they’re naturally
While the holiday season should be a time of joy and fun family activities, it’s also a time of year when it’s easy to feel totally overwhelmed. Finding your family’s rhythm and creating Montessori-inspired activity trays can help. With activity trays, you’re less likely to feel you need a
One of the best gifts you can give your child is a love of books. My husband and I always loved books, and we wanted our children to feel the same way. We used the traditional ways to help our children become book lovers along with some help from
In Montessori education, it’s important that children aren’t interrupted so they can complete their work cycle and develop the ability to concentrate for longer periods of time. It’s also important that Montessori teachers and homeschool teachers are allowed to present lessons and work with children individually without unnecessary interruptions.
You can turn many Valentine’s Day craft ideas into Montessori-oriented activities. Not only will your child have a chance to repeat the activity as often as he or she wishes, but you will give your child extra opportunities to develop important skills. Giving your child a chance to repeat
You may have noticed that I spend a lot of time emphasizing practical life, or daily living, exercises for preschoolers. Those are the exercises for control of movement, care of self, care of the environment, and grace and courtesy. Activities in each of those areas have obvious practical benefits.
Meals are a natural part of many holiday gatherings, and it’s important to prepare your child for those meals. By using Montessori techniques, you can help your child have appropriate table manners for any situation. This will be a very condensed version of how to teach table manners. Even
The holiday season (along with summer reunions) is a natural time for getting together with relatives … but children aren’t always comfortable meeting and greeting relatives. You can help. By using Montessori techniques for teaching grace and courtesy, you can help your child learn and more comfortably use appropriate greetings.
The best time to teach your preschooler to say thank you for presents received over the holidays is beforehand. In Montessori education, grace and courtesy is an important part of the practical life lessons. And the aim is to give children demonstrations and practice with proper etiquette before an
Most Christmas crafts – and other crafts throughout the year – can be turned into Montessori-oriented activities. Your child will often want to repeat activities over and over when working to meet the needs of a sensitive period. By turning a craft into a Montessori activity, you will help your child meet his
Should you introduce letters to your preschooler in their order in the alphabet? Surprisingly, no. There are actually better ways to introduce the letters of the alphabet. In Montessori education, letters are introduced by phonetic sounds rather than letter names. And they’re not introduced in their order within the alphabet.
Maria Montessori believed young children have a deep sense of dignity and want to do the right thing. You can use Montessori techniques to teach your child how to do the right thing. Here are some Montessori principles you can use at home to teach manners. 1. Emphasize practical life
The three-period lesson is a Montessori method which can help you clearly and easily teach concepts to your preschooler. It could be used to introduce anything from colors to letters to dinosaur names. The photo is an inexpensive version of the sandpaper letters I used to introduce phonetic sounds
It’s easy to focus on the importance of helping your preschooler by answering your child’s questions or reading to your child. But one of the best ways to help your preschooler is too often overlooked. Take a tip from Montessori education and help your child learn how to do things