Practicing Practical Life Skills

When G2 was younger, I made him a set of dressing frames so he could practice some Practical Life Skills. Despite the effort and care I put into making these, G2 didn’t really care to practice these skills. Until I made him the vest for his Frodo costume: He couldn’t stop putting it on so heContinue reading “Practicing Practical Life Skills”

Early Childhood Learning: Sensitive Periods

The Sensitive Periods A child passes through special times in his life when he easily incorporates a particular ability into his schema if allowed to practice it exhaustively during this time. Maria Montessori referred to it as, “. . . a passing impulse or potency.” These sensitive periods are critical to the child’s self development. He unconsciously knows that the time to learnContinue reading “Early Childhood Learning: Sensitive Periods”

Montessori Materials: The 100 Board

Since he was little, Hercules has had a thing for numbers. So when I introduced the Hundred Board App by Rantek (they have some really cool Montessori Apps), he really enjoyed playing with it. I have been meaning to make him a physical hundred board but never quite got to it until recently. In my typical lazy-Mom fashion, IContinue reading “Montessori Materials: The 100 Board”

Books: The Montessori Method by Maria Montessori

The Montessori Method by Maria Montessori If you want to learn a subject, there’s nothing like hearing it straight from the horse’s mouth. Read about The Montessori Method translated from the original manuscript written by Maria Montessori herself. What’s in it… CHAPTER I- A CRITICAL CONSIDERATION OF THE NEW PEDAGOGY IN ITS RELATION TO MODERN SCIENCEContinue reading “Books: The Montessori Method by Maria Montessori”

Montessori Activities for Toddlers

Recently, I have been trying to gradually introduce a series of Montessori activities to Hercules. He recently turned 2.5 years so I thought it was a good age to start. I cleared out the toy room (except for the books) with the intention of slowly filling his cubby holes with new Montessori materials. Here areContinue reading “Montessori Activities for Toddlers”

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Magnetic Responsibility Chart.

Includes 90 magnets depicting behaviors and rewards Magnetic Calendar/Dry-erase board Great Quality Great Value Help kids understand the concept of behavior and rewards. This entertaining, magnetic activities board feature the innovative combination of magnets and wood. Includes a dry-erase board and 90 magnets depicting behaviors and rewards. Measures 16″ x 12″ when closed; 16″ xContinue reading “Melissa & Doug Deluxe Magnetic Responsibility Chart.”

Math Works: Montessori Math and the Developing Brain

This book contains descriptions of the Montessori math materials, and explanations of how the children using them learn math while stimulating every area of their developing minds. This resource will also give parents, teachers, and administrators a grasp of how these materials enhance thinking, problem solving, and brain development and prepare children for standardized testing.Continue reading “Math Works: Montessori Math and the Developing Brain”

Montessori Music: Sensorial Exploration and Notation with the Bells

This is an illustrated guide to sensorial presentations & notation – Montessori Music. Contents: Section 1: Sensorial presentations – introduction *Bell materials *How to carry & strike a bell *Matching *Establishing up & down *High & low exercise *Grading *The major scale pattern *Name lessons with the bells Section 2: Notation – Introduction *Introduction toContinue reading “Montessori Music: Sensorial Exploration and Notation with the Bells”

Montessori Today: A Comprehensive Approach to Education from Birth to Adulthood

Paula Lillard, director of a Montessori school ranging in age from 18 months to fifteen years, provides a clear and cogent introduction to the Montessori program for the elementary and later years. In detailed accounts, Lillard shows how children acquire the skills to answer their own questions, learn to manage freedom with responsibility, and maintainContinue reading “Montessori Today: A Comprehensive Approach to Education from Birth to Adulthood”