How to Smell a Rose: An Introduction to Montessori Sensorial Activities

Why are Montessori sensorial activities important? Here's why.

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, light up the the Earth in a burst of golden flames, and draw you into its delicate beauty petal by petal. Eyes closed. You breathe. In the darkness, you are attuned to the unique scent of this one flower in this one moment. Trying your best to memorize it, you move to the next and repeat. "The senses, … [Read more...]

9 Name Games and Songs for Circle Time That Never Fail

9 Name Games for Circle Time

As a Kindergarten teacher, I spent years collecting songs and name games that were winners for breaking the ice in a new class during circle time at the beginning of the year. I kept a large stack of index cards of my favorite songs and added to the box as I learned new songs from other teachers. I now am the proud owner of an index box … [Read more...]

What To Look For In a Montessori School

How do you find a good Montessori school?

(Today's guest post is brought to you by my dear friend Andrea. When it comes to Montessori education, I trust her advice above all others. Why? She's studied Montessori in practice for all age groups. Her philosophy is grounded in both modern-day research on child development and her unwavering devotion to Dr. Montessori's own words. No one makes … [Read more...]

Pattern Blocks Giveaway

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  Our new life here in San Francisco is full of days spent at the beach, combing for beach glass, examining ocean creatures that have washed up on the shore, carrying sandy shoes for miles, and playing chicken with the crashing waves. The children love it. They draw maps in the sand and race each other down the beach too far away for my comfort, … [Read more...]

Montessori 101: The Basics

Montessori Basics! Have you ever wondered what a Montessorian believes? This is for you.

As Montessori teachers and parents... 1. We follow the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952). She was a medical doctor, a teacher, a philosopher, and an anthropologist. Her progressive view of children was way beyond her time, and her writing is still very relevant today. Interested in reading some of her work yourself? You should! Try … [Read more...]