What is The Secret of Childhood?

What is the secret of childhood?

Do you ever watch your children out in nature enthralled with a bit of fluff that you walked right by? A few weeks ago, we had a magical moment...the kind of moment you want to hold close to your heart and never, ever forget. It was nearing twilight. The staircase beckoned us down to the beach, and I worried about the night falling too soon … [Read more...]

Cherries Pitted and a Lullaby

Cherry pitting

You'll never see a more dreadful looking Montessori work. It's an embarrassingly far cry from the carefully designed cherry pitting tray of my classroom dreams... You know, the one with the dark blue tray and white cups, one for cherries and one for pits and stems. The folded napkin on the side for stained fingers. The child carefully washes his … [Read more...]

Help! My Child Doesn’t Like Montessori!

pouring split peas

So you went bananas for Montessori. You bought a shelf and some trays and baskets. You searched for Montessori on Pinterest. You put pom poms in bowls with tongs on one tray and and two small pitchers full of split peas on another. You practiced the art of giving a lesson. And then you stepped back and waited for the magic of Montessori to happen … [Read more...]

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...]