The Montessori Long Red Rods: Explanation & Presentation
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by Sue
2w ago
If you're curious about the Montessori Long Red Rods, you've come to the right place. I'm going to go over what this Montessori Sensorial material is and explain how to present it to a child. This is great information for parents of children who attend a Montessori school or for parents and caregivers who are considering Montessori homeschooling. So, let's get right to it. (This post contains affiliate links. Purchasing from these links costs you nothing extra, but sends a few cents our way for website upkeep.) What are the Montessori Long Red Rods? The Montessori Red Rods are a series of ten ..read more
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The Montessori Pink Tower: Purpose and Presentation
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by Sue
3w ago
Whether you're curious about what the Montessori Pink Tower is or you've purchased the Pink Tower and you now want to know how to present it, you've come to the right place. Here, I'm going to tell you what you need to know about the Pink Tower, including its purpose and how to give the Pink Tower Lesson. This is one of the first materials I purchased for my children after obtaining my Montessori certification, so it holds a special place in my heart. So, let's get right into it. (This post contains affiliate links. Purchasing from these links costs you nothing extra, but sends a few cents our ..read more
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Montessori Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals for 2023
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by Sue
3M ago
If you're looking for some great Montessori Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday deals on Amazon and other online shops, you've come to the right place. You and I are in the same boat, you see. We both want to get our children toys that encourage their development, but we are on a budget and we're looking for some good deals. Amazon is the go-to for most people's holiday shopping, so I've included many amazing Montessori-aligned Amazon deals on this list. (If you're not enrolled in Prime, definitely go ahead and do that.) I've also included some Black Friday deals from other beloved Montessori ..read more
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40 Fun Pincer Grasp Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers
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by Sue
4M ago
Pincer grasp activities help your child strengthen their small muscles in preparation for future hand writing. This article gives you 40 fun, Montessori aligned, pincer grasp activities. Why is this type of grasp important? Some children are naturally drawn to…well, drawing. (Drawing is one of the most basic pincer grasp activities.) These kids will likely have little trouble getting their final pencil grasp down pat in time for the school years. But, there are many children that either don't have the interest, or don't have the confidence to attempt a pencil grasp. This may be due to not havi ..read more
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Is Montessori a Cult? (A Balanced Perspective)
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by Sue
4M ago
If you are just now learning about Montessori, there are a lot of resources available to you. Some of these resources, like social media for example, might leave you wondering if Montessori is a cult. I say this light-heartedly, but I was once in your shoes, torn between embracing the Montessori philosophy and running as fast as I could away from it. In this post, I'm going to discuss why people believe Montessori is a cult and whether Montessori is actually a cult. So, let's get right to it. A cult is defined by Britannica as, “a small religious group that is not part of a larger and more ac ..read more
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The Zero Game: A Montessori Math Activity
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by Sue
4M ago
In this article, you'll learn how to the Montessori Zero Game. I'll also go over a little about how Montessori teaches the concept of zero. This is a simple math game that children in Montessori classrooms really enjoy. Whether you're doing Montessori homeschooling or traditional homeschooling, this is a great game to integrate into your curriculum. So, let's get right to it. (This post contains affiliate links. Purchasing from these links costs you nothing extra, but helps with our website upkeep.) How Montessori teaches the concept of zero: The Zero Game Montessori math activities focus on ..read more
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The 11 Best Montessori Toys for 2-year-olds
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by Sue
5M ago
If you're looking for a stellar list of the absolute best Montessori toys for 2-year-olds, welcome to my page. I consider myself a bit of a Montessori toy expert, considering I'm trained and certified as a Montessori primary classroom teacher and a mother of 3 lovely children – children who have enjoyed quite a number of toys throughout the years. The 2nd and 3rd years of life, in my opinion, are the most fun for selecting toys. I enjoyed picking out Montessori-aligned toys for my kids so much when they were 2. I'm so happy to be able to put together a list of 2-year-old toys for my readers. W ..read more
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2023 Montessori Christmas Gift Guide: Ages 0-6 Years
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by Sue
5M ago
Christmas is here, once again. As joyful as this time of year can be, it's the time of year most of us stress out about what Montessori Christmas gifts to buy for the most precious ones for their first hand full of Christmases. While there is no such thing as a “Montessori toy“, there are plenty of Montessori-align play items that make great Christmas gifts for children being raised in a Montessori fashion. If you are into Montessori-style gifts, you'll be putting just a little more thought into the gifts you give; no buttons and lights, no annoying “learning” toys, and hopefully you can avoid ..read more
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Montessori Puzzle Maps: Purpose and Presentation
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by Sue
5M ago
If you're interested in learning about the Montessori Puzzle Maps, you've come to the right place. As a trained and certified Montessori educator, I'm very familiar with this material. These colorful maps are used in a variety of ways throughout the primary and early elementary years in Montessori schools. Parents who homeschool their children using Montessori's methods generally tend to include Puzzle Maps in their geography curriculum purchases. That's how important and versatile this material is. So, whether you're here out of curiosity or you're considering adding this material to your hom ..read more
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Best 12 Construction Play Toys for Toddlers & Preschoolers
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by Sue
5M ago
If you're looking for some great ideas for construction play toys, you've come to the right place. In this post, I'm going to go over a little bit about what construction play toys are and then give you 12 great recommendations. In addition to “constructive play” toys, I added some of the more traditional construction toys people might be looking for – with the constructive play twist, of course. If you want some construction play ideas for your kids, I've written some great ones for you, as well in the linked post. If you want to read about the 6 stages of play or play schemas (super interest ..read more
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