Activities for Toddlers (From the Dollar Store!) – Curling Rollers

Children don’t always need the shiniest toys with the most flashing lights and the loudest music to be entertained.  Sometimes the simplest objects will occupy them for an entire morning.  On one of my trips to the dollar store, I picked up a package of curling rollers.  I put the caps in one basket and […]

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No “Containers” – Montessori Infant Practices

If you visit a Montessori Infant classroom, you will find that there are no “containers.”  That is, there are no cribs, playpens, pack n plays, bouncers, walkers, or anything that you would put a child IN.  This is because Maria Montessori studied the value of freedom of movement in the development of the young child. […]

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Language Activities for Toddlers – Object to Picture Matching

The language shelves in a Montessori classroom have a few staples that you will find in the following order:  Nomenclature Basket (just objects), Object to Object Matching, Object to Picture Matching, and Picture to Picture Matching.  These works range from the most concrete — naming an object — to the most abstract — matching pictures […]

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Language with Infants — Respect

Although your youngest infants cannot complete Montessori works or develop much independence, there are many ways you can incorporate a Montessori lifestyle in your care of infants.  Montessori is not just a form of education — it’s a way of life.  If you want your home to be truly Montessori, start at the beginning! Young […]

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