Montessori Activities for Toddlers — Sandpaper Numbers

The first step in teaching the written form of numbers is to use the Montessori Sandpaper Numbers.  I bought a set here that I like because they show the direction the child should move her finger. This work is similar in concept to the Sandpaper Letters.  You lay out the cards and trace each number, saying, “This […]

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How to Survive a Beach Trip with an Infant & a Toddler — In 5 Simple Steps

Vacations with kids can be less than relaxing, so here are some tips to make your beach trip with an infant and a toddler stress-free…or at least a little easier! Very young children become cranky and uncooperative when they’re tired and hungry.  So make sure they are still getting what they need while you’re at […]

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Activities for Infants 6 to 12 Months — Object Permanence

Something you will often see in early childhood education centers is an object permanence box, like the one my very talented husband made for N.  Object permanence is the understanding that when an object is covered up or hidden in some way, it hasn’t simply disappeared — it still exists.  When an infant understands object […]

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Montessori Activities for Toddlers — Sandpaper Letters

The way Montessori teaches letters is very different than the way it is taught in traditional schools.  I think the Montessori way makes a lot more sense, and I have seen how it allows very young children to begin sounding out words for themselves at a very young age. Rather than teaching the alphabet song, […]

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