Montessori Dinosaur Study: Extinction

After taking a close look at dinosaur fossils and the clues they left us, then examining dinosaurs by type and age, we closed out our dinosaur study with a look at some of the theories about extinction and a review of our other units. We got most of our information about extinction from our dinosaur […]

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Montessori Grace & Courtesy: The Waiting Hand

Friends, I have a little Montessori grace and courtesy trick that is going to CHANGE. YOUR. LIVES. Grace and courtesy is an actual part of the Montessori curriculum — basically, it teaches manners and social skills.  In a classroom, it’s usually taught via role playing in front of the whole class or a small group. […]

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Montessori Practical Life: Wood Sanding

I’m always looking for new practical life works, and this one came to me when I was thinking about what else we could do with our wood polishing work.  My husband likes to build stuff, so I asked him for some wood scraps that the girls could use to make their own blocks, and he […]

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30+ Montessori-Inspired Chores Your Toddler & Preschooler Can Do

I get tons of questions over on Instagram about how I get the girls involved with chores around the house, and the answer is quite simple:  I invite them! I call them “chores” here because that’s what they are to us, but to a young child, they are adventures and opportunities, fun just waiting to […]

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Our Montessori Movement Shelf

Maria Montessori wrote a great deal about the important link between movement and learning, but I have always taken that to mean mostly fine motor movement and muscle memory with the use of academic materials.  Nora, my sweet littlest one, has challenged me yet again — because she is a MOVER.  A constantly moving/dancing/swaying/twirling whirlwind […]

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