Montessori Money Unit: All About Coins

As my girls get older, they’re becoming more and more interested in money — they see me paying with it and they’re noticing the correlation between handing over some money and receiving something in return.  My 5-year-old in particular is interested in using her own money to pay for things, so we’ve been working on […]

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Montessori Infant Practices — The First Year

How can you be Montessori with young infants?  They can’t complete works or play safely with small objects.  They can’t bring works to a table or roll up a work rug.  They are not ready to develop independence or self-care skills.  What can you do with a newborn? Luckily, Montessori is more than just an […]

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Fun for Kids in Pittsburgh: Children’s Programs at Phipps Conservatory

We moved to Pittsburgh almost one year ago now, and we’ve been busily exploring all that the city has to offer for children.  One of the first places we visited was Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens as we were wrapping up our botany study in homeschool preschool — and we loved it so much that […]

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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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