March 30, 2020

A companion material to the Knobbed Cylinders, the Knobless Cylinders offer children extended practice with the relationships of height, width and volume. Four boxes are available to explore, with each containing a series of ten cylinders of varying relationships. In o...

March 11, 2020

Visitors to Montessori classrooms often comment on the beautiful materials on the shelves, the lovely wooden crafted puzzles, graceful glass pitchers and fresh flowers. The classrooms are welcoming like a living rooms prepared for guests rather than the brightly colore...

February 24, 2020

If you remember full-group spelling lessons in your elementary school, it may be hard to imagine how language can be taught in classrooms in which every child is working at his own pace and on materials appropriate for him. The Montessori language materials are elegant...

February 15, 2020

We know that part of our work as Montessori teachers is to observe children. We observe to understand their development, that we may better prepare for that development in the materials and lessons we offer in the environment. 

Before we introduce writing as a lesson, w...

February 14, 2020

Once children have begun to write letters, they are quickly motivated to apply that knowledge to useful, meaningful activities. But a child who wants to write a lot may not yet have the attention span or endurance to write for long. It falls, then, to the creative Mont...

February 13, 2020

Just as the Montessori classroom allows ample practice for the physical skills children will need to master holding a pencil, we also offer practice for the discernment skills children will need to remember and replicate the shapes of letters. Throughout the classroom,...

February 12, 2020

In the complicated web of Montessori materials, we see basic skills reinforced across multiple domains and through various activities. Especially in the essential coordination of fine and gross motor skills, Montessori materials embed meaningful opportunities for pract...

February 11, 2020

 "Can I see your shelves?" 

What an odd question. And, yet, if you spend much time with Montessori teachers, you'll almost inevitably hear them asking each other about how they prepare their shelves. You'll see them kneeling down in front of each other's shelves to...

February 10, 2020

It's a sort of curious activity to watch: a young child, mesmerized, repeatedly transferring some small object from one container to another and back again. Maybe the containers are filled with pom poms or small rubber pellets. Maybe the tongs are large and wooden or m...

January 10, 2020

As Montessori learners develop the ability to measure and "tell" time, they are increasingly motivated to use these skills beyond daily routines. We know children are fascinated by large numbers, including large measurements of time across generations or even eons. In...

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