The importance of real materials in practical life

By Archana Dalal One thing that sets Montessori schools apart from other preschools is practical life activities. According to Dr. Maria Montessori, practical life is “The Montessori term that encompasses domestic work to maintain the…

Fostering the Love of Books During National Reading Month

By Kristi Larsen Caring for and Choosing the Right Books Imagine your favorite childhood book. What was the name of it? Why did you like it? Was it based in reality or fantasy? Did you introduce your students or your own children to it?…

Sensorial Sounds: What are they and why do we use them?

By: Krista SchroederSensorial sounds are everywhere in our Montessori environment. Children explore their environment through their senses and sound is often used in a variety of ways while they are in the preschool classroom. “The first…

Words + Movement = Reading

By: Connie ParkerWithin a Montessori classroom, movement is found everywhere. It has great importance in mental development, provided that the action which occurs is connected with the mental activity going on. Having purposeful movement…

Freedom in the Montessori environment

By Brooke GosseIn the Montessori environment, work time starts the moment the child walks into the classroom. Dr. Montessori stated that the children come into the classroom with a purpose, already knowing what work they want to start out…

Maria Montessori: What You May Not Know

By Yelena RaskinDr. Maria Montessori was born in the small town of Chiaravalle.  Her father was a military man, and her mother was a lady of peace.  Maria Montessori had a very close relationship with her mother.  As a child, Maria didn’t…

Tools in the Practical Life Area

By Amber EvansAn essential part of the Montessori method is practical life. These activities are an increasingly challenging series of motor tasks involving real life goals. In addition to helping children master everyday tasks, the aim…

Let’s Take Another Look at Metal Insets

By Yelena OstrovskyMetal insets serve a real and concrete purpose in the Children’s House. The metal inset work has 11 different stages, ranging from basic tracing to the more challenging design and embellishment work. Each stage provides…

The Art of Observation: Why this is a teacher's most important skill

By Francina Lelei“Wait while observing. That is the motto for the educator. Let us wait, and be always ready to share in both the joys and the difficulties which the child experiences. …Let us have endless patience with his slow progress,…

Building the Mathematical Mind: Mastering the concrete before the abstract

By Brenda NelsonWhat is the Mathematical Mind?  According to AMI’s (Association Montessori International) website, the glossary of Montessori terms describes the Mathematical Mind as, “All babies are born with mathematical minds, that…