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Vincent Van Gogh was born on March 30th, 1853 in Holland, and died in France in 1890. Van Gogh was one of the most tragic 🎨 artists who had ever lived. He was not very happy as evident by his never smiling self-portraits since nothing ever seemed to go right... Read more →

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In anticipation of Vincent Van Gogh's Birthday on March 30th, we are making 12 Sunflowers Tissue Paper Recycled Cardboard Paper-Mache Craft as inspired by his painting, Sunflowers 1889, Philadelphia Museum of Art. "Twelve sunflowers lean toward the light. Five are wide open, seven shut tight." In The Garden with Van... Read more →

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What is Montessori Math? In a traditional math curriculum, children are introduced abstract numeration before they can understand the actual quantity. Number "one"/1 is just a symbol representing a quantity (holding one apple in your hand). What is special about Montessori Math curriculum is that a three year old will... Read more →

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In continuing with our Geography 🌎 Theory 📖 Curriculum Lesson on 🗺 Mapping (read a post here), today, we are putting theory into practice by assembling some of our favorite interactive map puzzles. We are also using miniature replicas of U.S. monuments (buy here) to add a 3-D to our... Read more →

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Today, we are learning about maps and the process of mapping. We are currently reading National Geographic Kids Beginner's World Atlas which is the next level reading after the National Geographic Our World: A Child's First Picture Atlas ~ the atlas you would start reading with your child at around... Read more →

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During our last lesson, we learned about 🌎 geography (which is the study of our Earth, people and places in our world) through the representation of concrete objects such as soil, compass, and a map (read here). Today, we are continuing by learning about the study of geography more abstractly,... Read more →

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This transferring Practical Life Activity is perfect for toddlers or preschoolers who have mastered hand and spoon transferring as this activity is a little more 📈challenging. Use a stainless steel picker-plucker (buy here) for plucking olives, 🍇 grapes, 🍒cherries, dry 🍝pasta or any other food big enough to be plucked.... Read more →

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Today, March 21st, we are celebrating the birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach, who was born in 🇩🇪 Germany in 1685. Johann Sebastian Bach would have been 332 years old today! During his lifetime, Johann Sebastian Bach was known more as a great harpsichord player and notable organist, rather than a... Read more →

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After a child has been introduced to a number of Sensorial activities, Montessori Baric Tablets can be offered to stimulate child's interest and awareness to differences in weight. The material is suitable for children as young as three years old, and Julia at seven, still enjoys it. Baric Tablets (buy... Read more →

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Happy ☘️ St. Patrick's Day! Children have been so excitedly anticipating the holiday, and here it is. We learned that on St. Patrick's Day many people give cards or flowers to their family and friends. People also make cookies, cakes and other goodies to share with others. Some people wear... Read more →

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Are you excitedly anticipating☘️ St. Patrick's Day? Will you be trying to catch a Leprechaun? Do you think any of your perfect traps would work? Well, a legend says that you can catch a Leprechaun only if you have 🍀a four-leafed clover! Do you know the difference between a shamrock... Read more →

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Julia currently is in a sensitive period for arts and crafts. During her mindful time, she prefers to ✏️draw, 🖌color, 🎨paint, knit with a knitting fork - wooden lucet (see a 🎥 video here) , or do 🖋 Zentangle Art (read a post here). Apparently, she also enjoys making decorative... Read more →

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It is believed that Leprechauns, mischievous and canny, and at the same time hard-working and honest (Leprechaun always keeps his word), hide their pot of 💰 gold at the end of the 🌈 rainbow. So, today, we are making rainbows from Montessori color tablets and knobless cylinders. Adrian had put... Read more →

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Are you as excited in anticipation of 🍀St. Patricks' Day as we are? Well, this year, children have decided that they will not be setting up a trap for Leprechauns, but rather they want to create a peaceful and inviting atmosphere. "He earned his gold by working hard making shoes... Read more →

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Today, while stranded home by another unexpected snow storm🌬🌨 (we usually do not get snow in March), we are making a 🍀 lucky four-leafed clover pattern on a Montessori 💯 Hundred Board (buy here). First, I created a 🍀 "four-leafed clover" design on a control chart using foam stickers which... Read more →

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Children are excited that☘️ St. Patrick's Day is approaching, and we are eager to learn about the holiday, traditions, and 🇮🇪 Ireland. We started by 📖 reading about Patrick's life and how the day is celebrated with the St. Patrick's Day book (buy here). The text is easily digestible and... Read more →

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Today, we are doing St. Patrick's Day Inspired craft: a ☘️Shamrock from green pipe cleaners and threaded green and white beads. To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, people decorate their windows and doors with a shamrock, which is a plant with three leaves, resembling a clover. Shamrock is a symbol of... Read more →

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Today, we are exploring a triangular shape. All triangles have three sides, meaning that the shape is a polygon. If all three sides are of equal length, than it is called an "equilateral" triangle. We explored different textures and sizes and "made" various triangles, including non-equilateral ones since the sides... Read more →

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Once Adrian turned three years old, puzzles have been captivating him, offering countless hours of mindful concentration, while developing his physical, cognitive, and emotional skills. In the process of solving a puzzle, he is also developing fine and gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination. He learns to think logically: for... Read more →

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When Adrian woke up this morning, he recited a part of his Winter Poem: "Snowflakes dance throughout the night, when I open my eyes, the world is white!" (See a post here.) And indeed it was:) We usually do not get snow in March, and to see all the buds... Read more →

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