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Children really enjoy folding – they see us - their parents at work, and they want to mimic what we do. Most importantly, young children really want to feel useful and helpful. Montessori Practical Life Activities offer children the opportunity to do all that! I first introduced a traditional folding... Read more →

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Adrian has been enjoying pasting and doing Paper Mache "art" since about two years old. This was Adrian's first pasting project at 26 months using Christmas paper. Read here how Adrian was pastingPaper Mache his glass pencil jar. At two-and-a-half, however, his art projects are less abstract, with a definitive... Read more →

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Today, children are making a special Father's Day card for Daddy. This craft idea was inspired by Guess How Much I Love You book (buy here), with a simple yet poignant message about an unconditional love of a Father Rabbit ~ about love that knows no boundaries, love that keeps... Read more →

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Guided Meditation with Music is a part of the Practice of Mindfulness, where there is no need to strive to make anything happen. Simply feel whatever you are feeling, observe without judgment, and focus on physical sensations (such as breathing), internal feelings and emotional resonance—like happiness, sadness, anger, fear and... Read more →

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In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14th (commemorating Flag's adoption in 1777 on June 14) with multiple parades, emphasizing on the special place the flag holds in the hearts of the US Citizens. F Is for Flag (buy here) is a good book to introduce this... Read more →

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Building Montessori Trinomial Cube at 31 months

Trinomial Cube (buy here) a classic Montessori sensorial material, is generally introduced after the Binomial Cube. Once the child had mastered the Binomial cube, the transition to a Trinomial cube is rather quick since the method of completion remains the same (just more cubes and prisms to work with). The... Read more →

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Today, Julia had a kindergarten graduation ceremony which started with a professionally staged Cinderella play. Interestingly, each child eventually chose a role they naturally gravitated towards, even though initially they thought they would want to portray someone else. For example, in the beginning, Julia hoped to play the Cinderella role,... Read more →

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Usually, a toddler will string pasta on a thread or a long stick (a stick can be inserted in a large piece of play dough), but what about threading ON pasta? We had some pasta that fell on the floor, so I decided to make a sensorial bin with it,... Read more →

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I truly believe that the most important person in any child's life, apart from a parent, is a teacher. When children are not only learning things that impress them daily, but are also being shown love by others, there is only one thing to feel: gratitude, and there is only... Read more →

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We have been working with numbers lately, and Adrian (at 31 months) is seeing numbers everywhere - even in an ellipse:) Metal Insets are designed to prepare your child for handwriting. Manipulating the insets will strengthen the three-finger grip (preparing for the correct pencil grip) and will also coordinate the... Read more →

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