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Reach for These! Infant Toys.

Reach for These! Infant Toys. Whether finding the way across the carpet on all fours or manipulating objects with all five fingers, your infant is constantly expanding their physical and motor skills as they become familiar with the world around them. By placing a few visually-appealing “grasping toys” around their play area you will offer […]

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Grab that Garlic and Peel Away!

Grab that Garlic and Peel Away! Maria Montessori understood the kitchen was more than just a place for making great food — she saw it as a laboratory for a child’s senses. Encourage your child to participate in the kitchen by setting up the simple activity of peeling cloves of garlic for a recipe you […]

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Montessori Reading: A Journey of Self-Discovery

MONTESSORI READING For conventional educators, reading is a skill that must be taught by means of drills, homework, and tests.  Yet, most children who go through authentic Montessori programs are not taught to read; they discover reading on their own! How do Montessori children learn to read without direct adult instruction, and is it possible […]

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Simple Montessori Activities: opening closing containers

The Simple Joy of Containers

The Simple Joy of Containers You don’t need to purchase expensive toys to entertain your young child. Everyday objects found around the home can offer hours of engagement and fascination, as well as valuable learning experiences. Such is the case when you present your child a collection of containers of varying sizes and types — […]

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Simple Montessori Activities: introducing cup

Introducing a Cup

A shot glass, not a sippy cup, should be your child’s first independent drinking utensil. Your child will learn the consequences of tilting the glass too far and of dropping it. He’ll develop greater self-control and will learn to be more careful with his belongings. The shot glass can be introduced as soon as the […]

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Keep Calm and Carrot On

Keep Calm and Carrot On There’s a lot that can go on in the kitchen when a recipe is made. Working on just one ingredient with your child gives them the chance to learn about just one small piece of the puzzle, without overwhelming them.  If chopped carrots are a required part of your evening […]

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Prime Your Child with the Primary Colors

Prime Your Child with the Primary Colors The “First Color Box” may look like an extremely simple and straightforward child’s activity, but that’s the point. It’s comprised of a plain wooden box with dual sets of primary color tablets stored inside, and nothing more. Maria Montessori was inspired to develop this helpful learning tool after […]

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Creative Hands with Rubber Bands

Creative Hands with Rubber Bands It may look ridiculously simple, but don’t take it as such – your child won’t easily get bored with the amazing rubber band board! This straightforward toy, with its wooden pegs, allows a child to work joyously and independently as they manipulate rubber bands into various patterns and configurations. The […]

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Sharpening Pencils For A Sharper Child

Sharpening Pencils For A Sharper Child Pencils are a great instrument for your child to express themselves creatively, while their hands are what Maria Montessori once described as “the tools of intelligence.” All the more reason to provide your child with a traditional metal blade sharpener over an electric or battery-operated one, where they might […]

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The Beauty of Children Peeling Clementines

The Beauty of Children Peeling Clementines If clementines don’t immediately make you think of the old song, “Oh my darling,” you may at least find yourself gleefully singing the tune after teaching your child how to peel them. This juicy citrus fruit offers a wealth of natural learning opportunities in the kitchen, primarily allowing the […]

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Cutting Away the Fear Around Scissors

Teach Your Child to Use Scissors Safely The simple exercise of cutting out paper snippets can be a highly engaging and enjoyable activity for a child, but is often daunting for the supervising parent, who may be cautiously watching over their young one handle a pair of scissors for the first time. The key to […]

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Brain Exercise with the Imbucare Box

Brain Exercise with the Imbucare Box Though you may not have necessarily heard of an imbucare box, its appearance is likely a familiar one. This remarkably simple toy has been a great source of children’s learning for generations, promoting some of the most fundamental skills to their developing brains. With its solitary insertion slot for […]

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The Power of Child-Sized Aprons and Sponges

The Power of Child-Sized Aprons and Sponges Maria Montessori is famous for having said, “To assist a child we must provide him with an environment which will enable him to develop freely.” Having child-size materials available in the kitchen will allow your child to avoid unnecessary struggling and will enable their concentration to fully flourish. […]

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