Spring Unit Part 2: Flowers, Butterflies and Birds

It is my children’s first time experiencing spring, so we are basking in the glorious weather outdoors, but also bringing the outdoors in with a slate of no-cost flower, butterfly and bird activities. 1. Flower arranging  A springtime unit simply wouldn’t be complete without this year-round favourite: flower arranging. One of those activities where math… Continue reading Spring Unit Part 2: Flowers, Butterflies and Birds

STEM, STEAM and Montessori

Should my 2-year-old learn to code? How do we give our toddlers and preschoolers concrete  Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math (STEAM) experiences in a Montessori home?             Sugar and ice experiment here Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) education is an applied, exploratory approach that has gained prominence in education circles. Rightfully so,… Continue reading STEM, STEAM and Montessori

Spring Unit Part 1: Care of Environment + free leaf printable 

It is our first spring as a family, and I wanted to assemble Montessori trays that were made of purely natural materials, as well as give the children chances to contribute to caring for living things in their environment, instead of just practising trays in isolation (in fact, as I write this, Emmy is helping… Continue reading Spring Unit Part 1: Care of Environment + free leaf printable 

The Importance of Handmade

One of the most revelatory training sessions at AMI was when we had to make and illustrate a poetry and song anthology from scratch. Why? I wondered. Couldn’t I just print something off the Internet? Also, what exactly about making a book was “Montessori”? In Montessori schools, teachers make their own materials- especially books and… Continue reading The Importance of Handmade

Montessori the Airbnb in 30 minutes

My family is visiting and have moved into an Airbnb, I couldn’t resist Montessori-ing the shelves in 45 minutes for my 6mo nephew,my 2.5yo and 4yo, using only items found in the Airbnb. We’ve prepared the environment in a hotel room previously, but a whole apartment affords opportunity to maximise the space and items therein. We often… Continue reading Montessori the Airbnb in 30 minutes