The sensorial curriculum is one of the brilliant foundations of Montessori education. The materials that Dr. Montessori created are elegant in isolating each of the senses, and the Bells are among the most beautiful and fascinating of the sensorial materials. Even if you have no experience with the Bells, or …Read More »
Sensorial Games and Variations: Keep it Fresh!
A five-year-old boy had been working with the Geometric Solids in my classroom. On the weekend, his family took a drive out to the countryside. His mother reported that her son, seeing a grain silo for the first time, pointed to it with great excitement and said, “Look, Mom. There’s …Read More »
There’s More to Physical Science Than Sink and Float!
Children naturally absorb the logic and the beauty of physical science as they interact with the environment: pushing a truck up an incline, observing light reflecting on water, or unconsciously witnessing gravity as the rock falls to the ground. It’s easy for teachers to offer many hands-on science activities so …Read More »
The Magic of Color in the Classroom
Color – the stuff of science and poetry, art and beauty. Children and adults love the magic of color, whether admiring a rainbow, watching a smoothie turn pink when strawberries are added, or just picking the perfect colored shirt to wear. Developing the Chromatic Sense In the primary Montessori classroom …Read More »
Art Appreciation: Child-Size Masterpieces
Discover the joy of introducing art appreciation to children in your classroom. Developed by Aline Wolf and used in hundreds of Montessori classrooms, the Child-Size Masterpieces program includes activities for children of all ages. You, too, can embark on the delightful voyage of introducing beautiful paintings to your students. An …Read More »
The Joy of Geography
One of the many gifts a Montessori education often brings is a life-long enthusiasm for geography. Geography helps children place themselves on Earth, fostering care for the rivers, forests, oceans, and peoples. Physical geography focuses on the features of Earth’s environment. Political geography studies how humans have adapted to the …Read More »