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January, 2018

  • 16 January

    Words: Oral Language

    There are so many opportunities for teachers to optimize oral language in the Montessori classroom. It starts in the morning when we greet the children and welcome them into the classroom. “Good morning, Taylor. It’s nice to see you today. How are you?” The children respond. Greeting the teacher and …

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  • 16 January

    Words + Movement = Reading

    Many teachers think of language objects only as those in boxes used for I Spy or sound games or the First Phonetic Object Box. But language objects are everywhere – they don’t need to come in a box. In the Montessori classroom, everything has a place and a purpose. This …

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  • 16 January

    Take Another Look at the Metal Insets

    As Montessori teachers know, the Metal Insets are the direct preparation for writing. This activity follows extensive indirect preparation using the Practical Life and Sensorial materials. Children perfect large muscle control before small, and simultaneously develop eye-hand coordination. The knobs of the Cylinder Blocks and Geometric Cabinet assist the development …

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  • 16 January

    Fostering the Love of Books

    A few days earlier the teacher had given a lesson on how to “break in” a new book and when she finished, she sniffed the book, remarking how much she loved the smell of a new book. Fostering the love of books happens in many ways: choosing quality literature, reading …

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  • 16 January

    Cursive Handwriting: How Important Is It?

    Many of us would answer: “Very important!” While Montessorians have deliberated for years whether children should learn to write first in cursive or print, we’ve all thought cursive was an essential skill. Now there is a lively debate occurring in the field of education about whether, in this age of …

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  • 16 January

    Sandpaper Letters – Refresh Your Presentations

    The Sandpaper Letters are one of Maria Montessori’s most brilliant materials. Tracing the letters gives children the foundation for beautiful penmanship. Working with the Sandpaper Letters, children learn how the sounds they hear are written. Montessori emphasized that writing comes first, then reading. Later, by blending these sounds together, children …

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  • 16 January

    Poetry for Children

    All over the world, poetry touches the hearts and minds of adults and children alike. In Chile, everyone – from teachers to truck drivers – knows the poetry of their country’s beloved poets. In Iran, the mystical poetry of Rumi and Hafez is recited by children in schools and woven …

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  • 16 January

    Polish Up Your Polishing Activities!

    The Quest for All-Natural Shoe Polish It began with a phone call from a teacher, as so many Montessori Services research and development adventures do. She asked if we knew of a wholly non-toxic alternative to the commercial shoe polish teachers had been using in their activity sets for years. …

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  • 16 January

    Bring the Montessori Lunch Program Back

    What could be more meaningful to a young child’s developing independence than mastering the skills required to meet a fundamental human need? Though the details of individual trainings and specific school structures may differ, teachers invariably set up their lunch programs to meet two key goals: fostering the children’s independence …

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  • 16 January

    Cooking with Children in the Montessori Classroom

    Whether it is slicing bananas or hard-boiled eggs, chopping vegetables, or cracking walnuts, children love to prepare and eat food. I’ll never forget the “egg yolk-between-teeth” smile I’d see when a child completed the egg-slicing activity! Of course, serving food to their friends is an important aspect and one in …

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