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Heather
Montessori early childhood directress and singer in a rock band.
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This was originally posted at www.msgl.org on 2/7/2015. February in Indiana is tough. It’s 28 days of Arctic cold, howling winds, and brown slush everywhere you turn. The air hurts your skin and the gray sky steals your hope. Do you know why February is only 28 days long? Because... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2015 at Let It Be Montessori
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What did your child do at preschool today? You can try asking, but often they will say they did nothing or they “played.” The most common question I receive from parents is, “How can I know he is doing anything at school? He never tells me anything and his cubby... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2014 at Let It Be Montessori
Photo courtesy of Lena Atkinson What is Montessori? Rather than explaining what Montessori is, I am offering an excerpt from an article that does a beautiful job of describing what Montessorians do. Maria Montessori's Decalogue is a set of 10 rules for adults working in a Montessori classroom. It is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2014 at Let It Be Montessori
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I had the great pleasure of working in my former classroom today and it reminded me of why the three-year cycle in Montessori classrooms is so beneficial, not least of all, to the teachers. Our Montessori preschool classrooms are composed of a mixed-age group of children who remain, ideally, in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2014 at Let It Be Montessori
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This is an edited post from our classroom blog, December, 2011. Last Tuesday we received the first measurable snow of the season. The afternoon class was so excited to see those gigantic flakes falling outside the window that we literally dropped everything and went outside. Day 1: Now, it had... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2012 at Let It Be Montessori
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Call them wood lice or pill bugs or potato bugs or sow bugs - all of those names will pull up a similar picture on Google. Roly poly is the name the children seem to prefer for this tiny bug that eats rotting vegetation and curls itself into a ball... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2012 at Let It Be Montessori
Hi, Lori. When we introduce the planets, we explain that Mercury is the closest to the Sun, followed by Venus, Earth, Mars, etc. Each planet is numbered - Mercury is 1 - and they know that the planet with #1 is Mercury and it goes on the orbit line closest to the sun. We also have labels for them to match with the planets. I hope that helps!
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Rockets are big. Rockets are loud. Rockets are powerful and kind of dangerous. And when rockets are launched, people count backwards. What's not to love about that? Especially for preschoolers. One child in my morning class has been deeply interested in rockets and the moon since the beginning of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2012 at Let It Be Montessori
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One morning in early March it was cold and drizzly outside. I gave the children the option of staying outside with me or going inside to the classroom with my assistant. When I poked my head in to see if anyone in the hallway needed my help changing out of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2012 at Let It Be Montessori
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I have become very timid about observing holidays in my classroom because each one brings with it the possibility of offending some of my families. I would love to be able to observe the cultural traditions of holidays and leave the religious components to families and their religious institutions, but... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2012 at Let It Be Montessori
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Smoothing the way for true independence for the children in my classroom is my first priority. But it can be hard for us adults to hand over the reins - or the garden hose - as it is in my situation. If you want to make a group of even... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2011 at Let It Be Montessori
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I was introduced to this material from my practical life instructor, Don Czerwinskyj. To make this, you need a small muffin tin. Mine is the 8-muffin size. You also need 8 wooden thread spools, 8 golf tees, and 8 marbles. Put them together in that order and see if you... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2011 at Let It Be Montessori
Hi Jac! Sorry to take so long getting back to you. My mat measures 54 inches x 74 inches. I would love to see your finished product!
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I found these two wooden divided boxes at Goodwill for $1.99 each. They are perfect for our cutting strips and envelope sealing work. The widest divider holds envelopes and a little tray to collect the pieces after cutting. The three-year-olds love this work and the tray that lets them take... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2011 at Let It Be Montessori
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I made this felt solar system mat to aid the study of the planets. My first step toward building a solar system and space unit was to buy this Planets and Sun set from Priority Montessori Materials. This set comes with the planets, the sun, and labels for each. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2011 at Let It Be Montessori
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Something creative and beautiful has come out of our study of geography. Some of the children in my Montessori 3 to 6-year-old class are not quite ready to pin-punch all 7 continents of the world, but they are interested in making a world map. My good friend and fellow Montessorian,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2011 at Let It Be Montessori
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