Tangrams and Pentominoes

I am always looking for materials and ideas to improve the geometry area of my classroom. A few months ago I ordered tangrams and pentominoes for my students. I also came across a binder full of tangram and pentomino puzzles. Although not tradition Montessori materials theses puzzles meet the criteria of Montessori standards. They are tactile, designed to achieve a specific end, and are inviting. … Continue reading Tangrams and Pentominoes

Advanced Practical Life – Grinding Cinnamon

About two months ago I put out new advanced practical life work for my class. It involved grinding cinnamon using a mortar and pestle. This coincided with the telling of the Third Great Lesson – The Coming of Humans. In this narrative children learn how early humans prepared ingredients and food using mortar and pestles. Students took a half a stick of cinnamon, crushed, and … Continue reading Advanced Practical Life – Grinding Cinnamon

AMS 2014 Annual Conference

A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity of attending the American Montessori Society’s Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas. I took in several workshops and listened to a few guest speakers. I learned more about the Montessori philosophy, management strategies, organizational skills, and other valuable information. It would be difficult to pick the “best” thing I experienced. Instead I will list quotations and ideas that … Continue reading AMS 2014 Annual Conference

What Does Canadian Money and Montessori Have in Common?

The last time I visited the United States I had difficulty finding the correct bill I needed for my purchase. I would have to pull out a wad of bills, flip through them to find the $20 bill I required. (It also discouraged me – most of the bills in my stack were only ones). I was so accustomed to coloured Canadian bills, that I … Continue reading What Does Canadian Money and Montessori Have in Common?

Happy Birthday Maria Montessori!

Today is birthday of Maria Montessori who would be 143 years old. Born in Chiaravalle, Italy in 1870, Montessori became the first female doctor in the country in 1896. Later, she observed and worked with mentally disabled children applying Jean Itard and Edouard Seguin’s ideas on education. In 1907 she had the opportunity to work with school age children, revising her program based on observation … Continue reading Happy Birthday Maria Montessori!

Montessori Zones of the Ocean

Last week my class studied marine biomes. The students were fascinated by the creatures that live in the ocean. I had the children learn the different ocean zones – epipelagic, mesopelagic, bathypelagic, abyssopelagic, and hadalpelagic. I found a neat project which provides information about each zone and the animals which live there. As usual, I adapted the activity to suit my needs. The original project can be … Continue reading Montessori Zones of the Ocean