Pre-Primary: The First Few Days...
The first days of school have been filled with learning how to be at school. We have practiced sitting at circle, lining up as a group and how to choose works independently. There have been tours of the playground and the courtyard and the rules that correspond with each area. The children have explored the classroom and chosen works; sponge squeezing in practical life and the puppets from the language area have been especially popular! We ask so much of the children in th
Preschool: The Multiage Classroom
“Hey, can I play too?” a curious three-year old boy asked an older friend. “Sure!” the older boy, age 4.5 in his second year in the Preschool classroom, replied with a smile. “What are you playing?” the younger boy asked. The older child proceeded to explain he was doing a math work. He showed his new friend how he ordered the numerals first, then sorted all of the objects and then counted the objects and matched them to the corresponding numerals. The younger child was fasci
Kindergarten: A Bright Start to a New School Year
The start of a new school year can feel overwhelming to children and adults alike. New classrooms, schools, friends, teacher- that is a lot to adjust to, especially for young children. How can parents help their child through this time of transition? Below are some tips that I find to be helpful reminders for families: 1. Encourage Independence: Allow your child ample time to do things for themselves. Montessori is all about promoting independence in children. By creating a h
Seedlings: Music in the Seedlings Classroom
At the start of each morning we sing songs in the Seedlings classroom. As children come down the stairs from the playground we encourage the group to come together for circle. Kate starts to sing,“Everyone come get a seat on a square, seat on a square, seat on a square. It’s time to sing some songs.” This tune lets all the children know that we are now sitting at circle. Once the friends are seated we sing“Hello everybody, yes indeed” to acknowledge the start of the day. A “