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Practical Life

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Practical Life. Purposeful Work. A transition from home to school. A child’s introduction to Montessori. A cornerstone of Montessori Primary Education. Every child begins in the Montessori Primary Classroom with Practical Life. You might hear stories of a child’s first days and weeks being filled with Bead Stringing, Pouring Grains, Sweeping, Scrubbing Tables. What possible […]

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Self-Teaching and Self-Correcting

Montessori Activities

There are lots of common, easily identifiable characteristics of Montessori Materials. We use primarily natural, breakable materials, such as wood, ceramic, metal, and glass. The Montessori Materials are designed to be beautiful and appealing to young children. They are just the right weight, size, and shape to fit easily in a child’s hand. But did […]

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Sandpaper Letters

Montessori Activities

How do you use this material? The Sandpaper Letters are displayed in a classroom in a box or sometimes on a small ledge. The Consonants are pink, and the Vowels are blue. The Guide selects three letters with very different shapes and different sounds and takes them to a table with a child. We begin […]

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Dressing Frames

Montessori Activities

How do you use this material? The Dressing Frames are part of the Practical Life Area, and are a set of twelve-inch square wooden frames with various clothing fasteners. There might be zippers, large buttons, small buttons, velcro, lacing, and bow tying, among others. The Dressing Frames are often displayed in a box or on […]

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Spelling Comes Later

Montessori Activities

Montessori goes about many things differently. It might not be what you initially expect, it might look different, but understanding the purpose, the intention, what children are gaining, makes things logical and intuitive. Montessori gets a bad rap for not caring about spelling. First, we introduce children to writing before reading, which is just crazy, […]

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