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Geometry Cabinet

Montessori Activities

How do you use this material? The Geometry Cabinet is located in the Sensorial Area. There are six drawers, containing various triangles, polygons, quadrilaterals, and curved figures. The first shapes we introduce are circle, square, and triangle. We take the intro tray, containing these three shapes, to a table with a child. Using the non-dominant […]

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Sandpaper Phonograms

Montessori Activities

How do you use this material? The Sandpaper Phonograms are similar to the Sandpaper Letters — they are cursive letters in sandpaper on a colored board, each one represents a sound, and they are found in a box or sometimes displayed on small ledge in the classroom — with an important difference. While each Sandpaper […]

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DIY Montessori Sorting Tray

Montessori Activities

Recently I went out thrifting and found this Mancala board for $2.┬áMancala is available at any store with a board game section. It is also a cheap and common find at thrift stores. Originally purchased for a fun game, I opened the game up and saw, to my delight, two sorting trays. ┬áSimple, inexpensive, and […]

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The Path to Literacy

Montessori Activities

The path to literacy is unique in the Montessori classroom. Rather than begin by identifying common simple words — cat, ball — we begin with sounds, and move first to writing, then reading. We start with Sound Games, an activity with a child or with a small group when we introduce the idea of Sounds. […]

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Metal Insets

Montessori Activities

How do you use this material? The Metal Insets are displayed on a shelf all their own. The Guide selects one of the ten insets, or shapes, and the corresponding frame, along with a square piece of paper and three colored pencils, and find an available table. The Guide typically sits on a small stool […]

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