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Dressing Frame Activities

Montessori Activities

The “dressing frame activities” are a staple of the Montessori approach to education. Let’s find out why. Not only are these activities enticing tools for children, so neatly and carefully displayed, they’re also extremely useful in the development of their practical life skills. And, as we’ll see, so much more, like the careful and steady […]

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The Cylinder Blocks Activity

Montessori Activities

What’s at work with the cylinder blocks? Let’s find out. First, we’ll describe the process. As a child navigates through the classroom, they’re completely free to choose any activity that interests them, in so far as they’ve already received a presentation of the material. Once selected, they’ll find any empty table, or take out a […]

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The Joy of Wooden Activities

Montessori Activities

The French philosopher Roland Barthes has a lovely description of the value and import of wooden toys, written in his seminal collection of essays, Mythologies. “Current toys are made of a graceless material, the product of chemistry, not of nature. Many are now moulded from complicated mixtures; the plastic material of which they are made has an […]

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The Montessori Presentation

Montessori Activities

In a Montessori classroom, a directress gives presentations. These are individual instructions conducted with a student. As demonstrated in the video above, the directress will introduce the child to the material and establish the nature of the process. Then, when the directress has finished the presentation, they will remove themselves from the situation so that […]

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Sewing a Button

Montessori Activities

Sewing a button: Montessori students learn a number of unique, practical and challenging tasks in the primary classroom, one of which is, most certainly, how to sew a button. Yes, how to sew a button! Materials: Thread, needle, fabric, scissors and a button. Aim: To sew a button. Results: Fine motor control, the development of […]

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