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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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Montessori Color Tablets

Thoughts & Reflections

One of the very best ways to describe the academics of Montessori is to frame it in terms of two concepts: the abstract and the concrete. On the one hand, the abstract exists in thought. It has no physical or concrete existence, but persists as an idea, quality or state. The concrete, on the other […]

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