12 Months of Montessori Learning ~ September: Mathematics

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Introduction to Mathematics from Montessori Primary Guide
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Math is all around the young child from day one. How old are you? In one hour you will go to school. You were born on the 2nd.

Number itself cannot be defined and understand of number grows from experience with real objects but eventually they become abstract ideas. It is one of the most abstract concepts that the human mind has encountered. No physical aspects of objects can ever suggest the idea of number. The ability to count, to compute, and to use numerical relationships are among the most significant among human achievements. The concept of number is not the contribution of a single individual but is the product of a gradual, social evolution. The number system which has been created over thousands of years is an abstract invention. It began with the realization of one and then more than one. It is marvelous to see the readiness of the child’s understanding of this same concept…

Math from Just Montessori
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Learning mathematical concepts in a Montessori classroom begins concretely and progresses towards the abstract. They are developed from simple to complex. Process is taught first and facts come later. Order, coordination, concentration, and independence are experienced by the child using these materials. The math activities are organized into five groups…

Learn about the Primary Montessori Math Program from Montessori Print Shop
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Math is logic, sequence, order, and the extrapolation of truth. In the Montessori philosophy it’s stated that the child has a ‘mathematical mind’ and an internal drive to understand the environment around them. It can therefore be said that children have an inborn attraction for math. Their minds are full of energy that propels them to absorb, manipulate, classify, order, sequence, abstract, and repeat. These tendencies are those which help the child to acquire a greater depth to his mathematical knowledge…

Approach to Maths from Montessori Society AMI UK
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Dr. Montessori recognised that children are born with a particular kind of mind, one that is naturally inclined towards order. This ‘special’ mind is what gives humans the ability to make judgements and to calculate; it is how we have progressed in fields such as engineering and architecture. Dr. Montessori called this ‘the mathematical mind’ – a term borrowed from the French physicist and philosopher Blaise Pascal. Montessori felt that, if we are to support development, then we must offer mathematics at an early age since this is the kind of support that is appropriate for the kind of mind that we have…

Free Montessori Math Videos from Living Montessori Now
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The Montessori math curriculum was one of the first areas that helped me fall in love with Montessori education. I was especially impressed with the brilliance of the Montessori math materials for teaching the decimal system. I still am…

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12 Months of Montessori Learning ~ August: Montessori Spaces

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Living in a townhouse while homeschooling has its challenges. One of them being sorting out Montessori Spaces for each child. I haven’t been able to put one together for each child because of space issues, however, Pixie has been using her set up for quite some time now. Below are more great examples of Montessori Spaces at home that I’ve come across on the internet.

Preparing a Montessori Baby-Toddler Space at Home from Living Montessori Now
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Sunlight-Drenched Toddler Montessori Classroom from The Natural Child Learning Community
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The Natural Child Learning Community in Georgetown, Texas.

A Serene Creative Space from the University of Southern California Child Care Program.
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A Bright and Airy Preschool from Little Sprouts Academy Preschool in San Diego.
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A Comfy, Lived-In Learning Space from Kim Pham Stegmaier’s Montessori classroom in Canada.
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A Colorful Homeschool Classroom, Photo source Unknown
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Montessori Home Spaces: Tips Room by Room from Racheous Loving Learning
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Setting up for Home Daycare from Mummy Musings and Mayhem
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How to Prepare a Montessori Toddler Environment at Home from Living Montessori Now
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Toddler programs in Montessori schools generally start at 15-18 months and run to age 2½ or 3. You can use many of the same Montessori principles and ideas to create a Montessori-friendly toddler environment at home.

How to Set Up a Montessori Space at Home from Living Montessori Now
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Setting up a Montessori space at home is something any parent can do – because it can be designed to fit any home and any family. A Montessori space is especially helpful for toddlers and preschoolers, but it’s helpful at the elementary level as well.

Small Space Montessori Setup from Trillium Montessori
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Montessori Home Spaces from Racheous Loving Learning
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Montessori at Home from Racheous Loving Learning
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Tot Trays from 1+1+1=1
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A Montessori/Waldorf-Inspired School at Home for Bea & Friends from Apartment Therapy
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Our Art Centre from How We Montessori
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A new home and a new playroom from An Everyday Story
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Designing an Educational Learning Space for Young Children from The Education’s Spin On It
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Our Classroom from Child Led Life
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Our Homeschool Room from An Everyday Story
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How to Start Using Montessori at Home from Living Montessori Now
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Montessori In the Home {Play & Learning Space} from Carrots are Orange
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Our Montessori Classroom from Imagine our Life
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Kit’s Montessori Room from How We Montessori
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Art area – more details from How We Montessori
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Language Centres from Montessori Print Shop
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12 Months of Montessori Learning ~ July: Introducing Music Lessons

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Introducing Music, the Montessori Way

Growing up in a musical family, I was fortunate enough to take music lessons my whole school career. My instruments of choice were the Soprano and Tenor Recorders. When I had taken my Soprano Recorder lessons and exams as far as I could, my fabulous high school music teacher, Mrs Myburgh, suggested I continue on to the Tenor Recorder, which I was fortunate enough to borrow from the school. I enjoyed every minute of it and loved losing myself in the music.

I have been playing with the idea of introducing the children to formal music lessons. I’ll be giving them the lessons myself.

To start our music lessons, we’ll be working on notes, rhythm and beat.

I have found these great resources and ideas that we’ll be making use of:

Free Recorder Sheet Music from Making Music Fun
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Fancy Egg Shakers from Mama Smiles
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Note Cards – one-beat rhythm activity from Emily’s Elementary Music Education Blog
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How to Tell the Difference Between the Rhythm & the Beat from Lets Play Music
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Musical water play from Let the Children Play
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The Ultimate Music Theory Worksheets Guide from Ear Training and Improv
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Ever wonder how they make the recorder?

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12 Months of Montessori Learning ~ June: Zoology

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Zoology is one of the most fascinating subjects to tackle with children. Here are some awesome resources I have found online:

I found this Montessori Zoology board on Pinterest

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Montessori Zoology – Classes of Vertebrates Nomenclature Set for ages 6-9 from The Helpful Garden
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This set comes in your choice of Print or D’nealian font and includes the following:
Parts of the Bird – bird, head, beak, eye, body, breast, tail, wing, feet, claws
Parts of the Fish – fish, head, eye, mouth, nostril, gills, torso, dorsal fin, caudal fin, anal fin, pelvic fin, pectoral fin, lateral line, scales
Parts of the Frog – frog, head, eye, nostrils, mouth, ear, neck, trunk, forelegs, hind legs, feet
Parts of the Horse – horse, head, eye, forehead, nostril, mouth, neck, forelegs, hooves, shoulder, hind legs, tail, torso, mane, hindquarters, ears
Parts of the Turtle – turtle, head, eye, nostrils, mouth, neck, carapace, plastron, tail, fore limbs, hind limbs, claws

Zoology Materials from Montessori 123
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3-part, 5-part, and deluxe replica sets feature real life photos of the animals represented. Useful for learning about Zoology and the various parts of animals representing a broad spectrum. Don’t forget to look at our Life Cycle Materials which feature 4-5 hand painted replicas along with 5-part Montessori style cards. There are nothing quite like them in the Montessori world.
Animal Classification/ Identification
Animal Sorting Materials
Life Cycles
Parts of Invertebrates
Parts of Vertebrates

Zoology from Montessori for Everyone
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Zoology from Montessori Printshop
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Zoology from The Helpful Garden
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Nomenclature Cards from ABC Teach
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Best Deals for Elementary Zoology Classification from Montessori on a Budget
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FIRST CLASSIFICATION OF THE ANIMAL KINGDOM: “The [elementary] child has had the opportunity to become acquainted with the pictures and the stories about the animals.with the Animal Stories (Animal Story Cards): this is a fun card game with cards that you can make… One side of the card has a picture of an animal, the other side has a short description told like a little story. Through these stories they find out how the animals live, get food, move, etc.”…

Montessori Zoology: DIY 6-9 Animal Stories & Cards from Montessori on a Budget
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The Montessori elementary zoology Animal Story Cards make a fun card game using cards that you can make or buy at a Montessori supplier (with the elementary materials and or earth sciences materials).
One side of the card has a picture of an animal...

Montessori Inspired Zoology ~ Body Coverings from Natural Beach Living
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“The exploration of the community outside the classroom necessarily leads the children to an authentic discovery.” ~ Montessori Today

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12 Months of Montessori Learning ~ May: Sensorial

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Sensorial activities are by far my favourite tupe of activity to plan for the children. Koko, in particular, has always enjoyed these activities the most. He is a kinesthetic and tactile learner.

Sensory activities are not just limited to sensory boxes, but is something your child is constantly doing.

Simple activities like baking or cooking are perfect for little ones. Who doesn’t love making cookies with momma?

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Messy play is a HUGE favourite here, the kidlets are always dirty, LOL.

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Goop, edible finger paint, finger painting, play dough, stamping and exploring are some of the things the kids do regularly.

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Sensory boxes are fairly simple to put together. Coloured rice and pasta, lentils and toys are what we generally use for our sensory boxes. I also use sandpit sand and water beads to mix things up a little. Beading boxes are something we have available for the kidlets to explore daily. I have a few different boxes that I swap out regularly to keep things “new” and different. You can find recipes for making your own coloured rice or pasta in my Pinterest boards below.

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I made Pixie an eye spy box with rice and different shaped beads. I should have used a bottle instead, it didn’t last as long as it could have.

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We made the kidlets a simple light table with a clear rectangular container and white Christmas lights. This is a great activity for dark, miserable, rainy days.

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Science experiements are also great sensory activities. A few years ago, Noo did a water erosion experiment which is a perfect example of a sensory experiment.

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Montessori Madness ~ 2 Simple DIY Pegging activities

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Pixie LOVES pegging activities. These activities are relatively easy and inexpensive to make. Pegging activities for great for building finger strength, pincer grip and fine motor skills. Here are Simple DIY Pegging activities.

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Materials required:
Bamboo Pegs
Dot Paints

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This activity is quick and easy to make. I painted the botton half of each peg (2 pegs per colour) for use with matching coloured pompoms.

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Materials required:
Bamboo Pegs

Coloured Cardboard

(Coloured paper will also work)
Circle Paper Punch

Small Square Paper Punch

Craft Glue

Clear Nail Varnish

Graphite Pencil

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Punch out equal number of circles and squares. One set (one square and one circle) per colour.

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Glue a square on each peg.
Number the back of each peg and corresponding circle. This can double as a number recognition/sequencing activity.
Using the nail varnish, paint over each number on the pegs. This will prevent the numbers from rubbing off.

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I have these two activities stored in little plastic baskets which are easy for Pixie to manage.

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