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Eight Lessons in One!

I put something together that will get plenty of use!  This piece of work grows with your child’s language development in a fun, sensorial-rich presentation.  Read on to find out how I turned a tub full of rice and tiny objects into eight stand alone lessons.

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After loving the language objects from Montessori Services in my classroom, I decided to buy them to use at home and am so glad we did!   If you don’t want to buy the entire set at once, you could get a few from a craft store in the doll house section or find small items around your house.  Disclaimer:  the rice will probably come out of the tub.  The great thing about rice on the floor is that it leads perfectly into a practical life lesson on sweeping. Continue reading

Toddlers: Guest Post Part 1

My guest blogger, Mariana, is a dear friend and my personal Montessori guru.  Last week I told you a little about her (which you can find here), and asked you to submit some questions you’d like answered.  We had a fantastic response and decided to tackle a big one first!  Although this question pertains to a toddler classroom, I found so many helpful tips in Mariana’s answer as a mother of a three year old.  As I read her response,  I heard myself saying, “ohhhhhhh” and “that makes so much sense now!”  So, whether you’re a Montessori teacher, a parent homeschooling your child or someone just trying to understand the way toddlers work, this post is for you.IMG_9812

I have a question regarding running a Montessori inspired toddler room. There are 10 toddlers and 2 teachers, sometimes only 1 when nappy changes, etc. need to be done, in the room. The children range in age from 14 months to 2 1/2 years. We would really appreciate some tips on setting up a room which meet the needs of all the children? We are unfortunately not in a position to have both indoor and outdoor environments open. 
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Ask an Expert

Wouldn’t it be nice to have your very own Montessori expert on hand whenever you need advice or have questions about your children?  Well now you have the chance!  My dear friend, Mariana Vicéns, is my first guest blogger.  We trained together at the Washington Montessori Institute and she is my constant sounding board when it comes to Montessori philosophy and practical application.  I value her incredible knowledge and want to share some of it with you.

Leave your questions in the comments below or comment on our Facebook page.  If you prefer to send a message anonymously, feel free to email paige@montessoriunfiltered.com.  Questions will remain open until Thursday, November 12, and will be answered in the blog post next week.  I am honored to have her as my guest blogger and look forward to reading her advice along with you!

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Fall Treats

I’m so excited to be part of  a blog-hop series incorporating Montessori into the upcoming holiday season!  This 15 day event will give you some great ideas and I look forward to reading something new everyday from these fantastic bloggers.  Check out  Montessori Bloggers Network to see all the posts in this series and get some great ideas and inspiration!

Finding a snack for your little ones that is healthy, easy to make, tastes good, and uses multiple senses can feel like searching for a unicorn…blindfolded.  Well I think I found the unicorn!  This apple chip recipe is a delicious snack and becomes an edible garland for your winged/furry friends outside.  I hope you have as much fun as we did making both the snack and the craft! Continue reading