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The Human Body: Building a Skeleton

<i>contains affiliate links</i><p>Little by little it seems that Jack’s (4.11 yrs) interest in electricity is coming to its natural end; being replaced by a …

Project-based homeschooling: My conversion moment

If project-based homeschooling were salvation, this would be the story of the moment I "got saved."<p>I went to school to be a teacher. I've spent my …

Olympic Catapult

We are seriously inspired by the Olympics around here.<p>Since SuperSam is also going through a fascination with all things Viking and Middle Ages, he …

Learning to Love an Interest You Hate

I don't know if I've mentioned it on here before, but I loathe Pokémon. I understand that the game might be fun and the videos seem to present …

Exploring Electricity: Inquiry-based Investigation

I am not quite sure how it started, like with most of Jack’s (4.5 yrs) interests, I seem to miss the initial wonderings, those first few questions …

How to Create a Language Rich Environment

The child is made of one hundred.<br>The child has<br>a hundred languages<br>a hundred hands<br>a hundred thoughts<br>a hundred ways of thinking<br>of playing, of speaking.<p>A …

Working with what you've got!

There are days when I just know that Otis needs something new and engaging on his shelves. He has his favorites but often he's restless, needing …

How to Montessori Your Home

Welcome! Come on in… I’m Zach and this is my home. I was born in my parents’ bedroom upstairs and have spent my entire life – a whopping 16 months – …

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Making Faces: Playdough Self Portraits

This post is part of the <i>Exploring Reggio</i> series with:<p>……………………..<p>This week we are sharing some ideas for using a mirror to enhance your child’s play.<p>We …

Joshua's Montessori Environment (20 months)

A few weeks ago Irene sent me a picture or two of her son Joshua working. In the background I could see his work shelves and of course I asked to see …

Reggio at Home: Telling their Stories

“We have to believe that the child is a bearer and constructor of his own intelligence. If we are ready to accept this, then we will modify many of …

Our quiet place

Do you have a quiet place?<p>Breathe, breathe deep. Touch. Feel.<p>Fresh air and natural textures.<p>We've recently found a new quiet place. The boys can run, …

You'll Go Down in HISTORY!

So, I know I'm supposed to be presenting the Timeline of Life right about now...or about a month ago. However, a few weeks ago I dragged it all out …

THE GRAND SCHOOLROOM TOUR

As a promised follow-up to this post, here's the grand tour of our schoolroom.<p>The biggest challenge (of many) when it comes to arranging a multi-age …

No you can't. Oh, yes you can!

If anyone had asked me about the right time to introduce grating or juicing I would have said to wait to at least until the child is three. I've …

Burn The Schools

There’s something we can all agree on: school sucks. Kids don’t like to go. But parents also think schools suck. Most parents aren’t happy with their kids’ school. Most parents think the state of schools at large is deteriorating. If there’s one thing everyone agrees on, it’s that there are …

Activity/Photo of the Day

I'm loving the few pieces of the new range that Nature Baby has released. How about the saffron (yellow) and jet (blue) combo - too cute!!<p>This …

How to Start a Montessori Playgroup or Montessori Homeschool Co-op

Shares 7K<p>I’ve often had parents ask about Montessori playgroups or Montessori homeschool co-ops. My experience is as a Montessori teacher, then …

Montessori and Knives

Otis uses a knife every single day. Without fail. Many times a day. He's definitely at the "me do it" stage. He has access to all of his knives now. …

Montessori Monday - Themed Treasure Baskets for Babies

Shares 8K<p>I’m excited at the thought of creating treasure baskets for grandbabies. And I’ll be able to start creating them soon … I’ll become a …

Our Montessori Home in Baltimore, MD

After a month of designing, purchasing and experimenting, I’m finally happy with the Montessori design of our new home.<p>When we first moved in, Mark …

Interests and Passions

I have spent some of my time this week listening to some wonderful people talk about interest-driven education in the context of connected learning, …

Transferring Activities 18 months - 3 years

1. Transferring peas with a spoon, 2. Transferring beans with fish bone tweezers, 3. Transferring beans with jugs, 4. Transferring water with a …

independence

Upon reflection of my days teaching small children I recollected the many whole group lessons I created on basic tasks such as how to hang up your …

Studying the Human Body: A child-led project

<i>“Once children are helped to perceive themselves as authors or inventors, once they are helped to discover the pleasure of inquiry, their motivation</i> …