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Montessori Early Childhood & The Three-Year Cycle Of Primary

Montessori Early Childhood & The Three-Year Cycle Of Primary

In Montessori Primary communities the children are referred to as first years, second years, and third years. The children are on a journey that is designed to take three years. The newest two-and-a-half to three-year-old children are considered first years. The first years have never been in Primary before. Children who complete that first year […]

Montessori and STEAM Education

Montessori and STEAM Education

In this session Sue Fitzpatrick discusses each of the six interconnected components of STEM that in 2016 the US Department of Education described as key to putting the program into classrooms. She gives actual photos and examples of Montessori students in action for each of the components. Participants will go away with lots more information […]

Arithmetic In The Elementary Montessori Years: An Overview Focusing on the Lower Elementary Years

Arithmetic In The Elementary Montessori Years: An Overview Focusing on the Lower Elementary Years

In the Montessori program, mathematics is introduced to children as a world of wonder. Properly offered by Montessori guides, mathematical concepts should generate great enthusiasm in children. With just a few numbers at their command, children discover mathematical procedures, algorithms, formulas, and geometrical figures. Mathematics also serves our needs when we need to ask: How […]

The Montessori Checkerboard for Long Multiplication

The Montessori Checkerboard for Long Multiplication

The Multiplication Checkerboard is one of the most popular materials in most elementary Montessori classrooms. The colorful checkerboard materials are a step up the ladder of abstraction in the Montessori math curriculum. Think back to your own years in school. Did you ever really understand what is going on in long-multiplication? Oh, you probably memorized your multiplication tables [like […]

STEM and Montessori

STEM and Montessori

Do you ever question or are asked, “How do STEM and Montessori overlap?” or “Should I choose a STEM or Montessori school for my child?” We’ll take a look at how Montessori incorporates STEM philosophy, and what you can do next.

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Summer Ideas

Summer Ideas

Are you wondering how to keep your child not only busy during the summer months when school is out, but also keep her learning? Are you worried that if your child is not enrolled in a summer program called “Little Genius’s” or the Center for Brighter Children that your child will be behind when he […]

Second Language Goals, Montessori Methods

Second Language Goals, Montessori Methods

          by M. J. Rosanova, Ph.D. The Montessori Bilingual Institute (MOBI) The children are playing outside. I can hear them outside my window. They’re singing and calling out to each other in Japanese. No, our school isn’t located in Japan. InterCultura Montessori is located in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb of […]

Book Review:  Ordinary People Change the World

Book Review: Ordinary People Change the World

Ordinary People Change the World Written by Brad Meltzer illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos his is a great set of books! I checked with our elementary teacher and she said definitely for Lower Elementary age children (6-9 years old). The four books that are in this gift set are: I am Rosa Parks; I am Amelia […]

Creativity in Geometry: Star Polygons-You can be a “star” in geometry

Creativity in Geometry: Star Polygons-You can be a “star” in geometry

Hitch your wagon to a star — Emerson “Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are.” he words above were the opening lines of Jane Taylor’s classic work The Star (1806). Famous today as a nursery rhyme and song, Taylor’s timeless poem refers to the twinkling stars high above us. Fascinating stars also […]

Montessori Homework

Montessori Homework

omework is intended to support children and their development. This can sometimes mean familiar homework like regular practice on memory work, such as basic math tables. It should also mean expanding the creative and integrative work that the children do from the classroom to the wider world. In this sense ‘homework’ is any activity that […]

Sacred Geometry

Sacred Geometry

It was Plato who said, Geometry is the experience of the eternally existent. The study of the ‘One’ is among those that lead the mind on and turn it to the vision of reality.” This is the basis of the sacred work of geometry. It is the study of the universe, the world...
The Smile

The Smile

his is a story about eight wooden blocks and a five-year-old girl. The eight wooden blocks are nestled in a hinged wooden box. The five-year-old girl is sitting alone at a small wooden table. She is very good at arithmetic, her teacher tells me, but rarely chooses to work with this kind of spatial, three-dimensional […]