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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 […]

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 […]

Those Mysterious Montessori Materials:  Golden Beads & the Stamp Game

Those Mysterious Montessori Materials: Golden Beads & the Stamp Game

  ontessori children work with hands-on learning materials that make abstract concepts clear and concrete. The materials allow young students to develop a clear inner image of concepts in mathematics, such as value and the ability to conceptualize how big a thousand is, what we mean when we refer to the ‘hundreds’ column, and what […]