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Guided Meditation with Music is a part of the Practice of Mindfulness, where there is no need to strive to make anything happen. Simply feel whatever you are feeling, observe without judgment, and focus on physical sensations (such as breathing), internal feelings and emotional resonance—like happiness, sadness, anger, fear and... Read more →

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Building Montessori Trinomial Cube at 31 months

Trinomial Cube (buy here) a classic Montessori sensorial material, is generally introduced after the Binomial Cube. Once the child had mastered the Binomial cube, the transition to a Trinomial cube is rather quick since the method of completion remains the same (just more cubes and prisms to work with). The... Read more →

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Usually, a toddler will string pasta on a thread or a long stick (a stick can be inserted in a large piece of play dough), but what about threading ON pasta? We had some pasta that fell on the floor, so I decided to make a sensorial bin with it,... Read more →

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We have been working with numbers lately, and Adrian (at 31 months) is seeing numbers everywhere - even in an ellipse:) Metal Insets are designed to prepare your child for handwriting. Manipulating the insets will strengthen the three-finger grip (preparing for the correct pencil grip) and will also coordinate the... Read more →

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Today, we finally harvested from our "garden" our first strawberries for which Kids have been so patiently waiting for! There was so much excitement on Adrian's face when he saw within one week the white strawberry turning pink, and then eventually red :) He could not wait to show it... Read more →

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Today, we are utilizing some of our traditionally recognized methods of perception, or sense: The Sense of Smell, Sight, and Touch. Sense of Smell Kids could not believe the aroma peony flowers diffuse! They could not smell them enough :) Sense of Sight Looking, observing, exploring ... finding an ant!... Read more →

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A child can be introduced to finger painting even before his/her first birthday, when it is more about sensorially feeling the texture of the paint by dipping the hands and smearing them on a paper. At 2 1/2, it is more about an art project: painting in the lines, choosing... Read more →

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And when I say, the best investment in a Toy, I mean both: monetarily and developmentally! BRIO was founded in Sweden in 1884, and it continues to make quality toys which will be enjoyed by generations. All wooden parts are made from 100% FSC-certified beech wood from sustainably managed forests.... Read more →

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Each day, we try to do at least one of Practical Life Activities, which are conveniently located on low shelves in "kids' kitchen section" adjacent to our kitchen. Usually in the morning, while I tidy up the kitchen after setting Julia off to school, Adrian will do a dry transferring... Read more →

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What about scrubbing a table? Children love to mimic us, and they see us cleaning and scrubbing all the time. So, why not offer a toddler a real life activity, where he gets to exercise his gross-motor muscles, and where the activity is meaningful, practical and fun (kids love water... Read more →

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If an elephant can paint, then my 2-and-a-half-year-old can water-paint (trace over) the numbers I had written on a blackboard with chalk. Elephants are proven to be highly intelligent mammals. This elephant is painting an art completely independently. Art painted by elephants. (The picture is provided by my Mom, Thailand.)... Read more →

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My goal for my children is to make learning fun; so I am always thinking: what I can do to make the learning process interesting, engaging, and captivating. Although Adrian could count till ten since he was about two years old, it had nothing to do with the true meaning... Read more →

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In a Montessori Math curriculum, after introducing Numerical Rods (buy here) at around two years of age, Sandpaper Numbers (buy here) are generally introduced next, where a child visually sees the number; then traces it, feeling it sensorially with a touch; and finally, learns the name of the symbol of... Read more →

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My children like feeling useful, and they like just about as much being outside and near (or preferable in) the water. This activity achieves all those goals. The hardwood clothesline stand (buy here) is perfect for hanging laundry, which is an irresistible activity. Fun and easy for children to handle,... Read more →

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What about a cold refreshing smoothie on a hot afternoon? Although, Adrian has been making banana snacks since about 1 year old (here, is a post on preparing his own snack at 14 months), now, at two and a half it is more about the entire process: from cutting and... Read more →

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In early Montessori Geography curriculum, Colored Continent Globe (buy here) is the next globe to introduce to a child after the Sandpaper Globe (buy here). Once the child is able to complete the 3🅿️🌠 Three Period Lesson with a Sandpaper globe (read a presentation here), it is time to move... Read more →

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Adrian loves doing whatever Julia is doing. Today, we are using watercolors (these are simple, washable, no mixing or supervision required.) Adrian is finally starting to apply colors next to each other and not on top of each other like at an Art Studio. He also understands the process now:... Read more →

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Adrian loves matching activities. For 2 1/2 year old toddler, however, this is a very simple and straightforward matching. Adrian was done within few minutes, and to make the activity engaging, we discussed how animals adopt to their environment, by camouflaging to protect from predators. More on Matching Cards: Language... Read more →

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These wooden Animal Zoology puzzles are faithful to the Montessori ideals of beauty, realism and simplicity (buy similar here). This horse puzzle is not just a horse puzzle - it represents all mammals. Traditionally in Montessori zoology, one animal is taken to represent all animals from that class. So in... Read more →

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Matching Cards are a great activity that can be enjoyed by a toddler as young as one year old, to a child who can read and match the labels, in addition to matching the images. As a parent, I try to anticipate my child's next stage of interest or challenge,... Read more →

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