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As Adrian turned three, he developed a genuine interest in puzzles: jigsaw, wooden, magnetic, geo puzzles - any one would spike his interest. I sincerely encourage puzzles since they promote not only child’s mind and cognitive development, but also mental development. Puzzles advance hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, problem solving... Read more →

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Julia had a beautiful International Day celebration at her Montessori school, and to commemorate the occasion, Adrian assembled the "Children of the World" 🌎 Puzzle by himself for the first time (buy here). Only a month ago, during our Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance, he needed Julia's help to... Read more →

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January 29th is National Puzzle Day! Whether it is a jigsaw, crossword, word searches, brain teasers or Soduku (a number puzzle which is the most recent puzzle rage), puzzles put our minds to work! They range from easy to hard, satisfying the need of every person and every skill level.... Read more →

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In continuing our ❄️Polar 🌎Regions Unit Study, Adrian put together the Parts of a Penguin Puzzle (buy here), which is a true Montessori puzzle: simplewith an aesthetically pleasing wooden design, while teaching a child parts of the animal. Puzzles are good not only for your child’s mind and cognitive development,... Read more →

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Although, I have been introducing art to Adrian in a form of prints and books (not to mention different art projects), it is time to begin our theory art curriculum, by starting to introduce some of the great artists. Today, we are learning about Vincent van Gogh - one of... Read more →

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With Adrian turning three, my focus now is more on "core" lessons such as language, reading and math (as oppose to practical life and sensorial exercises he did prior to that). I know some children already read at this age; Adrian does not yet, so our main focus in preparation... Read more →

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I always try to find new ways to explore the same material: learning alphabet letters for example. So, today we are using Magnetic Pattern Geometric Shape Blocks (buy here) which come with a wooden magnetic play board and 120 magnets in a variety of geometric shapes and colors. I found... Read more →

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Adrian loves this 5 Layer "Pumpkin" Puzzle. It is developed in Germany, each puzzle layer is number-coded (1-4), and it offers four puzzles in one! It also goes very well with our Montessori Fall-Themed Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers! Adrian first sorts all the pieces into four "piles" by numbers... Read more →

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When should a toddler be expected to do simple addition with numerals 1-10? If using Montessori methods, such as Addition Strip Board, then probably even before the third birthday. The beauty of Montessori method is that complex abstract concepts are broken down into concrete steps, understandable even to a two... Read more →

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This eco-friendly colorful car puzzle has big, chunky pieces which are easy for toddlers to grasp. Also, introducing puzzles with only few pieces gives a child confidence. I first introduced it to Adrian when he was a year-and-a-half. At almost three years, he still enjoys it. I like a toy... Read more →

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My friend bought this puzzle in London for Julia, when Julia was three years old. This puzzle is an ancient Chinese brain game known to prime children's brains for math, and it helps a child to learn simple geometry such as side, angle, triangle, square, etc. Julia was first able... Read more →

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Autumn is our favorite season! We love the vibrancy of deciduous trees as foliage changes color from green to golden-yellow to red. We love watching the leaves dance in the air as they gracefully fall on the ground, offering children a playground heaven to jump into! We love the cool... Read more →

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This wooden Alphabet Sound Puzzle "pronounces" the name of each letter and a corresponding object beginning with that letter when such letter is placed correctly. Julia loved to chew on wooden letters first (as you can see), then she enjoyed manipulating them as pieces are slightly raised above the puzzle... Read more →

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Starting at 34 months, Adrian began exhibiting an interest in jigsaw puzzles. The goal of a jigsaw puzzle is to fit pieces together to make a picture using anywhere from 4 to 1,000 pieces. Adrian has been enjoying the wooden zoology puzzles for a while now, like the parts of... Read more →

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Animals of the World puzzle (buy here) is an incredible 300 piece puzzle, featuring hundreds of animals from around the world in their native land. This 300 piece puzzle requires precise sorting, patience, and determination. The process is lengthy but so rewarding as the child learns geography, such as continents,... Read more →

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This wooden number-to-quantity interlocking self-correcting Numbers Puzzle (buy similar here) is more abstract as a toddler is not actually holding any quantity to substantiate the value (like with Spindles or Numbers Rods), but rather matches a numeral (e.g. number 2) to the quantity shown on a picture (2 cows). This... Read more →

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In a Montessori 3-6-year-old environment, children through sensory experience and stories, learn about the physical world around them. They can touch a sphere and compare its shape to the globe or a ball they are used to play with. They build landforms using play dough and fill water forms with... 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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Below, Adrian (at 28 months) is matching Waldorf Alphabet Cards (buy here) to a chunky wooden animal alphabet puzzle pieces. The letter cards are artistically illustrated in gentle watercolors. Each full-color card beautifully depicts one large capital letter, a smaller lower-case letter, and an animal whose name begins with that... Read more →

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Vehicles Chunky Wooden Puzzle is one of Adrian's favorite! It is really 2-in-1 puzzle. A child can either place pieces on the puzzle board (just like with a regular puzzle) or stand them up for a pretend play. The pieces are thick enough even for the smallest hands. Although we... Read more →

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