The Knobbed Cylinder

In this video a Montessori teacher is displaying the correct way to use the Knobbed Cylinder activity. The Knobbed Cylinder activity is a visual perception of dimension and coordination of movement and an indirect preparation for writing. The cylinders train the child’s fingers and thumb to later hold a pencil.

The Broad Stair

The Broad Stair activity is introduced after the Pink Tower activity at The Children's Schoolhouse Montessori Preschool.

Building the Pink Tower

Building the Pink Tower is one of the first Montessori exercises practiced at The Children's Schoolhouse Montessori Preschool.

Care - of Self, Others, the Environment: Balance

Balance Care of Self, Others and the Environment The child can only develop by means of experience in his environment. We call such experience work. —Dr. Maria Montessori The First Six Years Today the importance of the formative first six years of life is common knowledge. During this time a child becomes fully a member of her particular culture and family group, absorbing language, attitudes, manners, values, of those in which she comes in daily contact. A child who spends these years in a loving and supportive environment learns to love herself and feels safe in the world. A child who has experienced the joy of contributing to her family or group learns to love making an effort, and feels

Preschool Quote of the Day 7/10/15

"What is a scientist? We give the name scientist to the type of man who has felt experiment to be a means guiding him to search out the deep truth of life, to lift a veil from its fascinating secrets, and who, in this pursuit, has felt arising within him a love for the mysteries of nature, so passionate as to annihilate the thought of himself."

Bullying: What It Is, What It Isn't, and What Parent's Can Do

By: Chip DeLorenzo, M.Ed. There has been a lot of attention on the topic of bullying in the last decade. It has been warranted. For too long this type of behavior has been written off as a normal part of childhood, something to be endured as children grow up. Now we know that this type of behavior can have long lasting psychological effects on those who have been victimized by it. It is being taken seriously in most schools and by most parents, and this has been a tremendously positive shift in an effort to keep children emotionally safe and healthy. Let's start by trying to define bullying. If you do a quick internet search you will find varying definitions of bullying. Some are more libera

Montessori Philosophy & Practice BIRTH TO THREE—A Superior Environment: Furniture

Furniture Furniture does not have to be expensive; it can be as simple, or as elegant, as any other furniture in the home. The important thing is that it is of a size and quality to be of use to the child. Solid wood tables and stools, which allow the child to sit up straight with the feet flat on the floor for drawing, playing, fixing and eating snacks during the day, are very important. Not only will good posture be developed, but she will be better able to concentrate and focus in a correct seated position.

Montessori Philosophy & Practice BIRTH TO THREE—A Superior Environment: General Environment Prin

The following is the text from this section of the 2009-2010 edition of The Joyful Child, Montessori from Birth to Three. To see other sections of this publication return to: http://www.michaelolaf.com/JCcontents.html General Environment Principles Here are some things to keep in mind when organizing a child's environment. (1) Participation in Family Life: Even from the very first days invite the child into the life of the family. In each room—the bedroom, kitchen, dining room, living room, front hall, and so forth have a mobile for the infant, or a basket or shelves for the young child, to store the few carefully chosen belongings, and a special mat or rug for him to "work" on developing

Montessori Philosophy & Practice BIRTH TO THREE—A Superior Environment: Safety

The following is the text from this section of the 2009-2010 edition of The Joyful Child, Montessori from Birth to Three. To see other sections of this publication return to: http://www.michaelolaf.com/JCcontents.html Safety A child will develop more fully—mentally, emotionally, and physically—when she is free to move and explore an ever-enlarging environment. But in order to give the child this wonderful freedom, we must explore the home or daycare environment with a fine-tooth comb. When a child is free to leave his floor bed and to move about his room, and later the other rooms—careful attention must be paid to covering plugs, taping wires to the wall or floor, removing poisonous plants a

Preschool Quote of the Day 7/5/15

"If an educational act is to be efficacious, it will be only that one which tends to help toward the complete unfolding of life. To be thus helpful it is necessary rigorously to avoid the arrest of spontaneous movements and the imposition of arbitrary tasks."

Preschool Quote of the Day 7/4/15

"Discipline must come through liberty. We do not consider an individual disciplined only when he has been rendered as artificially silent as a mute and as immovable as a paralytic. He is an individual annihilated, not disciplined."

Montessori Philosophy & Practice BIRTH TO THREE—A Superior Environment

The following is the text from this section of the 2009-2010 edition of The Joyful Child, Montessori from Birth to Three. To see other sections of this publication return to: http://www.michaelolaf.com/JCcontents.html A Superior Birth to Three Environment When parents are getting ready for the first child, they will be overwhelmed by ads on what they "need" for that child. It seems that these ads are aimed at selling things far more than providing what is really good for the child. Many items are not only overstimulating for the young child (too many objects, uncomfortably bright colors) but they hamper the natural development of important abilities such as language (pacifiers) and movement

Preschool Quote of the Day 7/3/15

"If education is always to be conceived along the same antiquated lines of a mere transmission of knowledge, there is little to be hoped from it in the bettering of man's future. For what is the use of transmitting knowledge if the individual's total development lags behind?"

Montessori Philosophy & Practice PRENATAL &FIRST YEAR—The Senses: The Absorbent Mind

The following is the text from this section of the 2009-2010 edition of The Joyful Child, Montessori from Birth to Three.To see other sections of this publication return to: http://www.michaelolaf.com/JCcontents.html The Absorbent Mind Children in these early years literally absorb the life around them. An adult can never be too kind, too respectful and too wise, or pay too much attention to the sounds the child will hear, or the environment he will observe. When children are not with their parents, attention must be paid in setting the highest standard of expectation for any other adults with whom children spend time. The environment we create for our young children is the one they

Montessori Philosophy & Practice PRENATAL &FIRST YEAR—The Senses: Looking and Processing

The following is the text from this section of the 2009-2010 edition of The Joyful Child, Montessori from Birth to Three.To see other sections of this publication return to: http://www.michaelolaf.com/JCcontents.html Looking and Processing What does your child see in the home? In the first year it is good to have soft colors, and not too many objects visible. When a child is visually overstimulated she often closes her eyes and shuts out the world. It is better to inspire and invite the child to visually explore the environment by soft colors and limited objects than to overwhelm her. When the child has taken in all the sights and sounds and sensorial impressions she wants during a particu

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