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Today I wanted to show you some nature tables designed for the Montessori (home and school) environment. The change in seasons is always a good time to refresh the nature table. While our nature table isn't always season specific, I'm always looking for new ideas! Above Making an Autumn Nature Table at Grow Grow Grow! For the home environment, I love the idea of using the season themed colour tablets.... Read more →

My kids are always starving after school. They love nothing more than coming home and having snack. The boys also love chocolate milk which is a reason I really wanted to try these new (just launched) superfood powders for kids. They are made by a local, Queensland company so I knew I had to share them. Mavella Superfoods provided us with their superfood powders to try. Above the boys are... Read more →

Montessori 'Action' or 'Command' Card are really easy to use at home. They are simple to make; they can be hand-written or printed. They can be adapted to your child's level of reading, from simple consonant-vowel-consonant words to complex phrases. Otis is still learning some of his phonograms, and he knows some sight words (such as 'the'), so I know I can mix up the cards and include some that... Read more →

I have included some more photographs from my visit to the Montessori International College, if you missed my previous post please go and have a look, it's a unique school. Above and below are areas of the 3-6 year playground. The photograph below is of a 6-9 year kitchen. The kitchens are located in between the classrooms. It is a well used area. While taking these photographs children were using... Read more →

Today I had the privilege of visiting the Montessori International College at the Sunshine Coast, Australia. The College is in a purpose built facility and caters for students from three to eighteen years. They also run a Parent-Toddler class. Yes, you read that right, they offer a full high school program! This school has so many unique features it was a delight to visit. I hope you enjoy this little... Read more →

Otis has just come out of a period where he would bring home several pieces of Metal Inset work daily. The Metal Insets are used to help with pencil control, to refine hand movements in preparation for writing. "When the child has begun these exercises, he is seized with a desire to continue them, and he never tires of drawing the outlines of the figures and then filling them in.... Read more →

We've changed our nature table into a whale exploration area! When I don't want to purchase any new materials I turn to my printer. I've printed out some excellent resources to help the boys make sense of their whale watching adventure. I want them to learn from the materials, to find out the answers themselves. Otis collected his model whales and the globe. I collected all of our printed materials... Read more →

"When children come into contact with nature, they reveal their strength." - Maria Montessori, The Discovery of the Child. There is something to be said about salt water therapy and spending time in nature. Last weekend we drove to Byron Bay. I didn't mention it to the boys before we left but at this time of year, it is a well-known spot for whale watching!! The boys were so surprised... Read more →

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 I know many children are preparing to go back to school or perhaps starting school for the first time! If you are starting at a new Montessori school chances are you have already completed an observation and your children may have already visited their classrooms. My children started in the Montessori classroom (Cycle One) when they were around three... Read more →

Today I have a few more Montessori classrooms to show you. They are all unique and all very beautiful. The uniting features? The materials, the open layout, the workspaces, the natural finishes! Above is Little Birds Montessori Preschool near Geneva Switzerland. Headland Montessori, Manly, New South Wales, Australia. This classroom is very open and I love the timber flooring. Seton Montessori School, IL, USA. The stained glass windows are amazing.... Read more →

Today we have Rochelle from I Can Do It Montessori presenting some toddler water activities. Rochelle is an experienced Montessori guide. I love taking a peek into her classroom. These are more than play activities they are valuable, practical life experiences. All photographs are from Rochelle's Montessori toddler community but you will find lots of ideas and inspiration for the home. I really love the way Rochelle describes the activities... Read more →

When is the best time to introduce your child to a microscope? When they are curious! When they ask questions only a microscope can answer. When you have something truly fascinating to show them. If they loved reading Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes - that time is now! The world around us provides many free and amazing learning materials, all we need to do is to reach out and... Read more →

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 If you are in the US or Canada you might be getting ready to send the kids back to school. I thought it was the perfect time to talk about something I love... backpacks! From a Montessori perspective, there are a few things to consider when selecting a new backpack: Size! Does the bag fit... Read more →

Image: My Nature Place and Montessori Have you been watching the Olympic Games with your children? Have you been doing any specific Olympic activities with them? Today Caspar had his school sports day. During the opening of the event, the school principal gave the children several quotes by well-known Olympians. It was such a nice way to start the day and get the kids into the Olympic spirit. "Each of... Read more →

Chopping (peeled) apple with Crinkle Cuttler / Apple Sequencing Puzzle / Parts of the Apple Puzzle Cookie cutter apples / Inside Outside fruit / I Spy sound game Phonetic mini books / Taste testing apple varieties / Fabric fruit prints Apple slinky / Apple slicer and corer / Cutting out fruit shapes, scissor work Apple life cycle work / Apple sequencing cards / Grating apple. My kids are crazy for... Read more →