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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

10 Remarkably Talented Kids.

Cherish and Nurture your children's gifts. One day they may surprise you.. 
Check out these amazing individuals, beautiful people.. inside and out..

1. Choi Sung-bong. Homeless Boy Will Leave you in Tears and Heartbroken..

Monday, 14 April 2014

Montessori Practical Life in the Kitchen - Making Hummus

This morning I decided to make hummus - delicious and nutritious addition for healthy snacks. As usual my sweet pea was there right next to me. As I poured chickpeas in the bowl she took one of them and started peeling the skin. She saw me do it before once. Well, I could not miss this chance.
I set up  her table:

  • bowl with chickpeas
  • plate for skin 
  • container for peeled chickpeas

Sunday, 13 April 2014

5 Montessori Inspired Ways to Support Early Literacy.

"At one year of age the child says his first intentional word…his babbling has a purpose, and this intention is a proof of conscious intelligence…He becomes ever more aware that language refers to his surroundings, and his wish to master it consciously becomes also greater….Subconsciously and unaided, he strains himself to learn, and this effort makes his success all the more astonishing."  - Maria Montessori(The Absorbent Mind, p. 111)

As parents we have an incredible privilege to witness the development of human's intelligence from the first moment of child's life. 

Recently I left my work at Montessori Centre to give my all to our two year old girl. We would like to her to grow understanding and speaking three languages: Russian, Spanish and English. This happens quite naturally since Russian is my mother tongue, her dad speaks Spanish and we live in the English speaking country. 

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Montessori Inspired Learning Activities for Toddlers.

Toddlers flourish when they are engaged with activities that inspire their independence. Outside our regular exercises which develop everyday skills, we do a few simple but meaningful play activities. Most of those activities are based on Montessori principals, they stimulate senses, once mastered, require minimum involvement of an adult, are attractive and sequential. Also many of activities I do with my child are Reggio inspired as they include natural materials and open - ended play.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Dinosaur Egg Sensory Bin + FREE Montessori oviparous and viviparous animals sorting printables.

Dinosaurs are always subject of fascination for all children. My two year is not exception. To be honest, I had completely different plan for our activity inspired by TinkerLab Creative Challenge.

But, as they often do, my child had her own ideas all along. I was delighted to follow her lead. She brought her dinosaur toy and a piece of blue cloth, laid the cloth on a table, and said: "Ocean". Then she leaned dinosaur over it pretending it was drinking. I could not take grin of my face it was so cute. I also was thrilled to see my two year old girl to project her learning (she loves everything to do with water), and create associations: ocean - blue - water - drinking.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Montessori Inspired Art History Timeline

People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it's simply necessary to love.
Claude Monet

Teaching child about fundamental aspects of Art History can play a significant role in their understanding of the art pieces. This printable was created to provide an opportunity to open window into the world of imagination that sparked extraordinary talented people to create these pieces of art that touched and influenced many generations. 

Monday, 24 March 2014

Montessori Focus: Land & Water Activity

I am starting a new Series of Montessori Focus. The purpose is to share my experience in the Montessori classroom from 3-5. Every Montessori classroom has beautiful and attractive materials to engage children and I would like to share with you my "spin" on Montessori lessons and hope my experience will be helpful to you.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Free Easter Coloring Pages to Foster Creative Thinking and Imagination.

These coloring pages are purposefully designed with only minimum illustrations. This activity can be a great way to build communication between adult and child. The pictures have visual prompts for child to create and release his or her imagination and creative thinking. Some explanation and guidance from an adult is required.
here to download these coloring pages from TpT for free. .

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Sensory Play Experiences.

I would like to share with you my ultimate collection of sensory experiences I have gathered during these couple of years. 
First is the set of sound activities for infants and babies to develop hearing, grip and hand coordination. When my child was only little I used to make various rattles for her using different fillers and bottles, like you can see on the pictures below. I used my bagels to make fun rattle which she just loved to play with. I also collected various types of rattles - soft, metal, wooden, plastic, loud, gentle to assist her in developing understanding of different textures and develop sense of touch and hearing. Russian traditional rattle Nevalyashka is a perfect toy for babies who being to sit  up on their own.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Free Montessori Inspired Cards: Easter Around the World

Montessori Easter Around the World Printable Flashcards contain six sets of cards with photos representing different Easter traditions of Australia/Oceania, South America, North America, Europe, Africa and Asia with short commentary. 
 Follow this link to download cards for free from TeachersPayTeachers: