Ball Painting

Ball Painting
Great Art project from our preschool classrooms that you can try at home: Fill muffin tins with tempura paint, find some small balls such as marbles or golf balls, dip in the paint and use a spoon to transfer them to a paper fixed to the inside of a shoe box lid. Lots of rolling fun to keep little ones engaged with not too much mess.

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The Future of Education

The Future of Education

This Forbes Magazine article states that “the future of education was invented in 1906”, by Maria Montessori. “The reason why everything is the way it is in a proper Montessori classroom is simple: it has been shown through repeated experiment to work, in countless classrooms, across cultures, etc. It’s precisely this culture of experimentation, of scientific evaluation that is so sorely missing in our centralized, bureaucratized education system, rather than any one specific method or habit.” Check

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The Importance of the Montessori Kindergarten Year

The Importance of the Montessori Kindergarten Year

If your child is entering Kindergarten next year, here is a great article about the differences between Montessori and traditional Kindergarten:   From Creeping to Leaping the Kindergarten year – A Parent’s Perspective As April approached during our daughter’s last year before Kindergarten, my husband and I began the same process many Montessori preschool parents engage in every Spring: making the decision about where she would go for Kindergarten. We loved the Montessori preschool, and

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Common Core: An Opportunity for Montessori to Shine

Common Core: An Opportunity for Montessori to Shine

From the Montessori Compass Blog:   The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is a controversial topic, widely-debated in nearly every circle in the field of Education. Perhaps nowhere is the concept of an outside, mandated set of standards met with more cynicism and philosophical aversion than in the Montessori community. This reaction is understandable, as the Montessori approach to education encompasses rich traditions based on scientific study regarding how children develop and learn. Montessori differs

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Students Prosper with Montessori Method

Students Prosper with Montessori Method

This article, published in Scientific American, examines the differences between a Montessori and a traditional education on academic performance and social skills: Nearly 100 years ago, a physician opened a school in a poor section of Rome. In doing so, Maria Montessori went beyond being the first female doctor in Italy and became the pioneer of a new method of education. A curriculum based on close observations of children, the Montessori method includes an individualized

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Fake Snow Montessori Sensorial Activity

Fake Snow Montessori Sensorial Activity

This  Montessori Sensorial Activity for toddlers and preschoolers will keep kids busy indoors while it’s cold outside: Make fake snow with Epsom salt, glitter and tinsel. Mix ingredients together and pour into a plastic tub. Young children will love scooping and pouring it. Older children will have fun creating a winter wonderland scene with little figurines, houses and animals. Ingredients: Epsom Salt Silver Glitter Cut up tinsel garlands  

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Identifying An Authentic Montessori School

Identifying An Authentic Montessori School

We are excited to announce that CTMS is currently in the process of becoming accredited by both the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, CAIS, and the American Montessori Society, AMS. Since the name Montessori is not copyrighted or trademarked, any school or preschool can call themselves a Montessori school without certified teachers or even Montessori materials. Here’s how to find a “real” Montessori school,  by Tim Seldin: Because of the internationally recognized name ‘Montessori, many people worldwide assume

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Finding An Authentic Montessori School

Finding An Authentic Montessori School

Because the name Montessori is not copyrighted, any school can call themselves a Montessori school without any accreditation or even certified Montessori teachers. Learn how to identify “real” Montessori schools in this article by Tim Seldin, President of the Montessori Foundation: Finding An Authentic Montessori School By Tim Seldin, President of the Montessori Foundation Because of the internationally recognized name ‘Montessori, many people worldwide assume that our schools are part of a franchise, chain, or are centrally licensed. In

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7 Qualities to Look for in an Authentic Montessori School

7 Qualities to Look for in an Authentic Montessori School

There are numerous schools and preschools in the country, and in Connecticut, claiming to provide a Montessori education. Some schools claiming to be Montessori schools do not have any certified Montessori teachers and some do not even have Montessori materials for children to work with. Here is how to tell if a school you are considering is a real Montessori school:   Written by Shanna Honan Head of School, Chesapeake Montessori School When parents begin looking

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Montessori at Home

Montessori at Home

Have you marveled at the remarkable order of the Montessori classroom? Has your toddler told you that at school she pours her own juice? Does your teenager hang or put away all her clothes—without being asked? Encouraging order, independence, and self-motivation are fundamental to the Montessori approach. Carefully designed classrooms allow students to develop competence in caring for themselves and their surroundings. And from the sense of pride that “I did it myself!” blooms the confidence

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