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Skip counting in 2

Skip counting in 2

Skip counting with 2 is a really important skill. I'm sure you can probably recall times you have used it recently. >>scroll down for a freebie to help teach this skill Once children learn this skill they can apply it...

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Skip counting in five

Skip counting in five

When teaching skip counting traditionally in Montessori students would use bead chains and then move onto the multiplication bead board.  Here is how I take those traditional Montessori ideas and show how they can be adapted and extended to work...

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The big picture road map

The big picture road map

As a Montessori teacher and current homeschooler, I have a tendency to get stuck with the nitty-gritty behind the day too. From organising resources to behaviour management. However, it's pointless to move at rocket speed if you're moving in the...

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Diary of the First Great Story Part 2

Diary of the First Great Story Part 2

Read Part 1 here Each year I have a different focus for the Great Story. The focus is really for my benefit so that I can weave in key ideas so that the students get curriculum coverage. This means that...

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Laws of the Universe and The Story of Creation

Laws of the Universe and The Story of Creation

The Laws of the Universe (LOU) experiments are a series of experiments that are designed to be appealing to children and introduce ideas about the "nature of things" to students.  In a "traditional" presentation the order might be: -First Great...

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Why I'm Pragmatic About Worksheets

Why I'm Pragmatic About Worksheets

I live in the grey.  I know there are some Montessorians that will say categorically that worksheets are universally bad and should not be seen in an "authentic" Montessori classroom or homeschool.  I'm here to share why I am pragmatic...

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Diary of The First Great Story Part 1

Diary of The First Great Story Part 1

The First Great Story is an awesome story. It has taken me a few years to get to a point where I am comfortable delivering it and ensuring that I am giving a variety of engaging lessons before and after. ...

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Brain Breaks For The Montessori Classroom

Brain Breaks For The Montessori Classroom

Brain breaks are a way of giving the brain a moment of rest or reprieve from focused work.  In this article from Edutopia the author cites numerous research about the benefits of breaks for children based on real life examples. ...

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