A Walk In A Child’s World


On Saturday, November 7th, Springhill Montessori School will be hosting its first ever "Walk In A Child's World" experience for parents to take a Montessori journey through the toddler and primary levels.

The Montessori Prepared Environment


The first aim of the prepared environment is, as far as it is possible, to render the growing child independent of the adult. —Maria Montessori The Secret of Childhood, 1966. Montessori’s idea of the prepared environment was that everything the child came in contact with would facilitate and maximize independent learning and exploration. This calm, [...]

The Montessori 3 Year Cycle


One of the most urgent endeavors to be undertaken on behalf of the reconstruction of society is the reconstruction of education. It must be brought about by giving…children the environment that is adapted to their [nature].- Maria Montessori The core framework of the Montessori pedagogy consists of four planes of development: 0-6, 6-12, 12-18, 18-24. [...]

Independence Builds Self-Worth, Motivation, and Competence


In the Montessori classroom, independence is an integral part of the day-to-day program. Each morning the cubby area hums with activity as the children get ready for school. It takes practice and persistence to get in and out of coats and shoes. Often a five-year-old, who is ready in a flash, will linger and chat [...]

Fine Motor Skills and Montessori Materials


We tend to throw around the phrase “fine motor skills” a lot without really thinking about what it means. What are fine motor skills? How are they best developed? To start, let’s define fine motor skills as commonly used in educational circles: Fine motor skills are coordinated small muscle movements in the hands, wrists, and [...]

Practical Life Skills


I often get the feeling while speaking about my Montessori classroom, that generally, people need to know more about the Practical Life activities. Too many times, it appears to be glossed over in parent discussion while topics of Language and Math materials generate more interest. For this reason, I wish to share additional information regarding [...]