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The Montessori Prepared Environment is an amazing place for children to learn! Get inspiration on creating the perfect Montessori classroom, full of light, learning, nature, and promoting success, peace and respect.
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Many Montessori schools choose to pursue free play; instead of enforcing strict playground rules and removing any aspect of possible risk from the environment, children are encouraged to creatively play in a respectful way. If this means climbing trees, playing contact games, or working in the mud, then that’s alright! In today’s piece, we discuss how this free play movement has seen some interesting benefits to schools- one of the most important being that bullying drops dramatically.

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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly- What a fun idea for a story activity! A lady shaped syrup bottle can 'swallow' objects as the story is read. Begin with small figurines, and move to letter beads to thread on pipe cleaner pieces as skills develop.

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If you have an outdoor space that doesn't get much snow, create a 'snowball' throwing activity by taping up baggies full of packing peanuts. Great for hand-eye coordination, weather studies, and gross motor movement (just to name a few things!)

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Exploring the Outdoor Classroom: Snowball Targets! SNOOOOOW FUN!

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Ways to encourage quiet in the Montessori environment that does not involve the harsh sounds of shushing a child. By being respectful, modeling quiet behavior, and by dealing with excessive noise without the loud “SHHHHHHHHHH,” children will learn the values of quiet instead of simply being quieted.

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Montessori Classroom Activity Ideas for the First Day of School: Here are some ideas to help break the ice and bridge the gap between summer, home, and school.

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Montessori Foundation Activities - The Silence Game: Ideas and discussion on how to play the silence game in your classroom as a group or individual activity, for toddlers right up to older children.

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Singing about Cosmic Education in the Montessori Environment - "This Pretty Planet" (video and lyrics included!)

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Organizing Montessori Curriculum at the Beginning of the Year - we help to clear up some of the confusion that may arise while planning out Montessori curriculum at the beginning of the year. Because Montessori classes operate on a three-year cycle, curriculum scheduling may be rotated yearly for all students, or can be presented fully each year at each age level. Here are some useful tips on getting organized and engaging learning across all curriculum in the Montessori classroom.

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Prepared Environment Tips: Montessori Furniture in Preschool and Elementary Classrooms, discussion of how the environment and classroom design is crucial to the method, plus a helpful guide on exact furniture sizes for different age groups.

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Montessori Outdoor Activities: Growing a Hummingbird and Butterfly Habitat - Tips on creating an outdoor environment that will attract butterflies, birds and insects that will bring your classroom closer to nature and provide many opportunities for observation!

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