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Simple Montessori Activities: ring peg

Rings on a Rocking Peg Develops Your Baby’s Fine Motor Skills

Chances are pretty good you’ve seen this toy before: a set of rings, ascending in size, that are stacked on a rocking peg. There’s a reason it has been around for generations — because it offers babies a great opportunity to work with their hands! Once your infant is sitting upright, you can help them […]

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Simple Montessori Activities: opening closing boxes 2

Nesting Boxes Enhance Your Child’s Visual Discrimination

Whether you’re out traveling with your young ones or looking for a way they can pass the time at a restaurant, look no further than this portable toy I often recommend to clients of my parenting coaching practice: the incredible nesting boxes. Your young child will have fun solving the mystery of the contents in […]

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Simple Montessori Activities: opening closing bottles

Opening and Closing Bottles Boosts Your Child’s Writing Skills

 If you’re a follower of my work, you’ll know that one of my favorite Maria Montessori quotes, which I regularly like to share with clients of my coaching practice, is that she famously described the hands as “the tools of intelligence.” It should come as no surprise then, that activities as simple as opening […]

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Turn Household Objects into Toys with Bracelets on a Peg

   Maria Montessori famously described the hands as the tools of intelligence. When babies develop their hands, they are preparing to take on purposeful and more independent work, such as feeding themselves. That’s just one good reason to place a set of bracelets and a wooden peg in front of your child next time […]

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The Stitching Block Offers Sewing Skills and More For Your Child

   In my practice as a parenting coach clients often ask me for toys and/or activities they can easily travel with, especially during the busier summer months. The stitching block is one of my favorites, as it comes all in one piece and is a real skill-booster for the little ones. Developed in Prague, […]

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Simple Montessori Activities: pouring grain

Foster Your Child’s Independence with a Pouring Grains Activity

In my practice as a parenting coach, I often guide my clients into understanding the incredible benefits of engaging our young ones in sensorial play. Simple activities such as moving grains from one container to another are not only accessible and inexpensive, they offer a wealth of educational benefits to our children. The Montessori method […]

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Asking Your Child to Wash the Windows Has Many Benefits

 In the Montessori method of education, we frequently encourage children to grow and develop new skills through their practical lives at home. The simple task of washing windows with parents is just one great example of this. Asking a child to use a spray bottle to clean the windows exercises their gross motor skills; […]

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AMI Refresher Course

Refreshed and Inspired

Refreshed and Inspired Last weekend I gave myself permission to step away from the daily responsibilities of family life and running my business to dive back into what I believe to be fundamental truths. Every once in a while it is essential to do so, taking time to refine ones’ practice by attending a ‘Refresher […]

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Simple Montessori Activities: shaker & toothpicks

Use Toothpicks and a Shaker to Develop Your Child’s Motor Skills

Shaker & Toothpicks by Jeanne Marie Paynel from voilamontessori.com In my practice as a Montessori parenting coach, I always look around my clients’ homes to see what they might organically have on hand that can be used as an educational toy. Not only will it save them from buying expensive toys, but it also gives […]

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