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Obstructing or Hiding Science? A book that puts forward complexity

I love a good picture book that brings forward a complex topic! The author John Light and illustrator Lisa Evans did an amazing job depicting science as a taboo concept in their book The Flower (2006).

Homeschooling When a Rare Disease Attacks

When my youngest daughter was four years old, dermatomyositis, a rare autoimmune disease revealed itself. It was sudden, and caught us by surprise. The disease’s offset was fast and furious-within weeks, my baby couldn’t walk.

Teaching About the Layers of the Atmosphere

I don’t know about you, but summer season allures me to spend more time outside. With that, naturally, wonderings about the universe and my surroundings follow. The Montessori teacher in me (which drives my parenting style,) articulates those wonderings aloud in hopes that my children will also feel inspired to learn more about their surroundings.Continue reading “Teaching About the Layers of the Atmosphere”

How does Montessori Science Meet the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) ?

Becoming a Montessori teacher was a transformative experience for me. It gave me new knowledge on how to isolate science content that leads to easier understanding and retention. Montessori teaching also made evident the benefits of chillaxed teaching. Montessori teaching posed some problems because it presented science in a somewhat static and isolated way. ThisContinue reading “How does Montessori Science Meet the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) ?”

Science and Graphic Organizers

Graphic organizers have been in the world of education for a long time. If you google for example, the keyword ‘graphic organizer’ about 174,000,000 entries pop-up. Wow, what an overload! However, if you are a little more specific and use the keywords ‘science graphic organizer’ the number is reduced to approximately 38,900,000 results. Goodness, stillContinue reading “Science and Graphic Organizers”

Engineering in the Montessori Classroom

The engineering design process is an important element to include in the classroom, whether a Montessori environment or a traditional classroom. When guiding children to be part of the process we should consider the following elements as important: there’s a problem and there is access to attempt to solve the problem. In other words, childrenContinue reading “Engineering in the Montessori Classroom”

The Story of the Earth

Introduction to the Geological Evolution of Planet Earth Over the years, I have noticed that children go deeper in science when it is interwoven with history and math. With this in mind, I took the story presented in the book “Children of the Universe: Cosmic Education in the Montessori Elementary Classroom” by Michael and d’NeilContinue reading “The Story of the Earth”

Homeschool Classroom Organization

Space is always a challenge, we always need MORE! I feel like I am always “fighting” to squeeze more materials into our little classroom (a.k.a. formal living room) or making them more appealing to my girls. In fact, it is a real struggle for me to have materials accessible to my children so they can beContinue reading “Homeschool Classroom Organization”