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Hominids Montessori Shelf

I recently shared our hominids task cards on TpT store and wanted to follow up. Check out the post! THIS post, Preparing a Hominids Shelf, is all about how to use the cards, display them, and what other work to add to enhance children’s learning. As always, I am excited to share these ideas withContinue reading “Hominids Montessori Shelf”

Advanced Evolution Work

My oldest child is very interested in the concept of evolution. Specifically, how animals (humans included) have changed over time to adapt to climatic changes. So far, she has used the traditional Montessori chart and has dived deep (through books) in the world of cheetahs and elephants. Because the Montessori key chart was not enough,Continue reading “Advanced Evolution Work”

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”

Introduction to Microscopes

My children are intrigued by how things look under a microscope. So, I obviously wanted to turn such interest into a more in-depth learning experience. First, I took a picture of our microscope and labeled all the parts. If you have a similar microscope and would like to use our picture, you can download itContinue reading “Introduction to Microscopes”

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”

Our Montessori Environment

A beautiful, organized, and well presented learning environment is critical in the Montessori environment. In any teaching environment, as a fact. However, homeschooling often presents many challenges to the beautiful pictures one is quick to find over the internet. First, we are often limited in the space we can devote to homeschooling. Secondly, children oftenContinue reading “Our Montessori Environment”