Practical Life: Care of Plants
“There must be provision for the child to have contact with nature; to understand and appreciate the order, the harmony and the beauty in nature.” - Dr. Maria Montessori Caring for plants not only builds physical and cognitive skills for later academics, it helps our students develop responsibility, and fosters gentle nurturing and a connection to nature. Photo (c) of Miniapple International Montessori School
Practical Life: Caring for Animals
Care of the environment is part of our Practical Life curriculum, and includes caring for plants and animals. Caring for living beings teaches us responsibility and respect for life, develops our empathy and compassion for others, and helps us to understand life cycles. “Children have an anxious concern for living beings, and therefore the satisfaction of this instinct fills them with delight.” - Dr. Montessori… See More
Montessori Moveable Alphabet
The Moveable Alphabet prepares your child for writing, reading and spelling. It allows the child to write before they are physically ready to hold a pencil and make letters. Once our student is comfortable putting sounds together to form phonetic words, we introduce spelling rules one phonogram at a time (“sh” below). Our Guide (Teacher) works with the child for the first presentation, then they are free to take the material and explore, write stories, etc. Photo (c) of Miniapple Montessori
Practical Life Skills: Sewing
Once our students have mastered lacing and stringing, we introduce sewing. Sewing refines fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination, and builds concentration and self-confidence. Purposeful practical life work gives students real life experiences to become independent. “The hands are the instrument of the mind.” - Dr. Maria Montessori Photo (c) of Miniapple International Montessori School
Montessori Sandpaper Letters
"What the hand does, the mind remembers." - Dr. Maria Montessori The Montessori sandpaper letters provide a multi-sensory approach to learning letter sounds. Our Guide shows your child how to use two fingers to trace the letter while repeating the sound. The tactile feel of the letter helps your child to gain muscle memory to internalize its shape. Once the presentation is completed, your child can explore the material as often and for as long as they choose. Photo (c) of Miniapple…
Freedom within Limits — Montessori in Real Life
Often in Montessori, we hear the phrase "follow the child”. This means we follow each child’s development, interests, needs, and abilities. Though we follow the child in many regards, we are ultimately their guide and not the other way around. Rather than give young children free rein, we give
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Montessori Learning | Minneapolis, Roseville, & Oakdale, MN
The complex sensorial binomial cube and trinomial cube (pictured) are presented as challenging, 3-dimensional puzzles. The cube consists of a number of colored blocks that vary in color, size and shape, which fit together in a specific way. Children are drawn back to this material repeatedly. The child’s familiarity with the physical aspects of the cube leads to an understanding of the abstract concepts of binomial and trinomial equations. Photo (c) of Miniapple International Montessori…
FAQs About Montessori | Miniapple International Montessori School
If you need more information on this style of school, take a look at the top questions parents have about Montessori and the educational approach behind it.
The Kindergarten Year - Baan Dek
We are preparing them not to need us. Similar to the unspoken agreement a parent makes with their baby, yet so very different, when a child enters the classroom, we are making a promise — I will welcome you and love you and help you in the best way I possibly can, and send you …
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Painting and Preschoolers | Miniapple International Montessori School
What can you expect from your child's first experiences with painting? Take a look at the answers to some of the top preschool painting questions.