Sneak Peek
Hey Montessori friends! I hope you’re having a great summer. There’s not been much blog activity around here lately, but we have a new look coming soon. Yay!

That means Our Montessori Home will be down while the new site is installed.

See you soon!

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The Color Wheel with Play Dough

May 26, 2015

One of Otto’s favorite things to do is mix colors. He loves mixing paint, watercolors, food coloring, and play dough. If it’s a color and there’s a chance it’ll mix with another he’s on it. Back in December, I made a big batch of play dough for Christmas along with a few standard colors (red, blue, […]

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What Do We Mean When We Say ‘Respect’?

April 29, 2015

Respect. It’s a word we use a lot in a Montessori environment. Please respect your friends, your environment, the work, the book, etc. But what does it mean to respect someone or something? And how do we communicate that to a young child? I found myself using the respect word a lot more in the […]

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The Best Laid Plans & Finding The New Normal

April 28, 2015

I started this year with blogging vigor. My posting schedule planned with monthly topics for Montessori 101, a book club in the works, and outlines for a few behind the scenes projects. But the last two months things have grown pretty quiet around here. Why? We’re expecting Baby #4 in October, so the last three […]

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Creativity & the Child’s Imagination

March 3, 2015

Montessori tends to get a bad rapt when it comes to creativity and imagination. People tend to to think that Montessori did not like the creative arts or for children to play pretend. This is an incorrect assumption. The child’s imagination and creativity is built through interactions with the environment. It seems to always come […]

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How Children Work, Why They Need It, & How You Can Help

February 23, 2015

Montessori observed that children enjoyed work. They felt a sense of pleasure and pride to be busy and engrossed in a meaninful task. “They appeared immensely please, peaceful, and rested after the most strenuous concentration on tasks they had freely chosen to do” (Montessori: A Modern Approach, 37). Through her observations, Montessori noticed the negative […]

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What is the Absorbent Mind & Sensitive Periods?

February 18, 2015

“Before three, the functions are being created; after three, they develop.” Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind When a child is born, they are born with nothing. No memory, no framework for understanding or processing their environment. Language and motor skills are not programmed into them, unlike other mammals who are able to walk shortly after […]

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Why How We Talk About Montessori Is Important

February 16, 2015

Can I tell you something? One of my goals about writing and sharing Montessori ideas and philosophy is to do it in an accessible, life-giving way. Montessori is a wonderful philosophy of education, but it often gets a “better than thou” rapt because it’s a world all its own with jargon and books and particular […]

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OMH Book Club Giveaway!

February 6, 2015

 This giveaway has ended, but feel free to join us in the OMH Book Club! Winner #1, The OMH Book Club books – Jaime C.! Winner #2, Montessori Today – Jessica W.!We’re kicking off the OMH Book Club with a big giveaway!! Yay for free books! The OMH Book Club is brand new…so new it hasn’t […]

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Montessori 101: Montessori’s Approach to the Child

February 4, 2015

Montessori is more than just beads and pouring, working on a mat, albums, and scope and sequences. It’s a whole philosophy based on seeing the child as a full, able, and independent person and cultivating an environment that allows the child freedom to explore and grow into their full potential. Montessori saw the child not […]

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Montessori Activities for Valentine’s Day

February 1, 2015
Montessori Activities for Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day can be a bright and cozy spot in the middle of winter. I wasn’t planning on setting out Valentine’s themed work this year, until Otto asked for it. And how could I refuse? I pulled out the box filled with pink, white, and red along with candy hearts that Olivia will probably try to […]

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