My educational style and philosophy has been greatly influenced by the work of Maria Montessori. Although I am not a professionally trained Montessorian, I have read a lot about Montessori and have taken an online Montessori course through KHT Montessori to learn more. Some of the things that most attract me to the Montessori way of educating kids include:
- Montessori education is hands-on
- Montessori education teaches children to work independently
- Montessori education meets the child at his or her level (rather than requiring all children to work at the same level just because they are the same age or in the same grade)
- Montessori education follows the lead of the child
- Montessori education is a proven approach
For these reasons and more, I have adopted a Montessori approach to many of the activities that I do with my kids. We have shelves in one room of our house that we use to display our Montessori materials. I regularly change the activities on our shelves, usually to match an upcoming holiday or thematic unit I am working on with my kids. Links to all of my posts featuring Montessori activities can be found on this page.
Below is a list of Montessori activities that have been featured at Gift of Curiosity. Click an image to be taken directly to the post related to each activity.