The choices we make have a direct relationship with our actions and consequences. This is why, in the Montessori school, teaching the children how to make good choices is one of the most important lessons we can provide for them. When we give the children clear, realistic, contained choices, we are helping them feel secure, […]

Informed Parents Are the Best Parents

There is surely no lack of advice for parents. Books, websites and blogs about parenting exist in abundance and it’s often hard to find out where to focus.  Here are some fabulous resources that are highly regarded and respected within the Montessori community.  This means that they support a developmental approach to childhood, helping children […]

Earth Day Celebrations @ Stepping Stone Montessori

Earth day is celebrated every year on April 22nd world-wide to create an awareness on environmental issues and save our planet from further destruction. We at Stepping Stone Montessori also celebrated this great day this year. To mark the earth day we did a tree art project with our toddlers in the Daisy Room followed […]

Why I like Teaching at a Montessori School…

Why I like Teaching at a Montessori School… From Cathy Mauragas, Center Director: Being a part of Preschool/Early Education since the late 70’s I have witnessed a lot of growth, but taking part in a philosophy that is backed by years of research and practice has brought to light the importance of children feeling a […]

Care of Environment

Dr. Maria Montessori introduced Practical Life exercises to provide the children with opportunities to perform simple tasks that they have already observed at home. Practical Life exercises enable the children to care for themselves, take care of the environment and develop respect for others. Care of environment activities encourage the child to interact with the […]

Prepared Environment

What an exciting time for Stepping Stone Montessori! The classroom environments have been meticulously arranged so that each child is sure to fall in love with their new school. WHAT IS THE PREPARED ENVIRONMENT? In a Montessori setting, the Prepared Environment is one of the most important factors for growth, allowing the child much needed […]

Cylinder Blocks

Sensorial Exercises are presented in the environment to stimulate a childs senses – visual, tactile, olfactory, gustatory and auditory. Cylinder Blocks exercise helps the child to develop visual perception of dimension and strengthen the child’s fingers for writing. During this exercise, the child removes different sized cylinders from the sockets of the cylinder block, keeps […]

Pink Tower

The Pink Tower is one of the beginning materials of the Sensorial Area.  Children are natural sensorial learners.  This material aids in refining the visual sense of dimension.  Each cube varies in size from 1 cubic cm to 10 cubic cm. By lifting, carrying, holding, and building with these ten cubes, the child experiences dimension […]

Color Coordination

Indeed, the brilliancy, the colors, and the beauty of gaily decorated objects are nothing more than “voices” which attract the attention of a child and encourage him to act” – Maria Montessori All classrooms at Stepping Stone Montessori are color coordinated, these include our Infant,Toddler and Primary classrooms. When activities are color coordinated, children are […]

Hand Washing

Hand washing is a very important, much loved exercise of Practical Life.  This activity calls to the child’s need for movement and order. Hand washing is not just about washing one’s hands, it involves hauling and pouring water to prepare, and pouring, hauling, and drying to clean up.  In this way, the child’s coordination is […]