Jesus said, Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these. Matthew 19:14 Sharing the love of the Lord w/ our littles is a true privilege!! Their hearts are so open 💛
Say hello to Ms. Tara!!She joined MM in 2016 & is one of our primary 3-6 leads. Ms. Tara’s enthusiasm for creating, unique learning opportunities is wonderful & infectious!! She received her AMS Montessori Primary Diploma from The Montessori Academy in Dana Point, CA & AA degrees in Sociology & Liberal Arts. Tara says “I have a genuine love of working with children and am passionate about the Montessori philosophy! Watching children grow in their independence and joy for learning is a beautiful and fulfilling experience. When I am not teaching, I enjoy painting, reading, traveling, and spending time with my husband and our cat.”
Pumpkin cloud dough. Smells like fall! 🎃
Learning about reptiles & amphibians this month & caring for the cutest tortoise ever. Meet Popsicle aka Poppy, hatched 9/9/18. We’re all pretty smitten. 🐢 ♥️
This little lady is soon to be a mama! Ms. Gabby will be welcoming a baby girl to the MM Family this January & we couldn’t be happier 🎀🤰🏻💞 Ms. Gabby joined MM in 2013 & received her AMS Montessori diploma in 2016. We saw something special in her from the beginning. She has an internal respect for each child as an individual. When it came to Montessori she just got it. She says “I was drawn to Montessori because of the respect that is given to each child’s learning process. I love creating a learning environment that feels like a 2nd home. In my down time I love spending time w/ my fiancée & 2 dogs, hiking & being outdoors.”
On Fridays we paint ⚫️⚪️Have a great weekend!
He’s refining his auditory senses w/ the sound cylinders. Auditory strength is fundamental to reading development. Listening for initial, middle & ending sounds & deciphering blends such as th & sh.
Swipe left for the mathematicians! To a child this often looks like it should be sevenTen not seventeen & they would be correct! It’s a difficult concept to grasp. But it’s not the concept or the language that we want him to internalize, it’s the concrete understanding that we’re seeking.
Meet our lead toddler guide Ms. Adrianne, who received her AMS Montessori diploma from UC Irvine Ext. She also completed the NAMC training for infant/toddler & primary. “Hello! For as long as I can remember I have loved helping anyone younger than myself. I always wanted to be a mother and knew that my career would involve children in some respect. The more I learned about the Montessori philosophy the more I loved it. When I took the training, all the pieces fell into place and solidified my belief in the brilliance of the Montessori method. In my down time I enjoy painting, sewing, reading and writing. I also love traveling and spending time with my husband and son.
We ♥️ our music days w/ Ms. Abby. 🎶 🎵 🎶
So proud of his binomial cube drawing!
What does the symbol 8️⃣ mean to a young child? They may memorize that it’s an eight but how is that meaningful in their world? First we introduce quantity which is concrete & relevant. The one rod is small & easy to carry. The 10 rod is big & takes two solid hands. After the child understands quantity we introduce the numeral symbols & we build & build from there.
Hey handsome! Our toddlers are learning about ladybugs so our toddler guide set up a small table w/ this mirror and some ladybug sunglasses. So simple but such a hit. Toddlers love looking at themselves in the mirror & putting on & taking off sunglasses is great practical life. The one on one conversations they have w/ themselves are an added bonus! 🐞 😎
A place for everything & everything in its place.
Roy. G. Biv. 🌈
Staff highlight here on Monday’s at MM! Let me introduce you to Ms. Kera... “Hi! I’ve been part of MM since 2009. It has always felt like home to me. I was in the process of getting my teaching credential & began working as a teacher’s assistant. At the time I didn’t know much about the Montessori philosophy. In a short time though I was so impressed at how independent, calm and respectful the children were towards the classroom environment, staff, and each other. I decided to forgo my credential and completed the Montessori AMS certification instead. I’ve been happily teaching ever since! One of my favorite things is leading our Bible class. Sowing seeds in little lives and watching them accept Jesus in their heart is such a precious thing to experience. In my down time you can find me walking my dog on the beach or hiking in the canyon. I also serve on the women’s ministry team at my church as a mentor for young women.”
The Buddha Board is irresistible for children (& adults). The brush glides across the board w/ water that then quickly evaporates creating a “blank slate”...unless they use a little too much water 😂 The Buddha Board is intended for zen & relaxing mindfulness.
The minimal amount of paperwork can sometimes be hard for Montessori parents. What are you doing all day?!? Not to fret though! We are busy touching, moving, sounding-out, rolling, polishing, wiping, smelling, listening, tasting, pouring, sorting, spreading, spilling, cleaning-up, concentrating, talking, laughing, sometimes crying but always learning. Happy Monday!