Saturday, January 21, 2017

MontessoriLove on TPT Jan2017

Great Deals every month from your 
favorite Montessori vendors on Teachers Pay Teachers. 

Search "MontessoriLove" at Teachers Pay Teachers
for a new special on the 21st of each month!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Trillium Summit 2017 Awards - Part 3

Trillium Summit 2017
Montessori Homeschooling
          GOLDEN BEAD AWARDS      

Cherine Muirhead's professional excellence is being recognized as we present her with the Golden Bead Award for "Broad Stair Business"for my overall favorite business from the Trillium Montessori Homeschooling Summit 2017 Exhibitor's Hall.

There were many considerations in this award. It starts with Cherine's delightful Exhibitor Hall introduction video. She has created a delightful brand that carries through consistently to each of her sites. The logo for Montessori is Ours is unique and easily identifiable. Even her social media buttons match her branded logo!

Making Montessori Ours Education Printables

Cherine Muirhead has found her niche with authentic Montessori printables, creative merchandise, and specialized gifts in her Fun Shop - offering t-shirts, mugs, tote bags, pillows, i-phone cases, and posters. The MMO printables page is pleasantly organized with consistent packaging of each education bundle - watermarked with the business logo, and professional video previews are offered for the materials as well.

Cherine hosts her own blog complete with DIY tips and giveaways. She is monetizing her website well with an attractive store, affiliates and a new ebook coming out soon. I would love to do a review when it is available! Cherine has proven herself to be a Montrepreneur whom we can all be proud of!

The Trillium Montessori Homeschooling Summit 2017 was by far the best experience I have had in years! The Exhibitor's Hall was always my favorite place to be at a homeschool conference, and with the virtual hall you can browse to your hearts content for months instead of days. You can still visit the Trillium Summit Exhibitor Hall HERE. Drop in and get to know some great Montessori educational vendors and follow through to their business and social media links.

Come back again... 
So far we have awarded the following Golden Bead Awards:
and we still have two more awards to present... so come back soon.
  • Red Rods Review 
    • TTB review on my favorite Montessori resource
  • Maria's Grace & Courtesy Award
    •  for my favorite Montessori presenter

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Trillium Summit 2017 Awards - Part 2

Trillium Summit 2017
Montessori Homeschooling
          GOLDEN BEAD AWARDS      


The next Golden Bead Award for the "Pink Tower Presentation" is for my favorite Facebook Live presentation from the Trillium Montessori Homeschool Summit 2017 which was held online January 9-12. 

This award is joyfully being granted to Carolyn Lucento from Magical Movement Company

Carolyn shared her story and her passion with us. The sing-along began with a captivating ba-baba-ba-baba warm up to the tune of "Don't Worry, Be Happy." Our lips were soon buzzing with magical music. She drew us in, and before we knew it, we were all singing from our hearts and giggling to the computer screen - with a reminiscing and unrestrained joy - while our kids who happened to walk by began to wonder what had brought their parents to such silliness! While Carolyn enthusiastically welcomed each member's presence and their comments, the miles between us melted away, and we experienced our very own kind of Cabin Fever University. Who knew such fun could be had through a cyber sing-a-long! You can see Carolyn Lucento's entire recorded Facebook Live presentation HERE. You reached out and touched our hearts, Carolyn, and we thank you!

Carolyn Lucento

Come back again... 
Yesterday I awarded the first ever Golden Bead Great Work Award 
and I still have the following awards to present:
  • Broad Stair Business Award 
    • for my favorite Montessori business in the Exhibit Hall
  • Red Rods Review 
    • TTB review on my favorite Montessori resource
  • Maria's Grace & Courtesy Award
    •  for my favorite Montessori presenter

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Trillium Summit 2017 Montessori Homeschooling Awards

Trillium Summit 2017
Montessori Homeschooling
          GOLDEN BEAD AWARDS      

The Trillium Montessori Homeschool Summit 2017 was held January 9-12.
This was my first experience with a virtual conference and I loved it so much that decided to offer an awards ceremony for my favorites!!  Drum Roll... The Top GOLDEN BEAD AWARD for "Best in Show" goes to Maria Burke of  Lighthouse Learning LLC. 

Maria Burke's "Elementary Track" presentation, "The Geometric Cabinet: Lessons and Extensions" earned top honors for several reasons. Maria's Power Point presentation was visually pleasing, having slides with a simple blue background which nicely complimented the wood grain table and the classical chalkboard text. The organization and simplicity of the handmade and hand-written materials made the comprehensive content so easy to understand. As a homeschooling parent trying to read through the presentations in an album for this material can be absolutely daunting without seeing all the materials. For the first time I understood ALL the naming classifications of the geometric shapes and I now fully understand that an ellipse is indeed a special type of oval - and I am now assured that we were not, after all, taught incorrectly about "ovals" all these years. Her vocal pace was perfect, and she exemplified the captivating Montessori tone. Maria Burke's experience was evident throughout her presentation. I appreciated the printable outline of the presentation, and only one addition would have made the presentation absolutely perfect - printable thumbnails of each of the slides... 

Preview of The Geometric Cabinet presentation by Maria Burke

Come back tomorrow when we reveal the next Golden Bead Award!...
  • Pink Tower Presentation Award 
    • for my favorite Facebook Live presentation
  • Broad Stair Business Award 
    • for my favorite Montessori business in the Exhibit Hall
  • Red Rods Review 
    • TTB review on my favorite Montessori resource
  • Maria's Grace & Courtesy Award
    •  for my favorite Montessori presenter

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Basic Training - Montessori Three Period Lesson

A Presentation is a step-by-step demonstration shown with deliberate focus so that the child can learn first to observe, then to understand, and finally, to master new concepts and nomenclature. 
"The instructions of the teacher consist then mainly in a hint, a touch - enough to give a start to the child."  ~  Maria Montessori 
"The mother should always act deliberately. She should take the greatest pains to be sure that the child understands every step before he passes on the the next, and that he has thoroughly mastered one process before he is allowed to progress to another more complicated. Above all, she should refrain from forcing the child's attention in the slightest degree."  ~  Dorothy Canfield Fisher

The Three Period Lesson is a method developed by Seguin, who was a great inspiration to Maria Montessori in the 1800's. This method is most often used when introducing new vocabulary to the child.

The three period lesson is as natural to us parents as talking to our toddlers. Many of us have already practiced a form of the "three period lesson." Think of how your toddler learns to talk.

To introduce a new word Mom points to an object and says: "cat."  That is the FIRST PERIOD - the vocabulary term has been introduced and the child has OBSERVED. At this point the concept of "cat" can be sensorially extended by letting the child pet the cat, listen to it meow, chase it, etc. 
After several days of repeating the naming of the "cat" Mom says: "Where's the cat?" The child has to make a choice, looking around the room at several different objects. When the child finds and recognizes the cat, the child responds with action, pointing to the cat. The child has processed the information from the first period and had UNDERSTOOD. That is the SECOND PERIOD. Note that the response is physical, through action, though not yet verbal. 
Some time later Mom points to the cat and says" "What's that?" The child responds verbally and says: "cat." That is the THIRD PERIOD. The child has answered a direct question with a verbal answer. When the child can respond correctly without hesitation he has achieved the level of MASTERY.  
 In a Montessori presentation the language used is something like this:
      1st period  -   "This is the____"
      2nd period  -  "Show me the ____Point to____(or) Hand me the____"
      3rd period  -   "What is this?"

For more information read the following articles:
Activities and Presentations 
The Three Period Lesson: A Key Part of the Montessori Method Explained 

Linked up at Montessori Monday

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Color Wheel and Color Theory - Montessori Style

Maria Montessori's original color box materials were made of silk wound on spools. The tablets are designed so that the child matches the colors, first using pairs of the three primary colors: red, yellow and blue for Color Box 1 and eventually works up to pairing eleven sets of colors: red, yellow, blue, green, orange, purple, black, white, brown, pink and grey for Color Box 2. Once the child can identify the pairs, then he is presented with graded sets of colors for Color Box 3 so that colors can be graded from lightest to darkest.

See Sensory Education p.29: Scroll down to Color Spools from Dr. Montessori's Own Handbook and Differential Visual Perception of Colors: Education of the Chromatic Sense p. 170-171 from The Montessori Method.


I love the explanation of the aim of this material from the Support Future Artists blog:
"Before the child is given the language of these common colors, he is invited to match corresponding tablets, exercising the ability to discern the difference. Once the child has mastered this visual sense, he is equipped with the language needed to communicate about the colors. In this way, the colors become concrete parts of who he is, before they are given the arbitrary identifying names, In many traditional settings the child first learns, "This is blue." This limits the child's understanding of the color as a meaningless term given to a pigment. Allowing him to visually engage the color first, matching like shades, engrains the truth of the color in his experience. The hope is then that this child has a greater understanding of color, which will manifest itself throughout life. 
-  Understanding Montessori: The Senses

It is also interesting to note that Montessori herself stated:
"It is exactly in the repetition of the exercises that the education of the senses consists; their aim is not that the child shall know colors, forms and the different qualities of objects, but that he refine his senses through an exercise of attention, of comparison, of judgment." 
- The Montessori Method


MATERIALS:  Today's color box materials are most commonly made by painting colors on flat wooden spools.
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Color Box 3 Lesson at Montessori Album

The following are my Montessori inspired materials. The first set is made from tackle box dividers wrapped with embroidery floss and can be used for Color Box 1 & 2 presentations. The 2nd set is my version of Color Box 3 and I only use eight sets of six colors graded from light to dark, which can be used with labels light, lighter, lightest and dark, darker, darkest. The 3rd set is my version of 4-part cards for color nomenclature.

Color Tablets

Color Box 3 Tablets - Montessori  Color Nomenclature Cards

These ready-made materials are available at Livable Learning Montessori on Etsy
New Color Theory Materials printables coming soon... 

Color Box 1 and the Three Period Lesson from Community Montessori School.
Color Box I and II from My Montessori Works
Color Box II by At Home Montessori
Color Box III by rozaraqua
Color Box III rays extension by Eric Johnson
Color Box III extension - 3 patterns by Country Heights Montessori
Color Box IV by Gargee Bhandare Wadhwani

Imbucare Box with Colored Knit Balls
Colored Balls and Boxes by Genavieve M
Colored Bags and Yarn Balls by Living Montessori Now
Color Shade Matching by Paint on the Ceiling


At Causes of Color there is a brief history of the early studies in color theory:
In ancient Greece, Aristotle developed the first known theory of color. He postulated that God sent down color from the heavens as celestial rays. He identified four colors corresponding to the four elements: earth, fire, wind and water.
Leonardo di Vinci was the first to suggest an alternative hierarchy of color....He listed his six colors in the following order:  white, yellow (earth), green (water), blue (air), red (fire), and black. 
However, color theory began with with Isaac Newton in 1666. By using two prisms he observed white light as the composition of all the colors of the rainbow which could be identified and put into order. He called the array of colors form the glass prism a spectrum and assigned seven colors to it, which we commonly know today as ROY-G-BIV (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet)

Itten's original color wheel
The actual color wheel as we know it today can be credited to Johannes Itten, a Swiss painter and teacher.  Itten's Color Wheel, created in the early 1900's, was the first to contain 12 colors: 3 primary, 3 secondary, and 6 tertiary colors. Itten is also known for his association of colors with specific emotions and for his successful artistic applications of color contrasts.

You can read more about What is the Color Wheel at Hub Pages ... an awesome resource by the way! and here's a link to an awesome book Applied Art  c.1933 with great explanations on color theory.


You have to check out these unique applications of the color wheel from Ms. Snow's Digital Photography class HERE, with colored pencils, food, leaves, acorns and shoes! Haha - here's a Lego Color Wheel, and how about a Pantone Color Wheel Rubik's Cube??. Or a color wheel of clothes...

Color basics from Wikispaces
Crazy, but these blotter bugs from KinderArt were favorites with my kids.
Color Wheel for Kids: Demonstrations and Projects from eHow
A Crayon Color Wheel Art Project
Maybe you should try a "family color wheel" treasure hunt and see what you come up with!

Here's a few more links you should check out:
The Color Wheel with Play Dough from Our Montessori Home
Montessori and the Wonderful World of Color by MontessoriMom
Montessori Color Mixing Activities by Living Montessori Now
Art Education - Elements of Art - Colour Theory by Making Montessori Ours

Sunday, March 1, 2015

History of Montessori Education

The Life and Legacy of Dr. Maria Montessori

Dr Montessori learned, as I learned, and as every teacher must learn, that only through freedom can individuals develop self control, self independence, will power and initiative. There is no education except self-education. There is no effective discipline except self-discipline. All that parents and teachers can do for the child is to surround him with right condition. He will do the rest; and the things her will do for himself are the only things that really count in his education."   
~ Anne Sullivan Macy, teacher to Helen Keller

Enjoy this interactive timeline courtesy of Giraffe Childcare  (wait for it to load below) :

The History of Montessori Education by Giraffe Childcare

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