Montessori groups on Facebook


Are you on Facebook?  If you’re not, then you are missing out on some of the best Montessori conversations happening in the world!  Listed below are my favorite Montessori groups.

But first, a little primer on Facebook terminology:

Facebook Profile: This is your personal profile where you can share posts and photos about your personal life.  In order to be on Facebook, you will have to create a profile.  You can set your privacy settings to control how much information is visible to the public or friends who you have chosen to connect with.  You can keep up with what your friends on Facebook post by looking at your newsfeed.

Facebook Page:  This is usually created by businesses and celebrities.  Postings on Pages are public by default.  If you ‘follow’ a Page, some of the postings will show up in your Facebook newsfeed.. but not all.  Facebook tries not to clutter up your newsfeed with too many posts so it sorts out what it considers ‘relevant’ posts and only shows you those. If you want to see everything that a particular Page is sharing, your best bet is to go directly to the Page. This is the Trillium Montessori Blog Page.

Facebook Group:  THIS is where the real treasure is hidden in Facebook!  Anyone with a Facebook Profile can create or join a Group.  You can control the privacy settings so only the members of the group see the postings. When members post in the group, the post will show up in the newsfeeds of the rest of the members.  Groups make it very easy to find like-minded communities, and to engage in and keep up with conversations. Most groups have an administrator/moderator who has to approve your request to join.  


Facebook Group Etiquette

Most Facebook Groups are “closed”.  This means that the group posts are only visible to group members, and all new members must be approved by the administrator before they can join.  However, some are public which means whatever you post there could show up in the newsfeeds of your friends.  If this is of concern to you, make sure you check before you join or post in a group.

To join a group, make sure you read the public description first before you click the “Join” button.  The description will outline whether there are any special membership requirements.  Some groups are created for paid programs, some require that you fill out an application form, and some ask you to send a message to the group administrator with specific information.

Once you have been approved, look for a document about the group guidelines.  This is often found in the “Files” section or “pinned” to to the top of the group.  It is basic grace and courtesy for you to familiarize yourself with the posted guidelines before you begin engaging in the group.  You put the group members and administrators in an awkward position and make more work for them if they personally have to tell you to delete a post.

Be mindful of confidentiality.  You may not be as anonymous as you think.  If you are complaining about a third party, it may be possible for others to figure out who you are talking about by the information publicly available on your profile, even if you never mention the person or entity by name.  Speaking of complaining, it’s best not to do that in the first place!


My Favorite Montessori Facebook Groups


Trillium Montessori Blog Community

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Of course, I have to start with this one!  This is the group for our blog readers.  The group has two distinct missions:

MISSION 1: To provide a forum for readers of the Trillium Montessori Blog to discuss articles, products and course offerings from Trillium Montessori.
MISSION 2: To provide a forum for Montessori enthusiasts to get informal support from trained and experienced Montessori professionals.
Anyone interested in the Trillium Montessori Blog is welcome to join.  There are no membership requirements.  We do have some important group guidelines however, so be sure to read those when you join!
Some of our regular features include:
  • Mentor Monday: Ask any Montessori question and Montessori professionals will chime in with their tips and advice to help you out.  We have some amazing members!
  • File Share Friday: Share a file of a Montessori/educational material you have created.  We’ve had things like “artist studies” “elementary record keeping” “3 part cards template” and so many more.
  • Shelfie Saturday: Share a photo of what’s on your shelves. This is one of our most inspiring weekly threads!



How I Started My Montessori School

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This group is for trained Montessori professionals who have either started a school or would like to start one in the future.  Montessori administrators are also welcome to join.  An application is required and the membership requirements are pretty strictly adhered to.  We talk about all things related to school administration and startup.  I must confess, this is my favorite group of all!  





Montessori Entrepreneurs

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This group is for you if you have a Montessori based business that is NOT a school.  Do you sell materials? Are you a consultant?  Do you have an Etsy or TpT shop? This is the place to chat with other Montessori entrepreneurs, share marketing ideas and find collaboration opportunities.




Montessori 101 

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This is a fantastic group for parents who want to learn more about Montessori at home, and share ideas about what’s working for them.  This is a large group of over 20,000 members so the conversations move fast.  But, if you ask a question, you are likely to find someone who has gone through the same thing you have.  If you dig through the archives (check the Photo Albums) you will find a wealth of information to help you get started with understanding how Montessori works.



Montessori Teachers Facebook Group

Montessori Teachers

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 If you are a trained Montessori professional, then this group is an absolute MUST.  Acceptance requirements are fairly strict and you may have to wait a little bit to be approved, but it is worth it.  The level of discourse here is stellar.  You will be exposed to a variety of ideas and vigorous, well moderated debate. Be prepared to have your ideas and practices challenged!  This is the place to be if you are a thoughtful Montessorian, and are committed to analyzing and improving your practice.




Authentic Montessori Materials For Sale

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Join this group to sell and buy used Montessori materials.  You might get lucky and find something locally… or you can pay shipping and have it sent to you from anywhere in the world.  


The Male Montessorian

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This group fills a much needed niche in the early childhood and Montessori world. There aren’t too many males in the teaching field, and I think this should change.  This is a place to network with other male Montessori professionals and discuss Montessori philosophy and methodology.


There are many more wonderful Montessori groups on Facebook.  Do a search for Montessori and see what comes up.  The ones listed above are the ones I am a part of that meet the following criteria:

  • The content is Montessori focused and doesn’t stray too far from essential Montessori principles
  • There is a relatively high level of engagement
  • The discussions stay on topic and are fairly well moderated

I hope to see you in one of these groups!




Already a member? CLICK HERE to go straight to the member page and enter your password. You can find the current password in the most recent newsletter. Signed up but can’t find the newsletter? Check your spam/junk folder or promotions tab in Gmail.


Early Years Bundle

August 14, 2016

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Are you ready for the best back-to-school deal of the season?

If you are a teacher or homeschooler, then you won’t want to miss this incredible bundle of early years resources covering everything from crafts and activities to educational printables. 

This bundle is perfect for parents, teachers and homeschoolers- plan your whole year or flip through when you need an idea. It is packed with great bonuses that will help you tackle topics like picky eating and potty training, all the way to literacy and physical activity; it’s like a child care library at your fingertips!

Check out the video below for an exclusive sneak peek at some of the contents of this amazing collection.  Scroll below to see the full list of titles and descriptions.

 54 Titles with over 3800 pages of printables & resources

This bundle is a limited edition one time only sale

only available until September 10th, 2016 11:59pm CT

Retail Value: $400

Sale Price: $29.95

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Montessori Printables Included in this Bundle

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A few more of my favorites!


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Detailed information of each Title

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Back To School Teacher’s Pack
Grade 1-3, grade 1-6
Back To School Teacher’s Pack contains of:
– Banner to decorating your classroom
– Bookmark to give to your students
– Student’s name tag
– Student information card
– Student’s note for their new school year
– Calendar
– Volunteer card
– Individual lesson plan
– Bulletin board ideas, include: Student of the month, class announcement, class assignment
– Ice breaker, include: word scramble, trading card

All designed with nature theme chevron as background and cute boy, girl, and owl. Colorful!

Crunch! Put A Stop To Picky Eating and Help Your Kids Love Veggies

Crunch! Put A Stop To Picky Eating and Help Your Kids Love Veggies
Toddler, Preschool, Kids in general
If you are struggling with a picky eater, fussy toddler or just don’t know what “healthy” is. Crunch! has everything you need to teach your kids to eat and enjoy a healthy diet. It is based on current research (shared in the book) plus personal accounts of true stories. Written by a pediatric doctor and mother of 4 young children.

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Read, Create & Share: A Year of Growing with Young Children
Toddler, Preschool
Read, Create & Share: A Year of Growing with Young Children is a step by step guide how the author spent a year reading, creating and sharing with others. After reading a themed book, there is a creative project to complete. Sometimes you might be cooking a yummy treat. Other times you might be making a piece of art. The last and most important component is the sharing piece. Each month your kids will take their creation that was made in the create step to a local group, charity or person in need. The ebook includes free colored printables.

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50 Alphabet Crafts for Little Kids
Toddler, Preschool
50 Alphabet Crafts for Little Kids includes crafts for letter recognition, letter formation and word recognition. It also features a fun and engaging craft for every letter of the alphabet! Easy step-by-step instructions are provided for each simple craft, with helpful color photographs to guide you through every project. Make learning fun with your little one and get crafting with your child today!

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82 Questions to Ask About Art
Kids in general
Not sure how to talk about art with kids? Use this list of 82 questions to spark your conversation! From looking questions to telling stories, you will have tons of ideas on how to approach works of art with your students. This PDF include a list of questions as well as printable notecards.


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Art Around the World in 30 Days eBook
Kids in general
Information, lesson ideas, and discussion questions about 30 artworks from around the world!

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Sensory Bins
Toddler, Preschool, Kids in general, Grade 1-3
Sensory bins are a simple and inexpensive learning tool that can benefit all children. Whether you are interested in incorporating sensory bins into your home, classroom, preschool, Day Care, or homeschool, this guide will provide you the necessary knowledge and ideas to get started.

It includes idea lists, storage and money saving tips, information on using sensory bins with Sensory Processing Disorder, and helpful recipes.

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Africa A-Z: Montessori Style Activities
Preschool, Grade 1-3
This is a collection of 7 Montessori activities to enhance your unit on Africa. It features photos and descriptions of things found in Africa that start with every letter of the alphabet.. yes, even X and Q! It also includes 3-part cards, a phonetic reading activity, living and non-living sorting, plant and animal sorting, parts of lion 3-part cards and booklet, and photos of the biomes of Africa.


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The Ultimate Reading Challenge
Kids in general, Grade 1-3, Grade 4-6
The Ultimate Reading Challenge will challenge students to read a variety of texts over the school year. Since it is editable, it is adaptable to a wide variety of ages! There are two versions: Level 1 and Level 2. The differences are the number of books and categories suggested. Level 1 suggests 25 books and 5 categories (plus your choice). Level 2 suggests 42 books and 9 categories (plus your choice). Each category is EDITABLE, so YOU get to choose the suggested categories or genres! Suggestions are typed in, but you can delete and edit as you please! You can even get creative with it- instead of genres, type in ANY type of category you would like!

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Letter Tile Spelling Mats (Seasons and Celebrations)
Preschool, Kids in general, Kindergarten
The Letter Tile Spelling Mats {Seasons & Celebrations} Bundle is a year full of letter tile fun for emergent readers. This Letter Tile Spelling Mat bundle is designed to expose young learners to theme vocabulary words, letter matching, beginning sounds, and spelling practice. Includes 80+ pages containing letter tile spelling mats for 14 themes around the year.

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ABC Workbook
Do you have a preschooler learning the alphabet? No need to jump from one blog to the next to get different printables. Get all the printables you need to work with your child right here. You’ll get handwriting pages, dot coloring pages, play dough mats, and ABC flash cards for games. Have fun learning the alphabet together.

All About Leaves Printable Pack

All About Leaves Printable Pack
Learn about fall leaves with our All About Leaves Printable Pack! This unit has 30 pages of activities, including:
– An activity on why leaves change color
– A discussion and quiz about deciduous and evergreen trees
– A Leaf Symmetry activity
– Our Leaf Identification Flashcards
– And Leaf Coloring Pages!
– An answer key is also provided.

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Homeschooling with ADHD
Are you homeschooling a child with ADHD? Are you considering homeschooling for your ADHD kids? Then this ebook is for you!

Written by an ADD mom to three kids with ADHD, this ebook is just what you need to decide if homeschooling is right for your kids and how you can make a success of it.

Homeschooling kids with ADHD can be tough, but it is so rewarding. Let the advice in this book help you love your homeschooling journey!

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Farm animal families Montessori 3-part cards
Toddler, Preschool
These 3-part cards will help your child to know more about different farm animals families. He will learn the names of males, females and young. Also the child can sort the cards by categories, such as mother, father, child, family, male, female, young, group.

The material consists of:
– 45 name and picture cards
– 45 picture cards
– 45 name cards
– 8 labels of categories


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5 Montessori materials for learning about seaosons and months printables by I Believe in Montessori

5 Materials for learning about Seasons and Months
Toddler, Preschool
This is a set of several materials for learning about seasons and month in Montessori way.
The colors correspond to Montessori color coding of seasons.

Activity 1. Introduction to seasons
Activity 2. Circle of months (with color grades)
Activity 3. Circle of months complicated
Activity 4. Seasons words classification
Activity 5. Months puzzle

There are two versions of the material inside for Southern and Northern Hemisphere.

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Artist and his Painting Montessori-inspired Cards
Toddler, Preschool
These cards will help Children to remember artist and one of his artworks. Cards are made in a bingo-like style where you need to match colorful cards to black and white ones.

I made this material in a form that one card has one painter and one painting on it. This will help the Child to be concentrated on the couple artist+painting more and he will form a more strong connection between them. Another addition is learning names of artists and their works.


Visual Perception, Tangrams, & Handwriting Workbook
Grade 1-3, Kindergarten
This activity workbook has information on all of the visual perceptual areas necessary for written work. Included in the workbook are creative tangram puzzles, tangram drawing activities, and tangram building challenges that will work on all of the skills needed for improving line awareness, letter formation, and neatness in written work.


Basic Shapes for Beginners
Toddler, Preschool
A hands-on approach to pre-writing strokes for preschoolers. Designed for ages 2-5 to be completed in 6 weeks. Includes resource list, items needed organized by week, and printables for designated activities.

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My First Calendar for Home or School
Preschool, Grade 1-3
Learning about the calendar during circle time can be developmentally appropriate for young children with this calendar set this has been designed especially for students aged 2 – 7 and others who benefit from visual cues.

It includes these components:
1. Month Headers (with seasonal/U.S. holiday graphics AND plain)
2. Days of the Week
3. Today/Yesterday/Tomorrow headers
4. Attendance chart
5. School Schedule – 20 visual cards
6. Home Schedule – picture cards for special days, every day events and holidays.
7. Traditional calendar pieces – 14 sets of numbers (1-31)

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Yoga For Kids
Toddler, Preschool, Grade 1-3
A fun set of 20 yoga poses that are on cards with a description as well as a full sheet printable of the pose. Real kids are used in these yoga poses. They are perfect to use at home, educational setting, or for a celebration. Poses included in this set are Lotus, Bow, Cobra, Butterfly, Forward Fold, Airplane, Bear Walk, Frog, Bicycle, Child’s, Resting, Turtle, Seated Fold, Happy Baby, Bridge, Chair, Boat, Star, Lion, and Downward Dog.

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Therapy at Home Camp: Beach Week
Kids in general
A beach themed autism therapy at home camp pack that includes 12 speech activities and printables, 12 social skills activities and printables, and 24 sensory activities to do at home or at the beach.

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First Grade Math Facts Clip Cards 1-10: Strawberry Theme
Grade 1-3
50 pages of clip cards with all addition and subtraction facts from 0-10.


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LEARN: Hands On Learning Plans for Your Preschooler
Preschoolers can have lots of fun learning their ABCs, 123s, shapes, colors and so much more! LEARN is packed full of learning activities with a hands on (no worksheet) approach. (Digital PDF eBook)

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Nursery Rhyme Concepts of Print Pack
Preschool, Kindergarten, first grade
Children need to understand basic concepts of print before they can learn to read. Since children love nursery rhymes, these classic poems are the perfect text for teaching concepts of print. This file contains 280 pages of printable activities featuring ten different nursery rhymes. The file includes instructions for how to teach concept of word, voice to print matching, and more.

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Montessori-inspired Dinosaur Unit Syllabus
Preschool, Grade 1-3
Montessori-inspired dinosaur themed unit study for children ages 3-6, complete with directions, materials, and printables.

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Rachel’s Day in the Garden
Toddler, Preschool
Act out a day in the garden with Rachel in this yoga book for kids! Join Rachel as she and her adorable puppy look for signs of spring in the garden. Crawl like a caterpillar, buzz like a bee, and flutter like a butterfly. Discover spring, explore movement, and learn the colors of the rainbow! IPNE Book of the Year 2015 and Winner of Children’s Book Category 2015. Age group: Toddlers and Preschoolers, ages 2-5.

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The Quick Guide to Choosing a Homeschool Curriculum
Kids in general
10 tips to help guiding people through the process of choosing a homeschool curriculum.

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Printable Dinosaur Pom Pom Mats
Preschool, Kids in general
This Pom-Pom Color Match Game is a simple way for young children to develop fine motor skills and learn about colors. 6 sheets with 6 dinosaurs. Full color.

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Alphabet Sound Mazes
Kids in general, Grade 1-3
Ready to print alphabet sound mazes for every letter of the alphabet. Perfect way for young children to practice initial sounds in words to find their way through the letter mazes.

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Goldfish Crackers Math & Literacy Pack
Toddler, Preschool, kindergarten
Early learning printable pack featuring 20 hands-on math and literacy activities specifically designed to be used with Goldfish crackers. There are over 50 pages in this pack with no prep required – just print & play! Great for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergartners who love Goldfish crackers.

Spending 5-10 minutes each day during snack time with these activities will teach and reinforce many early learning concepts, such as counting, number recognition, shapes, colors, patterns, measurement, graphing, simple addition, alphabet recognition, letter sounds, letter cases, sight words and more!

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CVC Word & Picture Tracing Cards
Preschool, Grade 1-3, kindergarten
These CVC Word & Picture Tracing Cards are designed for preschoolers and kindergartners to practice reading a word, tracing it, writing it, then tracing and coloring the corresponding picture. Kids will practice reading, handwriting and fine motor skills at the same time!

The set includes 36 cards featuring 36 short-vowel CVC words & pictures. It comes in 2 versions so you can choose the best one for your child’s skill level. One version has larger letters to trace while the other version has smaller letters and there is blank space for children to write the word on their own. These cards are a great way to encourage and motivate young readers!


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Alphabet Formation Rhymes
Preschool, Kindergarten
Teach little ones how to write uppercase alphabet letters with these formation rhymes! This set of printables explains how to write the uppercase letters with a fun little rhyme. These can be used as posters around a room, tracing with a finger, or tracing with a writing utensil.

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Shape games
Toddler, Preschool
10 games for toddlers and preschoolers to explore and learn about shapes!

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A to Z Español: A Spanish Alphabet Super Pack!
Kids in general
Help kids learn the Spanish alphabet from A to Z with this 79-page printable pack! Kids can learn a word for each of the 29 letters in the alphabet and use the included pronunciation guide and flashcards for practice!

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Autumn Printables for Toddlers and Young Preschoolers
Toddler, Preschool
Fun, learning activities for children to broaden their vocabulary, develop fine-motor skills and ability to discriminate according to different characteristics, like colour and size. These are great for the Montessori classroom as individual quiet activities.

Autumn Printables for Toddlers and Young Preschoolers contain:
– photo cards for sorting colours
– autumn vocabulary photo cards (includes American and British versions)
– autumn shapes match – up activity
– cards for practising counting 0 -5 (using pegs)
– size sorting
– puzzels
– dot-a-dot worksheets
– puzzles for colouring in
– handwriting practise activity
– living/non-living cards for sorting
– matroyshka doll strips for cutting

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Family Systems
Kids in general
The kids are screaming, the house is a mess, and you have no idea what you will making for dinner. But I have learned a secret that will completely transform how you get through your days!

The secret is systematizing your routine. When you create a system for each part of your day you can break free from the turmoil that defines your day. You will become calmer and freer because you will know what comes next instead of winging it all of the time.

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Space Printables Pack
Toddler, Preschool, Grade 1-3
Whether your child dreams of being an astronaut, loves looking at the stars, or hopes to visit the moon one day, you’ll find something they’ll enjoy in this Space Printables Pack. This pack features 75 printable space-themed educational activities for kids ages 2-7. The activities in this pack cover a range of skills, including shapes and sizes, colors, patterning, puzzles, fine motor, mazes, math (number identification, counting, addition, subtraction), and literacy (letter identification, alphabetic order, phonemic awareness, word searches). Many of the activities have multiple versions so you can tailor the activity to the developmental level of your children.

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Growing Up Centsible: a no nonsense guide to helping kids become financially responsible adults
Preschool, Grade 1-3
This guide includes parenting ideas and kid activities with one goal in mind: teaching kids about to be financially smart.

Along with over 30 pack filled pages, you receive bonuses including a Teaching Kids about Money activities pack and a promo code for my Montessori materials store.

Filled with simple and tangible ways for you to bring positive money ideals to your family’s life, this guide covers mindset, preparing yourself, ideas for the family, parenting ideas around teaching money sense, and includes loads of resources for your journey.

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Learn the Alphabet Mega Pack
Toddler, Preschool
Learning the alphabet is easier than ever! With this 230 page pack, you can help your preschooler learn their letters while practicing early phonics skills, coloring, fine motor skills, handwriting, and more! Best of all, the activities included in this pack require either minimal prep or none at all!


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Beginning, Middle, and End Story Writing PDF Lesson
Grade 1-3
Beginning, Middle, and End: Story Writing, 250 PDF pages including interactive notebook pages and a kindergarten printable. This lesson reviews the beginning, middle, and end of some familiar stories. Sequencing of sentences is also covered. Students practice drawing a story using a graphic organizer for the three parts of beginning, middle, and end of their own story . . . later writing the paper on pages designed for each story component. There are five different story planning pages are included, two versions of the basic three page story, and two “chapter book” printable writing frames.

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Grade 2 Editable Writing Through the Year Illustrated Writing Pages and Rubrics
Grade 1-3
This PDF has a variety of illustrated writing pages with school year themes, writing rubrics, and student work covers. All of these pages are generic and are designed to be used with any books. For instance, if there is a farm story, the farm writing page could be used. If there is a construction story, one of the construction pages could be used.

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Sensory Processing Disorder Brochure for Care Givers
Toddler, Preschool, Kids in general, Grade 1-3
A customizable, printable, brochure to introduce coaches, babysitters, and other adults about your child’s unique sensory needs. Covers what SPD is, the different ways it can effect various senses, and what that means for YOUR child. Never again worry about your child being with someone who doesn’t understand their needs.

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Ocean Animals Theme for Preschool and Kindergarten
Preschool, Kindergarten
The Ocean and Ocean Animals Thematic Unit is a 189 (total) page unit for use in Preschool and Kindergarten. If you plan to use the theme to accompany core studies for one week only, you will have many activities left for a “new” unit the following year. This theme includes playful learning activities for math, science, and literacy as well as numerous songs, poems, art and crafts activities, gross motor ideas, food/food crafts, dramatic play, and book suggestions. A 42 page instructional manual serves as a guide with detailed instructions/photos for games, projects, and activities. There are 10 Power Point presentations and 35 activity files (some with numerous pages for differentiated learning) that are ready to download and print. Suggestions for younger or slightly older children are given where possible.


Back to School – Summer Recap & Social Activities
Grade 1-3
This is a back to school unit that contains 23 printables that will help you get to know your class, and help them getting to know each other. It works well with both students you are familiar and unfamiliar with. All the printables are explained in the teacher’s guide. The tasks are set up / phrased in a manner that enables all children to participate comfortably, regardless of social background. No expensive holidays, traveling abroad etc, is mentioned. Everyone will be able to complete the tasks, having been at home the entire summer, or been on the road.

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The Ultimate Preschool Literacy Bundle
This preschool literacy bundle includes a full year of lesson plans for teaching oral language, phonological awareness, and phonics. This bundle includes over 400 activities and included printable images.


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Hello Sunshine! Counting Printable Pack

Hello Sunshine! Counting Printable Pack
Toddler, Preschool
The Hello Sunshine! Counting Printable Pack includes 10 different printable activities that focus on counting up to 10:
– Play dough mats.
– Clip cards
– I Spy games
– 2-piece puzzles.
– Line-up puzzles with 5, 6 or 10 pieces.
– Roll and Cover games.
– Grid game.
– Sun counters 1-10.
– Introduction to the number line.
– Write the missing number.


The Undeniable Power of Play
Baby, Toddler, Preschool
Rooted in research, The Undeniable Power of Play is an ebook of 101+ tips, activities, recipes, and insights to teach your child through play at home or in a classroom

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Kindergarten Ladybug Unit
Preschool, Grade 1-3, Kindergarten or 4-7 year olds
Awesome ladybug unit for 4-7 year olds! Includes a unit planner, activity instructions, science background, printables, and more! Each day in the week-long suggested plan includes a math, language arts, and science/other learning activity. Hands on and fun!


Merry Memories: Holiday Traditions to Start with Your Family
Kids in general
Holiday recipes, crafts, and activities to start new traditions with your family.


Kaleidoscope: Hands On Explorations in Colour (and Color!) For Kids
Preschool, Grade 1-3
Kaleidoscope includes 25 AWE-INSPIRING projects all about COLOUR! Projects include jello printmaking, Skittle science, spinning tops, more than a little rainbow magic, a rainbow code breaker, artwork inspired by renowned artists Klee, Kandinsky, Warhol and Giacometti, writing and poetry prompts, a photography hunt and instructions to make your own kaleidoscope (of course!)…and that is not even half of the great value ideas included. Each and everyone has been chosen for it’s unique approach to the study of and experimentation with COLOUR!

Designed to be used with kids aged 5 to 55, each project includes a supplies list, step by step instructions, full colour photographs and ideas for extending learning. Plus we’ve made sure that the activities only require materials that you already have in your home or classroom. Perfect for teachers, parents, camp organisers, youth and community group leaders, homeschoolers, after school care educators, this is STEM, art and literacy like you’ve never seen it before – dressed up in all the colours of the rainbow!

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Potty Train in a Weekend
Baby, Toddler, Preschool
Have your child potty trained in three days! It is the only complete guide to potty training that you will need. In this book, you will learn the secret to potty training in three days, how to deal with hurdles such as: ‘They won’t poop on the potty!” or “They were using the potty, but now they are having accidents all of the time!” (regression).

You will not be going back and forth between diapers, pull-ups and underwear anymore. You child will be completely trained in a weekend. Parents all over the world are having success with this system and now you can, too!

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Crafty Critters: Crafts to Go
Kids in general
100 of our easy Crafts for kids, each printable on one page with supply list and step by step instructions.

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99 Fine Motor Ideas for Ages 1 to 5
Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten
The Hands Have It!
Squeezing Play Dough, Fastening Buttons, Snipping with Scissors, and So Much More

99 Fine Motor Activities presents fun, engaging ideas to involve the fine motor muscles in your child’s hands, fingers, and wrists. Ten talented moms come together to share the most successful, creative, and inspiring invitations to play that they set up for their own kids to get those little hands working!

Your child’s hands develop and change so much in the first years of life. From chubby newborn fists that can barely open to infants reaching for your face as they coo to toddlers self feeding and stacking blocks, soon you will have a preschooler learning to cut, write, and turn the pages of a book!

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Learn with Play: 150+ Activities for Year-round Fun & Learning
Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten
The perfect book to have on hand for inspiring you on holidays, weekends, or anytime the kids just need something to do! A fun mix of hands-on fun with learning, celebrating, and appreciating family time.


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Are You Ready for Some Back to School Shopping?

It’s site-wide sale season on Teachers Pay Teachers!  This is THE place for you to find the highest quality teacher-made materials for your class.  The TpT back to School 2016 Site Wide Sale runs Aug 1-2.

Over the past few years the selection of Montessori resources on TpT has grown tremendously.  I’m proud to know many of the Montessori TpT sellers who also joined the Trillium Montessori Summer Summit as exhibitors this year.

To thank you all for your support over the years, and specially during the Summer Summit, I am absolutely thrilled today to be giving away TEN $25 gift certificates to TpT… and just in time for the site-wide sale!  You can use these certificates in any store on TpT, not just mine.  



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What you will win:  TEN lucky winners from anywhere in the world will win a $25 USD gift certificate to Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT).  This gift certificate can be used site-wide on TpT.

Who is eligible:  This giveaway is open to anyone 18 years and older worldwide.  No purchase is required to enter or win.  You must be a Trillium Montessori newsletter subscriber to win.  

How to enter: Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter form below.  It’s easy, but you can click here if you need instructions. The first entry is mandatory.  Additional optional entries will be unlocked after the mandatory entry has been completed.

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by Carolyn Lucento

“Okay! Time for our musical movement activity… but how do I effectively manage the children?”  If you find yourself asking this question during Music circle, then check out these tips from Carolyn Lucento of the Magical Movement Company!  Carolyn is a long time Montessorian and trained Orff-Schulwerk music specialist.  She teaches music classes at Montessori schools throughout the San Francisco Bay area and also teaches Montessori teachers in training.  You can learn more about her HERE.  Carolyn will be presenting at the Trillium Montessori Summer Summit this year.   Her workshop is on Wednesday, July 20th at 5PM


The Importance of Movement Activities and How to Manage the Group, Montessori Style!

by Carolyn Lucento



Music makes everyone feel like moving, and so movement becomes a natural part of the music curriculum in the Montessori early childhood environment. 
I always have a Movement Activity as part of Music Circle and this activity usually correlates to the music concept that I will introduce later in the lesson. 
The movement part of the music lesson can be the most enjoyable for the children and the teachers, but it can also be a bit of a challenge to manage the energy and excitement!

Here are some of my secrets for creating a successful movement experience for the children at your music circle:


Be inviting
In my training workshops I always recommend that you remember to smile! Smiling always sets up success in whatever you are presenting to young children. It also relaxes you.


Check your equipment
Check that your sound/music equipment is operating properly just before you present a musical movement activity. Most of the time, I use recordings for movement activities so that I can do them along with the children and I don’t have to worry about talking and directing them during the activity. Use recorded music!


Control of Error
Practice the activities yourself before offering them to the children. You might discover beforehand that something about the motions may need to be tweaked a little to accommodate your particular group.  This is your way of setting up the control of error


Prepare the Children
Prepare the children by introducing and demonstrating the motions that they will be performing in the activity. 


Set up Procedures
Decide on the limitations that you feel are comfortable for you and safe for the children.  Clearly describe to the children what the limitations are. Be clear about the limitations.  As an example, you can say: “During the running part of our movement activity, I want you to stay in your spot and use your strong leg muscles to run in place.”


Monitor for Safety
Observe constantly as a safety measure. Movement activities involve large motor skills and young children are still learning how to do those. 


Manage Disruptive Behavior
Move closer to a child who is disrupting others. Your close proximity usually discourages misbehavior and you will also be able to more closely “model” the movement for the child. 


Model Enthusiastically
Always be doing the motions along with the children. This engages the children. They will be watching you and likely copying your actions. 


Everyone Should be Standing
Make sure that all the children are standing. This prevents the likelihood that the child that is sitting might get bumped by a child who is moving. If a child really doesn’t want to participate, then politely ask them to move away from the group so that they don’t get bumped by the others. Invite everyone to stand up for some fun movement.


Giggling is Okay!
Movement often produces laughter because it’s just plain fun! On very rare occasions, my group has just been so loud and noisy that we can’t hear the music, so I will stop the cd and in a very neutral voice simply remind the children that I want them to move their bodies, but keep their voices quiet so we can hear the music. Above all, have fun! The children are quite adorable during the movement activities.


Keep it Brief
Keep the movement activity itself short … about one minute long. “My one minute rule”.  You can always turn the volume down gradually on your iPod if the activity is too long.  


Movement Comes First
Offer the movement activity early in the lesson. This will help the children warm their bodies up for playing instruments and it also gets the brain working for exploring the music concepts of the lesson. And, it will get some of the wiggles out, too! 


End in a Predictable Manner
Give the children a cue when the movement activity is over.  Have the children take a nice bow, or give a round of applause at the end of the movement activity. Offer a predictable routine for ending the movement. 


Regain Composure
Help the group settle back into a sitting position for the next portion of the lesson. This may take a half minute or so and you can even sing your instructions. For example, sing, “I am looking for the group that is sitting criss cross and ready!” to the melody Rain Rain Go Away.  Regain composure in a playful way. 


A Montessori music class




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A Pun for Father’s Day

June 12, 2016

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Here’s an easy Father’s Day craft if you need to throw something together at the last minute!

Dad Rocks Easy Fathers Day Craft


Even the preschoolers got a chuckle out of this one!  “He’s cute!”  “He looks nothing like my dad!” “I love his nose!”

We talked about how this was a “pun”.  “A pun is a kind of joke where you use a word that has two meanings.”  

What does it mean when you say, “My dad rocks!”  “It means my dad is awesome!”

What you need:

  • River rocks (hunt for them outside or grab them at the craft store if you need a lot)
  • School glue
  • Craft feathers
  • Googly eyes
  • Tip of a Q-tip (or a tiny pom pom for a nose)

Dad Rocks Set up on a tray

Dad Rocks Fathers Day Craft


We finished it off with a sweet interview using this printable from Kinzie’s Creations

Fathers Day Card


More Father’s Day Ideas on Our Pinterest Board

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Learning About Ramadan

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Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar.  The Muslim calendar is a lunar calendar, which means that the months follow the cycles of the moon.  This also means that the months do not correspond to the western calendar months.  Each year, Ramadan is approximately 11 days earlier than the year before.  As the years go by, Ramadan falls in  different seasons, which can lead to some very long, or very shorts, days of fasting!

This year (2016) , Ramadan begins on or around the evening of June 5th. Traditionally, the new moon must be sighted to recognize that Ramadan has begun.  Many muslim communities enjoy going out in the evenings to look for the moon.  There is great celebration when the moon is spotted at the beginning of Ramadan.  Pakistani communities often host parties for the occasion known as “chaand raat” (the night of the moon).  

During Ramadan, Muslims around the world re-focus on their spirituality and refrain from indulging their appetites.  The most visible examples of this are not eating or drinking from dawn to dusk.  But, fasting in Ramadan also includes controlling one’s anger and other negative emotions and actions, among other things.  

When the new moon is spotted again at the end of the month, the global Muslim community celebrates with a festival known as “Eid al-Fitr” (celebration of breaking the fast).  Eid al-Fitr festivities around the world generally include wearing new clothes, going to the mosque for community prayer, and visiting with friends and neighbors. Local communities have a wide range of traditions they also enjoy.  


Resources to Learn About Ramadan


Sunny and Bright in First Grade Ramadan Close Reading

Sunny and Bright in First Grade has this great non-fiction Ramadan close reading pack.  This is just the right level to introduce Ramadan and Muslim communities to my students (preschool). Lower elementary students will be able to do the other activities included.


Ramadan book by Suzzanne Muir

Suzanne Muir has a free downloadable Powerpoint Ramadan story.  You can easily print this out to make a book, but you will need Powerpoint to open it.


Teach At Daycare Ramadan Pack

Teach At Daycare has this printable pack of 30 Ramadan/Muslim themed activities for the classroom for only $1!


First Grade Rocks Ramadan Writing Prompts

1st Grade Rocks has a set of writing prompts for your young writers (also only $1)


Nancy Stewart Music

Nancy Stewart has a couple of free downloadable mp3s that you may want to add to your class collection

Ramadan Song

Celebrate Eid Song

Cat Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam, has a children’s song too: Ramadan Moon (on Amazon)

Check out these other Ramadan songs on Amazon


Learning About the Phases of the Moon in Ramadan from DeenKits

Because the moon sighting features so prominently in the month of Ramadan, this is a great time to learn about the phases of the moon. makes this great little Montessori 3-part cards set and board with little descriptions of what a family might be doing throughout the month of Ramadan.  

Learning About Ramadan and the Phases of the Moon

This is a photo of my niece checking out the set she got as a birthday gift!  She’s still too young for this, but it will perfect for her next year!


Activities for Muslim Families

Ramadan Calendar from DeenKits

This is another great little item from DeenKits!  It’s a Ramadan Halaqa Calendar and comes with 30 days of cards with a hadith, a child friendly explanation and tips to make it practical.  I can see this being a fun little annual ritual in a Muslim home.

Find lots more Ramadan Calendar inspiration at In The Playroom 

Find a Word in the Quran, a Ramadan 30 Day Activity at Parenthood: Muslim Style (free printables!)

Use this list of 30 Days of Good Deeds as jumping off points to come up with your own!  From In the Playroom (handy printable included)

Check out this series of Ramadan posts on Multicultural Kid Blogs


Children’s Books About Ramadan

Ramadan Books for children


It’s Ramadan, Curious George

Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors

Raihanna’s First Time Fasting

My First Ramadan

Under the Ramadan Moon

Rashad’s Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr

Ramadan and Fasting Activity Book

A Party in Ramadan

The Best Eid Ever

Welcome Ramadan

Lailah’s Lunchbox

Lots More Ideas on Our Pinterest Board

Ramadan Pinterest Board



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9 Keys to writing effective progress reports for teachers

I find it helpful to think of progress reports as just one of the components in my overall parent relations strategy.  Building a strong connection with parents is an essential piece of running a successful classroom and school. Keeping this in mind, we can structure our progress reports in a way that meets our overall goals for developing parent partnerships.

Below are 9 keys that we incorporate into our semi-annual written progress reports.

1. Use a narrative format

Parents have a hunger to know what their children are doing when they are away from them. How are they getting on with other children? Are they happy? What do they love to do? Do the teachers love them? Do they see them?

A checklist will never fully serve this need. Neither will a few short comments. A thoughtfully written narrative is the best way to adequately convey the depth of knowledge you have about the child.

If you do use a checklist, make sure it is a minor part of the complete progress report package. To most parents, terms such as “constructive triangles- small hexagon box” or “golden bead static addition” are a mystery. Any list of materials should always indicate where a parent can get more information about the material and how it fits into the overall sequence.

2. Provide a holistic view of the child’s development rather than focusing only on academic progress

If describing the child’s choices and development in the various curriculum areas takes up more than 60% of your report, then it’s time to go back to the drawing board!

Children are holistic beings and a Montessori environment caters to the whole child. In addition to the academics, be sure to include information about social development, motor development, concentration, independence, work habits, you get the idea!

3. Make 5 positive comments for every negative comment

Stephen Covey, in his book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, explained the concept of an emotional bank account. Every positive interaction you have with a person makes “deposits” into that person’s emotional bank account. Every negative interaction makes a withdrawal from that account. The more deposits you make before you attempt to make a withdrawal, the stronger the account and the relationship.

It is, however, not quite as simple as that. Unfortunately, even mild negative interactions can pack quite a punch and quickly deplete the emotional bank account you have been building up. When writing progress reports, aim to provide 5-8 positive comments about the child for every single potentially negative comment you make.

4. Describe your observations; don’t make a diagnosis

Accurately describe your observations of challenging behaviors but refrain from making any diagnostic comments! It is appropriate to say, “Johnny often needs assistance to help him stay on task” but NOT “Johnny is hyperactive”

Accurate, detailed descriptions of a child’s behavior can be very effective in conveying the essence of a challenging issue. Labeling a child is not your job and can often create distance between you and the parent at a time when you most need to be working together.

5. Describe the strategies you are using to address any challenges mentioned in your report

Don’t leave parents hanging if you bring up a challenge their child is facing! It is very reassuring to parents when you follow up with a description of the strategies you have been using to address the issue, and the degree of success you have had with them. Whether or not the strategies have been effective, it demonstrates clearly to the parents that you are in control of the situation and that you are not about to abandon their child.

When you simply list a child’s challenges you may be perceived as a complainer but when you describe what you are doing to help, you become an ally in the parents’ quest for doing the best for their child.

This also opens up a dialog with the parents who will often start thinking of alternate strategies they have been using at home in similar situations.

Of course, detailed information of this type will be of immeasurable help if the parents decide to pursue any external support services as well.

6. Include memorable anecdotes

Don’t underestimate the value of the “warm and fuzzies”. Parents want to know that you love their child and are as moved by his special ways as they are.

Make it a point to note down one or two specific incidents that highlight the unique way the child would react to a situation. Don’t be afraid of writing down jokes the child has made up, something special he wrote for picture-story, kind words he said to a child who accidentally pushed him, or the day he spent 20 minutes staring out the window in awe at a bird building it’s nest.

Warm and fuzzies build up that emotional bank account faster than anything!

7. Refer to past challenges that have shown progress

Always check back to previous reports and the challenges the child had been facing. Make sure you celebrate the progress that has been made since then. Sometimes children grow so much over the course of a summer or semester that we forget that what seems so easy for them now was causing us concern before.

This is particularly important for a child who has many issues. Reassure yourself and the parent that the child is indeed making progress!

8. Never write about problems that you have not already discussed with the parent face-to-face

That would be the biggest progress report faux pas of all! There should be no unpleasant surprises in a written progress report. (Pleasant surprises are always welcome) Make sure you have a face-to- face meeting to discuss troubling issues prior to writing the report. Use your body language and tone of voice to be as reassuring as possible. In your report you can refer to the meeting and strategies discussed.

9. Start and end on a positive note

We tend to remember the things we encounter first and last in a sequence of items. Even if you have a lot of troubling issues to tackle in the report, you can still start and end on a positive note. Remember, you are providing a view of the whole child; this is not the time to emphasize one particular challenge- that is best done face to face. Use this opportunity to convey a well rounded portrait of the child.

If you are looking for more comprehensive training on how to improve your parent relations skills, I highly recommend this on-demand online workshop by Jonathan Wolff: Optimizing Parent Relations

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Today’s post comes to you from Lisa of Montessori Kiwi.  Lisa is a Montessori Elementary teacher from New Zealand.  She shares some simple and easy ideas to help you integrate the concept of Cosmic Education into your daily classrom practice. 

What Cosmic Education Isn’t

Cosmic education is not this

What it is

Cosmis education is this
Since it has been … necessary to give so much to the child, let us give him a vision of the whole universe. The universe is an imposing reality, and an answer to all questions…. All things are part of the universe, and are connected with each other to form one whole unity. The idea helps the mind of the child to become focused, to stop wandering in an aimless quest for knowledge. He is satisfied having found the universal centre of himself with all things.
– Maria Montessori, To Educate the Human Potential
When I first heard about Cosmic Education in Montessori I was quite skeptical. Just hearing the words made me think Montessori was a weird educational paradigm that required me to change my belief system and get myself a cloak, frizzy hair and a crystal ball!
However after doing some reading and training as a Montessori teacher I soon found that Cosmic Education is just good common sense and is fundamental to Montessori education regardless of religious or cultural background. In fact Cosmic Education works alongside your worldview and does not replace it but amplifies it.


Yesterday I took my toddler out for a walk in our neighbourhood in his pushchair. Consider the following things I did or saw or interacted with

  • I walked on a path
  • I saw lots of autumnal trees and walked on leaves
  • I helped a couple of school children who had kicked their ball to the other side of the road
  • I saw some builders refurbishing a building
  • I went to the shop and bought myself a soft drink where I interacted with a shopkeeper who was from a different culture to me. I asked him how his day was and conversed with him about friendship and  he told me how it was difficult to have friends when you worked the hours he did.

The Cosmic Education of Montessori encourages me not just to think of myself, but of the people, places and environment I find myself in. For example, the soft drink I got from the shelf didn’t magically materialise in the fridge in the shop. It was manufactured, bottled, packaged, driven, delivered and put on a shelf. All by different people – who all hold equal worth in humanity, have different skills and who have lives and communities of their own. All this so I could get a caffeine hit (necessary with a 14 month old toddler!).

How would I share this experience with the children I currently interact with? How do I help them to see the connections in their world and integrate their knowledge so they can be respectful caring citizens of planet earth?



At the early childhood level, Cosmic Education isn’t as prominent in Montessori literature as in the 6-12 curriculum. However our classrooms and teaching require us to help students see the connections in their life and environment daily. It is not enough to have a ‘cultural day’ once a year or to have a classroom with all the ‘correct’ equipment. This comes back to Montessori’s idea of the ‘prepared adult’ which is just as important as the prepared environment. As a prepared adult we ensure that we ourselves are prepared by the words we say and how we act so as to help students make connections. We want  our learners to make connections and see the unity in their environment.  A couple of examples:

Cultural/Zoology- Parts of the frog

  • Non fiction books about frogs in the class that are read out loud to the child
  • Talking about local places that have frogs and if possible sharing pictures and inviting students to talk about their experiences with frogs
  • Making a list of different parts of speech to do with frogs such as adjectives and verbs

Sensorial: learning the words tall, taller, tallest with a specific piece of equipment

  • Making links to the people in the class. ‘You are tall, Sam is taller, I am the tallest’
  • That tree is the tallest tree I can see outside. I wonder why it is the tallest tree? Have you seen a tall tree before? Where?


At the elementary level, we have the Great Lessons. These by themselves are not the entire Cosmic Education Curriculum. You would have seen by my discussion so far that Cosmic Education is about making connections. We have to make it clear to students how their learning in one area connects with another area. This could be as simple as discussing how they could show the population of a certain country on the checkerboard. Our equipment and classrooms have connections built into them. However we cannot assume that a child will ‘get it’ just because they are sitting in our classroom. Here are just a couple of ways I have integrated Cosmic or ‘connecting’ education into my classroom:

Great Lesson on the ‘Coming of Humans’

  • Putting children into mixed age and ability groups and having them make a piece of clothing or type of shelter from a certain period.
  • Making links from the fundamental needs to current events such as the refugee crisis ‘What fundamental needs do these people need?’ ‘Who is helping them to get these?’ This is also a great journaling activity

A piece of purposely broken equipment

  • Discussion around how the piece of equipment got to our class.  Who has used it before us ? (as in previous classes or children?)  Who will use it after us? (our brothers and sisters and friends)  Who made it?  How did it get here?


For me, it is all about making the links to our connected universe naturally and speaking about them often. A great way of doing this is by talking naturally about yourself and things you have done or experienced. Here are just a few things I have talked about with my students:

  • a miscommunication at a Pizza delivery company meant a  single pizza order was delivered to me 3 times due to someone not reading the docket correctly (I linked this to the story of language)
  • visiting a zoo and looking at my favourite animal – the elephant and talking about how even though it seemed big to me I remembered that some dinosaurs were even bigger. I modeled my ‘wonderings’ out loud to the students: ‘I wonder why there aren’t more big animals around any more? 
  • I went on a field trip with some 2-5 year olds recently to an aquarium. When we got back, we did lots of art work about the sea animals they saw and talked about the animals as we worked. 


I believe all Montessori teachers have the capacity to be not only great teachers but great role models of how we can connect with our environment and each other in healthy respectful ways. You don’t have to be a super star teacher you just have to be a reflective teacher!

If you need more ideas you might be interested in my ‘Discussion guide for Elementary Students’. You can access it here: 

discussion and journal ideas pic



About Lisa

Lisa from Montessori Kiwi

Lisa is a Montessori Teacher who has experience teaching in Public Montessori and mainstream classes primarily with 5 year olds to 9 year olds. She is currently retraining to be a pre-school teacher with the aim of establishing her own Montessori preschool in her city which is a low socio-economic area. She met her husband at University but it took them 9 years to get together. Their first date is a matter of humorous contention. On the day in question Lisa thought  they were going out as two friends for dinner – at the end of the date her now husband said that the dinner had been for another reason to discuss whether they could ‘undertake the process of dating’ – Lisa said yes. The dinner is  something that they both now giggle about because of the language Nate used! Lisa fills in her spare time(!) by making Montessori and New Zealand teaching resources. You can find her huge range of Montessori materials here: 

If you have any questions, you can contact Lisa at  montessorikiwi @ gmail. com

Montessori Kiwi



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