Montessori in the Home – Summer Edition!

Incorporating Montessori principles into your home over the summer can create a rich, engaging environment for children to learn and grow. Here are some practical ideas: ENVIRONMENT: Child-Sized Furniture: Ensure your child has access to tables, chairs, and shelves...

Montessori Material Highlight: The Pink Tower

The Pink Tower is a key educational material used in Montessori Casa (preschool) classrooms at North Star. It consists of ten wooden cubes, painted pink, that range in size from 1 cubic centimeter to 10 cubic centimeters. Each cube increases progressively in size...

Montessori and Music

Music plays an integral role in the Montessori classrooms at North Star, reflecting Dr. Maria Montessori’s emphasis on creating a rich, multisensory environment that supports the development of the whole child. Music in Montessori settings is used not...

Who is Dr. Maria Montessori?

Dr. Maria Montessori was an Italian physician and educator, born on August 31, 1870, in Chiaravalle, Italy. She broke new ground in education with her innovative teaching methods, which fostered children’s natural desire for learning. Montessori initially...

The Reasoning Mind in Montessori Elementary

In Montessori education, the “reasoning mind” refers to the development of logical and abstract thinking skills that occur during the elementary years (ages 6-12). This phase follows the period of the absorbent mind in the Montessori approach. Dr. Maria...

What is a Montessori Floor Bed?

A Montessori floor bed is a infant or toddler child’s bed that is placed directly on the floor or on a very low frame, embodying principles from the Montessori method of education.  This educational approach emphasizes fostering a...

Imaginative Play in the Early Years

When it comes to imaginative play, Montessori education is often misunderstood. Montessori education emphasizes real-life activities and materials, and some believe this leaves little room for imaginative play. Montessori supports imaginative play in a nuanced and...

Why 5 days a week in Montessori Casa programs?

The Montessori method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, emphasizes child-centered learning that allows students to explore and learn at their own pace within a preparedenvironment. This approach fosters independence, respect, and a love of learning...

Why are Montessori Students so Well Behaved?

The perception that Montessori students are often well-behaved stems from several coreaspects of the Montessori educational philosophy and its approach to classroom management,discipline, and child development. Here are some key reasons why Montessori students might...