"The hand is the chief teacher of the child..." --Maria Montessori

"The hand is the chief teacher of the child..." --Maria Montessori

Monday, August 25, 2014


Welcome to a new school year at the Montessori Academy!  

These are the days when our little ones experience some tears when mom or dad depart from the classroom or when the child leaves the car.  This is fully to be expected but for most children it does not last long.  They soon get used to their new environment and have a great time learning new things and perfecting old skills.  Many children have a great beginning, are confident and ready on the first day and then about the third day they seem to regress and start crying.  This is also quite common.  They may be wondering to themselves “What did I let Mom do!?”    They also will recover well from this and have a great experience here.  Separation is the first hurdle we pass as we enter the Toddler environment.  After that we can begin to work on ground rules such as putting work away, walking feet and soft voices.  We will also begin working on choosing our own work to do, from the shelf, instead of from another child J

We are both looking forward to having a wonderful year with your children!

Monday, April 14, 2014


The children are exploring both in vocabulary learning and in building their fine motor skills and concentration. 

It is wonderful to see how far they have come in so short a time.



Submitted by: Lori Twining

Friday, February 7, 2014

Melting Snow

The toddlers enjoy their experience in the snow when weather permits.  

Snow pants and boots enable them to get the most out of the experience.  

This past month we were able to experiment with melting snow--the children enjoyed holding snow in their hands.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


These children are using their hands in so many ways, polishing silver, creating a rubber band design by stretching a rubber band, stringing, buckling, using tongs, using a baster to transfer water, using play dough and chopping apples.  

The children are using real objects, feeling the objects, manipulating and taking a form of mastery over the object.  This is so vital for the development of young minds who are still very new at encountering the real world.  They need to understand cause and effect and one of the best ways to do that is through the interaction of the hand, the senses and the real world around them.

"The hands are the instruments of man’s intelligence"

--Maria Montessori

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Tis the Season for Holiday Giving!  This year the Toddler & Early Childhood Classes at TMA will be collecting items for the children in our Montessori Classroom at The South Bend Center for the Homeless.

A total of 20 children were transformed by the Montessori Classroom at the South Bend Center for the Homeless during the 2012-2013 school year.  While not all of the 20 children attended at the same time nor did all of them complete the Montessori cycle, they were all loved, honored and cared for within the Montessori community.  Some of the children attended school for a few days, others a few weeks, some a few months and one completed the third year of the Montessori curriculum.  While the classroom at the center does oftentimes seem like a revolving door, we at The Montessori Academy believe that no matter what the length of attendance is, if we can offer a safe and secure environment for these young children and allow them to have a peaceful environment to learn in and to be successful. 
We will be assembling 8 gift bags to be delivered to the classroom on December 19.  Please take this time to allow your child to enjoy the gift of giving.  Take a moment to reflect with your child on what it means to give and we ask you to allow your child to choose an item below to bring in to school in the next 2 weeks in order to create these gift bags.  We are trying to make sure all items are below $5 to ensure that all families can participate.
The items desired are listed below—we are not looking for large ticket items or lots of toys due to the transient lifestyle many of these children live.

4 8 Winter Hats                                                           8 blank pads of paper
8 Pairs of Mittens                                                        5 packs of Hair Clips
Socks                                                                         3 Hot Wheels
8 child size toothbrushes                                              5  8 Beanie Babies
8 mini tubes of toothpaste                                            8 packs of stickers
8 coloring books                                                         7 bottles of Children’s Shampoo/Body Wash
8 packs of Crayola crayons                                         7 8 pairs of children’s slippers

8 packs of Crayola washable markers                          8 Chapstick

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Process of Snack Time

Before snack time begins, we take turns and work together preparing our food by slicing fruit, cheese, eggs, and other foods.

Slicing Apples
setting the table
singing the "shirt song"
finding my cup

washing my hands

The table is ready

waiting for everyone to be seated

snack song

enjoying snack

serving myself

clearning my plate

clearing my place

pushing in my chair

This is how we do snack in Toddlers