Early Childhood Education

Learning is natural for children and discovery is always a pleasure for them. Yet, unfortunately, traditional school can be heaven for some and hell for others. The reason is every child is different and the way they learn is defined according to their profile, their needs and their rhythm. However, the mistake of traditional school is to consider pupils as a block, without really taking into account the individualities of each. Thus, the level of each child is assessed with marks and a strict schedule is established following a curriculum of subjects that is not favorable to the child’s development. The interaction with the environment, the practice and the human aspect of learning are relatively ruled out or even hidden. However, from 3 to 6 years old, children have an incredible absorbent mind that is good to use to learn.

Fortunately, there are several options to explore when it comes to Early Childhood Education. All are aimed at the child’s fulfilment in a favorable environment for learning. No pressure, only an appropriated rhythm, and discovery through games. Language, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Arts and Music... no matter the area, with the concept of active learning it is always possible to explore and increase knowledge while respecting the child and his/her development.

One of the other great benefits of active learning is that educators watch each child at length to identify their needs and profile in order to adapt the learning process. Does this child have visual, auditory or rather kinesthetic learning style? Does he/she integrate things better by doing, touching, listening, watching or explaining to somebody else? Precisely, the different alternative learning approaches specifically focus on this type of questioning.

This is the reason why more and more parents are opting for alternative education and discovering pedagogies developing activities with several goals: to learn while having fun, to strengthen skills, to favor independence, to stimulate logical thinking and discovery, and above all the child’s fulfilment is the main priority.

You can read our resources about Early Childhood Education in which we provide guidelines and in which we especially answer your questions about the difference between a traditional teacher and a Montessori teacher or any alternative pedagogy educator.

You can also learn about specific activities, such as how to learn geometric shapes with specific materials.

Arithmetic becomes fun and simple for children thanks to our tips to learn arithmetic operations with color sticks and wooden pieces.

Introduce children to the famous numbers matching game activity to teach toddlers to relate the symbols to the quantities. This activity explained in a video tutorial will make math learning easier for them in the future.

If you want to learn more about Dr. Maria Montessori's philosphy and state of mind, check our detailed infos on 5 Inspirational Quotes by Maria Montessori.


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Early Childhood Education Ressources

Teaching Phonics: 7 Effective Approaches

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Knowing how to read and write are not only essential life skills, but they can also extend a child’s knowledge and broaden his or her imagination. It is no wonder that teachers and parents place such importance on teaching children reading and writing skills. Use Phonics to Teach Reading and Writing While there are many methods on teaching a child how to read and write, one of the most effective ways is the phonics method. In phonics, the focus is on phonemic awareness or the ability to hear, identify and manipulate the sound of each letter. The child learns that...

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How to use the Stereognostic Sense to Learn Geometry Shapes (TUTORIAL+VIDEO)

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Typical educational material to develop the stereognostic sense The Mini Mystery Bag Geometry Shapes is an important work for children and the Montessori child in particular. This bag helps teach the children about the geometric shapes using the stereognostic sense. Read our article to have more details on the purpose and benefits of the stereognostic sense in every children education. But first, here’s a video to have more information about the typical educational material which allows little-ones to learn geometry shapes while using their stereognostic sense. Then, we’ll give details on how to introduce a child to this mysterious sense....

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5 Inspirational Quotes by Maria Montessori

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Maria Montessori, best known as the creator of the Montessori pedagogy, was also a talented physician and educator. Born in 1870, in Italy, the teaching methods during this time were based upon repression and repetition. Maria Montessori wanted to change this and developed a teaching method that appeals to the child’s senses, based upon self-experience and experimentation rather than rote learning. Her scientific writings on pedagogy provide a valuable insight into her Montessori Method, stressing the importance of self-learning for children and above all, inspiring the desire to learn. The Montessori Method has become increasing popular over the years as...

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Children & Arithmetic: 5 Fun Activities Using a Montessori-inspired item (VIDEO)

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It can be extremely complex to teach children the basics of arithmetic. Indeed, most children think multiplication, subtraction and division are unfunny. On the other hand, all too often parents and homeschool parents wait longer than necessary to introduce their child to the fun world of math. As for teachers, they often face difficulties to teach arithmetic especially math operations. Today, let’s discover how to learn arithmetic while having fun in the Montessori-inspired way with 1 item and its video tutorial. The Early Learning Counting Box is a very interesting material because it provides an important link between hypothetical math operation...

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Montessori Numbers Matching Game Activity: how to teach children? (VIDEO)

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Today we’re going to learn about the infamous Montessori Numbers Matching Game. How to use it? Which Montessori principles & practical activities can you do? Read our detailed lesson under the video.  This material is a great addition to the mathematical area of the room or classroom. It helps children learn numeration and the association of quantities to their symbols. As you can see, there's beautifully painted tiles. Each tile has two parts, the symbol or number and the quantity associated with the symbol. Every symbol will only match one quantity. The pieces are small and easily held by the hands...

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6 Differences Between a Traditional Teacher and a Montessori Teacher

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When raising children there is much to consider, not the least of these considerations are decisions regarding your child's education.  These decisions start early and they can be overwhelming. What age to begin? Public school, private school, or home school?  A traditional education model, or maybe something a bit more unconventional? The good news; there are many worthy educational philosophies and options for you to consider.  The better news; you know your child better than anyone, which makes you well-equipped to make such choices. Is your child an inquisitive and active learner?  Does your child learn best through hands-on, concrete...

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5 Montessori Activities to Learn shapes using the Educational Geometry Blocks (VIDEO)

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The Educational Geometry Blocks help children from all environments grow in their sensorial development of visual discrimination of shape. Made from solid, natural wood, this educational toy would be an ideal gift that will last to be passed on from generation to generation. No need for batteries nor flashing lights, offer children the opportunity to learn how to entertain themselves and the chance to make a head-start on their exciting journey of geometric exploration.                           In this Montessori activity video guide, our teacher will demonstrate activities using Puzzle A and Puzzle B from this educational toy.    How to Learn...

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