Montessori at Home

Original artwork by YCC guide, Kate Mahoney.

Montessori families face unique challenges as we practice social distancing in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. CMS campuses may be closed but our faculty are working hard to offer Montessori inspired distance learning to our students and distance learning resources to our parents.

Below is a collection of resources for any family seeking support for your child’s development during this challenging time. This is a work in progress, so please check back regularly for updates. 

(last update: Tuesday, April 21, 2020)

Young Children's Community: Ages 18 months - 3 years

Podcast

Short Song Videos

Little Red Caboose – sung by Ms. Wyrick

The Bird Song – sung by Ms. Wyrick

Five Little Peas – sung by Ms. Mahoney

Rumba Rumba Bubblegum – sung by Ms. Mahoney

Short Book Readings

Sara and the Door – The author of this book is Virginia Allen Jensen. It was published by HarperCollins Children’s Books. It is read here by Ms. Mahoney. 

Growing Like Me – The author of this book is Anne Rockwell. It was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. It is read here by Ms. Mahoney.

I Know a Lot – The author of this book is Stephen Krensky. It was published by Harry N. Abrams. It is read here by Ms. Wyrick.

Birds – The author of this book is Kevin Hanks. It was published by HarperCollins Children’s Books. It is read here by Ms. Wyrick.

"Take It Outside" Series

Enjoy these tutorials on offering Montessori inspired lessons at home.

Rock Balancing          Tree Hugging

"Create Your Own" Series

Enjoy this series on making meaningful materials.

Matching          Isolating Items          Sewing Ideas          Frog & Butterfly Book

Madame Despres Weeks offers French lessons via Zoom

Blogs, Websites, Podcasts, and more

Noodle Loaf – Highly interactive podcast that engages children in singing, dancing, rhyming, developing phonemic awareness, matching pitch, and more.

Kids Listen – A podcast dedicated to puzzling questions. Each one examines a question and the science behind it in a fun and engaging way. 

The Inspired Treehouse – Post enumerating the many reasons why a visual schedule can be helpful and effective for young children.

The Montessori Notebook – Free resources for all sorts of Montessori inspired work at home for children. 

Explaining Stay-at-Home to Young Children – By Angie Ma

Banana Bread – A recipe from our own Ms. Enas! Child-friendly instructions, adult help required. 

Nature Work for Primary Children – Outside ideas for exploration and learning from our own Ms. Martensson! 

Elementary Communities: Ages 6 - 12

Stories from Ms. Echo

Click on these links to hear a story from Ms. Echo

Story of Life Prelude

Story of Life

Madame Despres Weeks offers French lessons via Zoom

Blogs, Websites, Podcasts, and more

Ostrich Eggs and Elephant Birds – Watch this video from Mystery Science to learn about the size of an ostrich egg vs the average chicken egg and why humans don’t normally consume them for breakfast!  Not only that, but have you ever heard of the Elephant Bird? 

Spring is in the air! – Learn about eggs and flowers. 

Spring Celebrations – National Geographic shows different Springtime celebrations from around the world

Etymology – How were the months of the year named? Watch these short, explanatory Vimeo videos from our own Ms. Echo!

The Roaring 20s – Watch this video from The Smithsonian Channel to learn about life in the 1920s. 

Nouns – School House Rock offers a song all about nouns and their function.