Children Bake Breads for the Greater Community

Every day at Fiore Montessori School, little bakers prepare mini-loaves of whole-wheat rustic bread from scratch. As the children arrive at school each morning, invariably one of them will walk over to the food preparation area and then carry a baking tray to a table where he will work on bread-making for the next 30 to 60 minutes or so. Friends will periodically stop by his table to assess the dough’s […]

Social Development: Conflict Resolution

Both peer and sibling relationships can be fraught with situations of conflict.  As stated earlier, this is usually a result of emerging and developing skills of conflict resolution, socialization, and language expression, which children have not yet learned how to use  when solving problems.  Dealing with aggression, hitting, arguing, yelling, and general frustration is as much about modeling appropriate behavior as it is about giving children conflict resolution skills.  When […]

Social Development: Sibling Relationships

For many children, the first social relationship they develop is with a brother or sister.  The sibling relationship is likely to last longer than any other relationship in one’s lifetime and plays an integral part in the lives of families.  Siblings have a tremendous positive impact upon each other’s development of socialization.  Characteristically, unlike many tentative peer relationships, sibling interactions are emotionally charged relationships defined by strong, uninhibited emotions (of […]

Grace and Courtesy: Modeling Social Behaviors

In the Montessori classroom, Grace and Courtesy lessons are a continuous part of the curriculum.  These lessons encourage the children to become aware and mindful of what they are doing in the classroom.  For example, the child may say “I am closing the door quietly” or “I am walking slowly in the classroom.”  We give these lessons by showing children step by step how to handle social behaviors for the […]

Social Development: Making Friends

        During the toddler age, friendships develop in a more parallel manner than directly.  Children at this age may be drawn to certain children, but play occurs more “side by side.”  Children at this age are less concerned with who wants to play with them, so much as they want to join in the activity.  For example, you may see a group of older children running around […]

Supporting Social Development in Primary Children

When we discuss the development of children, we must first look at the child’s plane of development. Dr. Montessori coined this phrase when she saw that children of particular ages shared certain focus, direction, and tendencies, emotionally, socially, intellectually and morally.  She observed three major shifts in children’s thinking as they aged and was able to identify three planes of development from birth to adolescence. The First Plane of Development […]

Supporting Social Development in Toddlers

When we discuss the development of children, we must first look at the child’s plane of development. Dr. Montessori coined this phrase when she saw that children of particular ages shared certain focus, direction, and tendencies, emotionally, socially, intellectually and morally.  She observed three major shifts in children’s thinking as they aged and was able to identify three planes of development from birth to adolescence. The First Plane of Development […]