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The Montessori Three Period Lesson

The Montessori Three Period Lesson

Education that Fosters Curiosity My background as a parent of two children who attended a Montessori school is the driving force behind Puzzle Heads Educational Products. The reason I chose a Montessori education for my children was largely because it encouraged the childrens’ natural sense of curiosity. Learning in a Montessori program is joyful and […]

Montessori Puzzles and the Curriculum

Montessori Puzzles and the Curriculum Montessori puzzle map showing the pincer grip of picking up a piece.

The Emphasis of Puzzles in the Montessori Classroom When you think about it, there is probably no other educational philosophy that places such emphasis on the use of puzzles in the classroom. In fact, in Montessori schools puzzles are not just in the classroom as random activities that children can take out when there is […]

The True Ghosts or Spirit Bears of British Columbia

The True Ghosts or Spirit Bears of British Columbia Spirit Bears of British Columbia

If you are travelling in the central coastal region of British Columbia and think you may have seen a ghost, you’re probably right. You blink your eyes just to make sure, but you are now certain you see a large, pure white, slow moving figure emerge from the foggy rainforest. You hold your breath. Aside from […]

Rubbing Plate Ideas for Early Learners

Rubbing Plate Ideas for Early Learners

Rubbing Plate Activities  Have you ever used rubbing plates before? Rubbing plates are double sided plastic plates, with each side producing somewhat different effects. They can be used as texture for a variety of techniques, including rubbings with paint sticks, transfer crayons or watercolour. Foiling, gelatin prints, impressions in clay and more.  They can be […]

Conifer Preschool Examination Activities

Conifer Preschool Examination Activities Conifer Cabinet Evergreen Leaf Shapes

Conifer Trees in the Winter Winter is the perfect time of the year to examine evergreen branches of conifer trees. The deciduous trees are still dormant, most flowers are still sleeping too, but conifers are painting the town green! Exploring nature is not only fun for young children, but as Maria Montessori maintained, nature should […]

Teach Girls About the Incredible Superpowers of Women in STEM

Teach Girls About the Incredible Superpowers of Women in STEM

What’s Your Superpower? Have you seen the slogans and memes asking “What’s your superpower?”. You can fill in that blank with pretty much anything. Yet we still don’t see enough support for the incredible superpowers of women in STEM. The Power of Association We all know how easily seeing or experiencing something can spark the […]

4 Ways Puzzles Exercise Your Brain

4 Ways Puzzles Exercise Your Brain National Puzzle Day is Jan 29 every year.

Puzzles Are Versatile Puzzles are some of the most versatile learning tools available for the home and classroom. It’s no wonder there’s a special day set aside on January 29 each year to showcase the plethora of options on National Puzzle Day. There truly is something for everyone. If you are more drawn to words, […]

What are Environmentally Friendly Peat Alternatives?

What are Environmentally Friendly Peat Alternatives? Ecofriendly peat moss alternatives.

If you haven’t read the post about peat bogs and why they are a fragile, non-renewable resource, make sure you read it here. In this post you will learn about interesting and innovative peat alternatives.  Why Do We Need a Peat Alternative? Some gardeners and the nursery trade will still argue for the benefits of […]