Category Archives: Education Methods

Who was Froebel and what are Froebel’s Gifts?

Who was Froebel and what are Froebel’s Gifts

You may be here looking for answers as to who Friedrich Froebel was and what are Froebel’s gifts, and when looking for the right education, home learning format or curriculum for your child, there are so many options. Montessori, Waldorf and the lesser-known Froebel method. Let’s take a closer look at Froebel, the style of…

Exploring common Montessori myths and misconceptions

Exploring common Montessori myths and misconceptions

Over the years we have come across lots of common myths and misconceptions surrounding the Montessori method of learning, as well as frequent questions regarding what makes a toy or educational resource ‘Montessori’ and what to look out for when selecting your learning materials. So, we thought we would take this opportunity to address some…

Raising a Montessori toddler

Raising a Montessori toddler

Anybody who is raising or has spent time with a Montessori toddler, or any toddler for that matter, will understand the utter joy and excitement that they bring to any and every situation. Their curiosity is completely unmatched and almost enviable from an adult’s point of view. To be so enthralled with the world and…

What is the difference between Montessori and Waldorf education?

What is the difference between Montessori and Waldorf education?

What is the difference between Montessori and Waldorf education? This is a question people often ask, perhaps because there are similarities between the two pedagogies. Both are very holistic methods that focus on educating the whole child. Both the Montessori and Waldorf methods of education place great importance on character development and the nurturing of…

How to incorporate the Montessori method at home

How to incorporate the Montessori method at home

Following the Montessori method at home is a fantastic way to foster your child’s development in all aspects and environments of their lives. By ensuring that there is cohesion between a child’s Montessori school or educational setting and home life, allows for reinforcement of the core principles and philosophies of the Montessori pedagogy, and creates…

How to raise a Montessori baby

How to raise a Montessori baby - Teia Education & Play

How to raise a Montessori baby? As parents, we want our babies to be confident, develop independence and feel supported on their journey. The Montessori approach is a philosophy and way of life that can equip parents to achieve this goal. Maria Montessori believed that babies and children below the age of three years of…

Writing and reading: the two most important skills to teach a child

Writing and reading the two most important skills to teach a child

It could be argued that writing alongside reading, are probably the two most important skills to teach a child and help them prepare for the world ahead, indeed writing is a skill that as adults, we often take for granted because it is practically second nature to us, and we probably do not remember a…

The Montessori approach to music

Nienhuis Montessori Music - Bells set

The Montessori approach to music is based upon the understanding that young children learn first through their experiences and senses. By at once engaging the ear, the eye, the voice, the hand, the body, and the soul the whole of the child is actively involved in the entire musical experience. Maria Montessori once said: “Music can…

Must-have Montessori materials for home learning

Montessori prepared environment Must-Have Montessori Materials For Home Learning_Nienhuis Montessori PInk Tower

Maria Montessori believed that a prepared environment is vital in helping children to learn whilst becoming independent and confident. Specialist Montessori materials are wonderfully designed to help children learn the important skills they need for practical life, language, math and all areas of the curriculum. But where do you begin? What are the must-have Montessori…

What is Waldorf?

What is Waldorf - Teia Education Switzerland

Waldorf is so often confused with Montessori but it is quite different! Waldorf education is based on the educational philosophies of Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian philosopher, social reformer and the founder of Anthroposophy. The name Waldorf comes from the school Steiner established for the children of employees of the Waldorf-Astoria company in Germany in 1919. …