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Montessori. Waldorf. Reggio. What is the difference?

Montessori. Waldorf. Reggio. What is the difference? 0

Non-conventional schooling isn’t necessarily for everyone or for every age. And it doesn’t work for every family. But different philosophies of education allow children to grow and learn in other ways beyond mainstream public school teaching. A lot of times the success of non-conventional education depends on the personality of the child.
  • Miriam Handfield
The Origin of MDH Toys Reading Spinners

The Origin of MDH Toys Reading Spinners 0

The origin of the MDH Toys Phonetic Reading Spinners. Why we made them and how they are used.
  • Miriam Handfield
Learning Math through 5 pin tabletop bowling

Learning Math through 5 pin tabletop bowling 0

MDH Toys Table Top Bug Bowling wooden game made in Canada by M.D. Handfield Designs Inc.
Math has never been so much fun before! Each of the MDH Tabletop Bowling Games are themed characters that not only promote storytelling, but also help your children to add and subtract while they play! Your children will have so much fun with this game that they may forget they are learning through play.
  • Miriam Handfield
CVC Reading Spinners Can Teach So Much More Than Just Reading

CVC Reading Spinners Can Teach So Much More Than Just Reading 0

Montessori Materials CVC Reading Spinners made in Canada by M.D. Handfield Designs Inc.
A different reason to use Montessori Style  CVC reading spinners in the classroom:

My middle child, Joshua, was diagnosed with moderate autism when he was 3 years old. He was completely non-verbal until shortly after he turned 5. We worked with him at first with PECS and then a little miracle happened for us, he started to recognize letters and started to try sounding out letters. Because his attention span was so short... 
  • Miriam Handfield
Teaching Colours Before Age 3

Teaching Colours Before Age 3 0

Teaching a young toddler all their colours by letting them have hands on experiences. Toddler pouring red and blue acrylic paint to mix into purple.
Toddlers are at a special age of exploration and are beginning to learn about simple colours. Having the same shapes painted in different colours, like shown, will help a child focus on the colours rather than focusing on different shapes. I introduced my daughter to colours at around the 24 month mark. The first tool I started using was the MDH Toys Potted Gnomes.
  • Miriam Handfield
Crafting Up Some Magic - the Kids Way

Crafting Up Some Magic - the Kids Way 0

 

Girl holding MDH Toys handcrafted unicorn wand and stirring up some magic.

 

Magic can be so much fun. And making magic is great. There are so many ways to make magic and to give the gift of magic. Here are a few suggestions.

  • Miriam Handfield