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Building with sugar cubes - a sweet and colorful STEM activity

Last year during the Warsaw Book Fair we participated in an architecture workshop for children. My boys really liked the idea, so we decided to recreate it at home.

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Hands-on math: understanding multiplication

The other day we were checking if Nat knew the times tables. I never asked her to memorize them, so I was positively surprised when it turned out she knew most of the facts. Those that she did not know, she was able to calculate fast. With one exception and xceptions are opportunities to learn. So we sat down, took the Spielgaben sticks and checked if her method was correct or not (it was not) and why.

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Montessori inspired cards & counters with Lego® bricks

Cards and counters are among the primary Montessori math materials. They are the last step of the numeration work, introduced after the number rods and spindle boxes. They are used to practice counting to 10 (associating a quantity with a symbol), and they also introduce the concept of even and odd numbers.

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Nouns, adjectives and… Lego®

When teaching my children the parts of speech I combined Lego® bricks with the Montessori approach. In a Montessori classroom, parts of speech are introduced through a series of games with children as young as four years old. At home, I had to adjust these games to our situation.

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Water cycle using Lego® bricks

Last year we participated in First Lego League Jr. The challenge was called Aqua Adventure, and we learned a lot about the responsible use of water.

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How many bricks? Practising visual estimation

Take a cup, pour some Lego® bricks and try to estimate how many there are. Such a simple activity yet such an valuable skill.

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Developing emotional intelligence through play

In our global and fast-changing world, one of the critical factors of success is the emotional intelligence (EQ). It can be referred to as a capability to recognize your own emotions and emotions of others and being able to act accordingly. People with high EQ can name and manage their feelings, and they can recognize and influence the feelings of people around them.

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Celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science

“We need to encourage and support girls and women to achieve their full potential as scientific researchers and innovators.” — UN SECRETARY-GENERAL, ANTÓNIO GUTERRES

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