Monday, 12 April 2010

Montessori Monday

I am so happy to finally have my laptop back! Oh yes and my husband ; ) he's finally finished his training. So now I can post whenever I get the urge.
For Easter we got L an African safari book that has puzzle like pieces you can put in and out and also stand them up to put in an African plains scene. I decided to get L to pair them up with these African animal cards I found at a boot fair ages ago. L really enjoyed this but it was very easy for her. After she paired them up we sorted them into meat eaters and non-meat eaters.

We haven't done anything with color tablets for ages so when I found these old paint samples I'd brought from England I thought I'd see how she did with color grading. Amazingly this was really very easy for her and she did three different color grades in a few seconds. I used the uncut paint sample for a control card that she would turn over to check her work.

I also got these plastic shapes ages ago for sorting. They are supposed to be used to link together to make jewelry. L can now do this so we've been having fun making all sorts of things. I also took it as an opportunity to introduce patterns. I think L sort of gets it but she wasn't in the best frame of mind for it. I think next time I will take the rest of the basket away and just use a few pre-selected ones to make the patterns.



I saw this brilliant idea for counting on The Wonder Years and thought I would change it up a bit using our ladybugs and not putting dots on. Just in case it's not clear in the picture the numbers are written on the top of the stick and L has to pick one from the glass. She then places the correct number of ladybugs on the stick. She liked this one a lot and has brought it out several times.






4 comments:

CHILDHOOD MAGIC said...

Great activities mama!
Did you ever try out the star?
xoxoxo

Lisa said...

I really like the ladybugs task. My son is 2 and 4 months, but I am not sure he would be ready for the first task - meat eaters vs plant eaters. How old is your little one?

Montessori Beginnings said...

Hi Lisa. L is 29 months. This was kind of an easy one for us because her and I are vegetarians and her dad and granny aren't so we've already had discussion about eating meat. We've also been doing Montessori activities since L was about 13 months so she is used to this kind of thing.

Kathy said...

The paint samples are genius!
I've collected lots of these
over time and just done matching
colors, but grading using the
original paint sample is a great
idea! You could laminate these and
get alot more life out of the chips. I also have used laminate
samples as color tablets...makes a
great extension, because some there is alot of variation of texture and pattern. Just get two
of each sample at your home improve
ment store. For your links, you could make pattern control cards
for her to match up.
Thanks for letting me put in my
'two cents'!
Kathy
www.kathysmontessorilife.blogspot.com

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