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Best Montessori games for preschoolers

April 14 2017 , Written by Chaya Hollier

Geoboard - Three Ways

Otis has been home from school for the last three days, so we have pulled out a couple of new tasks! Above is a typical geoboard with the additional twist of using grid paper. The kid draws contours on the paper subsequently makes the shapes on the geoboard. When utilizing the geoboard Otis typically makes random contours and sometimes creates a graphic or small scene. Above he is using a transparent geoboard on the light table. I made Otis this natural geoboard - inspired by this place at Fairy Dust Teaching. I really like the way that this is just a little rustic and gets the kid think a little differently about making the contours. It seems somewhat more colorful too!

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Montessori Sea Shell Activities You Will Love!

My kids adore actions that involve natural materials. Where there is some thing for them to hold, feel, touch. Where there is something that is interesting, with fascinating little details. Now I am featuring some Montessori Shell Activities that I understand you will love. Above and below is a shell sorting task that I presented to Otis this week.
The Shell Poster (left in top image) is from Montessori Stuff and the Univalve/Bivalve sheet is from Montessori for Everybody.
Cleaning a substantial shell - Brosser un gros coquillage at Le blog de Sylvie d'Esclaibes. This really is an incredible idea, the majority of our shells are unclean and could do with a great scrub! Fitting shells to cards - Apprendre avec des coquillages at Les ateliers de Céleste Pédagogie Montessori et instruction biologique. Another example of fitting shells to cards are available at Les aventures chez nounou Marie. Sea shell sorting with cards with labels at Very Montessori. I consider they are utilizing the wonderful shell set and matching cards from Michael Olaf! The cards hold the name of the shell which introduces the language element and permits the parent or caregiver to provide the little one with the proper lingo. This really is from one of my favorite nature tables (which included tons of shells) where Otis is making imprints with the shells into sand. I recall one of Caspar's favourite tasks when he first started in his Cycle One classroom (in Canberra as a three-year-old) was a tray with all different varieties of shells as well as a simple magnifying glass. There is some thing exceptional about sea shells!

Alphabet Puzzle Bag

Do you have an Alphabet Puzzle or Moveable Alphabet at home? If so, this really is a really enjoyable activity that strengthens knowledge on the shapes and kind of letters. I'd not do this in a way to teach children their letters or to analyze them but to reinforce their knowledge. I'd comprise letters they're assured with alongside letters they may be struggling with. This really is a basic task of placing the letters from an Alphabet Puzzle or Moveable Alphabet into a Mystery Tote and letting the child by making use of their hands as well as their sense of touch only to identify each letter. Select the letters from the Alphabet Puzzle (or Moveable Alphabet) and put them in the Enigma Tote with no child seeing. Encourage the kid over to take a seat at a work mat or table. Invite the child to put one or both hands inside the bag and one at a time, without peeking, identify which letter they may be holding.
The notion is that through touch the child forms a picture of the letter in their own head. If they can recall the sound of the letter it can help raise their connection between the sound and also the shape and type of the letter. As an extension, in case you have comprised vowels and consonants you may also invite the child to generate some words with the letters they have identified.
Above Otis puts his hand in the Enigma Tote and feels for a letter. He's identified this as a 'w'. He places the letter on the mat and puts his hand back in for another letter. The Puzzle Tote is one of our favourite stuff which we have used many times over the years. Otis used his first Mystery Bag as a toddler with a few family items in it. It actually heightens their sense of touch. Our Mystery Bag is a simple silk lined, drawstring bag. I usually keep it to around five items in the tote. These posts reveal a number of the ways in which we've used the Mystery Bag (or Mystery Box). With all activities at home, I try to keep it engaging and light hearted. In case you give this a go I hope you appreciate!

Using Scales and Balance Pails

Yesterday I wrote about one of our action trays with scales (balance pail) and some coloured glass beads, shells and wood pieces. Below are some other Montessori and Query-Based learning thoughts that I adore. These actions are also really easy to put together. Our scales were around $15, or you also could use kitchen scales, and we only use stuff we already have at home! So a number of these examples use natural materials but I also enjoy the thought of using standard size blocks (#8) where the blocks are of equivalent weight. I adore the sensory table for younger kids (#6). I believe I will try a set up like #3 next, where the child has many different materials to weigh and record - it seems excellent for some added math and literacy skills!
1. Balance bucket with loose components at How we Montessori (on our shelves here).
2. Maths In the Playground with An idea on Tuesday.
3. Magnet Trays and Scale Weighing at Learning Cente of Dundee Omaha, Nebraska
4. Drop Inspired Weighing Task with Equilibrium Scales at Montessori from the Heart.
5. General Math Provocations at Welcome to Primary.
6. Balance Scales in the Sensory Table for An Everyday Story.
7. Balance scales at How we Montessori.
8. Investigating Measurement Through Play - Mass at Suzie's Home Education Thoughts.

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