Letters and Art

Posted by admin on October 8, 2017

In the area where I live, the state provides a free three hour Kindergarten Ready Program. The Montessori School I was at, participated in this program. An important aspect required is to teach letters and phonetic sounds, which is already a main feature of the Montessori Language Program! To meet some of the art requirements, I decided to combine letter sound work with art using books from a series called, "My Sound Box". I had the series of books many years ago for my own children. Now I find them at the library.

 


Writing and Reading

Posted by admin on October 3, 2017

In Montessori programs, most children learn to write before they learn to read. I say most children, because one school year I had a little three year old boy that was able to read a variety of books. Reading often follows several months after writing has begun. The Montessori environment provides exercises that lead to the onset of writing. Children first engage in activities through which they practice the thumb-index finger grip needed for holding a pencil. Ths is also known as the pincer grip. The wooden


Ready for New School Year

Posted by admin on August 4, 2017

It is almost that time, the new school year! This is always a very busy time for teachers, preparing the classroom for the beginning of the year. Many things need to be considered in the Montessori Environment. It is important that everything is in its proper place and ready for the children to 'work' with. Each school has a plan for the first day or two of school. Some plan to schedule

 


Pets

Posted by admin on May 14, 2017

Last week we read about pets. The children took turns to tell us if they had any pets at home, what kind, and what are the names of their pets. We have a Book on the Shelf work about a little girl who would like a pet and discoveres that a bug is the perfect pet for her.

 


Gardens

Posted by admin on May 9, 2017

This past week we began to talk about different kinds of gardens and read about a vegetable garden. The children also enjoyed doing a clothes washing actvity outside this week. My very first job at a Montessori School was in 1984 and I was in charge of what is called the "outdoor environment". The chidlren can choose to go outside on a patio and work with various outdoor activities such as hammering, washing dishes or clothes, easel painting, tire scrubbing, etc. The children really enjoy being outside working. So I thought we could give it a try during playtime.


Solar System

Posted by admin on May 9, 2017

Recently we have been reading about the Solar System. The children can choose matching cards, a planet layout, and a planet poem as some work choices. It is so enjoyable to hear the children talk of what we read in a story or discussed at circle time. One of the younger children, whom I thought wasn't paying too much attention during one of the stories, asked to do the "Solar Sisters" work a little later that morning. So precious!

 


Volcanoes

Posted by admin on April 28, 2017

This week we read about volcanoes. The children liked our little science experiment of making a mini erupting volcano as a group activity. The children could choose to paint a volcano at the Art Table.

 


Earth Day

Posted by admin on April 28, 2017

We talked about different ways we can help to care for the Earth. We read about some of the different activities people do on Earth Day, and what we can continue doing each day. We made necklaces and had a few different other activities that the children could choose from. We also thought about the worms we recently read about, and had review on how important they are to the soil of the Earth.

 


Snails and Worms

Posted by admin on April 28, 2017

This past week we read about worms and snails. The children really enjoy the worms and I am always curious as to which children will and will not touch them. I have yet to come across snails to make a 'snail garden'. Every year I order caterpillars for us watch grow and change into butterflies, but this year it just didn't happen. It has recently been a very challenging few months and ordering them unfortunately did not happen. Praying mantis' are another great insect to watch hatch. However, the worms were a hit with the children!

 


Spring Birds

Posted by admin on April 15, 2017

We talked about what the birds are busy doing in the Spring and that many people like to go bird watching. The children could choose to paint a pair of binoculars at the Art Table. Some also colored a little bird guide book to use as they look for birds with their binoculars.