Montessori at home 16/01/14 (including how to get your kids to do their own dishes)

I’ve been reading a lot about Montessori lately. I’ve also expanded the repertoire of activities or “works” in the house, and will share some of those eventually, but in the last couple of months I’ve come to realise that what’s important (particularly at home) is not having a shelf full of practical life works, but … Continue reading

Montessori at home

Nope, I haven’t started homeschooling. Sir A has just started Montessori. We started him early, at 2y8m, since Lady S is due two days after his birthday and we wanted him well settled by the time she arrived. With the summer holidays between now and then, he would only have had a couple of weeks … Continue reading

Montessori activities: geography

World map/continents work: http://livingmontessorinow.com/2011/04/18/activity-of-week-continent-map-work/ http://www.childandme.com/geography-felt-continent-map/ http://www.yourchildlearns.com/megamaps/print-detailed-world-maps.html (print out world map in various sizes) to make felt continents, need (hard) felt in correct colours, printables above, board of some description to attach “globes” to; labels; basket; container for labels

Montessori activities: science

Magnetic vs non-magnetic http://livingmontessorinow.com/2013/10/28/montessori-monday-montessori-magnetic-and-nonmagnetic-activity/ need: tray or card with two sections, labelled “magnetic” and “non-magnetic”; two baskets; variety of small magnetic/non-magnetic objects (approx 9 of each); magnet Zoo scavenger hunt: http://www.icanteachmychild.com/2012/04/printable-zoo-scavenger-hunt/ Zoo animals and where they live http://mymontessorimoments.com/2011/09/26/zoo-animals-where-they-live-2/ need: printouts, animals, coloured pencils

Montessori activities: sensory

Homemade sandpaper letters: http://www.learnplayimagine.com/2012/10/diy-montessori-inspired-sensory-letters.html need puffy paint 1 cup flour 1 cup salt 1/2-3/4 cup water cardstock squeezy bottles food colouring Peg art: http://unschoolme.blogspot.co.nz/2010/09/pattern-weaver.html Need: round or square piece of wood; ideally a drill and wooden pegs, or nails/tacks; yarn or elastic bags

Montessori activities – practical life

Spooning with a funnel: http://montessoriworkjobs.blogspot.co.nz/2012/02/montessori-practical-life-spooning.html Materials required: tray; bottles or containers that need a funnel to fill; small measuring spoon; jar to hold small grain; quinoa for jar; (container to hold spoon and funnel) Washing a table: http://www.infomontessori.com/practical-life/care-of-the-environment-washing-a-table.htm Materials required: a cloth or tray; a jug; a basin; a bucket; a brush on a dish; … Continue reading

Day 4 of being awesome

So the reason I was wanting to change things around here was so the kids would play together again, we’d all have more fun, I’d get more stuff done, and I’d regain my sanity. Took all of 2 days. Of course it hasn’t been perfect, but today the boys spent the majority of the afternoon … Continue reading

Day 2 of better parenting take ??

Well it’s certainly not the first time I’ve turned over a new parenting leaf, but it is one that seems to be going well 😀 Day 2 of Lord B not being treated like a baby went really well. After school, Sir A woke at annoying time (as usual) and I had to feed him … Continue reading

The Work Room: aka the No Mess Play Room

Being rather sick of months of coaxing the boys to tidy up the playroom, having parts of toys scattered over the house, and not really knowing what toys we had or the boys were interested in, I hit upon a cunning plan. After a few weeks of Montessori, Lord B had settled in well (read … Continue reading

Things I’ve learnt the hard way as a parent: Lesson Eleven: Getting ready to go out/tidying up etc doesn’t have to be a necessary evil.

With much reluctance I am slowly accepting the fact that being task orientated is not helpful when one is a full time mother. You know the biblical phrase “you can’t serve God and mammon”? In my case it’s more “you can’t serve God and be really efficient”. Well, maybe some people can – the ones … Continue reading