I used to live by Lake Ontario and the amount of ice on the Great Lakes is amazing this year. The Great Lakes Forecasting System is a wonderful way to look at the freezing temperatures on the lakes” surface. Check it out here.
I’m going to keep checking until the Great Spring Thaw.
My children loved playing with wooden blocks. Block play started in their infancy with cloth blocks. Here are some of our favorite activities found in Lesson of the Day 10. Check out the 5 free print outs for making fun learning games! We have included a pattern for cloth blocks too.
Make homemade blocks for preschool children with milk cartons taped shut into a rectangle. Make them stylish by covering them with contact paper. Blocks and creativity go hand in hand.
Assembling your favorite recipe in a jar is a quick gift making activity. Involve your children, they will love pouring, measuring and counting
If you need some ideas for recipes, here are some of my favorites!
Brownies in a Jar
Cappuccino in a Jar
Cinnamon Pancakes in a Jar
Snowballs in a Jar
Cocoa in a Jar
Montessori4Austim is a helpful site for parents who seek a wonderful and positive way to educate their children with special needs. Montessori’s main thrust is self- mastery and self-confidence for each child. The Montessori program adapts to the needs of the child and not the needs of the educational program.
Metal Insets are used in the Montessori classroom for handwriting readiness. They also play an important function in presenting shapes for later math and design skills.
Here are some printouts that you can use as vocabulary and reading cards.
The moveable alphbet is the building block for spelling, writing and reading. Introduce penmanship at the same time you are introducing the sounds of the alphabet. Write letters that your child has already been spelling or reading with the moveable alphabet. When your child is able to read the moveable alphabet words, introduce simple phonetic books. With a little help with your word processor and printouts you can make interesting and easy to read books..
Also, 3-part cards help with reading skills for your students. Create a book using your 3-part card material for added success for your student.
When a child has been able to trace and draw lines with the metal insets and has good pencil control, writing is introduced while learning the sandpaper letters.
Take a sandpaper letter that your child knows well with an unlined piece of paper and pencil. Make sure your child is seated at a table that is the correct height for writing. Your child feels the letter a few times. Afterwards, you write the letter on the paper in the correct form. I write a larger letter than normal because younger children usually write bigger letters than adults. Give the child the pencil and show how to feel the letter again. Let the child write the letter, feel the letter again and write the letter a second time. Many times children will repeat this until they have mastered writing the letter.
It is much easier to learn how to write correctly from the beginning. Montessori teaches cursive writing and not manuscript. This way a child can master one way of writing without having to change writing styles.
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Children sometimes can spell words, but are unable to read the same words they spell. When they can begin to sound out these 3 lettered words they spell, it is time to introduce reading. Many Montessori practitioners use the Pink Reading Scheme. A wonderful treasure and resource for the Pink Reading Scheme is The Helpful Garden. Check it out for a very organized and easy to use program. Many of the printouts are free!