I know that toddlers like to talk to themselves when they do practical life and other Montessori activities. Not only does the hand and mind work together, but language and emotional pleasure are a part of the Montessori experience.
Read more at Preschool Kids Do Better When They Talk to Themselves.
I don’t know where some Montessori infant ideas come from, such as not using a stroller, a sling, mirrors, mobiles, and weaning your baby at nine months. There are so many that I can’t list them all. I truly think every family provides for & nurtures their babies differently according to their culture, circumstances and beliefs. These differences should not matter if a baby is well cared for and loved.
Montessori was mainly interested in babies thriving in a loving environment. This meant they were fed well, got proper rest and stimulation from their family.
She was very interested in a syndrome in which babies failed to thrive in hospitals and institutions. It didn’t take Montessori long
to determine that a loving home is the most important thing for a baby. Babies need to be touched, held and loved.
Here are some more thoughts on babies.
Hands-On Activities works well in a Montessori classroom. The projects are a great way for parents to have fun learning with their children at home too. The math and science activities are easy to assemble. The site covers everything from the origin of languages to candy making.
Structures Around the World is my favorite!
Leaning about puzzle or sight words by playing bingo is a fun way to learn. Check out a free sight word bingo game at this site.
Egypt Coloring Book Just for Kids has wonderful coloring pages from the the Great Sphinx to the Pyramids. These printouts would make easy to make Montessori nomenclature cards for the Great Lessons.
This is really great! Montessori Rap
We used to take a pencil and scribble swirling patterns on paper. Next, we colored the shapes so that the borders were a unique color, anything next to each shape was a different color. This activity was one of our first attempts at making a map.
Montessori introduces wooden maps in the classroom, but you can take the lesson further by making free hand maps.
One favorite free style art project is to take a pencil and scribble swirling patterns on paper. Next, color the shapes so that the borders are a unique color, anything next to each shape is a different color. This activity is first attempts at making a map.
These maps are made like Eric’s map. Here are some different maps that kids have made.
Montessori Mama is a fun and creative blog. It’s full of unique ideas for parents and teachers alike. I enjoy her object box activity for one of my favorite authors, Dr. Seuss. Check out the rest of her blog archive for more ideas.
Wake Forest Montessori School is doing something that could change the world for children. They are raising money for the One Laptop Per Child Program. These lap tops can be used in almost any environment in the world. It’s like giving children everywhere a library card to learn. As my children have taught me everything I know about this new information system, these children will be able to teach their parents as well. The positive change for the world is exciting.
Kudos to Wake Forest Montessori School for their humanitarian efforts.