Alphabet Mystery Tote
Have you got an Alphabet Puzzle or Moveable Alphabet at home? If so, this really is a really enjoyable action that augments knowledge on the contours and type of letters. I’d not do this in a way to teach kids their letters or to examine them but to strengthen their knowledge. I’d comprise letters they are confident with alongside letters they may be struggling with. Choose the letters from the Alphabet Puzzle (or Moveable Alphabet) and put them in the Mystery Tote with no kid seeing. Encourage the kid over to sit down at a work mat or table. Encourage the little one to place one or both hands in the bag and one at a time, without glancing, identify which letter they’re holding.
The notion is that through touch the kid forms a graphic of the letter in their own thoughts. If they are able to remember the sound of the letter it can help increase their link between the sound and also the shape and type of the letter. As an extension, if you have comprised vowels and consonants you could also encourage the child to make some words with the letters they have identified.
Above Otis places his hand in the Mystery Tote and feels for a letter. He has identified this as a ‘w’. He sets the letter on the mat and sets his hand back in for another letter. The Mystery Bag is one of our favourite materials which we have used many times over the years. Otis used his first Mystery Bag as a toddler with a couple family things in it. It actually heightens their sense of touch. Our Mystery Bag is an easy silk lined, drawstring bag. I generally keep it to around five items in the tote. These posts show some of the ways in which we’ve used the Mystery Bag (or Mystery Box). With all tasks at home, I try to keep it engaging and light hearted. Should you give this a go I hope you appreciate!
Geoboard – Three Ways
Otis has been home from school for the previous three days, so we have pulled out a couple of new tasks! Above is a standard geoboard with the additional turn of utilizing grid paper. The child draws shapes on the paper then makes the shapes on the geoboard. When utilizing the geoboard Otis typically makes random contours and occasionally creates a picture or minor scene. Above he is using a transparent plank on the light table. I made Otis this natural geoboard – inspired through this place at Fairy Dust Teaching. I adore the way that this is a little rustic and makes the kid think only a little differently about making the shapes. It seems somewhat more colorful too!
Montessori Sea Shell Tasks You’ll Love!
My kids love tasks that include natural materials. Where there’s some thing for them to hold, feel, touch. Where there’s something that is interesting, with fascinating minor details. Now I’m featuring some Montessori Shell Activities whom I know you will adore. Above and below is a shell sorting task that I presented to Otis this week. The child sorts the shells (into the large jars) into Univalve or Bivalve.
The Shell Poster (left in top image) is from Montessori Stuff and the Univalve/Bivalve sheet is from Montessori for Everyone.
Cleaning a sizable shell – This really is an excellent notion, almost all of our shells are unclean and could do with an excellent scrub! Fitting shells to cards – Another example of matching shells to cards can be discovered at Les aventures chez nounou Marie. I consider they’re utilizing the wonderful shell set and matching cards from Michael Olaf! The cards possess the name of the shell which introduces the language component and permits the parent or caregiver to supply the little one with the right terminology. This is from one of my favourite nature tables (which contained lots of shells) where Otis is making depressions with the shells into sand. I remember 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 many different forms of shells and also a simple magnifying glass. There is something special about sea shells!
Using Scales and Balance Buckets
Here are some other Montessori and Query-Based learning thoughts that I love. These activities are also extremely easy to put together. Our scales were around $15, or you also could use kitchen scales, and we simply use stuff we already have at home! I adore the sensory table for younger children (#6). I presume I’ll try a set up like #3 next, where the kid has many different substances to weigh and record – it looks amazing for some additional math and literacy skills!
1. Equilibrium bucket with loose components at How we Montessori (on our shelves here).
2. Maths In the Playground at An idea on Tuesday.
3. Magnet Trays and Scale Weighing at Learning Cente of Dundee Omaha, Nebraska
4. Drop Inspired Weighing Activity with Balance Scales at Montessori from the Heart.
5. General Math Provocations at Welcome to Primary.
6. Equilibrium Scales in the Sensory Table for An Regular Story.
7. Balance scales at How we Montessori.
8. Exploring Measurement Through Play – Mass at Suzie’s Home Education Thoughts.