Sunday, 12 August 2012

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Sunday, 29 July 2012

Math Activities:DIY Number Cards Matching Game

DIY Number Cards Matching Game


 The great way to introduce numbers to very young children is through matching the same numbers.



Maths: Counting Game: Numbers and Dolls


Numbers and Dolls

Little craft dolls, can be so interesting to work with. Based on the observation that the child knows his/her numbers introduce counting with objects.

SENSORIAL ACTIVITY IDEA: Feather Fun

 Feather Fun


Feathers are so much fun to work with. Children are drawn to them for their softness, lightness, different

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

SENSORIAL ACIVITY: A Basket Full of Fruits and Vegetables

A Basket Full of Fruits and Vegetables


Offering children natural fruits/ vegetables is not only interesting but enriching for their sensory development and as the child grows older he/she can learn the names to increase his/her vocabulary. 

Thursday, 19 July 2012

PRACTICAL LIFE ACTIVITY: Introduction to Planting

Introduction to Planting

What could be more satisfying and fun for children than feeling and working with soil and plantation? Perfect spring and summer activity introducing the concept of growth. Watering it everyday to watch it's growth and marvel at nature's beautiful gifts. Introduction can be given by age: 3 (years) under an adult supervision.

Sunday, 15 July 2012

PRACTICAL LIFE ACTIVITY: Introducing Paints

Introducing Paints



So here we are exploring world of colors. This activity can be introduced at the age: 3 yrs.or more. To begin with invite the child and show him/her where the activity is located. But before taking the tray to the table, tell the child to spread a piece of cloth/mat/towel on the table to avoid the paint stains on the table.

Sunday, 8 July 2012

SENSORIAL COLOR ACTIVITY: Matching Foam Sheets

SENSORIAL COLOR ACTIVIY: Matching Foam Sheets


The idea is to match the sheets with the same colors. The simple, yet important concept of "same " and "different" can be introduced to a child who is 18 months old or older. Adults can use their judgement, some children can be ready even before 18 months, but may not be able to complete the entire activity all bythemselves without help.

When doing this activity, you may just want to begin with the basic three colors: red, yellow and blue. Once observed that the child shows readiness for more, slowly keep adding more colors to it.

The material used here is simple, i.e. colored foam sheets, which are generally used for crafts. They may come in different thickness. So the thicker ones will be better to use. As they are often precut, so don't even need to cut them. The best thing is that this material can be reused for a different purpose, once the child grows out of it. It's available at dollar shops. So economical at the same time.


Friday, 6 July 2012

Do Not Disturb!!!!

 


"Praise, help, or even a look, may be enough to interrupt him or destroy the acitivity."


Maria Montessori,
The Absorbent Mind, p.280








Wednesday, 4 July 2012

SENSORIAL ACTIVITY: Sorting Out Candies


Color Activity: Sorting Out Candies

This activity can be a lot of fun, especially on occasions e.g. Halloween, Christmas, Easter or even Birthydays. It's perfect when having lots of candies in stock, don't really have to go out and buy them and it generally happens that on special occasions we do get lot's of them, sometimes not knowing what to do with them, and children are just fascinated by the colors, textures, and patterns of each sweet.
 Generally it so happens that children want to carry them, hold them, play with them not to mention eat them, of course that is bound to happen. But we can be reasonable in our explanation if we allow them to have one or two. Let them know from before that we'll sort out the candies according to colors and not eat them. If so they cannot do this activity or they'll be asked to put it back.


Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Quote: Observation and Knowledge


"........we cannot educate anyone until we have first-hand knowledge of him"
( Maria Montessori,The Discovery of the Child, p. 2)

Monday, 25 June 2012

PRACTICAL LIFE ACTIVITY IDEA: Peeling the corn

Peeling the Corn

This activity is more suitable for children of age 2 1/2 years +. Invite the child by introducing that we are going to do an intresting activity and direct him/her towards the piece of work where it is kept on the shelf. Once brought to the table show him/ her how peel by doing it yourself first. Then let the child try. Enjoy the light on the face of the child when he/ she sees the actual corn come out after the skin is off. Finishing up is important to inform that the skin of the corn could be used to make compost.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

PRACTICAL LIFE ACTIVITY IDEA: Flower Arrangement

Flower Arrangement Activity

Putting flowers in the water and arranging each and every stem with care can be very meaningful to children. It teaches them about the care of the environment and at the same time marvel at the beauty of nature. It can be a perfect opputunity, when it's spring/summer time and the flowers are in abundance.

Monday, 11 June 2012

PRACTICAL LIFE ACTIVITY IDEA: Working with the CDs

PRCTICAL LIFE ACTIVITY IDEA: Working with the CDs

Chidren of age 2 years plus, are always willing and ready to work. It's amazing how interested they are about the world around them. Looking for work around the house, they find chores of practical life very exciting and fun.

So, here is an example of one such piece of work. Taking all the CDs out of the rack and then put them back in order. Very simple idea but offering variety of benefits to the child. For example:
  • hand eye coordination
  • developing concentration span
  • independence
  • gross motor development

Saturday, 9 June 2012

SENSORIAL ACTIVITY IDEA: Color Cards and Little Chairs

Color Cards and Little chairs

Very clean and simple idea which can be introduced to children 18 months or older. Show the child how to place the cards on the mat, and then placing the chairs according to their colors. Children will be fascinated by the colorful objects that they would work with.

 In the beginning show the child how to do the activiy, if he/ she is willing to continue doing the same, let him or her try otherwise complete the whole exercise yourself and put it back. End it with an encouraging statement, if he/ she would like to try it may be at some other time,  he/ she is welcomed to do so.
TIP: Other colored objects can be used depending on the availability. Colored cards can easily be cut from card stock or precut card stock is another choice. Good idea to get the cards laminated.






Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Transit of Venus 2012—Sun Show Will Be Last for a Century

Transit of Venus 2012—Sun Show Will Be Last for a Century

Montessori Quote: Child and the Environment


          
"The characteristic of children under 6 years of age is that it is almost impossible to teach them; children of this age cannot take from a teacher. Therefore they are considered to be too young to go to school and therefore education does not begin until 6 years of age.
          Another characteristic of this age is that the children know and understand a great                   deal. They are
 full of knowledge.

          This would seem to be a contradiction, but the truth is that these children must take knowledge
           by themselves from the environment."
          Maria Montessori, The Child, Society and the World, Clio Press, 1998, p. 44

Monday, 4 June 2012

Treasure Baskets/Buckets/Boxes

Treasure Baskets/Buckets/Boxes
Treasure baskets are a good way to let your child have hands on experience and explore all the exciting items that he/she would love to play with. Here are some ideas. One can create them very easily and at no cost.


Saturday, 2 June 2012

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DIY (do it yourself) Games and Activities

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Nesting Cup Games
Playing with nesting cups is good activity that a child will benefit from. Different extentions can be played. For example putting them in ascending or descending order, them inserting them in each other and more so you can even play with a ball and hide it under any of the cups and ask the child to find it.










Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Age of the child: birth to 15 months

Making picture cards of common objects

To make these cards is very easy. Simply cut the bristle board in equal square pieces. To begin with introducing 5 cards is enough. Pictures can be cut out from any old magazines and pasted on to the cards. These picture cards are excellent to develop vocabulary in such young children.
To present just lay the cards on the mat in order, starting from left to right. Then holding one card at a time just say the name of the picture. Repetition of such an activity will help child remember the names of the pictures. Later on many more games can be played with the same card. Just be informed that infants experiment and even rip the corners of edges not finished properly. So it is advisable to laminate them or simply use wide scotch tape to cover the edges. For example
  • knock, Knock game
  • finding the cards
  • sound games
  • word games etc.








Monday, 28 May 2012

Teaching young children

If teaching is to be effective with young children, it must assist them to advance on the way to independence. It must initiate them into those kinds of activities which they can perform themselves and which keep them from being a burden to others because of their inabilities. We must help them to learn how to walk without assistance, to run, to go up and down the stairs, to pick up fallen objects, to dress and undress, to wash themselves, to express their needs in a way that is clearly understood, and to attempt to satisfy their desires through their own efforts. All this is part of an education for independence."
(The Discovery of the Child, Maria Montessori)

Sunday, 27 May 2012


“We must support as much as possible the child's desires for activity; not wait on him, but educate him to be independent.”
(Dr. Maria Montessori)

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Education and Peace

EDUCATION AND PEACE
"Education is not what the teacher gives; education is a natural process spontaneously carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words but by experiences upon the environment. The task of the teacher becomes that of preparing a series of motives of cultural activity, spread over a specially prepared environment, and then refraining from obtrusive interference. Human teachers can only help the great work that is being done, as servants help the master. Doing so, they will be witnesses to the unfolding of the human soul and to the rising of a New Man who will not be the victim of event, but will have the clarity of vision to direct and shape the future of human society."


("Education for a New World", Maria Montessori, 1870-1952)

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Solving problems at the peace table 

When children need help to resolve issues themselves, direct them to the peace table

From time to time, children fall out with siblings or friends-it may be over something simple as whose turn it is to   play with a toy or over a bigger issue such as friendships. Sometimes they reach the point where they are too angry to reason with each other. This is where the peace table comes in, providing a place where the children can cool off as they follow a procedure that stops the argument in its tracks.

The peace table is usually a child-sized table with two chairs, a bell, and a flower or ornament that symbolizes peace perhaps a rose, an olive twig, or a dove. If you're short of space, two chairs together are fine, or a rug in the corner of a room, or even a particular spot on the stairs. When children are accustomed to the ritual they may go to the peace table without being prompted; at other times a parent or older sibling may see a row developing and suggest the participants try to solve their problem at the peace table.

Once at the table, a certain procedure ensues. The child who feels especially wronged  places one hand on the table and her other hand on her heart, indicating that she speaks the truth, from her heart. She then looks at the other child speaks her name, and explains how she feels about what has occurred and how she would like the disagreement to be settled.

The second child then has a turn and the dialogue continues until an agreement is reached. If the children cannot manage this themselves, they may need a mediator-maybe an older sibling or a parent. If the problem is too involved, they may ask for a family council, where the whole family listens to both sides of the story.

What children learn from the peace table is that regardless of their size, age or position in the family, their point of view will be heard and they can expect to be treated fairly. The core experience they gain from these procedures is that arguments need to be settled with honesty and good will to maintain a harmonious, cooperative atmosphere at home.

COPING WITH CONFLICT
It started with an argument over a toy, but now Tom and Gemma are hurting each other and are unable to listen to reason.

TIME TO TALK
In an effort to resolve their dispute, Gemma and Tom each take a seat at the peace table.

TOM'S TURN
Tom puts one hand on the peace table and his other hand on his heart and calmly explains to Gemma what is  about her behaviour that is upsetting him.

NEXT IT'S GEMMA'S TURN
Gemma now proceeds in the same way, placing one hand on the table and the other on her heart, and responds to what Tom has said.

IN AGREEMENT
When both Gemma and Tom feel that the differences between them are resolved they ring a bell together to let the rest of the family know.

( written by,  anonymous)

Monday, 7 May 2012

all it is to be noted that the child has a passionate love for order and work, and possess"Above es intellectual qualities superior by far to what might have been expected."
- Peace and Education, p. 38