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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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.