Montessori

Art Lessons: Inset Designs

Montessori

Our Didax plastic insets from amazon are a favorite activity.  All you need is the insets, colored pencils, paper cut to size, and a hard surface.   There are ten shapes in the series (see below.) We use the series of lessons found at Montessori world. You can see our progression above.   1.  One pink […]

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Motor Development: Little Chains and Links

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This activity is popular from my nine year old all the way to the ten month old.  She can’t do the links but LOVES playing with the finished product.  Little ghosty! Materials:  6-1 foot lengths of cheap chain from Depot (~$.60 per foot), a pile of unused “quick links” from grampa’s garage, caribeaners (optional) This […]

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A Peek Inside “Mommy It’s a Renoir”

Art

Mommy It’s a Renoir is a Montessori art curriculum that Mother of Divine Grace CLASSICAL school uses in their syllabi (k-4).  The first step is matching.  (Shown below) The following steps include matching styles of certain artists (shown above), learning their names, and identifying what school of art you’re looking at. Each book is a […]

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Grading: Mini-Knobbed Cylinders

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I would love to buy the giant knobless cylinders, but I can’t justify the price yet.  Especially when my heart is set on a $128 mass kit.  And an $80 tessellation kit. Anyway, these were $25 and get the point across. They are challenging enough to hold my nine-year-olds attention if you get them out all at […]

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Teaching 1, 10, 100, 1000 with beads

Math

Of all the materials I’ve tried from the land of Montessori, this particular bead material is my favorite.  I got it for $15 from Alison’s Montessori.  It contains nine unit beads, nine ten bars, nine hundred squares, and one thousand cube.  They are connect nylon beads, not near the same quality as the individual bead […]

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WTN Classified Cards Expansion Pack

Montessori

My kids were really disappointed to not have EVERY species of bat, rat, mouse, and shrew, so here they are.

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Grampa’s Garage

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Oh my, the bounty we plundered in my daddy’s garage.  I haven’t even gotten to some of it, but this is what we have out this week.  Fancy, huh?

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Bible Story Props

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In kindergarten, we work on sequencing.   Here’s my son’s story of Noah:   “Noah got out of a big boat, hit his head on a rock, and died.”   I don’t remember that part, you?   Anyway, he’s very tactile so I thought it would help him to play with the characters as he […]

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Mama’s Box of Magic Cards

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Since I don’t have a dedicated school room, I keep this magic box of cards to fuel my one-on-one time with the younger kids, and once in a while, the Bigs. My very favorite is the science sequencing cards. In our school, sequencing is the BIG DEAL in kindergarten.  First this happened, then THIS happened, […]

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Alphabet Object Boxes

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The boy uses these to sort beginning sounds.  He pulls the object out of the box and places it below the glued letter inside the lid. Materials Needed:  Dollar Tree foam letters, Walmart $.94 pencil case, glue, paint pens, and a crapload of objects from Dollar tree, Michaels, Hobby Lobby and the like.  I tried […]

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Great Store-Bought Centers

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Snap circuits are by far the best toy we’ve ever had.  To present it, I pulled out enough pieces for the first couple of exercises and turn him loose.  Soon he comes begging for more pieces so he can keep going.  I made him play with it for a week before I allowed him access […]

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Classified Cards for West Tennessee

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I’ve seen plenty of sets of cards for kids that have species from all across the world, but I realized that I didn’t care how much they knew about species in Zimbabwe if they couldn’t tell a vole from a shrew in their own backyard.  (Now mind you I probably couldn’t either before I made […]

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Motor Development: Stapling, Punching

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This was a mistake.  I have to learn over and over again that limiting the choices is KEY for my kids.  Later in the week, I cut it down and split it into two trays.  And, this is also one of those activities for which that Dollar Tree supplies WILL NOT WORK. Punching tray: Use […]

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Motor Development: Playdoh and Golf Tees

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This activity was best for my 5-year old. It’s an old stand by, but since I let them use real hammers and nails, the hammering part wasn’t that exciting.  However, my five year old did really enjoy cramming every single tee into the dough at once and balancing all the balls on them.  (Wish I […]

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Motor Development: Zen Garden

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This is a 100% Dollar Tree activity!  One Zen Garden, a piece of felt for a liner to catch errant sand, and a Dollar tree cookie sheet. (The shell is from Middle Kid’s collection) The rocks and rakes you see are actually a combination of two $1 gardens, as I use the other tray for […]

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Grading: Bolts

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This is one of our favorite activities.  I saw it first in Montessori at Home.  He has a specific set of measurements for grading the bolts, washers, and nuts, but my home improvement store didn’t carry those sizes, so I just got the biggest bolt I could find and worked my way down in increments.  The […]

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Motor Development: Pill (Mint) Cutting

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This is perhaps the most popular center I’ve ever put out! Materials:  Dollar Tree pill box, Dollar Tree pill cutter, Dollar Tree cookie tray, liner, colored breath mints, bowl for unsatisfactory cuts (according to them, not me) How to: 1.  Call child over. 2.  Demonstrate cutting a few mints 3.  Sort divided mints by color […]

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Grading: Sockets

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Materials Needed:  A series of sockets decreasing in size (rob hubby’s tool box), a Dollar Tree tray liner with paper or foam, small box to hold sockets all mixed. How To: 1.  Invite child over to see what you have. 2.  Gently pull each socket out of the box and lay on the table all […]

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Sorting: Magnets

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If you have a magnet around the house, this is the easiest activity to throw together. Materials:  Magnet (mine is the one used in canning), Dollar Tree Cookie tray, optional labels saying “Magnetic” and “Not Magnetic” (got mine here), a pencil box or bread pan, and crap from your junk drawer.  HA! How To: 1. […]

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Motor Development: Sanding and Screws

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Materials Needed:  Dollar Tree tray, Dollar tree ramekin for screws, three screws, small screwdriver, piece of scrap lumber (got mine from the trash can in the cutting section at Lowe’s), sanding sponge Set up and presentation:  Before calling child, assemble materials as shown and make a few starter holes in your lumber.  Call child over […]

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