Montessori at home : planting seeds

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Since the weather has started to be so lovely we have been getting out in the garden a lot more. This weekend was a good chance to get out and get Theo involved with the gardening and planting some seeds. Last year we grew a sunflower together and he loved checking how tall it was growing.

I bought some seed packets from Ikea, probably not the best quality but I was drawn in by the packaging! My sister also sent us up some "magic beans" to plant!

We found an array of pots in our garden and set about planting with help from my friend!

Firstly we put some stones at the bottom of the pots to help with drainage then the boys filled them up half way with potting soil.

They then added the seeds and pushed them into the soil before adding a little more soil on top. Lastly we gave them a little water, firmed down the soil and made sure we marked out what seeds went where!

We've left them in a sunny spot under a clear cover to protect them from the wind, but hopefully they'll start sprouting soon and we can do the next stage of planting!

It was a lovely easy little exercise, and hopefully they'll grow!

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Montessori at home : planting seeds

 photo IMG_4847_zpsmhrox8qm.jpg

Since the weather has started to be so lovely we have been getting out in the garden a lot more. This weekend was a good chance to get out and get Theo involved with the gardening and planting some seeds. Last year we grew a sunflower together and he loved checking how tall it was growing.

I bought some seed packets from Ikea, probably not the best quality but I was drawn in by the packaging! My sister also sent us up some "magic beans" to plant!

We found an array of pots in our garden and set about planting with help from my friend!

Firstly we put some stones at the bottom of the pots to help with drainage then the boys filled them up half way with potting soil.

They then added the seeds and pushed them into the soil before adding a little more soil on top. Lastly we gave them a little water, firmed down the soil and made sure we marked out what seeds went where!

We've left them in a sunny spot under a clear cover to protect them from the wind, but hopefully they'll start sprouting soon and we can do the next stage of planting!

It was a lovely easy little exercise, and hopefully they'll grow!

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Montessori at home: Days of the week and simple addition

montessori at home days of the week

So it's been a very long while since I've posted one of these, so today I'm going to do two! 

Ever since we bought Theo some days of the weeks pants and socks he's been obsessed with asking what day it is and trying to figure out the order so I thought it would be a good idea to practice with him. He's getting really good at recognising letters to and learning to read and sound them out so this was a pretty good exercise in phonics and reading too. It's a pretty simple game, and could obviously just be used as a matching game with the colours for younger children too. 

I just asked him to find the matching stick and then we sounded out the letters and talked about what came next! 

montessori at home days of the week
montessori at home days of the week
montessori at home days of the week

Theo's also very into counting. He loves counting everything, from people to paving slabs to food to toys etc. We showed him how to add two values together by using objets to count and then add them altogether so I thought I'd try it with marbles and different figures written on the cards. He picked two values at random and then counted out each separate value into a bowl and then we added them together at the end. When we found our answer we searched for the correct number card. 

montessori at home counting and addition
montessori at home counting and addition
montessori at home counting and addition
montessori at home counting and addition
montessori at home counting and addition

Montessori at home: Days of the week and simple addition

montessori at home days of the week

So it's been a very long while since I've posted one of these, so today I'm going to do two! 

Ever since we bought Theo some days of the weeks pants and socks he's been obsessed with asking what day it is and trying to figure out the order so I thought it would be a good idea to practice with him. He's getting really good at recognising letters to and learning to read and sound them out so this was a pretty good exercise in phonics and reading too. It's a pretty simple game, and could obviously just be used as a matching game with the colours for younger children too. 

I just asked him to find the matching stick and then we sounded out the letters and talked about what came next! 

montessori at home days of the week
montessori at home days of the week
montessori at home days of the week

Theo's also very into counting. He loves counting everything, from people to paving slabs to food to toys etc. We showed him how to add two values together by using objets to count and then add them altogether so I thought I'd try it with marbles and different figures written on the cards. He picked two values at random and then counted out each separate value into a bowl and then we added them together at the end. When we found our answer we searched for the correct number card. 

montessori at home counting and addition
montessori at home counting and addition
montessori at home counting and addition
montessori at home counting and addition
montessori at home counting and addition

Montessori at home

montessori at home lower case alphabet

So I thought I would revive the slightly neglected Montessori at home. It sort of got left at the wayside as we moved and christmas was upon us. But I thought it was time to bring it on back! 

We have been doing little things here and there, but this is the first real 'project' I've set up for him to do recently, so of course I thought I'd document it to share!

I've mentioned recently about wanting to encourage Theo to draw more and be able to express himself that way too, so anything that involves using a pen grip and practicing mark making is good in my books. He's always shown an interest in letters, and has been able to write his name for a while now but that's about it. Also these tend to be in the upper case so I wanted to try and get him used to words and letters in the lower case. 

I have no idea at what age kids start to really write for themselves, and I'm sure it all differs from child to child. So whilst I'm not expecting him to start writing full sentences it would be nice to see him want to branch out from his own name. All in his own time though! 

So I thought this simple exercise would help him to practice tracing the letters, and help practice the pen grip.

I just simply drew the alphabet on our chalk wall and asked him to draw over them with water and a paintbrush! We talked through the directions and starting points when writing the letter, and he had fun watching the chalk disappear. 
montessori at home lower case alphabet
montessori at home lower case alphabet blackboard wall
montessori at home lower case alphabet blackboard wall
montessori at home lower case alphabet blackboard wall
montessori at home lower case alphabet blackboard wall
montessori at home lower case alphabet blackboard wall
montessori at home lower case alphabet blackboard wall
montessori at home lower case alphabet blackboard wall
montessori at home lower case alphabet blackboard wall
montessori at home lower case alphabet blackboard wall

So there you go! 

I was thinking that I might try and see if anyone else wanted to link up any crafts or home school type activities so we could take inspiration for new exercises? Let me know what you think! 


Montessori at home

montessori at home lower case alphabet

So I thought I would revive the slightly neglected Montessori at home. It sort of got left at the wayside as we moved and christmas was upon us. But I thought it was time to bring it on back! 

We have been doing little things here and there, but this is the first real 'project' I've set up for him to do recently, so of course I thought I'd document it to share!

I've mentioned recently about wanting to encourage Theo to draw more and be able to express himself that way too, so anything that involves using a pen grip and practicing mark making is good in my books. He's always shown an interest in letters, and has been able to write his name for a while now but that's about it. Also these tend to be in the upper case so I wanted to try and get him used to words and letters in the lower case. 

I have no idea at what age kids start to really write for themselves, and I'm sure it all differs from child to child. So whilst I'm not expecting him to start writing full sentences it would be nice to see him want to branch out from his own name. All in his own time though! 

So I thought this simple exercise would help him to practice tracing the letters, and help practice the pen grip.

I just simply drew the alphabet on our chalk wall and asked him to draw over them with water and a paintbrush! We talked through the directions and starting points when writing the letter, and he had fun watching the chalk disappear. 
montessori at home lower case alphabet
montessori at home lower case alphabet blackboard wall
montessori at home lower case alphabet blackboard wall
montessori at home lower case alphabet blackboard wall
montessori at home lower case alphabet blackboard wall
montessori at home lower case alphabet blackboard wall
montessori at home lower case alphabet blackboard wall
montessori at home lower case alphabet blackboard wall
montessori at home lower case alphabet blackboard wall
montessori at home lower case alphabet blackboard wall

So there you go! 

I was thinking that I might try and see if anyone else wanted to link up any crafts or home school type activities so we could take inspiration for new exercises? Let me know what you think! 


montessori at home

Today we did a simple, but pretty fun little activity. I usually have an idea of what I want to do, and then more times than not once Theo gets involved he creates new activity in itself.

Today I created a little shape puzzle. I used a large roll of paper and a box of wooden shapes that I picked up at a charity shop a long while ago, drew round them and then asked Theo to match the shapes.

Whilst I was drawing around the shapes (because I'm never organised to do it before hand!) Theo decided that he wanted to try and draw around the shapes too. After doing the puzzle he then decided to colour in the shapes, then just build a tower!

montessori at home

Today we did a simple, but pretty fun little activity. I usually have an idea of what I want to do, and then more times than not once Theo gets involved he creates new activity in itself.

Today I created a little shape puzzle. I used a large roll of paper and a box of wooden shapes that I picked up at a charity shop a long while ago, drew round them and then asked Theo to match the shapes.

Whilst I was drawing around the shapes (because I'm never organised to do it before hand!) Theo decided that he wanted to try and draw around the shapes too. After doing the puzzle he then decided to colour in the shapes, then just build a tower!

montessori at home

Sorry for my lack of Montessori posts this last week, we've been busy, but not had time to spend at the computer due to the Easter holidays!

This week we tried a variation of the colour sorting game we played a while back. I tried to make it a little more difficult but letting Theo first find the numbers for himself. Again we used trains, as most of them have their own numbers!

Theo really enjoyed this activity and we named the trains and looked for the numbers on their side. Anything can be used though, and stickers with numbers on would be a good way of numbering a collection of toys or objects.

We then tried another little number game which involved building a tower with the right amount of blocks...

We started well and made it to about 4 or 5, but then Theo thought it would be more fun to build his own tower. I tried to continue with our activity, but sometimes it's just best to let them choose what they want to do I guess! Sometimes its good to remember that child led activities are as important as adult led ones! It's good for Theo to do things independently and he likes to use his imagination when building, and turned a stack of blocks into a rocket!

I've made a new button (on the side bar!) so you can now find all my Montessori at home posts in one place! 

montessori at home

Sorry for my lack of Montessori posts this last week, we've been busy, but not had time to spend at the computer due to the Easter holidays!

This week we tried a variation of the colour sorting game we played a while back. I tried to make it a little more difficult but letting Theo first find the numbers for himself. Again we used trains, as most of them have their own numbers!

Theo really enjoyed this activity and we named the trains and looked for the numbers on their side. Anything can be used though, and stickers with numbers on would be a good way of numbering a collection of toys or objects.

We then tried another little number game which involved building a tower with the right amount of blocks...

We started well and made it to about 4 or 5, but then Theo thought it would be more fun to build his own tower. I tried to continue with our activity, but sometimes it's just best to let them choose what they want to do I guess! Sometimes its good to remember that child led activities are as important as adult led ones! It's good for Theo to do things independently and he likes to use his imagination when building, and turned a stack of blocks into a rocket!

I've made a new button (on the side bar!) so you can now find all my Montessori at home posts in one place! 

montessori at home

This weekend it was so sunny that we spent most of Saturday in the garden, stripped down with the hose out. It inspired me to get some objects out and have a play with some water practising some montessori methods at the same time!

We used jugs, a ladle, a sponge, building blocks, marbles, washing up liquid, a brush, a whisk and of course the hose. I didn't really do much leading with this, just a few hints here and there, and Theo experimented and played how he wanted.

 He transferred water to different jugs by pouring and using the ladle, and sponge. Then had a go at squirting washing up liquid and using the whisk to make bubbles.

 We had a little look at what objects we thought would sink and float, and Theo decided to give his toys a good wash!
Theo did more pouring, mixing, pumping, spraying and just generally had so much fun. He sat and played for over half an hour, content to experiment and splash about. If they (or you!) don't mind getting a little wet, setting up something like this is a perfect way to discover and use lots of different skills. I know we'll be doing this all summer! 

montessori at home

This weekend it was so sunny that we spent most of Saturday in the garden, stripped down with the hose out. It inspired me to get some objects out and have a play with some water practising some montessori methods at the same time!

We used jugs, a ladle, a sponge, building blocks, marbles, washing up liquid, a brush, a whisk and of course the hose. I didn't really do much leading with this, just a few hints here and there, and Theo experimented and played how he wanted.

 He transferred water to different jugs by pouring and using the ladle, and sponge. Then had a go at squirting washing up liquid and using the whisk to make bubbles.

 We had a little look at what objects we thought would sink and float, and Theo decided to give his toys a good wash!
Theo did more pouring, mixing, pumping, spraying and just generally had so much fun. He sat and played for over half an hour, content to experiment and splash about. If they (or you!) don't mind getting a little wet, setting up something like this is a perfect way to discover and use lots of different skills. I know we'll be doing this all summer! 

montessori at home

A quick post today as we've been super busy this week running around trying to sort out all the things that went wrong last week and catch up! That doesn't mean we haven't been montessoring ( yes I made that word up) but I just haven't really thought about capturing it.

Also I wanted to discuss an approach that naturally happens in our play at home, and goes along side the Montessori values, which is child led play. So whilst its good to have set activities and games to play and be led and instructed by an adult, its often good to let the child lead play themselves. That's why in Montessori schools trays of activities are set out so that the child can choose what and when they want to play with something and stop when they feel like it too. At home we obviously don't have it set up like a Montessori classroom where Theo can access pre-made set out activities. (I wish we had the space!)  So as well as things I set out for him to do like I've documented previously, we also have lots of time where Theo can choose and decide what he wants to do and then ask me to join and help if he wants.

So this week for example when I was having a sort out in the kitchen, sorting out our jars of dried items and filling up empty ones, Theo asked if he could have a go and so I let him fill and refill jars of various different items and weights such as pasta, lentils and rice.

Little activities like this, where he decides what he's interested in and can play for however long he likes it something thats really important to us and often I don't even really look at them as "montessori" but it all runs along side. Sometimes when I'm loading the washing machine Theo will ask to help and will pass me things to put in the machine as well as sorting and putting his own clothes in the wash basket. He then helps me press the buttons and turn it on. By giving him freedom to choose what he wants to help with, and to encourage him to help and use the skills he's learning in other areas I feel he is really learning practical skills, engaging with his environment and learning that control and all through play that he has led himself. (plus it obviously means less housework for me....!)

montessori at home

A quick post today as we've been super busy this week running around trying to sort out all the things that went wrong last week and catch up! That doesn't mean we haven't been montessoring ( yes I made that word up) but I just haven't really thought about capturing it.

Also I wanted to discuss an approach that naturally happens in our play at home, and goes along side the Montessori values, which is child led play. So whilst its good to have set activities and games to play and be led and instructed by an adult, its often good to let the child lead play themselves. That's why in Montessori schools trays of activities are set out so that the child can choose what and when they want to play with something and stop when they feel like it too. At home we obviously don't have it set up like a Montessori classroom where Theo can access pre-made set out activities. (I wish we had the space!)  So as well as things I set out for him to do like I've documented previously, we also have lots of time where Theo can choose and decide what he wants to do and then ask me to join and help if he wants.

So this week for example when I was having a sort out in the kitchen, sorting out our jars of dried items and filling up empty ones, Theo asked if he could have a go and so I let him fill and refill jars of various different items and weights such as pasta, lentils and rice.

Little activities like this, where he decides what he's interested in and can play for however long he likes it something thats really important to us and often I don't even really look at them as "montessori" but it all runs along side. Sometimes when I'm loading the washing machine Theo will ask to help and will pass me things to put in the machine as well as sorting and putting his own clothes in the wash basket. He then helps me press the buttons and turn it on. By giving him freedom to choose what he wants to help with, and to encourage him to help and use the skills he's learning in other areas I feel he is really learning practical skills, engaging with his environment and learning that control and all through play that he has led himself. (plus it obviously means less housework for me....!)

montessori at home: painting

This week we did lots of paint orientated activities, looking at colours, drawing and pattern making and working on exploring our creative skills. First we had a little go with painting an object in different colours, then experimenting by mixing two colours together to create new ones.


It was fun to get him to try and guess that colours it would make and to see it change before our eyes.

Next we looked at drawing letters, and I wrote out his name and asked him to try and copy the letters. He's quite good at recognising the letters in his name, but this was the first time he attempted to write them out himself, just by copying and I think he did a pretty great job!

 And lastly we tried a little bit of pattern making using different fruits and vegetables and seeing what patterns they printed on the page. We looked and talked about the different pieces, which shapes they were, the colours and the names. Then we covered them in paint and set about printing on the page.


We used a lemon, onion, celery, broccoli, tomato and a pine cone to try some different shapes and the results were pretty good! Some worked better than others and we found that the less paint the clearer the patterns were, it was good to talk about what shapes we saw. I forgot to take pictures of the finished prints but will have to update that!

Do you have any suggestions of other good things to try and make patterns?

montessori at home: painting

This week we did lots of paint orientated activities, looking at colours, drawing and pattern making and working on exploring our creative skills. First we had a little go with painting an object in different colours, then experimenting by mixing two colours together to create new ones.


It was fun to get him to try and guess that colours it would make and to see it change before our eyes.

Next we looked at drawing letters, and I wrote out his name and asked him to try and copy the letters. He's quite good at recognising the letters in his name, but this was the first time he attempted to write them out himself, just by copying and I think he did a pretty great job!

 And lastly we tried a little bit of pattern making using different fruits and vegetables and seeing what patterns they printed on the page. We looked and talked about the different pieces, which shapes they were, the colours and the names. Then we covered them in paint and set about printing on the page.


We used a lemon, onion, celery, broccoli, tomato and a pine cone to try some different shapes and the results were pretty good! Some worked better than others and we found that the less paint the clearer the patterns were, it was good to talk about what shapes we saw. I forgot to take pictures of the finished prints but will have to update that!

Do you have any suggestions of other good things to try and make patterns?