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 : In the kitchen


So I thought I'd do a little mini series, inside this mini series...

Theo and I like to spend time in the kitchen and I'm keen for him to be comfortable using a number of different tools and equipment. So in a few posts we'll try and cover the things we use regularly, and the way I try and encourage the 'practical life' element.

I needed to make Theo's packed lunch for nursery and Theo always wants to be involved, so we decided to make egg mayonnaise! After boiling the eggs for him (not really confident about the boiling water part yet!) and cooling them down he set about peeling them, then using the egg slicer (his favourite tool) to chop them up. Then a little seasoning and mixing. I then supervised the use of the sharp knife to cut his roll, then he buttered it. Finally he spooned out the egg mixture into his roll! It was a simple task that used a variety of skills, and produced something that he was proud of and could tell his friends at nursery that he had made himself! 


Montessori at home : In the kitchen


So I thought I'd do a little mini series, inside this mini series...

Theo and I like to spend time in the kitchen and I'm keen for him to be comfortable using a number of different tools and equipment. So in a few posts we'll try and cover the things we use regularly, and the way I try and encourage the 'practical life' element.

I needed to make Theo's packed lunch for nursery and Theo always wants to be involved, so we decided to make egg mayonnaise! After boiling the eggs for him (not really confident about the boiling water part yet!) and cooling them down he set about peeling them, then using the egg slicer (his favourite tool) to chop them up. Then a little seasoning and mixing. I then supervised the use of the sharp knife to cut his roll, then he buttered it. Finally he spooned out the egg mixture into his roll! It was a simple task that used a variety of skills, and produced something that he was proud of and could tell his friends at nursery that he had made himself! 


Montessori at home

I mentioned recently that Theo has become obsessed with numbers and counting recently, and it's definitely an obsession I want to encourage! He counts everything he see's, such as floor tiles, pieces of food, legs...just about anything! So when thinking about a montessori activity we could try I thought we'd try a simple game of matching and counting. We have an abundance of conkers lying around not doing a whole lot (I mean what can you really do with them, except a conker fighting championship?!) and to keep up with being seasonal and all that I decided they would be great to use as our counters. 

I quickly whipped up some number cards and just let him loose. He didn't need any explaining of what he needed to do, just starting to pick up and count out the right amount of conkers for each number. He'd count out the right amount from the bowl then count them onto the number card. He can recognise digits well, and liked counting the dots too. 



To make things a little harder we then mixed up all the number cards, placed them face down and picked two at random. I wanted to introduce very basic adding, so asked him to count out conkers for each number, then count how many there were in total. It's something I hope that we can continue to build on! 



Montessori at home

I mentioned recently that Theo has become obsessed with numbers and counting recently, and it's definitely an obsession I want to encourage! He counts everything he see's, such as floor tiles, pieces of food, legs...just about anything! So when thinking about a montessori activity we could try I thought we'd try a simple game of matching and counting. We have an abundance of conkers lying around not doing a whole lot (I mean what can you really do with them, except a conker fighting championship?!) and to keep up with being seasonal and all that I decided they would be great to use as our counters. 

I quickly whipped up some number cards and just let him loose. He didn't need any explaining of what he needed to do, just starting to pick up and count out the right amount of conkers for each number. He'd count out the right amount from the bowl then count them onto the number card. He can recognise digits well, and liked counting the dots too. 



To make things a little harder we then mixed up all the number cards, placed them face down and picked two at random. I wanted to introduce very basic adding, so asked him to count out conkers for each number, then count how many there were in total. It's something I hope that we can continue to build on! 



montessori at home

Yesterday I had my first morning of solo parenting since this all happened, as Rob returned to work. I was dreading it a little as you get used to having someone else around so quickly. So to fight the dragging time make the most of our time together before preschool I concocted a little sensory game. 

I ran around the house collecting objects that I thought would be interesting textures and shapes to feel, then managed to convince Theo to let me blindfold him and asked him to try and find a matching pair that felt the same. It was hard work trying to get him to keep the blindfold on (also note to self, with more planning try and find something a little more suitable than a silk headscarf...) We had to take it in turns, and I tried to encourage him to describe what he was feeling; whether the objects were hard, soft, squidgy, cold, smooth, rough etc. 

Once we found quite a few pairs Theo then decided to play the 'what's missing' game, and again we took it in turn to hide the objects. Theo made sure he counted all the different sets of objects before remembering what was missing. 


With a little more time I figured there could be quite a few variations of this game, and the potential to use a wide range of objects to create different sensory games. These could include sound, taste and smell as well as touch. I think I've discovered one that we will be building on from now on! 

montessori at home

Yesterday I had my first morning of solo parenting since this all happened, as Rob returned to work. I was dreading it a little as you get used to having someone else around so quickly. So to fight the dragging time make the most of our time together before preschool I concocted a little sensory game. 

I ran around the house collecting objects that I thought would be interesting textures and shapes to feel, then managed to convince Theo to let me blindfold him and asked him to try and find a matching pair that felt the same. It was hard work trying to get him to keep the blindfold on (also note to self, with more planning try and find something a little more suitable than a silk headscarf...) We had to take it in turns, and I tried to encourage him to describe what he was feeling; whether the objects were hard, soft, squidgy, cold, smooth, rough etc. 

Once we found quite a few pairs Theo then decided to play the 'what's missing' game, and again we took it in turn to hide the objects. Theo made sure he counted all the different sets of objects before remembering what was missing. 


With a little more time I figured there could be quite a few variations of this game, and the potential to use a wide range of objects to create different sensory games. These could include sound, taste and smell as well as touch. I think I've discovered one that we will be building on from now on! 

Montessori at home

So, guess what's back! After a long spell of no posting I thought I'd better give myself a kick up the bum and remind myself why I like to blog and what my favourite things to post about are. So of course, my montessori post's were the first thing I thought to bring back, mainly because they motivate me to actually do things with our mornings. But to ease us back in gently I thought we'd try this easy and fun task of making our own marble run/maze.

All you need is a cardboard box or shoe box lid etc (an old cereal box would do the trick!), some lolly pop sticks and some glue! We didn't really have a plan in mind of where to stick the sticks, but perhaps if we made any more a template would be a good idea, but I kind of liked making it up as we went along! 
Theo dipped the long edge into the glue and we placed it in the box together, we also broke some in half to give us different lengths. Then we left it to dry, and this requires quite a lot of patience! An hour or so later we were ready to play!

It was great to teach Theo how to use movement and control to make the marbles travel in the right way, and above all good fun! 

Montessori at home

So, guess what's back! After a long spell of no posting I thought I'd better give myself a kick up the bum and remind myself why I like to blog and what my favourite things to post about are. So of course, my montessori post's were the first thing I thought to bring back, mainly because they motivate me to actually do things with our mornings. But to ease us back in gently I thought we'd try this easy and fun task of making our own marble run/maze.

All you need is a cardboard box or shoe box lid etc (an old cereal box would do the trick!), some lolly pop sticks and some glue! We didn't really have a plan in mind of where to stick the sticks, but perhaps if we made any more a template would be a good idea, but I kind of liked making it up as we went along! 
Theo dipped the long edge into the glue and we placed it in the box together, we also broke some in half to give us different lengths. Then we left it to dry, and this requires quite a lot of patience! An hour or so later we were ready to play!

It was great to teach Theo how to use movement and control to make the marbles travel in the right way, and above all good fun! 

Montessori at home

Following on from our little exploration of leaves and seeds a few weeks ago I thought it would be fun to try and create some trees of our own. I wanted to talk about the way trees change during the seasons, and try and recreate them using different colours and materials. 

We mixed up some paint together, creating some different colours we might find in the seasons and used cotton buds (a pencil with a rubber would work well too!) to create the leaves, encouraging fine motor skills. We also tore up tissue paper to create blossom and painted apples. It was a fun little activity! 



(Sorry for the terrible quality photos, I only had my phone to hand!) 

Montessori at home

Following on from our little exploration of leaves and seeds a few weeks ago I thought it would be fun to try and create some trees of our own. I wanted to talk about the way trees change during the seasons, and try and recreate them using different colours and materials. 

We mixed up some paint together, creating some different colours we might find in the seasons and used cotton buds (a pencil with a rubber would work well too!) to create the leaves, encouraging fine motor skills. We also tore up tissue paper to create blossom and painted apples. It was a fun little activity! 



(Sorry for the terrible quality photos, I only had my phone to hand!) 

montessori at home

This week we took advantage of the lovely weather and took a trip to the park and spent some time playing hide and seek, then we looked at the different trees growing. 

For me, teaching Theo to be happy and confident with nature is really important, and learning to recognise the different common trees is something I want to pass on to him. We picked some leaves from the ground, as well as some seeds and talked about the different shapes and texture of the bark. Late Spring is a great time to go out tree spotting, as most have finished sprouting their leaves, and the seeds and flowers are forming. 

Later in the day we then did a little matching exercise, where I drew around the leaf and Theo matched the shape and stuck them down with tape. 


 I then wrote the names underneath, and stuck the whole sheet to the wall, so we can talk about them and try and remember the names! 

montessori at home

This week we took advantage of the lovely weather and took a trip to the park and spent some time playing hide and seek, then we looked at the different trees growing. 

For me, teaching Theo to be happy and confident with nature is really important, and learning to recognise the different common trees is something I want to pass on to him. We picked some leaves from the ground, as well as some seeds and talked about the different shapes and texture of the bark. Late Spring is a great time to go out tree spotting, as most have finished sprouting their leaves, and the seeds and flowers are forming. 

Later in the day we then did a little matching exercise, where I drew around the leaf and Theo matched the shape and stuck them down with tape. 


 I then wrote the names underneath, and stuck the whole sheet to the wall, so we can talk about them and try and remember the names! 

montessori field trip

Whilst we were in Barcelona we tried to keep up our Montessori activities, knowing that Theo was missing nursery for a week or two. We did a few things at home, but then discovered a great museum not far from my sisters that provided us with a perfect little Montessori field trip. 

Museu Blau is a natural history museum, which exhibits the journey of the creation of earth, including dinosaurs, geology and plant and animal species. It's a fascinating museum, and really good value! Its dark, cool cave like rooms are a welcome break from the bright Barcelona sun outside. 

We were lucky enough to be able to catch a temporary exhibition which allowed children (and us!) a chance to handle and explore lots of different materials of natural science. Theo was in his element exploring bones, rocks, seeds, x-rays and using a microscope. It was a perfect sensory and science based activity!  



montessori field trip

Whilst we were in Barcelona we tried to keep up our Montessori activities, knowing that Theo was missing nursery for a week or two. We did a few things at home, but then discovered a great museum not far from my sisters that provided us with a perfect little Montessori field trip. 

Museu Blau is a natural history museum, which exhibits the journey of the creation of earth, including dinosaurs, geology and plant and animal species. It's a fascinating museum, and really good value! Its dark, cool cave like rooms are a welcome break from the bright Barcelona sun outside. 

We were lucky enough to be able to catch a temporary exhibition which allowed children (and us!) a chance to handle and explore lots of different materials of natural science. Theo was in his element exploring bones, rocks, seeds, x-rays and using a microscope. It was a perfect sensory and science based activity!  



Montessori at home

 It's not often that I find myself coming up with good ideas, but to blow my own trumpet, I think this one is pretty great!

I found a book of flags at my mums house, and thought it would be a good basis for a flag and geography based activity, but without realising came up with an activity that was great for lots of other reasons too.

Firstly I cut out rectangles out of card and drew basic flag shapes and designs on them. These can obviously be adjusted to simpler or more complex designs dependent on age/ability.

We then picked a flag and looked through the book to see if we could find a matching design, (so a good matching game in itself) and once we found a matching flag we then talked about what colours it is and what order the colours come in. (Good for colour recognition and pattern making!)

Theo doesn't have much interest in sitting and drawing pictures (much to my dismay!) but he does like colouring with a purpose, so this activity suited him really well. It taught him about trying to stay in the specific areas, and about colouring shapes. After this he applied glue to a lolly stick and we attached our flag to it.

We also talked about the countries that the flags represent, and this game would be great as he gets older, and can remember what different countries flags look like, and could even be used to locate the countries on a map.

I really like activities that use and teach lots of different skills, and I think this one is simple and fun and the results are pretty cute too!


Montessori at home

 It's not often that I find myself coming up with good ideas, but to blow my own trumpet, I think this one is pretty great!

I found a book of flags at my mums house, and thought it would be a good basis for a flag and geography based activity, but without realising came up with an activity that was great for lots of other reasons too.

Firstly I cut out rectangles out of card and drew basic flag shapes and designs on them. These can obviously be adjusted to simpler or more complex designs dependent on age/ability.

We then picked a flag and looked through the book to see if we could find a matching design, (so a good matching game in itself) and once we found a matching flag we then talked about what colours it is and what order the colours come in. (Good for colour recognition and pattern making!)

Theo doesn't have much interest in sitting and drawing pictures (much to my dismay!) but he does like colouring with a purpose, so this activity suited him really well. It taught him about trying to stay in the specific areas, and about colouring shapes. After this he applied glue to a lolly stick and we attached our flag to it.

We also talked about the countries that the flags represent, and this game would be great as he gets older, and can remember what different countries flags look like, and could even be used to locate the countries on a map.

I really like activities that use and teach lots of different skills, and I think this one is simple and fun and the results are pretty cute too!


montessori at home : stencils and stamps

So I haven't posted a Montessori at home in a while, but I'm really looking forward to getting back into this series! Whilst on holiday we thought we'd try our hand at making some stencils. We cut out shapes from card and then painted over the top of them, lifting to reveal the shape beneath!
We then found some lovely stamps that my sister had carved and made, spread them with paint and made copies on paper...and eventually as temporary tattoos!
Now that we are home I have thought we would try this little activity again but using different materials to make into stencils so we can see what patterns they create...so stay tuned! 

montessori at home : stencils and stamps

So I haven't posted a Montessori at home in a while, but I'm really looking forward to getting back into this series! Whilst on holiday we thought we'd try our hand at making some stencils. We cut out shapes from card and then painted over the top of them, lifting to reveal the shape beneath!
We then found some lovely stamps that my sister had carved and made, spread them with paint and made copies on paper...and eventually as temporary tattoos!
Now that we are home I have thought we would try this little activity again but using different materials to make into stencils so we can see what patterns they create...so stay tuned!