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

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!