Posts Tagged ‘introducing new concepts’

Spring Cleaning

March 1st, 2019

     Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning is a great time to have your child help with indoor and outdoor cleaning!  Have your child help get the garden ready for spring planting. Children love to get their hands dirty! Invite your child to dig up the weeds and rake the garden beds! It’s such a great way to get your child outdoors for some fresh air and for fun while learning about plant life! ☘️

Plenty of Pumpkins

October 12th, 2018

 October is the perfect month to teach your children about  pumpkins! There is so much you can learn with pumpkins!

 

Practical Life: Exercise their fine motor skills by pin pricking a pumpkin or snipping and gluing orange construction strips on a paper plate.

 

Sensorial: Make a pumpkin sensory bag! Cut open a pumpkin. Fill a large ziplock bag with the insides of the pumpkin. Let the children feel and see the seeds and the pulp!

 

Language: Read a favorite pumpkin story to the kids and let them take turns acting out the story.

 

Cultural/Science:

  1. Does a pumpkin sink or float?
  2. What is the life cycle of a pumpkin. How does a pumpkin grow?

 

Math:  

  1. Weigh a pumpkin.
  2. Measure around the pumpkin using a piece of yarn.

 

Art: Finally, have your child paint a silly face on a pumpkin and display it in your house!

 

A Blog by Anne Orcutt

 

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Snowy Tree Art

February 6th, 2018

This week in art at Montessori Country Day, we will be making snow trees. Hopefully making snow art will bring snow to Texas this month! It is important to show our students that we can make art in many ways. We can even paint with bubble wrap! Not only is this project simple, but also gorgeous!

Reference: http://www.gluedtomycraftsblog.com/2016/01/bubble-wrap-snowy-tree-kid-craft.html

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Engage Students in the Learning Process

February 1st, 2018

 Getting back into the swing of things after the holiday break may be a bit challenging. We’re used to sleeping in, eating and doing whatever and whenever we choose. So, it’s not surprising that the school day routine may be somewhat hard to get adjusted to again.

Celebrating the beginning of the new year is a perfect opportunity to “jumpstart” and engage students in the learning process.  As with the classroom promises we compiled at the beginning of the school year, students can reflect on the memories of the previous year and define the things that they wish to change in the year that just started.

As a class, and at home, we can brainstorm together about resolutions and help the student to make the best ones that reflect their interests and improve them. The resolutions generally start with “my goals for the new year are…” and “In the new year, I want to get better at…”

Winter break was a time for rest and relaxation, so it’s important to remember to ease students back into the school routine slowly and carefully. This will ensure that everyone will be motivated and ready to learn in no time.

 

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It’s Thanksgiving Time!!

October 31st, 2017

   November is a great month to have your little ones exercise their practical life skills  just in time for Thanksgiving!

 

  1. Make a special table setting work. Set out special china, utensils,  candles, cornucopia filled with fruit, etc…and let your child set the table.
  2.  Make a fun spooning work using candy corn instead of beans.
  3. Make a tong work using assorted orange, red, yellow and green pompoms, 2 plastic bowls and a set of tongs or tweezers!

 

All these works can be made at home and are a great way to strengthen your child’s pincer grasp while having fun!

 

Gobble Gobble!!!

 

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Science with your child!

August 10th, 2017
 Montessori methods use a lot of hands on material for science. Just a fun summer activity you can do with your family is a sink or float game. This could be in a pool, a plastic bin, anything you can fit objects into to find out if they sink or float. This is a good experiment to open up other discussions. Some you can bring up, for example water retention, then some ideas your child will come up with on their own. Doing open ended experiments with your child is the best way to open their mind to creative thinking.
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Science in the Summer

July 12th, 2017
 Summer is a great time for science! Kids love getting their hands wet and messy while learning! No need to get the house dirty,  leave the mess for outside.
Make a volcano with the kids while learning about chemical reaction. All you need is a few household items such as baking soda (½ cup), vinegar (1 cup) and a few drops of red food coloring. And watch it erupt!!!! Your kids will want to do it over and over again. You can make snow in the summer time also!
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Introducing New Concepts

March 29th, 2017

Montessori teachers use the term three-period lesson often. The three-period lesson is a fundamental approach to introducing new concepts (not just vocabulary) to children. It is used to help the child move from basic understanding to mastery.

Period 1 – Introduction (“This is…..”)

Period 2 –  Association (“Show me…”)

Period 3 –  Recall (“What is this?”)

Every time a child masters a skill or idea, they become more competent and independent and wish to learn more.

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