Archive for July 20th, 2006

Maria I love the Montessori way of doing things as it is so very gentle in approach and it moves at the child’s pace and development level.  There are so many activities and educational helps that may not be explicitly Montessori, but can be presented in a Montessorian way.  A Montessori classroom is wonderful to visit, and if you get a chance, I suggest you stop by and ask questions!  You can pick up a great deal just by being there! Even looking at other homeschoolers Montessori environments or classroom environments can give you a myriad of ideas!!  Try using Google images and you will find more pics to look at!!

In order to outfit a Montessori classroom it takes thousands of dollars  and as a homeschooler with a limited budget, we have found many creative ways of presenting new things to the children without breaking the bank.

Montessori_cubeWe love to make Montessori materials!!  It is a great way to learn as an adult the creative genius that Maria Montessori had.  For example…I never really understood that the square of a number ACTUALLY made a square…and how excited I was to hold a thousand cube and know what it’s mathematical formula was!  I have an older dd who is very Math challenged and she is learning a great deal setting up presentations and making materials for her younger brothers and sisters.  How much fun they are to make…and problem-solve how to make!  This dd is gaining a deeper appreciation of the ORDER of math by way of owning the information in this creative way!  Math and Language are our primary focus right now and we are coming up with creative solutions for materials presentations.  You can get ideas from the many Montessori homeschooling groups and from Montessori Catalogs like Nienhuis.

Today is language day!

Sandpaper_letters_1We are doing a very cute activity with my 3yo ds…our bright little angel wants to try to read like his brothers and sisters and he does NOT want to be stopped!! So here I have this little cherub of a 3yo boy who insists he can read…I am playing many games with him that help him feel even more confident of that statement…LOL…

Even in the bath we play…"What is this?  a Bubble?  What sound do you hear at the beginning of the word bubble?  What letter is that? …and what does the letter B say?….Can you write a b on the tile with the bubbles??"  "I spy with my little eye something that makes the ‘buh’ sound!" 

He loves Tommy Stories by Empress Zelder…an out of print book that uses little stories to teach the character Tommy  to listen for sounds,  learn how sounds are made, and where they are made in his mouth…."Mommy can you read me Tommy nooooww??"

Redletterbook_1Red Letter Alphabet Book  -Have you ever seen this?  I have only drooled upon the picture in the Montessori Services Catalog.  So…I decided to make one….my way ;o)

Materials Needed:

Sandpaper letter font
1  index card binder with a clear plastic cover(so you can personalize it by slipping a paper under the plastic)
unruled white index cards (hole punched)
red consonant letters cut from stiffened felt (using sandpaper font of your choice)
blue vowel letters cut from  stiffened felt
photos beginning with each letter from the child’s life
red pen
blue pen
black pen

scrapbooking supplies (optional)
and don’t forget the scissors!

Decorate binder cover with the ( child’s  name)’s  abc book.
Use the little binder vertically like you see in the pic on the Red Letter Book page. 
Grab the scrapbooking supplies and get to work cutting out the pictures and mounting them on  the appropriate pages in creative ways…making sure that the page does not look too cluttered and visually clear.
On each page glue the appropriate felt letter with a nicely cut out picture or pictures on the card opposite.   Use a new letter every other page.
Using very clear lettering, pen in the object’s name under the picture…using red for the consonant and blue for a vowel being presented and black for the rest of the word

like this: bear  ant

the child can now trace the letter with his fingers when you read the book together…he will use both sight, sound and touch to identify the letters being presented….aaand if you use actual photos from the child’s life, you will make an even greater impression!  Did you take a picture of the train that he rode on at the amusement park this summer?  Use the names of people in his life…and his pet and favorite stuffed animal too!  Include a picture of his bike and any other favorite toy or food!  I used both the capital and the lowercase letters for this project.  It came in handy for handling words like Grandma!

Sorry…no photo…if I can figure out how to upload pictures, I will add one later!

Happy material making!!

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