In January I wrote a blog post on Montessori Learning at Home and thought I should expand a little on this topic. With more and more kids being homeschooled since Covid-19, let us take a look at Montessori Learning Materials.
What better way to teach children how to complete daily tasks then by letting them explore fun hands-on activities. Practical life exercises provide a range of activities which allow children to develop control and coordination of movement. Teach your child practical life skills with budget-friendly development tools.
Here is a list of the absolute basics:
- A small carpet – no bigger than 1m x 60cm
- A child sized table and chairs
- A shelf at child’s height
- Small Trays for the child to carry
- Baskets for Storage
- Child-sized Utensils, Bowl, Plate, Cup
- Child-sized Kitchen Tools
- Bowls for Transfer Activities
- Two Clear (Glass or plastic) Child-sized Containers for Pouring
- Child-sized Cleaning Supplies
- Small Broom & Dust Pan
- Child size broom
- Small Spray Bottle and Cloth
- Child-sized Garden Tools
- Watering Can
- Small Shovel
- Tweezers, Tongs, Eyedroppers for Transfer Activities
- Threading & Bead Sequencing Work Materials (Pre-sewing)
Practical life activities prepare your child to be self sufficient in every day life scenarios. Montessori Learning Materials for Practical Life activities:
- 2 bowls, 1 spoon, cereal or beans on a tray for scooping cereal or large dry beans from one bowl to another.
- 2 same size (small to medium) jugs, one filled half way with water, on a tray for pouring water from one jug to another
- Open/Close – This is a great activity for coordination and developing hand strength. Different containers will work well, think purses with a simple zip, containers with twist lids, small boxes with simple closures or latches. Have a look around your home and use what you can find. You can even put a small “treasure” in a matchbox for example
- A Mystery Bag. Simply put some everyday household items in a bag (a cloth opaque bag works best) and ask the child to identify each item using touch only. This helps to refine the child’s stereognostic sense and usually it’s a lot of fun too.
- Clothes pegs. Put some easy-to-use pegs in a small bucket. Your child can put the pegs on the edge of the bucket or use pegs to peg their art work on a hanging art line/wire.
- Sink/Float. Montessori Learning materials can be anything you have lying around your home that you can use for the activity you are demonstrating. Again put the materials on a tray. In our basket we have a toy bus, a feather, rock, shell, a leaf, a peg and a seed pod. Your child will try and work out what materials sink and float.
- Dressing boards or soft educational cubes with zips, velcro, studs, buttons and buttonholes and laces.
Over the next few months I will cover the 5 sensitive periods and more Montessori Learning Materials for you to have at home.
Have you thought of a teepee corner to introduce reading?