I read through my old Montessori checklists that I posted about a year ago, and fell in love with that all over again, and came up with a clever little way to integrate those skills. I printed the checklist, cut out each activity as a separate slip of paper, folded them, and put them in my daughter's learning jar. Whenever we have a spare 20 minutes, we will pull out one of these skills to do together! There are learning activities from pouring beans between two jugs to folding clothes to grating carrots.... a huge variety!
We have been busy with our Monti-jar! I thought I would show you a pic of what our jar looks like, in case this is a project that you are interested in making (I recommend it! Just make a list of all the supplies you will need to have on hand while you are putting your jar together- that way you will always be ready to dive into the learning!)We have done 2 activities recently- flower arrangement and tongs. These have been activities I was eager to try with my Boo!
I picked up some fake flower bunches from a dollar store and used a plastic container as the vase. Boo was NOT interested- despite the beautiful colors and the chance to be creative. Her first flower creation was some green filler and one orange flower. And she was ready to move on to something else! And I am not going to force her to do it- so while she played princesses, I played around making some different arrangements. Maybe I should be the one taking lessons! While we were working on this, I thought that I should have picked up a green foamy cube- so Boo could just stick the flowers in- and maybe she would have liked doing this better!
I have wanted to do tong activities since I became education on the Montessori way. I was fascinated by how such little people could do something so grown up. So it has taken me about a year to finally go buy some tongs and try this out with my Boo! So she just happened to get the Tong paper from the jar, and away we went!Boo's first experience with tongs- they were difficult for her to maneuver. I showed her once- picking up one of her small stuffed animals. That peaked her interest, so after showing her how to hold them, she was literally picking everything up she could find. That evening for dinner she used the tongs to pick up her salad with NO problems at all. When we finally got around to picking up the gems she was an old pro. So if you want your kiddo to impress others, teach them how to use the tongs. It's a lot easier for them than I thought!
I am working on posting our February Calendar and a sample weekly schedule for our little family.