I have realized that I need some new blogging material.
I see (from my little spy sitemeter) that most hits I get via searches are Montessori-related.
I have become inspired this week to plan my at-home-time with Caroline a bit more.
So, this week, I’m joining in Mommy Life‘s Montessori Monday.
Montessori Concept: The Prepared Environment
I’m quite proud of the prepared, child-friendly environment I’ve created at home for Caroline. She has the Learning Tower to help her see and help with kitchen tasks, several child-sized tables and chairs throughout the house, adjusted light switches that she can reach, step stools in bathrooms, and child-accessible snacks so she can serve herself.
I’ve realized recently, though, that I’ve become lax in preparing her environment with activities. I believe it is important for children to be able to entertain themselves, but I think I’ve gone a bit too far with leaving her to her own devices too much of the time recently.
I’ve decided that each week, I’ll come up with a few activities that I will have on-hand to explore with her or for her to explore independently. Granted, not all of these fit with Montessori philosophy. My fit with that is in the idea of preparing her environment and with some of the categories.
Rhyme — Humpty Dumpty
Sensory Activity –crush egg shells
Craft Activity — glue egg shells on picture of Humpty Dumpty
Academic Activity — tracing r and o with sandpaper letters
Catechism — The Parable of the Sower (Matt 13: 1-9) — collect seeds from various fruits, trees, and veggies; view and discuss The Sower
Fine Motor — sort and count seeds
Practical Life — choosing and putting on own shirt