Monday, November 23, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Lauren is 37 months old. Her objectives this week were:
- fine motor control: crumpling paper, gluing, using tweezers, pouring
- observing seasonal changes
- sorting pictures by season
- identifying pictures as the same or different
- putting together puzzles
Here are some of the things she did this week:
Last week Lauren cut strips of fall colored paper for one of her tot trays. This week she glued the clippings onto this Indian corn craft. I got this idea from My Montessori Journey.
Popcorn kernels were an interesting material for dry pouring. They made a very pleasing sound as they poured and it was easy for Lauren to pick up any kernels that did not pour into the cup. That cute little glass pitcher was $1 at the thrift store!
We revisited our neighbors' fruitless pear tree to see how it has changed since September.
Lauren then created a project to represent the pear tree in the fall. She crumpled red and green tissue paper squares and glued them to a construction paper tree.
The front of a greeting card made an inexpensive seasonal puzzle.
Lauren sorted pictures of summer and fall clothes. This is a free download from Montessori for Everyone.
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Saturday, November 7, 2009
I was thrilled to see that the leaves had finally started changing colors around here. Yippee, we can finally do some fall themed activities! But then the weather turned quite warm, with high temperature reaching into the 80s. Somehow talking about cool fall weather just didn't make sense. So, I set aside most of what I had planned and we spent a lot of time playing outside and even snuck in an awesome trip to the zoo. Even so, Lauren enjoyed her tot trays and a few mommy directed activities.
Her objectives this week were:
- Fine motor control: using tongs, squeezing a sponge, cutting, pin pushing, stamping, manipulating playdough
- Counting up to six objects
- Sorting objects and pictures by color and shape
- Identifying opposites
- Identifying letters
- Examining leaves and acorns
Here's a peek at her week:
stamping letters into orange playdough,
pin pushing an outline of a leaf (This is another great activity from My Montessori Journey. Unfortunately Lauren didn't enjoy it very much.),
examining leaves and acorns with a magnifying glass,
and sorting pictures by shape.
Mommy Directed Activities
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Lauren enjoyed feeding the squirrels as we played our newest grid game. For this game I made acorn counting cards and a grid of twenty squirrels. Real acorns made fun counters but feel free to use any small counters that you have available.