Activities from the Weekly Calendar

Here is a sampling of activities you can explore with your child

How To Set Up Your Activity Shelf: 
Montessori-style!

Get Your Activity Shelf Ready

Watch this 3 1/2  minute video, "How To Set Up Your Activity Shelf," to see how you might set up a Montessori-style shelf for your child. 

Time: 30-90 min. including your preparation time
What You Will Need: 
  • Safely secured, shelf at child's level
  • Baskets, trays, folders, boxes, small cloth bags 
  • 6-8 activities with all that is needed for the child to complete each activity independently
  • Storage boxes for keeping activities when you take them off the shelf to add different activities (we call this "rotating the activities on the shelves")
Control of Error:
  • Prepare beforehand by having everything necessary for each activity gathered and grouped together
  • Make sure the baskets, trays, etc. will be a good fit for holding the necessary items for each activity and that your child can successfully grasp and carry the baskets, trays, etc. by herself 
Procedure:
  1. Invite your child to help you set up her own "Activity Shelf"
  2. Show her the items you have grouped together for the first activity
  3. Ask her to choose a tray, basket, etc. that will hold all the items for the activity (this can be a trial-and-error process)
  4. Together with your child, arrange the items on the tray, basket etc.
  5. Place the tray or basket, etc. on the shelf where you and your child agree it will fit
  6. Pause to admire!
  7. Continue this process until all the activities and their trays, baskets, etc. are placed on the shelf.
  8. Show the child some ways she can work with each activity
  9. Include showing her how to place all the items of one activity back on its tray when you are done, and then how to carry the basket or tray back to return it to its designated place on the shelf
  10. Make sure your child knows she can choose her  "work" and she may work with the activities whenever she likes. (try not to interrupt your child when she is working with an activity and allow her to work with it as long and as often as she likes)
Benefits for the Child: Developing body coordination, independence, problem solving skills, sense of order and aesthetics, spatial awareness, and promoting family closeness
Extensions & Alternatives: If it is more convenient for your family or the child is quite young, you may choose to set up your child's shelf yourself, when she is sleeping, so that she will awaken to a shelf just for her that is all set up for the day. Consider setting up an activity shelf in other areas of your home such as the kitchen for your child's snacks, dinnerware, etc.
"All By Myself" Child Making Her Morning Snack 

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Create a Place to Make Your Snack All By Yourself

Watch this 20 sec. video,"All By Myself," for an example of how your child can create her own snack in your Montessori home environment. 
Time:
 Here is where you will find the approximate time for your  involvement to set up the activity for your child 
What You Will Need: 
 Here you will find a list of things you will need for setting  up the activity for your child
Procedure:
 Here you will find a numbered list outlining each step in  the process for your child to perform the activity
Benefits for the Child:
 Here you can read about the various ways your child    develops skills and confidence as a result of exploring the  activity
Extensions & Alternatives:
 Here you will find ideas for games and ways to go the next  level of challenge with the child, and provide  reinforcement for the various areas of the child's  development 
Create an area accessible to your child with her art materials organized in boxes and other containers

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Set Up Your Own Art Supply Area

Watch the demonstration video below, "Scissor Work---Cutting Strips" from Kiran at Kiran's Montessori School, to see a sample of what your child can do independently in her own Art station in your Montessori home environment.

Time: 
 Here is where you will find the approximate time for your  involvement to set up the activity for your child 
What You Will Need: 
 Here you will find a list of things you will need for setting  up the activity for your child
Procedure:
 Here you will find a numbered list outlining each step in  the process for your child to perform the activity
Benefits for the Child:
 Here you can read about the various ways your child    develops skills and confidence as a result of exploring the  activity
        Extensions:
        Here you can read about the various ways your child           develops skills and confidence as a result of exploring         the  activity

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Make a Plan for the Week

My 4 year old grandchild and I have been facetiming every morning to chat about our Homebound Montessori learning activities for the day.  I've discovered that he likes to join in with me on the "planning phase" for the week. This is great to do on a Sunday afternoon.
 
My little one likes to choose a letter sound to feature for the week and even asks me for special activities. During this week in July, he requested that we feature the P J Masks, character named "Cat Boy".  
 
And he wanted to learn the ASL signs for cat and boy, too! Of course we did the Yoga positions of "Cat" and "Cobra"...our list goes on and on! Lots to plan for our fun learning activities each week! 
I sent him a white board calendar and he loves filling in the numbers for each new month. Now, his family helps him fill in the topics from our Sunday evening planning sessions. 

How to Make a Glitter Letter: C

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Create Your own Glitter

Letter of the Week

Watch this 2 min. video,"How to Make a Glitter Letter C," for an example of how your child can work with the phonetic letter sound C as a pre-reading and pre-writing experience mixed in with art!

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Build an Outdoor Clock

Using the Sun

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Learn About

"Parts of the Cat"

& Make Your Own Booklet

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Be a Composer and Notate Your Own Song

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Make Your Own Montessori Math (Counting) Beads

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Make an Art Show with 

Calder-Style Mobiles 

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