I’ve been doing a mystery bag activity with Bear. I put some objects in a little bag she has. We take out all the objects and look at them and I have her feel each one as we talk about the texture and shape of the object. Once we have gone over all the objects, we put them back in the bag and I ask her to find one of the objects without looking. I call out an object until she has taken them all out of the bag. Bear really loves this.I was reading about Montessori stereognostic bags using pairs of wooden shapes and at first I thought, well, I don’t have wooden geometric solids so I guess I can’t do this one, but then I realized that Bear’s wooden blocks are not all just cubes. So I put some pairs of her blocks into the bag, pulled one out and after she felt the shape, she searched for the match in the bag without looking. This was a little more challenging for her and I don’t think she is quite ready yet. We’ll try again in a couple of weeks.
I found a great list on a blog, and now can’t find the blog, but it doesn’t matter, because the list is actually from a book by Gettman. It is a list of the Montessori Period One activities.
I have decided that now that I know what Bear should be working on (according to the Montessori approach) I can now develop a learning plan.
I don’t think I will manage to start this plan however until we are moved and unpacked and tidy.
Also, I don’t know how to do all of these activities, but have been researching a lot on line, which is why I am not posting as much as I’d like.
Here’s the list for anyone interested:
SEQUENCE OF MONTESSORI WORK
[Early Practical Activities, introductory Sensorial, Culture, and Language Activities, no Math]
– Pouring beans between two jugs
– Opening and closing containers
– Other simple dressing frames
– Carrying and laying floor mats and table mats
– Saying Thank You
– Other early grace and courtesy work
– Carrying a tray
– Lifting, carrying and putting down a chair at a table
– Climbing and descending stairs
– Walking on the line
– Hanging clothes on a hook
– Brushing hair
– Cylinder blocks
– Pink tower
– Color tablets, box 1
– Presentation tray of geometric cabinet
– Sensitizing the fingers
– Touch boards
– Presentation 1 of geometric solids
– Stereognostic bags
– Classified pictures, exercise 1
– Classified pictures, exercise 2
– I Spy, Stage 1
– I Spy, Stage 2
– I Spy, Stage 3
– Book corner and library
– Land and Water