Tuesday, September 27, 2011

New Materials, Ideas that are Montessori Inspired

Recently, I took over as the RE Director for my church. My first goal was to create several Montessori themed trays for the children to use during the nursery time. This month, the children explored trays with seashells, animals, and other sea life related items.

Tray 1. Transfer of Materials using Tweezers
The children moved small shells from the ice cube trays onto a silver tray using tweezers.

Tray 2. Seashell Sorting by Size
Small, medium, and large sea shells were placed in a basket. A small laminated mat with the words, small, medium and large. The children could sort the shells by size.

Tray 3. Ocean Animals
Whales, sharks, sea stars and other ocean related animals for the children to explore.

Tray 4. Pictures of Ocean Animals with Labels
This tray had two baskets. One which held pictures of ocean animals and the other held the names of the animals. The children matched the names to the picture.

These ideas could be easily replicated at home. The animal cards can be purchased through science suppliers or Montessori suppliers. The seashells were picked up during a recent trip to the beach. If you don't have shells, ask friends and family if they have any they would be willing to share.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Not Back to School for this UU Family

While others kids are already back to school, and in our area, the kids return this week, we will celebrate Not Back To School by doing some winter baking. We have been back to school since July but our activity schedule doesn't kick in until next week, as the kids return to dance.

I ordered some new books for the kids about being UU. I realized I had very little in the way of resources to help with giving the kids the sense that our faith is what grounds us as family. The UUA had lots of inexpensive books and resources. Once the books are in my hands, I will give a brief description and what activities we will use to go along with the books.

I hope your summer was full of fun, sun and friends! I am ready for fall and all that comes with it- apples, falling leaves and cooler weather.

Blessed be!