One thing that I crave is order... I think most of us appreciate a schedule or some consistency! While reading about fabulous Montessori activities, and that there is a proper time for each of them, my mind was spinning trying to figure out what the best order would be! Of course every child is different and will accelerate at different subjects at different times... I just needed a simple guideline of how to implement Montessori.
And then I read Basic Montessori. The author of the book,David Gettman, divided Montessori teaching into the 7 periods- period 1 being the first set of activities. It is pointed out that you need to follow your child's inclinations. Gettman states in regards to following the 7 time periods strictly: (I love this quote)
You should not lead the child down these corridors, but rather follow closely behind the child, so that whichever direction the child turns, you can reach out and open a door.Isn't that beautiful? It reminds me to put the checklist of completed activities away and focus more on what activities my little one is drawn to.
I will take you through 4 of the 7 periods focusing in on 5 of the Montessori subjects. I won't write everything that Gettman suggests in his book (a little motivation for you to read it for yourself!) Remember that this might not work for you, I am not sure that it will work for me 100%, but it's a great start in organizing your teaching sequentially.
- Practical Activities- pouring beans between two jugs, opening and closing containers, buttoning, buckling, other simple dressing frames, carrying and laying out floor and table mats, saying please and thank you, carrying a tray, lifting, carrying, and putting down a chair, sitting down and getting up from a chair at a table, climbing up and down stairs, walking on the line, folding, hanging clothes on a hook, brushing hair, dusting
- Sensorial- Cylinder blocks, pink tower, box 1 of the color tablets, presentation tray of the geometric cabinet, sensitizing the fingers,touch boards, presentation of Geometric solids, stereognostic bags presentation
- Language- Classified pictures exercises, book corner, library
- Math- none
- Culture- land and water presentation
- Practical- pouring water from a jug, medium difficulty dressing frames, simple braiding, setting the table, polishing brass- glass surfaces- shoes- or furniture, washing hands, washing cloths, scrubbing a table top, sweeping sawdust, brushing clothes, folding clothes, hanging clothes on a hanger, handling a book, greeting people, kindness to visitors, being silent ( I am confused on this last one!)
- Sensorial- advanced cylinder blocks exercises, brown stair, red rods, boxes 2 and 3 of color tablets, more geometric cabinet exercises 1-4, binomial cube, blindfold, tactile tablets, stereognostic bags exercises, sorting grains, sound boxes, preliminary presentation of bells
- Language- classified picture exercises 3 and 4, stage 4 of I Spy, single letter sandpaper letters, metal insets, frequent speech questioning
- Math- none ( I find this interesting! As I said earlier- this is a guideline...)
- Culture- Land and water exercises, first maps, places classified pictures, preliminary work for classification of a leaf.
- Practical- pouring water from a jug, pouring water through a funnel, difficult dressing frames such a bows and laces, advanced braiding, tying a tie, simple cooking chores, ironing (YIKES!!!), making beds
- Sensorial- Geometric Cabinet exercises 5 through 8, constructive triangles, square of pythagoras, trinomial cube, fabrics, thermic bottles, baric tablets, presentation of bells
- language- exercise 1 with the double letter sandpaper letters, stages 5 and 6 of I spy, exercise 2 with all sandpaper letters
- Math- Number rod exercise 1
- Culture- all maps, places picture folders, past and present, stories about the past, air, water, magnetism, classifying animals, classification by leaf, parts of animals, parts of plants
- Practical- responsibility for certain daily care of environment, helping and advising younger ones in a group
- Sensorial- Geometric cabinet exercises 9 and 10, thermic tablets, mystery bag, visual work with blindfolds, bell exercises 1-3, tasting cups, smelling bottles
- Language- movable alphabet, writing individual letters, writing families of letters, positioning letters on lines, sandpaper Capitals, box one and two of object boxes, action cards, reading folders exercise 1
- Math- number rods exercise 2, sandpaper numbers, number tablets, spindles, numbers and counters, memory play, limited bead material, number cards, function of the decimal system, fractions
- Culture- gravity, sound, optics, places artificats
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