Discover the Child

Discover the Child
"There is a tiny light in the unconscious of mankind which guides it toward better things." "We must follow the child, but we must follow the child as his leader." -Maria Montessori

Friday, March 30, 2012

Practical Life at work


Mastering the Button Frame

Practicing with clothes pins

While cloth washing, this boy says, "Should I rub the soap loudly or quietly?" These materials stimulate every sense, require sequencing and order while allowing the child an opportunity to contribute to the people that are important to him.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Useful Tools to Elicit Cooperation

 
1. The first approach: "I'll save this for you while you put your puzzle away," or "You'll be ready to go outside when you have your shoes on."
2. Give a choice: "Do you want the red one or the green one?" or "Do you want to do it yourself or do you want me to help you?"
3. The when-all-else-fails strategy response to "No" "OK, you can wait here until you're ready." and don't forget the "I'll help your body" to combat the floppy body response.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Bread Baking in a Toddler Environment



  • Materials on a tray create a defined space for work and contain the mess.
  • The pitcher holds exactly the right amount of water for the 2 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • Indivual cups hold each of the ingredients, turbinado sugar, salt, and olive oil.
  • Once the ingredients are added to the bowl and stirred, we hold the bowl of bread while the child brushes his hands and tray with oil.
    • This process can take as long as the child likes.
    • The oil keeps the tray and hands from getting as gloppy wtih dough.
    • Brushing hands with oil is a wonderful sensorial experience and the child can choose the level of stimulation.
  • When all of the dishes are on the dish cart, the child is ready to knead the dough!
  • The amount of kneading doesn't matter, as long as the dough is allowed to rest overnight.

Seed Germination




  •  Every componant of the activity is self contained.
  • A card helps the child place just the right amount of seeds.
  • The small pitcher from Montessori services holds just the right amount of water.
  • A sponge for wiping the tray is included.
  • The white bowl holds the seeds.
  • Another tray holds tiny pots.
  • A spray bottle is placed next to the seedlings for watering, so the plants don't get too much water.
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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Creating a Positive Language Environment

Useful Tools for Eliciting Cooperation

1. The first approach: "I'll save this for you while you put your puzzle away," or "You'll be ready to go outside when you have your shoes on."
2. Give a choice: "Do you want the red one or the green one?" or "Do you want to do it yourself or do you want me to help you?"
3. The when-all-else-fails strategy response to "No" "OK, you can wait here until you're ready." and don't forget the "I'll help your body" to combat the floppy body response.