Montessori Monday – August 5, 2013

I never knew about Montessori schools growing up. However, I think I very much would’ve liked to attend one. So I’ve decided that preschooling will be inspired by Montessori style teaching.

In my searching on Pinterest I have found many fun things to do with Aaron this year. For example, have you ever heard of Invitations to Play? I hadn’t. You basically put out a collection of items for your child to play with & see what they come up with. No telling them what to do or how they should put certain things together. Just let them create for a set amount of time. How fun! We did that today. 🙂

I apologize in advance. When I went to use my camera I discovered it’s drained battery. All of the following photos were taken with my phone. (Warning: there are a lot of photos!)

Here's what I set out for him.
Here’s what I set out for him.

I had originally run across this Pin with the ocean themed sensory tray. That lead me to coloring the blue rice using the directions from this Pin. So I started him off with colored rice, plastic aquatic Itsy Bitsies (they were cheaper at Joanns), flat blue marbles (99 cents @ Walmart), Bananagrams, measuring spoons, a couple of containers, & a baking pan. (There were some rocks & sticks buried in the ocean of rice that we forgot about until we dumped it out.) 🙂

The first thing he grabbed was the Tablespoon to start scooping up rice.
The first thing he grabbed was the Tablespoon & he started scooping up rice.
Then he started adding everything to the rice.
Then he started adding everything to the rice.
But the animals needed to have a picnic, so out they came.
But the animals needed to have a picnic, so out they came.
Hey! We didn't add the Bananagrams yet!
Hey! We didn’t add the Bananagrams yet!
All this work makes one thirsty. Time to make a smoothie... complete with whirring sounds.
All this work makes one thirsty. Time to make a smoothie… complete with whirring sounds.
He finally decided to dump everything into the pan. And why not add a car?
He finally decided to dump everything into the pan. And why not add a car?
But the car needs a ramp.
But the car needs a ramp.
And we're back to filling containers.
And we’re back to filling containers.

All in all, great fun was had. Surprisingly, I only had to sweep up about 2 Tablespoons worth of rice when we were finished! It was totally worth it.

So, have you tried an Invitation to Play with your Toddler?
Antoinette

Linking up to Living Now Montessori.

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