“Children acquire knowledge through experience in [their] environment”
The Montessori philosophy capitalizes on five areas of study within children’s environments: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics, and Cultural Studies, which include: Geography, Physical and Life Science, History, Music, and Art. In our previous guide we discussed ways to create the Montessori environment through the implementation of works, beauty, and child-sized materials and furniture. As our Montessori inspired homes transformed to include these foundational building blocks, we are now pivoting to learn about and incorporate materials within each of the areas of study that are developmentally appropriate for your child that you can incorporate in your own Montessori inspired home.
Each month our posts will be separated into four parts:
At Home Montessori Monday! Utilizing color recognition to match an empty 3x3 square to a completed 3x3 square is a great way to boost your child's mathematics skills in one to one correspondence, problem solving and color recognition. To implement this Montessori math tray in your own home:
At Home Montessori Monday
By implementing a sound jar tray in your Montessori inspired home, your child will be able to strengthen their matching, classifying, and listening skills.
To utilize this tray, children will work to listen to the sound of a red jar and find the matching blue jar with the same sound.
To create a version of this Montessori tray in your own home:
1. Purchase or identify a matching set of containers in your own home you can use (i.e. empty and washed spice containers or plastic eggs)
2. Create two separate color sets of containers that can not be seen through either by utilizing pre-colored containers, wrapping containers in construction paper or painting.
3. Fill one of each color container with the same sound material (i.e. dried beans, dried rice, bells, beads, bolts, etc.).
4. Secure the lid with hot glue.
5. Place the materials on a tray like the one shown above. To learn more about setting up Montessori materials in your home, visit our blog at https://www.amicimontessori.org/blog
6. Model the work for your child and then allow your child to explore matching the corresponding container sounds with guidance as needed.
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Sean Michael Diana M.A.Ed.