DIY Montessori sensory holiday tea activities including matching, tasting, pouring, and tea parties! You will need four to six holiday tea boxes, tissue paper, and tape or matching holiday stickers (tissue paper/tape is optional), and a tray or a wicker basket.
How to make:
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Make Montessori Christmas clay beads as gifts, tree decorations, or just for fun! Materials needed: clay, paint, confetti or glitter glue. To make clay beads you need some clay. I bought a small, 5 pound bucket of Crayola white 'air-dry clay' at a local Michael's craft store on sale. You can order it on Amazon.com here. It is best to order small amounts at a time because the clay dries out after so many months. (When it does dry out, add 1/4 of water over the clay and let sit over night.)
We used an ice cream scooper for the clay to scoop it out. If your child is too young for the ice cream scooper, make several scoops and place them in another container for the child to access.
The holidays are just around the corner and the Montessori moms at Confession of a Montessori Mom are sharing their favorite Montessori-friendly activities and books with you to help you make that all-important decision: What should I get my family for Christmas? (You can also share our suggestions with grandparents, aunts, and uncles who are giving gifts to your children this holiday season!)
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Marie: My family has loved to cook for generations! Our family gatherings always revolve around food and the kitchen so it makes sense for Samuel to be interested in happenings in the kitchen. I found Kids in the Kitchen: Simple Recipes That Build Independence and Confidence the Montessori Way by Cotner and D'Alton while searching for a cookbook which he could call his own. It is the perfect start for young cooks. The recipes can be followed by the pictures for non-readers and have a variety of levels from beginner to more advanced child cooks. The introduction to Kids in the Kitchen really helped me to understand the Montessori process behind cooking, like starting the cooking process with donning an apron and assembling materials before beginning to cook.
"Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence."
We LOVE to read in our house. We often read a couple stories in my bed before we start our day and always end the day with a bedtime story or two. Samuel loves to listen to Bible stories and anything to do with trains. Avalyn is fascinated with how pages turn and listens to our stories while exploring her own board books. We have book shelves in every room of our home! (Check out how we have set up our Montessori home.)
With all this literary interest in our home, I wanted to move our reading to the next step. But is Samuel (at almost 3) ready? Should we really start looking at easy-to-read books? How can I continue to use the Montessori method in the "learning to read" phase of our homeschooling?
Here's what I found!