For Small Hands

"Thanks for the excellent lessons! They are super. Just the sort of thing we will really enjoy. Wow, a Montessori teacher AND a mind reader!  :) " Monica

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Your monthly subscription includes:

  • Montessori Pre-K and Kindergarten lesson plans and PDFs (Sensorial, Practical Life, Language, Math, and Geography).
  • Montessori articles including Creating a Montessori Classroom/Environment In a Nutshell; Montessori Environment Shelves; The Montessori Adult; and The Three Period Lesson.
  • Lisa Nolan's ebook (where some of the above is also included) Montessori FAQs and Resources for Homeschooling Children Ages Three to Nine.
  • Three of Lisa Nolan's Montessori PDFs.
  • Password protected picture galleries.
  • Suggested monthly time lines.
  • Outlines with time lines for: The Study of Artists and Their Art; Women Artists, and The Study of Art Styles; The Study of Musical Composers and Their Music; and The Study of Aesop's Fables.

Activities

1. Sensorial:

  • Geometric Cabinet Puzzle Shapes
  • Smelling Bottles
  • Sound Cylinders
  • Thermic Bottles
  • Geometric Cards

2. Practical Life:

  • Snaps
  • Buttoning
  • Cut Faded Flowers
  • Weeding
  • Sewing in a nutshell

3. Language 4-Year Olds:

  • Movable Alphabet (spelling)
  • Intro to Writing
  • Writing On the Line
  • Learning to Write Your Name
  • Tracing

4. The Study of Aesop's Fables

5. Language 5-Year Olds:

  • Dictation and Phonograms--writing/spelling
  • Introduction to Reading
  • First Reading Lesson with Object Box
  • Reading Tablets/Cards
  • Labeling--writing/spelling

6. Math:

  • Cards & Counters--1-10
  • Counting 11-19 with Teen Beads
  • Counting 11-19 with Teen Boards and Combine with Teen Beads
  • Counting 20-99 with Ten Beads & Boards

7. Geography:

  • Animals of the World (continents)
  • People of the World
  • Continent Puzzle Maps

Articles:

  • Absorbent Mind: "From birth to six is the stage of the absorbent mind. This is the type of mind with which the human baby, shortly after birth, starts taking in and absorbing the environment in which he finds himself. This is very different from the adult mind. The absorbent mind [of the child from birth to six] is..."
  • Daily Routine and Circle Time
  • The Home Preschool: "The materials you can start with are simple toys, practical life and sensorial materials: also toys, books, simple puzzles, and books that are familiar to the child. Slowly and gradually the young child will be weaned from them and intrigued by more challenging materials. But in the beginning give him..."
  • The Human (Physical) Embryo: "Montessori says the spiritual expresses itself in the physical. Thinkers in every age have been struck by the astonishing fact that a being which at first does not exist should become a man or a woman able to think and to have ideas of his own. The infant starts from..."
  • Independently Working: "Young preschoolers will be exploring their environment sensorially and there are projects you can make for them to do while you work with an older child. The key to it is to have..."
  • Indirect Preparation: "We all learn according to what we already know. One sees, hears, and understands according to what one already knows. Whenever is printed on the subconscious experiences and will determine our reactions, and are a way of handling future experiences. This is the..."
  • The Montessori Adult: "Consistency and continuity are the backbone of the Montessori environment. They are the order which brings security and allows the child to really unfold. The adult’s role in general is to..."
  • Montessori Environment Shelves
  • Nurturing the Child's Home Environment: "The first step is to prepare the child's environment in such a way as to allow your child easy, safe access for both getting out and putting away her belongings, including..."
  • The Sensitive Periods: "The sensitive periods are transitory periods in the child's life during which time she is prompted by an inner urge to focus her attention on certain elements in her environment. The activities and impressions resulting from this activity help the child to..."
  • Siblings and Lessons, and Siblings Working Together
  • The Three Period Lesson: "The Three Period Lesson is a way to present and introduce concepts and new terminology, or the names of  things, to a child: new sounds (letters), numbers (symbols), geometric shapes, colors, and geography forms (like the land and water forms or the continents). It is also a way to..."

Resources:

  • Setting up a Montessori environment
  • Frequently asked questions about how to create a Montessori home environment
  • Creating activities
  • Observing your child in the Montessori environment
  • Get free or cheap materials for making activities
  • Supplies list and a must-have Montessori materials list
  • Recommended Montessori book list (with personal reviews from me)
  • Storing materials & activities
  • Creating a budget for materials & activities

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