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Amira Homeschooling Montessori WINTER

Dear Hasmik,

We will use this page for the winter months, ending with March. I will create a NEW page for April-June. You can still view and refer to PRIOR PAGE called amira-homeschooling-montessori HERE. As always, email me at anya@montessorifromtheheart.com at any time if you have any questions, or should you need me to modify the curriculum to better follow Amira.

Please, let me know which activity was Amira’s favorite? Before I update for the next month, I would love to know the progress.

MARCH

Learning about St. Patrick’s Day

See HERE Books 📚 we are reading for☘️St. Patrick’s Day

We also read a few legends about St. Patrick:

  • St. Patrick and the Poison: some people say that a wizard tried to kill St. Patrick by putting poison in his drink. St. Patrick quickly turned it into ice and tossed it from the cup.
  • St. Patrick & his Cloak: it is said that St. Patrick had a friend who borrowed St. Patrick’s cloak. This friend was miraculously saved from the fire, without being hurt, by wearing St. Patrick’s cloak. 
  • St. Patrick & a Shamrock: St. Patrick used a shamrock to explain to people about the Holy Trinity~one God in three divine beings: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Growing at his feet was a shamrock, so he used this plant to explain three in one, one stem with three leaves. 
  • St. Patrick & the Fish: each year, on March 17th, fish rise from the sea. They pass before St. Patrick’s alter in Ireland and then disappear back into the sea. 
  • St. Patrick & the Sunset: it is said that the sun did not set when St. Patrick died and that is shone in the sky for twelve days and nights.

St. Patrick’s Day ~ How People Celebrate:

We learned that on St. Patrick’s Day many people give cards or flowers to their family and friends. People also make cookies, cakes and other goodies to share with others. Some people wear green carnations or pin shamrocks to their clothing to celebrate the holiday. People dance Irish jigs and play games. Pipers and fiddlers play Irish tunes. There are green hats everywhere, people are wearing green costumes, green banners are hung on windows … there is a lot of green – everywhere! People also decorate their houses with shamrocks, a plant with three leaves, looking like a clover. Shamrock is the most recognized symbol of Saint Patrick as well as of Ireland. 

Did you know?

  • Your odds of finding a lucky 🍀four-leafed clover is 1 in 10,000!
  • 🎩☘️Do leprechauns really exist?! Yes! “You can see a rainbow 🌈 almost every day in 🇮🇪 Ireland so you start believing in leprechauns, and so does the 🇪🇺European Union! Leprechauns are officially protected species under EU law! The Carlingford Sliabh Foy Loop Trail became a sanctuary and protected land for the country’s remaining leprechauns—236 in total that live there! And nearby Slieve Foye Mountain gained protection under the European Habitats Directive, which protects flora, fauna, and apparently, magical fairies.” Read HERE.
  • 🇮🇪 Ireland has a population of only 4. 8 mil people, so you can drive for hours and not see a soul.
  • The harp is a national instrument.
  • On St. Patrick’s day, it is customary to attend a mass, wear green and pin a harp with a green shamrock to clothing.
  • Traditional soda bread’s ingredients are buttermilk, baking soda, salt, flour, and butter. Contrary to popular belief, no sugar or raisins added to traditional Irish bread.
  • There are no snakes in Ireland! (There are only three types of amphibians in Ireland, some sea turtles, and only one type of reptile – a lizard.) It is just too damp and cold for these cold-blooded animals since the average warmest temperature in the summer is about 68F (ave 40-50F ). The winters are grey and damp around 30 to 40F with common frost, but there is rarely snow in Ireland.

☘️St. Patrick’s Day LITERACY Kids Activities

PUPPETS and DO-A-DOT

*St Patrick Day Puppets Craft
*St Patrick Day Puppets Craft

SEE A VIDEO TUTORIAL HERE

I Am A Little Leprechaun Poem
I Am A Little Leprechaun Poem

Practice tracing in dyed rice PRE-WRITING STROKES.

The below Clover Upper to Lower fits as a PUZZLE – do it Only for letters you have done hunts for –CMAT & SRIP

St Patrick's 3-Part Cards Montessori Kids Activity Pack.011
St Patrick’s 3-Part Cards Montessori Kids Activity Pack.011


DYED RAINBOW RICE

RAINBOW-RICE-TRACING Montessori TRAY
RAINBOW-RICE-TRACING Montessori TRAY

Practice proper letter formation with this dyed rice sensory tracing tray. (We are using THIS wooden alphabet with cards.) Again, do it only for letters you have covered during the LETTER HUNTS.

🌈Rainbow🙈Hide & Seek 🔠ABC

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Another 🌈colorful fun rainbow 🍚rice idea is to HIDE letter SHAPES in rice. You can skip the blindfold and offer your child to sensorially feel the shape of the letter and try to figure out what letter it is.  Once the child retrieves the letter and identifies it, offer to place it on the corresponding letter card.  Again, place in rice only letters you have covered during the LETTER HUNTS. It can be just 3 letters at a time.


We want to DETER little ones from eating SENSORY FILLER! Good habits will ensure SAFE play! So, if they put it into their mouth, calmly say “No, not for eating. Not in your mouth.” or “Do not put it in your mouth. This is not food.” Or stick a tongue out and make a yucky /disgusted face. Most importantly, model appropriate ways to play. If the behavior persists, remove and introduce it later.


☘️ St. Patrick’s Day MATH Kids Activities

St Patrick’s Montessori Count-and-Clip Cards

St Patrick's Montessori Count-and-Clip Cards
St Patrick’s Montessori Count-and-Clip Cards

You can invite a child to either use a peg (clothespin), or a dot market, or a dry erase marker, a stamp, or finger paint! Do it for cards 1-5 ONLY! Do vary it to keep the engagement kindling. (Use the printed cards similar to the DIY version below.)

RAINBOW COUNT AND CLIP MONTESSORI CARDS
RAINBOW COUNT AND CLIP MONTESSORI CARDS


💡 The GOAL is ONE-TO-ONE correspondence ~which is the ability to match a group of objects (here rainbow stickers) to the corresponding number and recognize that a number is merely a symbol to represent that quantity! So, have them TOUCH and COUNT ALOUD each rainbow sticker as they match the CARDINAL number to its corresponding numeral.

Use BLANK numbered puzzles as a control of error to layer identical PICTURED numbered strips over.



COUNTING COINS AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW

Making a DIY rainbow is super easy and fun! Cut a paper plate in half and then color it in a rainbow pattern. (We love solid tempera paint sticks as they dry in 90 seconds and are perfect grip even for the smallest hands.) Optional: roll the dice, and make that number from pipe cleaners, which is awesome for fine motor and number formation. Then, fill the pot with gold coins, or place the coins on the DIY rainbow.

Roll & Count Gold On A Rainbow

Roll the Dice and Count Gold on a Rainbow Montessori Math
🎲 Roll & Count 💰Gold on a 🌈Rainbow

See HERE Roll & Count Gold on a Rainbow


DIY Clover SPINDLE BOX

Spindles-Montessori-Math

Spindle box teaches a child the difference between the numeral/ number/symbol written on a wooden box’s slot) and quantity (substance, like when a child is holding actual spindles in his/her hands).

DIY Clover-Spindles-Montessori
DIY Clover-Spindles-Montessori

TO MAKE DIY CLOVER SPINDLE “BOX” YOU’ll NEED:


– recycle ♻️ 🧻 TPR (toilet paper rolls)
– craft sticks (you can wrap yarn around them to make them more substantial)
– ☘️ stickers or a clover puncher
-a hot glue gun

DIY Clover-Spindles-Montessori
DIY-Clover Montessori-Spindle-Box


SKILLs:
-hand-eye coordination
-fine motor control
-number recognition
-1:1 correspondence
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💡 GOAL: 1:1 correspondence, which is the ability to match an object (☘️ clover) to the corresponding number and recognize👆🏻 that a number is merely a symbol to represent that quantity! Young children often learn “rote counting” without having an understanding of 1 :1😮 They learn to count till 10 just like a heart-learned poem! So, have them 🙌🏻TOUCH & COUNT 🔈ALOUD each ☘️stick as they place them in 🧻TPR, matching to its corresponding numeral.

Spindle-Box-Montessori-Math
Spindle-Box-Montessori-Math

SEE detailed post about Montessori Spindle Box HERE.


GOLD COINS NUMBER LINE

DO FOR NUMBERS 1-5 ONLY!

GOLD COINS NUMBER LINE MATH STRATEGIES
GOLD COINS NUMBER LINE MATH STRATEGIES

WHAT YOU NEED:
– counters (we are using 💰 gold coins, but use whatever you have! You will need 55 of them!)
– numerals
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SKILLs:
✔️number recognition
✔️number sequencing
✔️1:1 correspondence
✔️bar graphing
✔️hand 🖐🏻eye 👁coordination
✔️fine motor control

MATH STRATEGIES


💡 🔛NUMER LINE: So much research has been done on the benefits of teaching ↔️number lines as a visual math strategy. It can be used in addition & subtraction, as well as skip counting & times tables. Emphasize that numbers go to infinity by drawing ⏪⏩ at each end. Start at 1 and count up. Once the child finds the number on a line, remind your child to go back to number one and count up again.

💡1:1 correspondence, which is the ability to match an object (💰💰💰) to the corresponding number3️⃣ and recognize👆🏻 that number is a symbol to represent that quantity! Young children often learn “rote counting” without having an understanding of 1 :1😮 they learn to count till 10 just like a heart-learned poem! So, PRACTICE-PRACTICE-PRACTICE! Have them COUNT aloud and TOUCH each 💰as they place them next to a correspondent numeral, crating a graph!

💡This can also be an intro to 📊BAR GRAPH! Graphs are useful because they can be easier to understand than numbers and words alone.


SHAPES

Clover SHAPES in NATURE
Clover SHAPES in NATURE

PIPE CLEANER 2-D SHAPES DIY


☘️ St. Patrick’s Day PLA Kids Activities

St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun DO-A-DOT Toddler Activities
St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun DO-A-DOT Toddler Activities

MUG PLAY HACK

St Patrick’s Mug Tree Hack

Here is a PLACK HACK to turn your Mug Tree into a fine-motor “let’s decorate the tree” activity for toddlers! We have done it with Christmas decorations, and now, with shamrocks!

TONGS TRANSFERRING

Transferring, whether with hands or tongs, is a quintessential Montessori Practical Life activity. However, how fun it is to make it as part of ☘️St. Patrick’s Day Kids Activities by varying a COLOR of your materials! With children age 2 YR +, present in a shallow bowl and offer to transfer using HANDS. You can modify, according to your child’s level, and offer different transferring tools: from a spoon to tongs to even chopsticks! (See more on transferring HERE ~ Halloween Inspired Tongs Transferring.) SMALL ITEMS ARE CHOKING HAZARD!

These mini tongs are perfect for little hands to exercise fine motor control and strengthen small muscles of the hands! Besides all the GREEN color, adds novelty to the activity and makes it inviting! We are using a green silicone mold (you can also use an ice tray) and styrofoam-covered balls (buy gold ones here) ~ you may also use pom poms. Have fun transferring!


Shamrock Pipe Cleaner Beads Fine Motor Craft

DETAILS HERE

Shamrock Pipe Cleaner Beads Craft is decorating our window pane.

GOLF TEE BALANCING

Here is a fun way to repurpose an old egg carton. (Bake at 250F for 15 min to kill potential eColi.) Insert golf tees and offer a child to balance styrofoam balls on the tips of golf tees.

SCRUBBING A TABLE

Scrubbing a Table -you will need a plastic container, a pitcher for water, soap in a dish, a scrub-brush in a dish, a sponge, a towel for drying, and two containers: one filled with clean water and the other to dump the dirty water. See in action HERE.

🔐Lock & Key

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🔐 Locks are not just for keeping things safe! This is an awesome fine motor activity presented on every Montessori Practical Life shelf. Those little fingers really have to work to get the right 🔑key into the little lock! Present this activity on a tray or in a basket and have mismatched 🔑keys on a ring and different locks 🔐 interlocked between each other in a ball. (Buy locks here and here.) Have more keys than locks to 📈increase the level of difficulty. Offer your child to solve the puzzle and exercise those problem-solving skills to find the right key for the right lock. As the key matches with the lock, the lock opens up and the child is able to separate that lock from the rest and place it aside on a mat. PURPOSE: fine motor skills to fit the right key into the little lock, as the child will really need to work those little fingers to get the keys into individual little locks holes. Children are also developing patience as they attempt to problem solve the puzzle. Vary the activity depending on your child’s age. Most importantly, let it be learning through fun.

 📉Variation: offer an identical number of keys to locks and present the keys loose so that the child, once opens the lock, can put that lock and a matching key aside, having fewer keys to work with.

📉Variation: Numeracy ~ label the matching lock and its key with an identical number.

📉Variation: Literacy ~place an upper case letter sticker on a lock and the same letter lowercase on its matching key.

PLUCKER TRANSFER

IMG_0044See here Olive Picker-Plucker 🍝Transferring • Montessori 🙌🏻Practical Life Activity.


☘️ St. Patrick’s Day SENSORIAL Activities

Clover TPR COLOR MATCH 

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Shamrock-TPR-Craft-Sticks-Color-Match

Here is a colorful St Patrick shamrock ☘️ color match DIY.

YOU’ll NEED:
– recycle ♻️ 🧻TPR
– 🍡ice pop sticks (craft sticks work too)
– ☘️stickers (I am using a ☘️ puncher)
– hot glue gun

SKILLs:
-🖐🏻 hand 👁 eye coordination
-fine motor control
-color recognition
– sorting and classifying


Montessori Color Boxes | Knobless Cylinders Rainbow

DETAILS HERE

DIY Color Matching + Fine Motor Pegging

 This DIY resembles matching Montessori Color Tablets ~ similar to Color Box 2 ~ a traditional Sensorial material introduced to toddlers starting at 2 ½ years old. 

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With this activity, besides simply matching color samples from your local hardware store, offer your child to practice fine motor skills by matching colored clothespins and also graduating pegs in order from smallest to largest or vice versa. And if you have plain wooden pegs, just color them either with Sharpies (what we used) or use tempera stick paints which are awesome too!

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Bottle Cap Rainbow Pom Pom Fine Motor DIY

Plastic Bottle Caps Pom-Poms Rainbow DIY
See here ♻️ Bottle Cap 🌈Rainbow Pom Pom Fine Motor DIY

SEE DETAILS HERE

SHADES OF GREEN DYED RICE

Inspired by the 💚Green book, we are also making shades of GREEN today with this DIY DYED rice! Just add a little bit of vinegar (we are using a bulb baster for that) and desired food coloring to your dry rice. (Separate each color in an individual plastic ziplock bag.) Mix well, air dry and it is ready to use! Most coloring we used (such as green, seafoam, and turquoise) is from this liquid dye set for soap. We also used a neon green (with a pointy cap) from this food coloring pack, and the last one: kiwi green was from this liquid soap set.

DID YOU KNOW that  Ireland’s nickname is  ‘Emerald Isle’ because of its verdant landscapes and lush grass? Also, the color green holds a deeper religious meaning of Catholicism. Green stands for fighting for independence and freedom from England. The green color also stands for being able to exercise free religious choice. Gold, on the other hand, as seen on the Irish flag, represents Protestant ruling under the British Empire, and white stands for hope.

HOWEVER, the original color associated with St. Patrick was NOT green, but BLUE! Patrick is shown wearing blue vestments in several artworks. It was not until later that the green color became associated with Ireland due to the beautiful green countryside and the above-mentioned religious content.

SEE HERE Leprechaun Sensory Bin


STICKERs RAINBOW COLOR MATCH

This math sensorial color matching activity offers a child to practice numbers recognition and sequencing, numeral to quantity association and color matching. Offer a child to place on the rainbow’s color-rays the exact amount of matching colorful dot stickers: 1 , 2 , 3  and so forth! (We are using these amazing Prismacolors pastels.)


CLOUD DOUGH

Skip all the loose items if you think they might end up in the mouth.

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Cloud-Dough-Rainbow-Gems

DETAILS HERE


CULTURAL

☘️ St. Patrick’s Day HISTORY

A little more history about Saint Patrick ( History channel). See more HERE.

Who was St. Patrick?

St. Patrick gained the title of Patron Saint of Ireland based on his actions, not his birthplace. No one is totally sure where was he born: England, Scotland, or Wales, but he definitely was not born on Emerald Ilse, as St. Patrick was not actually Irish, but of British heritage. Originally born under the name “Maewyn Succat” around 386 A.D., St. Patrick belonged to a wealthy aristocratic family who owned a large estate. His family was Christians, but Patrick showed little interest in religion, and although his father was a deacon, the future saint wasn’t a religious child at all. It wasn’t until he was kidnapped at the age of sixteen by Irish pirates and taken to the chilly, mountainous countryside of the northern mountain part of Ireland to be sold as a slave to tender sheep, that he found his faith. While in slavery, lonely and scared, he turned to his family religion for solace, often praying to God to help him find a way home. Throughout his time in captivity, he became a devout Christian and was encouraged by a voice he believed to be God’s to escape from his captors.

He was twenty-two years old he saw a dream calling him to walk to the shore to find a ship to sail back to England to find his parents. Patrick walked 200 miles to the Ireland Eastern coast where he found a passage to the ship which took him back to England where he was reunited with his family after seven years of slavery and separation. Thereafter, he found his calling to become a Catholic priest, so he found his way to a monastery in England where he spent twelve years growing closer to God. However, troubled by the cruelty he had experienced in Ireland and the destruction of his homeland he faced upon his return, he decided to go back to Ireland after hearing an angel telling him to return to Ireland as a missioner. So, after studying to become a Catholic priest, he returned to a country he called a “prison” to teach the Keltik Pagan population empathy and respect. He had promised that if people will follow his teachings and accept Catholicism, he will vanish all the snakes from Ireland. And, so he did, as there are no snakes in Ireland. St. Patrick often used a three-leaf plant to explain the Holy Trinity, and that is how “shamrock” became the most recognized symbol of Ireland. The leaves are meant to symbolize the Father, Son, and The Holy Spirit in the Catholic Trinity. Saint Patrick used shamrocks to convert the Druids from their Pagan ways to Christianity, by convincing them that the Holy Trinity was present in every lush, green field of their native land. In Ireland, when St. Patrick was introducing Christianity, he used a shamrock to teach the mystery of the Holy Trinity: the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit ~ three leaves on one stem. He tried to explain how three separate entities can yet be one in the same. On March 17, 461, Patrick died. Because Saint Patrick is a saint of the Catholic Church, we celebrate the day he entered heaven rather than the day of his birth.

ALSO WATCH a VIDEO HERE


March 8 ~ International Women’s Day

See HERE International Women’s Day • Celebrating With Western-European Continent


March 20 World Frog Day

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Frog-Puzzle-LifeCylce-Pin-Poke

SEE FROG STUDY HERE


☘️ St. Patrick’s Day STEM Kids Activities

COFFER FILTERS Capillary Action

No precision required! The experiment is to see HOW COLORS SPREAD!

DETAILS HERE

What is capillary action?


Capillary action is the ability of a liquid (our colored water) to flow in narrow spaces (the flower stem) without the help of an outside force, like gravity. As water evaporates from a plant, it is able to be pull up more water through the plant’s stem. As it does so, it attracts more water to come alongside it. This is called transpiration and cohesion.

DOWNLOAD PRIMARY/SECONDARY COLORs PDF HERE

Dry Paper Underwater Experiment

It’s a fun trick, but YOU will have to conduct it!

Dry Paper Underwater Experiment
Dry Paper Underwater Experiment

DETAILS HERE

Tangerine-Sink-Float-Kids-STEM-Science
Tangerine-Sink-Float-Kids-STEM-Science

DETAILS HERE ~ IT IS TASTE -SAFE


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Paper-Towel-Markers-Kids-Process-Art-Adrian

DETAILS HERE ~ again NO precision is required


☘️ St. Patrick’s Day Kids CRAFTS

Q-TIP RAINBOW PAINTING CRAFT

Please draw a rainbow and invite to follow the rays with a Q-TIP.

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*Rainbow-Q-Tip-Art-Craft-Sensorial-Activity-For-Kids

SEE DETAILS HERE


Marshmallow Shamrock Stamping Kids Craft

Marshmallow Shamrock Stamping Kids Craft St Patrick's Inspired
☘️Shamrock Stamping Kids Craft

See HERE Marshmallow Shamrock Stamping Kids Craft

Shamrock TPR PUPPET

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See HERE ☘️Shamrock DIY Recycled Toilet Paper Roll Craft

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Our Shamrock puppets are decorating our window pane.

Shamrock CORK STAMPING

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The next time you will be having champagne, save the corks and make this Shamrock craft! Just tie three corks with a green pipe cleaner to represent the leaves of a Shamrock. Then dip your “Shamrock stamp” into the green washable paint and apply to the paper. We used this tempera paint to draw a stem. 


FEBRUARY

HOLIDAYS

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

BRUSH-TEETH-CARDBOARD BEANS DIY
BRUSH-TEETH-CARDBOARD BEANS DIY

Teaching children proper teeth cleaning through FUN HANDS-ON engaging DIY! “Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired!” Here is a fun activity to strengthen the small muscles of the hands while teaching little people proper teeth hygiene.

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YOU’ll NEED:
– recycled cardboard (I am using pizza insert)
– white beans
– a hot glue gun
– a toothbrush
– dry erase marker
– toothpaste

SKILLs:
– hand-eye coordination
– fine motor control
– dexterity – bilateral coordination

⚠️TIP: If you are planning on using toothpaste, TAPE the face over with clear tape first and then hot glued the beans! Then, draw cavities with a black dry erase marker and offer your child a brush to clean them!

EGG STAINING STEM Experiment

Feb 1 National Children's Dental Health Month
See HERE ~ EGG STAINING / CLEANING DENTAL ACTIVITIES for KIDS


Chinese New Year – Feb 12

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See HERE Chinese-New Year-of-a-Rooster-Dragon-Craft

EXPLORE CHINA CONTINENT BOX UNDER CULTURAL



3rd Sunday in Feb ~ World Whale Day

Since Amira still puts things in her mouth, skip the water beads and just use stained water and sea animals you have.

Sperm-Whale-Water-Beads-Sensory-Play
World-Whale-Day-Water-Beads-Sensory-Play~ See HERE Blog WORLD OCEAN DAY
DIY-Picture-Puzzle-World-Whale-Day
DIY-Picture-Puzzle-World-Whale-Day

Use any images you have of animals and cut pictures in half or quoters. Offer to assemble the puzzle.

Ocean-DIY-Craft-Sticks-Puzzle-World Whale Day
See HERE Ocean-DIY-Craft-Sticks-Puzzle-World Whale Day


Feb 27 ~ International Polar Bear Day 

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Again, skip the water beads and set stained blue water and ice.

See here International ❄️Polar 🐻Bear Day

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Also here you will find books we read for Polar Bear Unit Study

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See HERE ~ Polar-Regions-Montessori-Study-Polar-Bear

PLA

Heart Paper Plate Yarn Weaving

Paper Plate Heart Yarn Weaving
Paper Plate Heart Yarn Weaving ~ See on IG HERE

If you are looking for free and easy Valentine’s craft, just grab a paper plate and trace a heart on it. Next, cut out the heart shape and punch small hearts around the heart’s perimeter. Thereafter, offer your child to weave it! This is an amazing fine motor exercise and it makes a cute gift! (Buy a large needle HERE .)


Heart Stamp & Weave

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Check out HERE a VIDEO of Adrian at 3 YO weaving a Paper Heart Craft


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Valentine-Glitter-HEARTs-Weaving-Washi Tape-Pasting-CRAFT ~ see on IG HERE

Another fun way to decorate your heart is with washi-tape!

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Glitter-Heart-Needle-Sewing

Pipe-Cleaner Heart Pony-Beads Threading

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See HERE Pipe-Cleaner-Heart-Pony-Beads-Threading

Scissors Primary Colors Pasta Threading

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For fun Scissors Primary Colors Pasta Cutting ~ read HERE 

DIY Valentines Heart Stickers-Scissors-Cutting

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HERE see a VIDEO ~ DIY Valentines Heart Stickers-Scissors-Cutting-Kids-Activity


BUBBLE MAKING

  • You will need a bucket of water or sink or water bottle, a tray, a bowl for whisking, a sponge for cleaning up, and an eye-dropper with dishwashers soap. A child whisks the water and makes bubbles. SEE DETAILS HERE.


SENSORIAL

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Cardboard-Hearts-Match-Stick-Poke

HOW: First, draw the hearts of various sizes and various colors on recycled cardboard. Next, pre-poke holes with a tooth-pick (it’s sharper) and put them away! Thereafter, offer your child colorful craft match sticks to poke along the perimeter of each heart. (Once done, offer to REMOVE the match-sticks rather than insert.) Skills: hand-eye coordination, color recognition, fine motor control, size comparison, spatial awareness.



Heart-Puncher-Paint-Samples Pegs

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Heart-Puncher-Paint-Samples

YOU’ll NEED:
– paint samples
– clothespins
– a glue stick
– a heart puncher

SKILLs:
-🖐🏻 hand 👁 eye coordination
-color recognition
-fine motor control
-bilateral coordination (holding a paint swatch with 1 hand and clipping the peg with the other)
-dexterity and more!

👆🏻These skills are the gateway to cognitive development for your child!⠀

VALENTINES MYSTERY BAG

VALENTINES MYSTERY BAG
VALENTINES MYSTERY BAG

💞HEARTs❤️Inspired 🤔Mystery Bag.

Place pairs of objects (of various textures and sizes) in a basket (or a bag) and have your child retrieve an object blindfolded and identify based on a tactile sense of TOUCH only! Then offer to find the missing pair INSIDE the BAG.
Start with 3 pairs of VERY familiar objects! Then increase the number of pairs and choose pairs that are similar to each other and not familiar to a child.

See how to present STEREOGNOSTIC MYSTERY BAG HERE


COLOR MATCH POM POM PAINT

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Hearts-Pom-Pom-Painting-DIY

Pom-Pom painting is an amazing and fun way to strengthen small muscles of the hand, dexterity and practice pre-writing skills!

YOU’ll NEED:
– cardboard or a piece of paper
– colorful markers
– clothespins/pegs
– pom-Poms or cotton balls
– 🎨 paints

SKILLs:
✔️following the line/curve
✔️hand-eye coordination
✔️fine motor control & developing a pencil grasp
✔️color recognition & matching
✔️LARGE/MEDIUM/SMALL
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💡 Before you put a pencil in your child’s hand, let them explore lines and curves sensorially‼️Yes! Numbers and letters have straight lines, curved lines, some have dots & slants! But don’t rush your little one before the brain is neurologically ready! Your 2 YO may draw ➖ and by 3 YO might draw ⭕️ But before they can do that, offer your toddler to practice PRE- writing strokes and lines! So, before your little one can write, they must have enough fine motor control and hand strength! HOW: offer plenty of opportunities to practice: finger/pom-pom painting, squeezing droppers, exploring play dough, squeezing pegs, threading pony beads, cutting with scissors, and so forth!  DETAILS ON PRE-WRITING STOKES HERE.


HEARTS COLOR DOT STICKER MATCHING

HEARTS COLOR DOT STICKER MATCHING
HEARTS COLOR DOT STICKER MATCHING

Here is a fun FINE MOTOR, SIZE and COLOR recognition activity! Draw hearts of various sizes and colors and offer color-matching dot stickers to follow along the heart’s line.


FAKE SNOW SENSORY INVITATIONS

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Frozen Arctic Waterbeads Jello-Kmart-Play-Tray

Have you tried freezing gelatin block? Add some instant snow, animals, pine 🌲 trees and your little one will be occupied for a good hour! Check my ARCTIC KIT HERE.

TASTE SAFE BLOCKS: HOWEVER, although taste-safe, gelatine can be a choking hazard! TIPS: I use unflavored gelatine, so do not add any sugar to discourse tasting!

Frozen-Arctic-Waterbeads-Jello-Kmart-Tray Sensory Play
Frozen-Arctic-Waterbeads-Jello-Elk

Exposing children early on to sensory play in an age-appropriate, child-driven environment is the key to building confidence, knowledge, and mastery as it supports language development, cognitive growth, fine motor control, problem-solving skills, and social interaction. As your child learns through play, s/he triggers multiple when tactile, visual, and language stimuli are sparked off!


LANGUAGE

DYED SAND PRE-WRITING STROKES

*DYED SAND DIY TRACING TRAY
*DYED SAND DIY TRACING TRAY

SEE HERE HOW TO make DYED SAND to practice PRE-WRITING STROKES STRIPS from WINTER PACK

Please note, this printable is a BONUS to your membership. If you would like to SHARE it, please direct to the PRODUCT PAGE HERE where I also upload video tutorials on HOW TO use this 80+ MEGA WINTER PACK.

Dyed Rice Seek and Find

See a video tutorial HOW TO make DYED RICE. Instead of writing letters, place a plate with rice OVER FAMILIAR PICTURES and ask Amira to tell you the name.

SKILLs:
– hand-eye coordination
-fine motor control
– spatial awareness
– letter recognition

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DYED Red-Rice-Letter-Seek-And-Find

“What the hand does, the mind remembers.” In preparation for language work, children start in sensorial areas, where they learn to focus, concentrate, & develop a sense of order. Through senses, children learn SOUNDS by using hands-on materials. If you think about it, the letters of the alphabet are merely written codes for phonetic sounds in words. (Hello phonological awareness!) Thus, the road to literacy would always start with spoken language and SOUNDS!  And experiential learning or learning by doing  proves to be very effective! So hide the alphabet letters, freeze, bury in rice! Remember “ PRACTICE IS A MEANS OF INVITING THE PERFECTION DESIRED!”


Alphabet Seek & Find Rice Sensory Bin

Also, since Amira does not know the alphabet yet, hide puzzle pieces or small animals and ask her to FIND and SAY the name.

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Dyed rice is one of our favorite sensory mediums! It is super easy to make and it lasts forever! So here is a way to up-cycling an old puzzle. Hide small puzzle pieces or small animals in dyed rice and ask to seek them!



READ and ACT OUT a POEMT. Make Puppets by gluing them to craft sticks and inserting them into a styrofoam block. SEE HOW I MADE SIMILAR HERE.

SEE HERE WHEN I EXPLAIN HOW TO PRESENT/USE THE PACK


WINTER WORDS 3-PART CARDS

Ask Amira to match the identical picture to picture while you are clearly saying the name of the animal or winter object.

Montessori 3-Part Cards Instructions
Montessori 3-Part Cards Instructions
-WINTER WORDS 3-PART MONTESSORI CARDS
-WINTER WORDS 3-PART MONTESSORI CARDS

MATH

HEARTS 1:1 CORRESPONDENCE

*CardBoard-Puzzle-Hearts-PomPoms
*CardBoard-Puzzle-Hearts-PomPoms

HOW:
-cut cardboard into ❤️heart shapes
– then cut each heart into halves
– write a numeral on one side and hot glue the corresponding quantity of pom poms

Offer your child to solve the puzzle!
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SKILLs:
-🖐🏻 hand 👁 eye coordination
-number to quantity association
– 1:1 correspondence
-fine motor control

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💡Teach REAL before ABSTRACT! Dr. Montessori observed that children learn early mathematical concepts through hands-on manipulation such as touching, transferring, and manipulating! It is through such experiential learning they master counting, recognize quantities, learn sequencing and so forth! So Explain mathematical concepts through 🙌🏻sensorial work! Let them TOUCH each pom pom as they COUNT aloud! What the hand does, the mind remembers!


⠀Hearts Counting Girl Balloons DIY

If you think Amira might put them in the mouth, USE EDIBLE counters – like red berries or cereal.

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*Hearts-Counting-Girl-Balloons

HOW:
-✂️📦 cardboard box
– draw girls holding 🎈balloons
– hot glue recycled ♻️ milk/water caps as 🎈balloons
– offer ❤️ counters to place inside each balloon
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SKILLs:
-🖐🏻 hand-eye coordination
-number to quantity association
– 1:1 correspondence
-fine motor control


⠀Hearts-TPR-Stamp-Graph

Hearts-TPR-Stamp-Graph
Hearts-TPR-Stamp-Graph


So much 📖 research has been done on the benefits of teaching a ⬅️➡️ number line as a visual math strategy. Children who are exposed early on to a linear representation of numbers are more likely to, later on, be able to make leaps towards mental calculations without paper.

WHAT YOU NEED:
-paper roll
– a ruler and a marker
– paints
-TPR bent in a heart ❤️shape
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SKILLs:
✔️number recognition
✔️numeral to quantity association
✔️hand 🖐🏻 eye 👁 coordination
✔️fine motor control

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💡 The GOAL of this activity is 1:1 correspondence ~ which is the ability to match an object (❤️) to the corresponding number and recognize👆🏻 that a number is merely a symbol to represent that quantity! Young children often learn “rote counting” without having an understanding of 1 :1😮 They learn to count till 10 just like a heart-learned poem! So, have them COUNT aloud each 💙as they stamp it on paper. Then have them TOUCH each and correspond to its numeral!

1-10 HEARTS NUMBER RECOGNITION

If Amira puts them in the mouth, skip them.

1-10 Hearts Stickers One-to-One-Correspondence
1-10 Hearts Stickers One-to-One-Correspondence

Here we are using 100 board tiles to practice ONE-TO-ONE correspondence with heart stickers.

EGG CARTON 1-12 NUMBER CORRESPONDENCE
EGG CARTON 1-12 NUMBER CORRESPONDENCE

You can also use an egg carton. TIP: bake egg cartoon in the over at 250F for 15 min to kill any potential bacteria.

ODD and EVEN

PLEASE REVIEW ODD AND EVEN

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See details HERE and the video Valentine’s post with hearts HERE.

 

ODD and EVEN EXTENSION GAMES

  1. Collect to 10: 2 players, a basket with small loose items such as small cubes/animals/cars: roll a ten dice, if lands on an even – that player takes1 item; if lands on odd – take noting. The winner is who gets 10 items first.
  2. Flip the coin Game: 2 players & 1 coin:  flip the coin: if lands on the head, that player says all even numbers 2,4,6,8,10 — if lands on the tail, the player says aloud odd numbers 1, 3, 5, 7, 9.

 

DIY ❤️Valentines Numbers Sequencing

MAKE FOR NUMBERS 1-10 ONLY

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What you need: clothespins, heart counters, a Sharpie and a glue gun (to glue the hearts to the clothespins). Then I simply wrote on four strips of paper number sequencing: 10-19; 20-19; 30-39 and 40-50 to reinforce number recognition and sequencing with teens and tens. For a younger child, write numbers 1-10 and have your child find a missing number. This activity is also an awesome fine motor exercise for those little fingers!

SHAPEs DIY CHALKBOARD

Use items Amira will NOT eat! Alternatively, offer to fill shapes with cereal or small berries.

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Hearts-Shapes-DIY-Chalk-Board

Learning SHAPES helps little ones identify and organize visual information, thus helping them learn pivotal developmental skills in other areas such as reading, math, and even science. For example, recognizing shapes is an early step in understanding letters and numbers. Developmental milestone for learning shapes emerges from 26 to 30 months. Recognizing shapes like a circle, triangle, and a square is a key milestone of being a toddler. This tactile shapes DIY is a great way to develop better coordination and thinking skills!

YOU’ll NEED:
chalk tape
– chalk
– hearts or any other loose parts

Secure chalk tape to any surface, draw shapes and offer to fill shapes with loose items.

SKILLs:
✔️shape recognition
✔️hand-eye coordination
✔️fine motor control
✔️cognition & spatial awareness


WINTER PACK MATH & LOGIC

*TODDLER HALVES PUZZLE MAGNETIC TILES
*TODDLER HALVES PUZZLE MAGNETIC TILES

CULTURAL | POLAR REGIONS

CHINA CONTINENT BOX

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See HERE Montessori Cultural & Science Lesson (China 🇨🇳 Continent 📦 Box) with links to Chinese New Year’s Celebrations. 



POLAR REGIONS

Above cards are a part of my Arctic Learning Kit.

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Read here North vs South Pole Frozen Sensorial Invitation to Explore

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To find out more about our Polar Regions Unit Study |Land-Water-Air ~ see here

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Check out here Frozen Hydrogels Icy Arctic Snowy Sensory Bin


STEM

Heart Peppermint Twist Candy STEM Experiment

The science behind, the color and sugar dissolve into the water and then diffuse through it.

Read HERE about the ⚗️ science behind this experiment, when we did a similar experiment but with Skittles ~ Colorful 🌈 Skittles Fun💧 Water Science Experiment for Kids.


MELTED CRAYONS STEM

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Hearts-Melted-Crayons

Ok, who has a bag of crayons 🖍 which are either too short, broken or just not appealing to your little one anymore? I do and my bag is HUGE! I just cannot bear throwing them away, so we have crayons from every hotel and every restaurant too! Well, why not give 🖍 them a NEW LIFE! AND if you involve your child in the process 💪🏻 they will L❤️VE their creations even more! These 💕🖍also make a perfect 💕 Valentine’s 🎁especially as a class gift where you have a lot or kids!



YOU’ll NEED:
– old ♻️ 🖍 crayons
– a mold (check for max ♨️temperature/ mine said max 250)
– an oven

SKILLs:
✔️creativity
✔️patience (you WILL 😤need it to take the wrapper off)
✔️gross 💪🏻motor (by breaking 🖍in pieces)
✔️hand 🖐🏻 eye 👁 coordination
✔️fine motor control
✔️bilateral coordination (using both sides of the body/ 🙌🏻hands at the same time in a coordinated manner)

RISING BEADS

BEST STEM RISING BEADS KIDS SCIENCE
BEST STEM RISING BEADS KIDS SCIENCE

DETAILS HERE ~ this experiment must be done by the adult, but it is definite WOW effect!


DANCING BALLOON

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Acid-Base-Reaction-Dancing-Balloon-Kids-Science

DETAILS HERE.

If you have the materials, TRY IGLOO MAKING as HERE. You can use any cubes and invite to use STEM skills to build an igloo wall. (These ice cubes are part of my penguin kit.)

VALENTINES HEARTS ACID-BASE REACTION

If you think Amira will attempt to eat the gem hearts, SKIP THEM! They are purely for decoration!

VALENTINES HEARTS ACID BASE REACTION
VALENTINES HEARTS ACID BASE REACTION

This Valentine’s STEM is ALL about ⚗️Acid + Base Reaction = 🌋 All you need is an ice cube tray (we are using hearts mold) which you will fill with a mixture of baking soda, red food coloring, few drops of water, and a squirt of dish soap. Freeze for a couple of hours. then pop into a large waterproof tray. Offer vinegar and let your little scientist explore the acid-base reaction!



p.s. I am using salt as a base (to give red a color pop) and heart gem hearts from my 💞Hearts Learning Kit.


CRAFTS

“Rawr! Means I love you in Dinosaur!”

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“Rawr! Means I love you in Dinosaur!”

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 Making this card was also a great practice for Arian writing his name. 


Blue Truck 🚙 Foot Print

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See HERE Valentine’s 💝 Card ~Blue Truck 🚙 Foot Print~ Sending Loads of💗Love.

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Foot print butterfly variation for a girl.

TAPE RESIST HEART CARD

TAPE RESIST HEARTS VALENTINES CARD Step 1
TAPE RESIST HEARTS VALENTINES CARD Step 1

Cover the white cardstock folded in half with tapers tape. Then, place heart cutouts and stamp the card with dot markers. Remove the tape and heart cutouts and reveal the design.