"I finally had a chance to explore your program and I must say that I really LOVE it. The information you share is amazing! The sites that you have listed and the you tube videos are filled with more information than I ever expected for the small fee that you charge. I am so happy to have found you!! The children in my care and I will benefit from your ideas and research. Thanks again for all of the guidance."--Pam K.
"I love your site-it's exactly what I spent 6 months looking for! Btw, the biggest help was the daily routine and how you set things up--knowing what someone else's Prepared Environment looked like really helped in creating ours. And, when you get your child a plant to take care of, don't get a cactus. Thanks for your help!"--Peggy
This program is recommended for:
* Parents and educators who are new to Montessori.
* Parents and educators who have few, if any, Montessori lesson activities for toddlers and three-year-olds.
* Parents and educators who do not have Montessori toddler and or Montessori preschool albums or training manuals.
About the Program:
* Includes website and PDF access to my Montessori lesson activities for two- and three-year-olds.
* These lesson activities will help get you started in creating a Montessori home or daycare environment from which to build on.
* Most lessons have pictures, some have picture galleries (multiple pictures), and others are text only.
* Includes website access to our Montessori articles and faqs.
* Other resources including YouTube clips and links to other Montessori and related blogs, websites, and other articles.
* If you find any outdated or broken clips or links, we are more than happy to change/update them!
* The lesson activities and articles are easy to download and save to your computer.
* Some of the lesson activities can be hand-made or prepared with materials from home, others can be bought at Montessori suppliers.
Includes website access to my documents & articles on:
* How to start, where to begin
* 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 and a must-have Montessori materials lists
* Recommended book list
* Storing materials & activities
* Creating a budget
* Forums and blogs to join for support
* Specific links to affordable and free public Montessori material downloads (when applicable).
"I loved your program. I found it very helpful.... I teach head start in San Diego. We are not Montessori but I have the training and try to add Montessori when possible. Your [web]site was very good."--Diane Sabeghi
"Thanks again for all of the easy to understand links and info. One of the things that grated on my nerves about my Montessori training was the all or nothing approach. I felt like if the children picked up something the wrong way all was lost. I don't feel that judgment from your material. I know it is best to hold as fast and true to the original as possible but sometimes it isn't practical. I am looking forward to integrating as much Montessori as possible into my own style of teaching with my children. This is definitely giving me a place to start."--Cheryl
Montessori Articles & FAQs Included:
* 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..."
* Circle Time: "At the beginning, circle is simple. Towards the end of the year, it becomes richer and more complex.... One thing remains constant in all these circles--it is the..."
* Daily Routine
* 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..."
* Movement and Independence: "The moment [a child] is born he starts to move independently, and in order to reach independence he has to keep on moving. There are two types of movement..."
* 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
* Social Grace & Courtesy: including Conflict Resolution; Care of the Environment FAQs; Discipline FAQs.
* 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..."
* Toddler FAQs:
* My two-year-old seems interested in new activities, but then she will swat at the materials, sweeping everything off the table or across the floor. Do you know what this might mean? Or do you have any suggestions for me on this behavior?
* How do you tell if my toddler has mastered an activity?
* When do other toddlers...recognize individual letters? Should I be working on that? Is it too early to start with sandpaper letters and phonics?
* I'm having some difficulty encouraging my 27-month-old to stay engaged in one activity after introducing it. What do I do?
Montessori Lesson Activities Included
* Open and Close Zips and Snaps
* Open & Close
* Cleaning Spills
* Putting on a Coat
* Dry Pouring Into Bowl
* Large Scrubbing
* Small Scrubbing
* Cheese Cutting
* Water Pouring
* Advanced Pouring
* Tea Party
* Washing a Table
* Washing a Window
* Using Mats/Rugs in the Classroom
* Sort Silverwarer
* Sorting Large Objects
* Sorting Small Objects including Button Sorting and Bead Sorting
* Match Fabric
* Froebel Bag
* Geometric Solids Intro
* Geometric Solids and Bases
* Cylinder Blocks
* Advanced Cylinder Blocks
* Color Box 1
* Color Box 2
* Thermic Tablets
* Pink Tower
* Brown Stairs
* Touch (Tactile) Boards
* Touch (Tactile) Tablets
* Feeding Fish
* Insect Matching
* Introduction to Animals
* Classify Animals
* Boats Experiment
* Bubbles and Air One and Air Two Experiments
* Sink and Float
* Simple Toddler to Threes Art Projects
* Metal Insets (beginning drawing of geometric shapes)
* More Art
* Beginning First Sounds
* The Classified Picture Cards
* I Spy Game
* Sand Paper Sounds/Letters
* Write Sand Paper Sounds/Letters
* Early Counting with Objects
* Home-made Counting
* Number Rods--math counting 1-10
* Sand Paper Numbers 1-9
* Spindle Boxes--math counting 0-9
* Color Bead Stair--math counting 1-9
* Land and Water Forms
* Land and Water Forms Match to Cards
* And How to Make
* Land and Water Globe
* World Globe or Color Globe
Social Grace & Courtesy:
* Conflict Resolution including Social Grace and Courtesy
* Care of the Environment FAQs
* Discipline FAQs
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