A wonderful group of blogs that emphasis hands on learning called Montessori Bloggers is hosting a link called Top 12 Montessori in 2012. JDaniel has always learned through hands on learning and playing with concepts. This past year provided him with various activities that required he interact with concepts hands on. Many were included in my Read.Explore.Learn. posts. Others were shared in my Taking Time to Play series. Finally others were shared in posts I wrote for other blogs.
If you have Montessori based activities that you have written about and shared on your blog I hope you will link them up below.
Here are some on mine:
JDaniel explored paint and texture while painting with corn in a post called Gimme Cracked Corn and I Will Share.
We explored Halloween safety rules and JDaniel explored how to follow them using the materials in this bin. The post was called Halloween Safety Rules and How to Review Them.
Placing bats alphabetically on a tomato cage that had been attached to clothes pins was one of the activities JDaniel did in a post called Baby Bats Lullaby- Read.Explore.Learn.
JDaniel sorted beans using chopsticks and then created New Year's Eve noise maker shakers with them. He also added pom- poms and pipe cleaners to beans in a water bottle. He is still playing with his noise maker shaker.
Hours were spent exploring this New Year's Eve sensory bin. JDaniel and I explored it. He played with all of the contents and then he explained how to play them to his dad.
We had the best time trying to find out how many pennies we would need to make the water spill out of the cup in this water displacement experiment that was shared on the Kids Activities Blog.
Early in the fall JDaniel and I gathered bits of nature at a local park. Then he tried to use various kitchen tools to transfer them from the kitchen table to a plate on the floor. We tried spatulas, chopsticks, a whisk and several other tools. This activity appeared in the Kiwi Crate Studio. They called it Transferring with Tongs.
JDaniel and I made alphabet soup using foam letter and some plastic treasures. The goals was to scoop up the letters and search the pot for the matching treasure. This post was called Cooking Alphabet Soup and was guest post for a blog called Actually Amy.
I learned by watching JDaniel explore Bristle Blocks in a post called Taking Time to Play- Follow His Lead. Learning beside and from my son has really taught me a lot about learning.
This simple weaving project was just supposed to be something JDaniel and I did one afternoon on our deck for our Christmas tree. The boy next door came over to see what we were doing and he ended up making a set to take home. They both loved that there wasn't a wrong way to weave these ornaments. I shared this activity in a post called A Christmas Spider's Miracle- Read.Explore.Learn.
One of the best things I bought JDaniel this year was a bag of buttons. He loved to sort them, explore them, pattern with them. We spent hours playing "I Spy a Button.." I shared some of the ways we worked with buttons in post on the Kids Activities Blog called Button Activities: Color Matching and More.
JDaniel had the best time hunting for plastic shamrocks in baby wipe containers. The containers were filled with beans and he used various tools including a little rake to dig them up. The post that contains this activity is called Read.Explore.Learn.- Leprechauns Never Lie.