Sunday, September 30, 2012

Flagging the Continents


This download from Montessori Print Shop is a wonderful way to practice recognition and naming the continents. I printed out the black and white pages from the file and colored them in, by hand and  followed  the instructions to laminate and make the pinning flags.

Next day, I actually asked Lil Muallimah to help mak eher new activity. 

First I asked her to place the flags on to a styrofoam sheet.

Next I asked her to make some balls with sticky tack

Then I asked her fix the balls of sticky tack onto the black dots on the continents, on the World map.

Finally she got to do her activity. Pin the correct flag on to the corresponding continent matching the color and shape.

Now the same activity with a twist. Matching the names of the continents

The control of error in Montessori Activities does give a boost to the childs confidence. Love it :)

There``s actually another set of flags and a map that I haven`t finished making yet to go with this activity. Soon Inshallah!

Other related activities:

Acorn Experiment


Lil Muallimah collected a bunch of acorns while out on a walk. When she same back she showed how many she had collected and that how some were green and some were brown.

Later that evening she suddenly said, Can I do an experiment with my acorns ?

Well experiment she did... she got out a glass first put the green acorn in and then a brown. "Mama look, the green one sinks and the brown one floats!" She was so excited that her experiments and that she got different results...:) Mashallah

She kept adding more acorns and kept noting her results... green ones (fresh fruit) sink, and the brown ones (drying/dryed) floated.

A simple yet cool experiment, thought and performed by Lil Muallimah all by herself :) Mashallah!

I've linked this activity up on Living Montessori Now's

Montessori Monday

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Knobless Cylinders extension 2


Lil Muallimah made some awesome patterns with the knobless cylinders on her own. I love how the Montessori material invites a child to explore it. I am learning to just wait for her to do it on her own.

The following are some of the patterns she made all by her self one after the other, without any hints or patterns cards to follow. Once again the pictures from different perspectives make them all the more beautiful.

Self clean up and back in the box for next.

                         Oh and out again for just one more

Green Knobless Cylinders


While I was sorting books and walking back and forth from room to rooms, Lil Muallimah busined herself with teh Green knobless cylinder box. I only found that out when she called me out to see what she made......."Look Skylon Tower!!!"  (Skylon Tower is in Niagara Falls, Canada) which we have visited Alhumdolillah

Compared to 

Next she continued on to work more patterns and wanted to give a background for the picture too, by holding up her mat. :) I love how the same pattern looks so cool from different perspectives. Subhanallah :)

Straight and Curved Lines


When I downloaded these sorting cards from Montessori for Everyone , I really liked but thought that it was a limited activity in itself, as a child will soon master it in a few times. Which it did. 2 days back we revisited this activity adding more to....

For Straight lines....
I showed Lil Muallimah how to make sure to keep the string straight by holding and pulling it tight by both ends.

For Curved lines....
I showed Lil Muallimah to lay down the string and shape it by moving the finger alongside it to match the card 

All packed in a try for next time :)

I've linked this activity up on Living Montessori Now's

Montessori Monday

Monday, September 24, 2012

Our Earth


 I got these from our local Dollar Store, to do what I have badly been wanting to do with my kids.

I distributed the blocks among each in pairs and placed them on waxed paper (parchment paper)

Lil Muallimah made a red ball.....

Lil Muallim # 2 rolled out orange..... 

....and covered the red ball 

....and then some more

Lil Muallim # 1 did yellow ....

and covered the orange ball 

Lil Muallimah rolled out blue and I flattened it out more....

and covered the yellow ball 

Then I made the continents with them


I cut it........and Lil Muallim # 1 took pictures


Core, Mantle and Crust

The best part was that the kids made it all by myself with my help in the end with continents. They made the shapes for 4 continents, which I had to tweak a lil and I made the remaining 3 myself.

Honestly speaking Lil Muallim #1 guessed by the 3rd layer what I was making them do and asked if we were going to cut it too? Then the excitemnet gre even more Alhumdolillah! This was so much fun for all of us. I loves how all my Lil Muallims worked together to make this (besides the typical kiddiness in between :)).

NOTE: I think modelling clay is a better medium for this project as compared to play dough as it is stiffer and sturdier. It needs quite a bit of muscle strength for the kids but the results are rewarding :) 

I actually got the idea from Learning Ark. The 3 paqrt cards from freemontessori actually have divided the core into two parts the inner (liquid state) and outer core (solid state). But my Lil Muallim #1 suggested that having the core in red gives the visual of it being hot.  I think I like that idea.

Also Lil Muallim #1 wants to do this again on a larger may be then I'll go strictly with the nomenclature cards :)

I will do formal lesson with this model tomorrow so rest will be posted later.

For now we can't wait for Abi to come home and show him.


UPDATE: Abi wasn't allowed to even go and change when he came home, all Lil Muallims gathered around him and showed him their model. Abi was surprised to see to say the least...haha.

He really liked the model and appreciated their exciting day Alhumdolillah


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