Tag: Practical Life

Pumpkin Time

Pumpkin Time

In the northern hemisphere it is time for pumpkins to be harvested. Many families and schools will visit pumpkin farms to pick pumpkins and perhaps enjoy a hay ride around the farm. The areas of Botany, Practical Life, Math, Science, and Language often have a variety of pumpkin themed exercises.

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Apple Fun

Apple Fun

September is a great time to have fun with apples. Previous post highlighted some activities and lesson ideas to use with apples. Some may be repeated and others may be new on this post. I especially enjoy bringing a variety of apples into the classroom for the children to taste. During this month I like to include lessons on the five senses, and highlight the lesson on taste, a day before our apple tasting activity.

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Getting Ready for Spring

Getting Ready for Spring

In just a few short weeks it will be the season of Spring in the northern hemisphere. There are so many things one can choose to do for springtime activities and lessons. I will share a few and perhaps you can began to prepare some now to share with the children at home or in the classroom.

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Winter Activities

Winter Activities

January is a great time to enjoy a variety of art activities that involve snow. Have a review of words that are related to winter. Cutting snowflake designs out of a coffee filter is always popular and making a snowflake magnet is fun too. Older children can make a winter word list, draw a winter picture and write about it, or make a booklet about winter.

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Africa

Africa

This month the continent of Africa is introduced. Up to this point North America and South America have been discussed. Children continue to stamp their ‘passports’ as each continent is introduced. A variety of lessons such as those on Egypt and the different biomes that make up Africa can be highlighted as you discover this continent over the coming weeks.

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Rain Forest Animals

Rain Forest Animals

As this month continues with the continent of South America, it is an excellent time to talk about the rain forest. I introduce biomes in the coming weeks and include rain forests as a reminder of a biome already discussed. Learning about different animals and providing a variety of art activities on some of these animals are much enjoyed by children.

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Land Forms

Land Forms

Children enjoy working with the land form materials. Different kinds are able to be purchased on many Montessori website that sell materials. Some teachers and homeschool families make a set of their own using small foil tin trays and hardening clay. Small booklets can be made as children color the water and land parts of each landform. Small land and water animals to use along with a landform is always a popular activity in the classroom.

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South America

South America

During the first week of each month, I like to introduce a new continent is and various lessons continue with it for the remainder of the month. This month features the continent of South America. Children keep their little passports stamped with each new continent we talk about.

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Georgia O’Keefe

Georgia O’Keefe

During about the third week of school a lesson is presented on famous artist and individual artist are introduced along with lessons about things such as art mediums throughout the remainder of the year. This month we look at an artist from the country where we live, which relates to the lessons this month on North America. The artist Georgia O’Keefe is one that we learned about. We looked at some of her paintings and the children could choose to make a poppy flower. We found out she enjoyed painting big flowers and New Mexico landscapes.

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