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Willow Scribbles "FREE CHOICE IS ONE OF THE HIGHEST OF ALL THE MENTAL PROCESSES." MARIA MONTESSORI

Good morning Willow Families,

Our first month of school came to an end. The children are adjusting well and work very hard.

Works of the week.

All about me

The mirror in the classroom is a popular activity. Your child shows recognition of self while looking in mirror and touching nose, head or some other body part that he/she can see only with the mirror. It also help the child expand vocabulary.
Mrs Potato (and Mr Potato) helped me introduce our theme. We talked about the face and its different parts. Immediately the children loved this work and I can say it was the most popular one.
As I expected this work immediately was a huge success. Perfect to name the different members of the family.

colors

We practice color naming every day during group time (stories, songs or games).

The children practice their colors knowledge with this activity. Your child names and sorts according to color

Quantity and counting activities

Like with colors we play with numbers daily. The children love to read and sing Five little monkeys jumping on the bed and 5 little speckled frogs.

The Number Rods help a child begin his understanding of the numbers 1 through 10 (here 1 to 3). Your child can name the rods by their length and count the colored sections

Shapes

This puzzle set consists of individual shapes placed on wooden boards (here is the circle but we also have a square and a triangle). This material helps your child develop his gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

Fine Motor skills

Placing pegs into holes on a peg board is great for developing your child's hand-eye co-ordination, and his/her control of hand and finger movements. He/She will also be able to match the colors.
Bead Stringing, an activity from Practical Life, helps your child to develop concentration and fine motor control.
A transferring activity’s direct purpose is to refine the child’s skill of transferring but indirectly it helps him/her to develop independence, hand-eye co-ordination, fine motor control and to encourage self-discipline and concentration.
This puzzle helps in understanding various sizes but also promotes hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and problem-solving skills.

Letter recognition

Letter recognition is a key step in a child’s ability to learn to read and write. Children typically look for letters they are familiar with. One of the very first words with great importance will be their own name.

Practical life : slicing fruits and vegetables

The children built their fine motor skills by slicing fruits. This is a simple Montessori practical life activity, and an introductory lesson in food preparation, that can be used to help young children develop independence and boost self-esteem.
With this work the children learn apple parts by layering each part (skin, flesh, core, seeds, stem and leaf).
Shadow matching activity to develop shape recognition.

Children working

Art and craft area

Apple tasting and scooping goldfish

Tuesday was "apples tasting day" in our classroom. We tasted three varieties of apples : Gala (red), Golden Delicious (yellow) and Granny Smith (green). It was more than just a tasting activity. The children used their 5 senses : the sense of sight for the colors, they touched the smooth skin, the senses of smell and taste when they were eating and we also noticed that apples make no sound when we shake them but we can hear the crunch of the apple. They also practice hand coordination by scooping goldfish in their snack plate.

Books

If you want more information about the books we read, feel free to come to me.

Have a wonderful week.

Mrs Tatreaux and Mrs G.

Credits:

Created with an image by Martin Bargl - "Apple and pear in Autumn with cinnamon and cloves"