"Do not tell them how to do it. Show them how to do it and do not say a word. If you tell them, they will watch your lips move. If you show them, they will want to do it themselves." Dr. Maria Montessori
TODDLER LESSON CALENDAR
APRIL 27-May 1
“Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create.”
MONTESSORI AT HOME
To get the most advantage of Montessori At-Home, you may set up your house similar to a Montessori school. There are designated areas in a classroom. In your home, you can designate an area for reading, doing Montessori work, and playing. This can be set up in a living room, creating a triad so the child can move from one area throughout the day.
Reading Corner - This is for quiet reading time, when your child wants to take a rest (just wait and see). Put a chair in an area with a basket or box of a few selected books that you can alternate per week. If you don't have a small child's chair, you can use a mat or a blanket to lay on the floor. Add a few pillows, a basket or box of a few chosen books.
Work Area- As you gather materials for your child to work at home, have a small shelf your child can easily access. Put a small plant, a wooden figurine and a small picture frame. These items can be used for polishing work. All you need is a small box lid with 2-3 cotton balls. Box lids or shallow boxes are great for separating items if you don't have small trays. Do not clutter the work shelf. Put about 3-5 activities at a time and replace weekly. Have a box lid with your child's pencil or crayons for work time.
Play area - This this used for creativity. where you can designate a small table and 2 boxes you can use as a shelf. One box to put your child's art supplies (crayons, coloring books, no paints), and the other box for a few selected toys. After using the things, remind your child to return the items in their own homes. Cleaning up will be fun when you sing the "clean up time song". (Clean up time, clean up time. Everybody clean up, clean up time.) Song is sang to Frere Jacques melody.
For eating and cleaning, use the table your child uses for eating (dining table) and set an area in the kitchen where your child can access a small dustpan and brush and a cleaning cloth.
Wait and see. Be patient. Once you create these areas, you will notice that your child will navigate with ease, doing the activities you have set out for him or her. This is satisfies the child's sensitive period for order. You do not have to put on the tv or ipad. As with younger children, we try to limit screen time . Use that at the end of the day.
Give time and space for your child to put on their clothes independently. Think of household chores as a family activity. Give your child a duster or a cloth to help with dusting. Create a daily routine to care for your home.
Have your child help with feeding pets. Pre-measure.
Help with yard work, pulling weeds, planting a seed or plant, gathering flowers, exploring nature.
Prepare your home to allow your child to navigate without much obstacles to hinder movement.
When children satisfy their need to move, now they are able to calm their bodies. Do not over tire your child with many activities. You will notice they will act out instead of settling down.
Listen and let them finish what they are trying to express.
Use descriptive words to describe an object. Explore tactile activities - rough, smooth, big, small, light pink, dark pink, fuzzy, silky.
Lead Teachers Ms. Erika - Toddler 1 Ms. Annie - Toddler 2
Assistant Teachers Ms. Gabby Ms. Vidi
DAILY SCHEDULE (sample daily schedule to help create a daily routine for your child. )
EARLY MORNING – Getting Ready to start school
Wake up, wipe face, get dressed, and put away pajamas.
Setting the table for breakfast. Have your child help with table setting and cleaning up after eating.
Designate an area for your child to learn and play. Set aside some time for your child to interact with your child's teacher.
9:00 - MORNING GREETING - Zoom CLASS TIME is a 15 minute interaction with your child's teacher/s and other students. If you miss it, a recording can be accessed the following day via email.
9:30 – Snack. Be thankful and clean up after.
10 :00 - ACADEMIC TIME Practical Life/ Daily lessons, and Work time. (videos are to assist parents with lessons and ideas for activities.)These lessons will help develop routines and independence.
MID-LATE MORNING 11:00 CREATIVE TIME – Indoor playtime with child's toys, looking at books, coloring, and story time.
12:00 – LUNCH TIME, potty time/diaper change
Outdoor time (Outdoors if it’s warm. Walks, play in yard, gather flowers, listen to outdoor sounds.)
EARLY AFTERNOON 1:00 – Naptime
2:30 – Potty time, Snack time, afternoon fresh air
3:00 – Playtime/fun time
4:00 – Story time
5:00 – Shower and Playtime
6:00 – Dinner
7:00 – Family Time (Movies or games)
8:00 - Bedtime or earlier for younger children.
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