Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Homeschooling Tip: Knobless Cylinder Set and Use

We discuss the presentation and use of these Knobless Cylinders in our Montessori Teaching Curriculum Guide for Preschool and Kindergarten. These four sets, shown above, contain ten cylinders each that vary by height and/or width.

The Nienhuis set is superb. And expensive. If you are purchasing the set of four boxes, which is an important staple in your home classroom, try sharing it with a few other familes. Four families can purchase it, each one takes a set home, and then the children can meet to work on the different sets and then swap the sets to take home (or take home their own set).

This exchange also serves to put children together in a group environment, which is a key part of the Montessori classroom as well.

Photo credit: Nienhuis collection of Sensorial Material Knobless Cylinders

You can purchase our Montessori Teaching Curriculum Guides on the Montessori House site.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Beautiful Montessori Cards...They're Free

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Montessori and Activity

Create a daily schedule for yourself to mark down how much physical activity your child is getting in a day. Ideally, a young child will have two to four active play sessions during the day including simple group games and individual play.

These activities need not be expensive to be great. Group games can encompass such activities as soccer and baseball or a simple game of tag or hide-and-go-seek. Individual play includes everything from swimming and biking to playing on a jungle gym.

We find that many camps and summer schools end up keeping children inside or sitting still for longer periods of time than we recommend.