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My list of resources (montessori/toddler focused)

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My list of resources (montessori/toddler focused)

Postby joeli » Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:25 pm

While we're not technically home-schooling Leo yet, I do want to start doing some structured learning come September (he'll be 2). I really like the Montessori style of teaching and will be following mainly that, not strictly though because I want to be following Leo's lead at all times. So we'll start with going through all practical life skills (sweeping, pouring, cleaning, dressing oneself, etc.) by doing some structured things as well as just by practising during normal day-to-day stuff. We're also going to do a few focused units on space, transportation, weather, time (days of the week, yesterday/today/tomorrow, clock reading) and bringing in alphabet and numbers into these themes. I picked these based on Leo is interested at the moment but of course if his interests change I'll be following his lead.

I've been doing a ton of research and complied the following links. If anyone is on Pinterest you can find me on there as well (http://pinterest.com/joeliskitchen/) and I've pinned a lot of pictures about classroom set-up and activity ideas.

http://abcteach.com/directory_home.php This site has a lot of free printables/clip art (things like pictures to represents seasons), but some is only available to members.

http://www.artfuldodgers.co.uk/ If I had an unlimited budget, I'd be getting all my early learning resources from here.

http://www.moteaco.com/albums.html Different activities you can do related to a variety of topics. Montessori based.

http://www.moteaco.com/36scope.html Montessori curriculum for ages 3-6 (also has for other ages on there as well).

http://www.montessoriforeveryone.com/Free-Downloads_ep_35-1.html Free downloads (activity worksheets and printables)

http://www.blog.montessoriforeveryone.com/montessori-basics-7-essentials-of-a-toddler-classroom.html How to set-up toddler classroom

http://www.infomontessori.com/practical-life/introduction.htm A walkthrough of tons of activities to do with toddler and child (I am going through the practical life ones with Leo)

http://chasingcheerios.blogspot.com/ A fun blog to read with good activity ideas (not even necessarily school related, just fun stuff)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orr8C8cMSLQ&feature=relmfu Videos showing how to present Montessori activities.

http://totschool.shannons.org/ Another great blog

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Re: My list of resources (montessori/toddler focused)

Postby zoeyboo » Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:04 pm

I'd love to see more links to toys, books, flashcards, other equipment for this age group if you have them, Rufus is a bit younger but I'd like to start to pick things up for Xmas and his birthday in January :mrgreen: haven't seen much around/don't know what to google LOL! Thank-you

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Re: My list of resources (montessori/toddler focused)

Postby joeli » Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:22 pm

Toys:
Wooden chopping food set (we have the Melissa and Doug one)
A child size broom, dustpan and brush.
Child size pots and pans.
Wooden/Fabric play food (we have the Ikea fabric ones and love them).
Stacking towers (the ones that start large and get smaller)
Little cups/jugs/bowls for pouring/sorting + tray to set up activity on
Lacing Beads
Puzzles
Art supplies (apron, paint pot with lid that brush to go in, glue sticks, foam sheets to cut out and stick, plenty of paper)
*Eric Carle number flash cards
*Eric Carle animal lacing cards
*Melissa and Doug See and Spell
*Melissa and Doug Pattern Blocks and Boards
*not tried these yet, but they are on my wishlist

Books:
Look for ones by Tony Mitton -- Leo loves the ones we have and they are quite informative.

Activities:
Grinding eggshells
Counting objects
sweeping up
pouring (dry pasta or water) from one object to another
filling up jug with water using funnel
talk about concept of smallest/smaller & largest/larger (i.e. can you find me a block that is larger than this one?)
talk about concept of heavy/light (i.e. feel how heavy this rock is, can you find one that is light)

This is the calendar I want to set up for Leo:
http://countingcoconuts.blogspot.com/2010/10/our-classroom-calendar-circle-time.html


Post more later!
Last edited by joeli on Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:07 am, edited 3 times in total.

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Re: My list of resources (montessori/toddler focused)

Postby Woozle35 » Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:26 pm

Just had a flick through and the links are great Joeli, thanks. I will read them properly when I am more awake.

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Re: My list of resources (montessori/toddler focused)

Postby zoeyboo » Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:31 pm

joeli wrote:Toys:
Wooden chopping food set (we have the Melissa and Doug one)
A child size broom, dustpan and brush.
Child size pots and pans.
Wooden/Fabric play food (we have the Ikea fabric ones and love them).
Stacking towers (the ones that start large and get smaller)

Post more later!


Thank-you! :hug:

We have the Ikea food & the pans, he like to play with those, not quite role play yet though!
I think I have a dustpan & brush put away somewhere, will look for a broom ... maybe some gardening tools too, saw some nice ones somewhere the other day, I have a little tin bucket, trowel & fork that was Jack's.

Have just been looking at the Melissa & Doug stuff & have ordered a Stacking/Sorting Tower set (4 different shapes on one board) and also some threading beads.

Thanks Hun, look forward to more ideas!

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Re: My list of resources (montessori/toddler focused)

Postby joeli » Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:10 am

Have updated other post and will continue to do so as I get organized. But also that totschool blog that I linked to in first post is great for finding activities. I spent too long last night just going through all her old posts finding ideas I liked.

What kind of books are you interested in? Leo has tons. Are you interested in the academic ones or just any that he loves at the moment?

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Postby northernruth » Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:15 am

I've posted this toy before elsewhere but it bears repeating as it's very similar to some of the Montessor number rod type toys that they have in the schools/ nurseries but the real things are very expensive - this is from Habitat and is £15, we have had it about 18 months and it has a play value way beyond the basic puzzle (as do most wooden toys IME)

http://www.habitat.co.uk/count-kids%27- ... uct/962124

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Re: My list of resources (montessori/toddler focused)

Postby zoeyboo » Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:27 am

That looks fab Ruth, have registered to be emailed when they have them back in stock, too old for him at the moment but I tend to like to get things as I see them and put them away as typically you can never find them again when you actually want them!

I've got a lovely wooden shoe put away that you can learn to do laces on. Looking for a good toy that has zips, buttons, hook & eyes etc on. Anything else like this too, caring for yourself type toys - I know Brother Max do a bathtime set which I need to have a look at again.

Books we are fine with, we have tons & they are easy to find. Any good flashcards etc though I'd be interested in.
Have seen a few nice ones on amazon.com but can't find them in the UK and they won't post here - have asked a US clothy friend to get them & post to me though, I like the photographic ones rather than pictures. There is a fab set of 40 opposites ones which I like the look of, you match the pairs - Clean/Dirty, Full/Empty etc.

Asda actually have a fab range of books by Igloo which are only about £2, they have shapes, numbers, colours, vehicles, bath time, farm, etc etc ... they are all bold photographs of the object on a plain bright background & Rufus loves them, he can identify lots of the objects already, he might not have the speech but we can say 'Show me the X and he'll turn the pages find it & point' worth a look.

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Re: My list of resources (montessori/toddler focused)

Postby joeli » Wed Aug 03, 2011 9:53 am

That looks fab ruth, thanks!

Found this zoey: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Melissa-Doug-Basic-Skills-Board/dp/B0015XWTW8/ref=reg_hu-rd_dp_img
Melissa and Doug also do a latches board which looks fun. Pricey new but I always keep an eye out for things like this on ebay.
If anyone else is interested, Melissa and Doug also do a wooden lacing shoe that is quite cheap.

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