Friday, October 26, 2012

Pink Material Bags

My aunt helped me make these cute bags for the pink material picture/word matching.  There are 5 bags labeled with each vowel.  Here is the "a" bag.  The students lay the picture cards along the left side of the rug and the word cards are placed in a pile.  The students sound out the word and then match it to the picture.

Continents Pin Pricks

I traced the continents from the continent puzzle onto construction paper that matched the colors from the Montessori continent globe.  The students then pin prick the continents and then they will glue the pieces onto blue circles (hemispheres).  Older studenst can trace the puzzle pieces on their own.

Nomenclature Puzzle Extension

The students place the puzzle pieces on the control then they traced each piece.  After they traced the pieces they can then label the parts.  The puzzles that we have are the tree, the leaf and the flower.

Brown Stair Extension

I traced the brown stairs and copied it onto brown paper.  The students then cut the stairs out and glue then in order from largest to smallest.  Another extension that could be done is to have the students trace the brown stair themselves and then pin prick the individual stairs.

Sink or Float

I collected a variety of objects for the students to test.  I found a measuring spoon, a popsicle stick, a candle, a rubberband, a gourd, a metal spoon, a clothes pin, a paper clip, a penny, a baby food jar lid, and a unifix cube.  The students poured water into the bowl and then placeed one object at a time in the bowl to see if it floated or sank.  If it floated, then they dried the object off and placed it in the yes column on the felt.  If it didn't float, then they dried the object off and put in the no column.  I have also included a page with drawn pictures of the objects for the students to record which items float and which sink.

Sand Paper Letters Variation

After the students had been introduced to a group of letters then we play the knock, knock game.  We lay the sand paper letters face down on the rug.  Then the teacher knocks on one of the sand paper letters and the student says, "whose there?"  Then they turn the letter over and say the sound of the letter.  Here is a picture of the students doing the work on their own.

Metal Inset Bats

The students use the ellipse and the triangle metal insets to make a bat.

Halloween Practical Life Continued

Pumpkin Pounding
I drew a face on a pumpkin and then the students used a hammer to pound some golf tees into the pumpkin on the line.  In the picture on the right I tried using real nails but the students had a hard time getting the nails out of the pumpkin when they were done so I switched to golf tees.
Pumpkin Guts
And a Halloween favorite, scooping guts and seeds out of the pumpkin.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Pumpkin Paintings

I decided to venture outside of my comfort zone and put a painting activity out during our extended day program (older students or students that don't nap have an extended work time while the other students nap).  I placed a pumpkin on the table with orange and brown paint and had them paint a picture of a pumpkin.  I can't wait to get them all hung up for everyone to see.

Halloween Sensorial

I got these cut printouts from 1plus1equals1.  I stored them in a large mailing envelope for lack of a better place to store them at the time. 
The students cut the pumpkins or spiders out.
After they have cut out all the pumpkins/spiders, they lay them out from biggest to smallest and then glue them down.  The students love doing cutting and gluing work so that they can display their work around the classroom for others to see.  They are so proud of their hard work.

Halloween Practical Life

I guess since October is half over I should probably post some of our Halloween themed works.  I will start with practical life.
Cauldron spooning with popcorn kernels.  I love these little trays that I found at Hobby Lobby.  They are perfect for practical life work.  I can't wait to buy some more.
Spiders on a web tonging.  I just drew a spider web on a paper plate and set out some spiders with it.  Since I took this picture I have exchanged the tongs for a pair of tweezers.  Another variation could be to add a die.  Have them roll the die and then place that many spiders on the web.  Continue until all the spiders are on the web.
Skeleton sorting.  I bought these stretchy skeletons at Wal-Mart and then I put a piece of paper in the bottom of a four section tray to match the color of the skeletons.  The students just love this work.
Pom pom sorting.  I used some Halloween colored pom poms and some votive holders to make this very simple but fun work.  The students work with it all the time.  I placed a removable label with a color circle, to match the color of the pom pom,s on each votive holder.  I wish I had a Halloween themed bowl and votive holders for this work.  I will be keeping my eyes open for some to add to this work.  To make it a little more challenging you could add a spoon, tongs or maybe beginner chopsticks.
Batty spooning.  I got the skeleton ice cube tray from The Dollar Tree and the bat pieces are from Target.  I love their dollar section.
Pumpkin ice cube tray tonging.

 pumpkin seed pouring
 pumpkin scrubbing

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Color Tablet Box 3 Variation

I got this idea from Our Montessori Homeschool.  I got some paint samples from a hardware store (2 of each).  I laminated on set and then cut the other set small enough to fit onto the clothespins.  The students then match the colors on the clothespins to the color on the paint sample.  This helps with color grading from darkest to lighest.  This work also helps with their fine motor skills.