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Presenting Fish Unit Study The Montessori Way



In this blog I’m sharing how I presented a unit of study to my class using a Montessori method. My presentation here is about fish.

Why fish?

I love the idea of structuring science and nature teaching into a memorable, fun and exciting unit of study about fish. During my childhood years Ive been fascinated with the ocean animals and had an interest in exploring and learning more about it.

Being passionate on sharing my knowledge through teaching children, I created this unit of study to nourish them information about the study of fish including activities using Montessori practical life, sensorial, mathematics, language, botany, zoology, geography, peace table, nature table, arts and crafts and learning resources like books, magazines and brochures related to this study.

This is the binder that goes with my project presentation.

Upon completion of this project, I gathered all my resources and had taken some time to do a research and create my own extensions of Montessori materials suitable for the age of children I am working with (2-6 years). I also created an objective that at the at the end of this study my student will be able to understand some facts about fish and habitat, how they live, classification, different types of fish including those that looks like a fish but actually not classified as a fish.


Prepare Your Environment: 

  1. Live fish and aquarium- To get started, gather things to set up in the classroom. The best way to get my students engaged in this study is to show them some live fish and aquarium or fish bowl.
  2. Colorful visuals of fish in a presentation trifold- Fish photos and facts placed at the trifold. Most of the photos used here are from California Academy of Sciences and Audubon Aquarium of Americas. I collected these photos during my holiday travel.
  3. Picture books & photos- I borrowed books from my local library to include in my books shelf. Any books related to fish are placed nicely at the book shelf (far right corner).
  4. Trays or baskets- Okay, Im a hoarder of baskets & trays! I love trays in my classroom. I always look for different sizes of trays or baskets on sale. In a Montessori environment we have different works/jobs that we regularly rotate weekly or biweekly. There are works that doesn’t need to be place in a large tray. With this in mind, I will only use a smaller one to organize materials.
  5. Montessori activities/work- The related unit study works/activities placed in each tray. It is organize particularly according to the photos shown above: practical life, sensorial, math, language, botany, zoology, geography.
  6. Nature Table/Tray
  7. Peace Table

The result of my hard work from this project. I’m a strong believer for “A” yay!

I also selected some unit of studies that Im sharing here to give you more insights about how each presented the Montessori way.


Peace education


Fish (my presentation)



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15 Effective Fine Motor Activities For Toddler

In this blog, my daughter turns two. It’s just like only yesterday when we celebrated her first birthday. Her milestones continue to progress that I needed to catch up and do a quick review on my observational skills.

I gather a compilation of activities that enhances the refinement of muscles or fine motor skills as well as hand eye coordination. Being a mother and a teacher plays a big role to deeply involved with every developmental milestones she’s into. Preparing a variety of fine motor activities each week is a must for a very active toddler.

At home you can always find materials you need to strengthen your child’s hand muscles. You can also check tons of ideas at pinterest and instagram. Here are my collections of activities at home that helps my child a lot with her fine motor.

1. Water Ball Play- This is one of her favorite activities at home. Something stretchy, gewey, sticky and wet put a spark on her eyes and get totally engaged with this.

She’s about 15 months here and so fascinated with activities like this

2. Watercolor Painting- Great for hand-eye coordination. She still working on mixing water with the color palettes. I love the glow on her face when she discovers different shades from mixing with variety of colors.

3. Pegboard Activity- Putting pegs into a hole develops grasps and release, refined pinches and eye hand coordination.

4. Color Sorting Cylinder- Master eye hand coordination, refined pinches and develops pincer grasps.

5. Name Puzzle Tracing– In here I use small colored beads (choking hazard). She uses beads to trace each letters of her name. This is a great way to teach a child in preparation of using a pencil for writing.

6. Molding Kinetic Sand- Instead of using play dough, I chose this plain colored kinetic sand and a set of 5 cutting tools. This activity strengthens her hand muscles.

Below shows the five different play dough cutters. She loves to create different shapes and designs out of it.

7. Foam Stickers– Stickers are always a big hit at home. It’s also another great fine motor activities that are easily available at home and a good calm down activity for toddlers.

 8. Coloring- Young children can grasp easily when they use a bigger or thicker crayons and markers. It is also advisable to use non toxic and washable crayons for safety.

9. Block Stacking- Babies and toddlers loves to stack objects. It strengthens the whole hand by using all the fingers. This activity also enhances the hand-eye coordination.

10. Letter Tracing- A good activity to efficiently use pincer grip.

11. Dot Painting- The thickness of this dot paint fits well to a toddlers tiny hands.

12. Cutting- This activity takes a lot of practice and observation. A close supervision will be needed. There are a lot of toddler friendly scissor that you can buy for your child. I got this pair of scissor at Dollar Store (teacher’s corner).

13. Water Pouring- This is her favorite activity during spring and summer. She spends a couple of hours outdoor doing this fun activity.

14. Sticker Peeling- I found this at school supplies section at our local Dollar Store. I use this for her to follow the shape or pattern of an object. As long as you have a bunch of this at home or school your child will love sticking. A great activity to promote concentration, hand eye coordination and pincer grip exercises.

15. Washing- There’s a vast washing activity for toddlers like baby doll washing, toy washing, play kitchen utensil washing, clothes washing, fruits & vegetables washing and a lot more things to wash.



Effective Way To Teach Montessori At Home 

Children are so amazing! They can let you wonder how each day they have learned something new but without you teaching them. It might be because of their natural or inner urge to learn or what we call “auto-education”.

Practicing Montessori Method at home or school is more effective when done repeatedly, consistently, routinely just like your daily ritual. With this, you will be amazed of your child’s capability to learn.

This is how I teach Montessori method at the classroom and at home. Take note that the method will be effective if your doing it consistently as in everyday. I also follow my observation from my experienced teachers and directors. They are extremely modest! in presentation and communication. If you have the chance to observe an experienced Montessori guide or Director you need to take note of these important things:

  1. Body Movement– Finess movement, using slow and clear presentation of each Montessori materials takes a lot of practice. Make sure you use your two index fingers when you are pointing to a specific object or material. With this, you are like highlighting the part of the object or showing the object more clearly when you use your two index fingers.
  2. Using simple and short words- Using simple and short words is the key. Present materials using very few or no words at all. Childs brain cannot multitask hence forth if presenting a material or a task make sure child’s eyes are on you. Use a simple and short words and minimize using long complicated words. The same when you are communicating to your very young child.

Example: During meal time and I’m talking to my daughter, I will say “Eat, food, sit down.” In a manner of clear but soft voice. The child can easily understand you and will remember the words clearly rather than using a complete sentence method of communication.

3. Use Plain Color Working Rug- I use a cream rectangular working rugs at school and at home. We wanted to emphasize on our presentation effectively and precisely so the child will focus on the material and not the background. It is important to only use white or cream rug and avoid colorful or printed rugs.

4. Avoid Attractive Jewelries-Using simple accessories in your hands like a ring is okay. The child should focus on your beautiful presentation rather than your cute bracelet charms.

5. Action Speaks Louder Than Words– Children are extremely good in observing adult. They like copying whatever they see from their parents, older siblings, teacher, care taker. Make sure you show them good stuff only.

Example: During our dinner, my daughter likes to watch and observe what I’m doing at the kitchen. For me, this is an opportunity for her to learn something. So I let her watch me doing some stuff like cleaning up the counter. I show her how I wipe and clean the counter top by using a slow movement so her eyes can follow what I’m doing.