May Montessori Inspired Theme And Activities For Preschool

This month of May we will be focusing on themes that we usually do during spring time season. I gather books and activities that best suited for this month and age appropriate for preschooler. My daughter Audrey’s sensitive period for language is at it’s peak at the age of three. Although she started to recognize patterns of the words at the age of 19 months, she’s still learning to read long words. I take advantage of this period by collecting books related to our month of May unit of studies. So here’s a preview of our May theme.

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1. Lady Bug

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2. Fruit & Vegetables 

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3. Backyard Birds

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4. Trees

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5. Butterfly

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Books and references

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All of this five units are our focus this month of May with fun activities and songs that your kids will love too! Here is what our book shelf looks like for month of May. Each unit has its specific rows. We will start with the lady bug theme next week. Follow my blog for more ideas and inspirations.

15 Effective Fine Motor Activities For Toddler

 

In this blog, my daughter was 33 months. 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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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).

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

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14. Sticker Peeling- I found this at school supplies section at our local 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.

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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.

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What are your kids favorite fine motor activities here? Please share this very helpful fine motor article that your friends and family will enjoy. Follow me for more fun and educational ideas and tips.

Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius

A Year Of Happiness

A teacher’s life after giving birth…

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Being a new mom to a one year old little girl is a whole new experience that brings so much joy, motivation, perseverance, determination, sleepless nights, tons of patience and never-ending diaper changing. Ever since, I always wanted to have a child to give the best of everything like quality education, healthy living, a good environment and beautiful memories to create that last for a lifetime. Now that she’s growing so fast, I am very much overwhelmed with so much things going on my mind, plans about her future, her school, her personal choices in life and more things about her well-being.

I feel so lucky that I was able to accomplished a year of motherhood. Well…that being said, it is not an easy task while completing my deadlines and projects at school. When our baby arrived last year, I am in the process of completing my early childhood training practicum and other projects at school. IMG_3644

Taking a nap after feeding. She’s only a week old here. Very soft and tender. She looks so comfortable on that suit. I need to cover her tiny hands so she won’t scratch herself again.

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Two months after she was born, I was able to finished my reports at school. It’s truly a breath of fresh air that I finally accomplished my paper works, did well during presentation at the class. Luckily I got an A+!. Yes, after those handwork, sleepless nights, taking care of my precious little one while doing my projects was totally paid off.

Three years ago, I’m reluctant to take a course that is way far related from my college degree. As a Hotel Management graduate and then shifted my interest to education. Being passionate with children, I follow what my heart desires. There is a strong urge or feeling deep inside that I have that special calling in me saying “You need to work with children”. And that’s how the story started. I research about education, what does our community need for the coming years, what do mothers like me need to know about their child, how child’s brain works, how does each child develops in each stages of their life and many more to mention. I wanted to explore and learn more about child’s ability to learn according to their developmental years. As a new mom, this experiences and knowledge was truly beneficial not only to my own child but also to the lives of my students.

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