LadyBug Unit And Activities For Preschool

This week we are learning about the lady bug. My daughter loves lady bug so much! I have the perception that if a child was born during spring season, it will be natural for her to love those living things and natural creations we see during this season. One day we’re walking along our local shop and she spotted a lady bug wing. To my surprise, she tries to pull me and ask me to hurry up toward the bottom isle. I realized she found a lady bug wing! At first she don’t have the idea that it is a dress up wing to put on. So I put it on her back and guide her to the mirror to show how it looks like to be a little girl with a lady bug wing. The result is priceless! She was mesmerized by it. She’s been looking at the mirror repeatedly then turning around and again stop to glance to see the little lady bug girl in front of the mirror. It is indeed a perfect time to study and explore about bugs most specially when the garden plants blooms beautifully!

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Because she’s fascinated with the lady bug, I gather my learning materials for the month of May focusing on the things we usually see during spring time. We will start to learn about the lady bug. This is good for preschoolers and kindergarten ages 3 to 6 years.

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Ladybug

Ladybug: Scientific name “coccinellidae” is a widespread family of small beetles ranging from 0.8 to 18mm. There are about 5000 different species of lady bug around the world. Ladybug are also called lady beetles or ladybird beetles. Ladybug appear as half-spheres tiny, spotted, round or oval-shape domes. They have short legs and antennae.

Materials: Montessori Lady Bug Puzzle,parts of the lady bug sheet, movable alphabet (optional)

Points Of Interest: How different parts of the lady bug look.

Direct Aim: Development of an appreciation for ladybug. Development of the powers of observation.

Indirect Aim: The names of the parts of the ladybug.

Control Of Error: The interlocking of the puzzle pieces.

Presentation: Invite the child to sit with you with the material on the rug. Say “I would like to talk about the parts of the lady bug today.” Place the lady bug sheet in front of the child. Name each parts of the ladybug slowly and clear. I then show the wooden ladybug puzzle to a child with the parts that similar to the sheet I presented like the head, legs and wing. Allow the child to remove the parts of the puzzle and replace them. Encourage the child to repeat removing the pieces of the puzzle with the addition of naming the parts of the ladybug.

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Language and Sensorial– I took the lower case /l/ from my sandpaper letter box and stroke gently from top to bottom using my two index fingers. Make sure the child watch carefully your fingers from top to bottom while saying the /l/ sound.

Note: When I present to a child, I don’t use too much words. Try to use simple and few words.

Books: This are the books we enjoy to read while learning all about the Ladybug!  Five Little Ladybugs, The Ladybug, Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy

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“The development of articulate language takes place in the period between the age of two and the age of seven: the age of perception in which the attention of the child is spontaneously turned towards external objects and the memory is particularly tenacious.” (p.315 TMM)

5 Basic Guides For Organizing Learning Materials At Home Or School

It’s truly a productive Sunday today. While my husband and daughter are out having a play date at the park, I get the opportunity to re-organize my learning materials and prepare them for our next lesson and theme. Moving from California to Florida was truly exhausting, yes really. Amidst of that major move, I was able to bring all my important learning materials and books that my daughter will be using for the following years to come. If your reading this right now and can relate how precious this learning materials are, then your a certified teacher or Montessorian at heart. Congratulations for being one! And since we have the same interests, I’m excited to share how I take care of my learning materials. The way I organize my stuff improves over the years as I find more ways to keep things accessible without wasting my time looking for my materials in a different places. Yes! Ive been to that too and Im no way going back to that unorganized method of myself anymore. I love organizing things because this gives me a peace of mind and personal achievement. If things are organized and in proper place, you know exactly where to find it saving your sanity and more importantly your precious TIME. Here’s my guide with photos of how I organize my learning materials. at school or at home.

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5 Basic Guides For Organizing Learning Materials At Home Or School

1. Invest in a high quality storage boxes or drawers.

Below shows photos of how I store my materials according to theme or unit of study. I also include in each box the books related to each unit. I prefer using clear individual boxes or drawer. For storage boxes, I recommend a latch type with extra storage space cover. If your learning materials are extra bulky this will hold the content without breaking the latches (I’ve been to that!). This style of organizations keeps my unit of study in one place with easy to see label.

Basically this are the learning materials that goes with each storage boxes

  • Books (my most important learning material)
  • Three part cards (ex. community helpers three part cards)
  • Puzzle/s (ex. bird puzzle)
  • Nomenclature cards (ex. bird nomenclature cards)
  • Model or miniature objects (ex. flowers)
  • Guide sheet or picture cards
  • lesson plan, song & poems related to the unit.
  • Other learning materials like felt board for story telling, posters & display banners, doctors bag, loose objects for creative play.

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My thematic storage for community helpers, Insects, Farm animals & reptiles.

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This are my storage boxes for geography, astronomy, dinosaurs and ocean animals.

2. Choose tools and machines you trust and will last for many years.

From my past blog, I posted about my daughter’s birthday gifts that are mostly Montessori inspired. Yesterday, I’m done laminating some three part cards for her Safariltd Toob sets.

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Laminating cards should not be expensive. I got this Fellows laminating machine as a gift five years ago and until now it never fails me. My three part cards and nomenclatures are mostly from Montessori Printshop. They always have free and sale items. Additionally, they use the card size that fits with my storage system.

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I been using Fiskars for cutting three part cards and nomenclatures for many years now. For my blade, I choose the one with Titanium blade coating. The difference from the regular one is the efficiency and sharpness of the blade. This can be reuse many times before it gets dull. This is a 2 pieces per pack. It saves you from buying more often of the regular blade.

3. Use shelving system that fits your criteria and budget.

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Last night, I finished organizing books that Audrey got from her birthday. I invest in this high quality book shelf from ECR 4 Kids. I love to showcase more books for my early reader at home so a five tier book shelf wins. It displays different sizes of books and also sturdy enough for my daughter who loves to step on it like a ladder while looking at the window when I ask her “Whats the weather today?” during our morning circle time.

4. Choose a simple easy to view storage system for small learning materials.

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I found this clear rectangular case at Daiso when I’m still at the Bay Area (SF) and I regret that I did not buy more of these. It perfectly fits a three part card with the objects then I place the other cards on top of it using a rubber. It’s easy to view what’s inside with an instant label!

5. Display learning manuals & books in an easy to see and reach shelving unit.

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I like my guide books handy when I need to take a quick look for a specific quotes and words from Dr. Maria Montessori.

How do you organize your learning materials? I hope this guide will be your inspiration and will be a great help with your home or school organizational task. Don’t forget to share this guide to your fellow teachers and parents who homeschool their kids.

“The teacher teaches little and observes much, and, above all, it is her function to direct the psychic activity of the children and their physiological development. For this reason I have changed the name of teacher into that of directress” (p. 173 TMM)

Montessori Botany- Flower Unit Presentation For Preschool

We live in a the sunny side of the United States and it is the perfect time of the year to teach kids about nature. My three year old daughter loves to touch and smell flowers wherever she can find one. Her grandma have a wide collection of beautiful flowers from her garden that she can take care of. I am sharing today our Montessori botany flower unit and activities at home with my three year old daughter Audrey.

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Flower Puzzle Presentation

Materials: Flower puzzle, miniature hibiscus, hibiscus three part card, tray

First, I introduce a single flower to a child. I present this flower puzzle and show her one by one the parts of a flower such as: stem, petal, pistil, and stamen. It is best to use the three period lesson so the child will easily remember each part of the flower.

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After presenting the flower parts, I also discuss about the flower hibiscus by showing her the three part card with a miniature hibiscus. Once the child is familiar with a single type of a flower I can move on and introduce other kinds of flowers. Photo below shows eight different miniature flowers with the three part cards:

  • Sunflower
  • Bird of paradise
  • Lotus
  • Tulip
  • Daffodil
  • Hibiscus
  • Rose
  • Orchid

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Practical Life Extension: Flower Arrangement

Materials: 8 miniature flowers, small basket, play dough & tray

 

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This is one of the many extensions of a flower unit. Audrey loves to use a dough and this is a great way to use as a soil for flower arrangement. I first show her one by one the different kinds of flower in a small basket. Then I slowly put one at a time each flower into the dough making sure each of the flower have enough spaces. Once I finished putting all the flowers I will say “Im done with my flower arrangement”. Then I will put back the flowers one at a time into the basket. I will then say “Can you do the flower arrangement Audrey?” Then I will pass the tray to her.

 

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Language Extension: Flower Word Matching

Materials: White printer paper with the eight flower names written or printed on it, small basket, miniature flowers, tray.

This is another extension for language. I wrote eight different flower names in a white sheet of paper. I then name each flower using the three period lesson and place each flower in the corresponding slot.

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“The education which a good mother or a good modern teacher gives today to the child who, for example, is running about in a flower garden is the counsel not to touch the flowers, not to thread on the grass; as if it were sufficient for the child to satisfy the psychological needs of his body by moving his legs and breathing fresh air.” (p. 154 TMM)

 

 

 

Montessori Activities From Daiso Items

I created some fun Montessori activities that can incorporate with other practical life activities. From my previous blog, I showed photos of my Daiso shop finds. I came up with some cute activities that your kids or students will love. The photos above are some of the activities I made.

IMG_6459Picture to Object Matching– This miniature wild animals are a perfect match for Picture to Object matching activity. You can do object to object matching, three part card with objects, safari theme sensory bin, or make a story line with these lovely animals.

 

IMG_6447Clothes hanging– I use the wooden box with wire on it then cut out mini clothes pattern from the felt material with the smallest clothespin to hang the clothes.

 

Pom Pom Sorting– I have this cute training chopsticks for kid which I also bought at Daiso last year. This is a great exercises for fine muscles for young ones. I pick three different colors of pom poms for sorting

 

 

Pipe cleaner threading into a golf ball- This activity helps to enhance and develop fine motor in early years of life. 

 

Felt Flower Sorting– Three colors of felt flower for sorting activity. You can add a matching colored felt pads for each cubes for the child to match the colors.

 

 

 DIY Smelling Bottles- These smelling bottles are my favorite. They are actually a pepper shaker. What I like about these bottles are just a right size for a child’s hand and another thing is it’s clear! You can also create a sound bottles from these. 

 

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 Quiet Book– I’m still in the process of finishing this quiet book made of felt for my little girl. The felts are also from Daiso and the felt stickers are bought from Michael’s. For now I have five pages of animals, flowers and cupcakes felt pages. I wanted to add more like shapes and colors. This is my very first time to make a quiet book for my daughter. Im starting with a simple pattern and basically a no sew quiet book. This activity is perfect for our long drive this month. 

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