Thursday, 26 June 2014

Montessori inspired 4th of July activities for Tot School

This week was pretty laid back around here. I didn't really feel like prepping much for Tot School. I wanted a bit of a break myself. I got out some of the printables that I had made for our Memorial Day Unit, and didn't make too many more for this one. Part of my problem is that I actually had multiple ideas, but didn't have the manipulatives I had envisioned to go with them, and really just wanted to keep things simple this week. I'm pretty sure it's time to visit some second hand shops!

I also plan to return to our garden unit next week with a lot of flowers and plants works, which I think the Toddler will enjoy quite a bit. I am actually really looking forward to sharing that with all of you because most of the photos in that unit, I took myself! 

Anyhow, let's chat about this week's unit: we worked on a red, white and blue theme again in honor of the Fourth of July. Here in the Netherlands, we won't be having much of a celebration. Perhaps some grilling will happen, but obviously, there won't be all of those beautiful fireworks you get to see in the US. 

I still wanted to have a small unit to expose my son to the part of my background that is connected to the United States. As he gets older, I will use holidays like this to teach him some history, but for now, we focused on colors and the US flag. After all, he's not even two yet!  

As always, scroll down to the bottom of the post to get your free printables! 

Here's what we've been up to: 

Welcome to Mommyhood: 4th of July activities

Flag and stars in florists foam

Welcome to Mommyhood: 4th of July activities

I got this idea from a Gift of Curiosity!

Math works 

Welcome to Mommyhood: 4th of July activities

Size sorting

I made some flag printables that we sorted by large, medium, small. I set this up in two ways - one with another printable to match the sizes to. This way seemed to make more sense to the Toddler. Next time, I will simply keep the border for each size rather than the whole photo. 

Welcome to Mommyhood: 4th of July activities

Or, size sorting into containers for more advanced kiddos. The Toddler is still working on building up his sorting skills, but has been showing interest in it - thus another week consumed by different kinds of sorting! 

Welcome to Mommyhood: 4th of July activities

Color sorting

Like I said, I really need to go out and buy some manipulatives. I found these kinex that my hubby used to play with as a child. I guess they work well enough for another red, white and blue unit! We worked on several sorting activities using them: 

Welcome to Mommyhood: 4th of July activities

Welcome to Mommyhood: 4th of July activities

Long and short

Welcome to Mommyhood: 4th of July activities

Welcome to Mommyhood: 4th of July activities

I know this isn't exactly Montessori - the sticks would need to be the same color to really focus on teaching about the different lengths. Interestingly enough, this was the first sorting activity during the week that the Toddler was really interested. 


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Practical life

I'm going to do a large practical life post soon because we do a lot of practical life works. A lot of them tend to be the same each week, but for now, I do want to point out that the Toddler has been working on mastering pouring water from one container to two! 

Welcome to Mommyhood: 4th of July activities

He previously showed no interest in learning this skill in spite of my demonstration, but now has started doing it on his own. 

We also worked on using a dust pan with blue pebbles for the 4th of July (that fits with the theme, right?) 

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Still on our shelves: open and close containers

Welcome to Mommyhood: 4th of July activities

The Toddler has just been loving these for the third week in a row! He's really working on mastering his ability to twist open jars, and this assortment of containers has provided so much practice! 

Welcome to Mommyhood: 4th of July activities

This photo is as close to an action shot as I got this week. Aside from allowing me to focus on our activities, I haven't been snapping photos because we're working on Toilet Learning and most days, the Toddler is simply in undies, which I don't want to put out here in blogland! Sorry folks! 

Sadly, I didn't get to making any sort of new language activity for the Toddler. I don't feel too terrible about it as he does learn throughout the day, simply by spending time with me. Emptying out the dishwasher together has now taught him the names of silverware and plates, etc. 

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I also set up some of our activities from the Memorial Day Unit we worked on a little while back that are perfect for tots! 

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Free printables 

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 4th of July Montessori inspired printables for toddlers

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