Thursday, 7 August 2014

Fruit tot school unit

Before we get to the activities, I have an announcement! I've created a Welcome to Mommyhood facebook page! I'm keeping it homeschool/tot school related at the moment, so if you're in the mood for some fun Montessori ideas, be sure to checkout my new facebook page!

It's been a busy school week! After last week's fail, I put in a lot of effort into creating some Montessori toddler activities. I can't really say I got much else accomplished, especially concerning the house, but school got done. I'm also working on getting some printables done for the school year. I think I'm a little too obsessed with making printables at the moment. If you want any of the printables you see in this post, they will be available to download for free at the bottom.

Montessori Toddler Activities: Fruit and vegetables unit part I by Welcome to Mommyhood
Given my current printable making obsession, I started thinking about worksheets. My kiddo is still too young for them [in my opinion], but I make or start printables in a certain theme for when he's older straight away. I like to [and will continue to] add a doing component to our works. Even when making math, addition, greater than less than, etc printables, I like to already think about what the Toddler will be doing while we work on that. Even if it just means taking a foam number or using beans as manipulatives, I like to show him what we are learning about. It's fun. It feels 'so Montessori' (not that I am an expert!). Most of all, for me at least, it seems like a nice way to learn. I especially struggled with math as a child and needed to see and do things before I understood them. 

So that's just a note on my printables - if you do use them, I like to make them specifically so an action can be added or needs to be in order to finish the activity. 

This week, we focused on language and math in school. I'm going to be putting in a lot more effort into teaching other subjects and adding arts and crafts once we officially start the school year in September, after our birthdays. For now, our summer schedule means we did this: 

Language and reading 


Beginning sounds


Montessori Toddler Activities: Fruit and vegetables unit part I by Welcome to Mommyhood

We cuddled on the couch and went through these. Whenever I make cards like these for my son, I simply phonetically pronounce each letter and say the word of the item. He repeats sometimes, sometimes he doesn't, but he always has a smile on his face and sits patiently so I know he's enjoying it.

Fruit and vegetable 3 part cards 


Again, I just read the words as we go through each card. These, like the beginning sounds cards, I read everyday (at least once) during our units. 

Montessori Toddler Activities: Fruit and vegetables unit part I by Welcome to Mommyhood

These also came from last week's Fruit and Vegetable printable pack


Montessori Inspired Fruit and Vegetable Printables by Welcome to Mommyhood

The transportation three part cards and beginning sounds cards have been consistently in our school activities though since I made them because the Toddler keeps getting them out and asking to do them. 

Math works


This activity was a favourite! 

Montessori Toddler Activities: Fruit and vegetables unit part I by Welcome to Mommyhood

We ended up doing this multiple times and also put the pears onto the fruit cards. Side note on the pears - they are real fruits that we got from the neighbours' huge pear tree! Have I mentioned in my food posts how much I absolutely love that we have access to such fresh ingredients? Just in case, I haven't: it's awesome and I feel really lucky. These are called steaming pears (I'm not sure what they are in English), and the pear tree is absolutely overflowing. 

Montessori Toddler Activities: Fruit and vegetables unit part I by Welcome to Mommyhood

We also used beans as manipulatives: 

Montessori Toddler Activities: Fruit and vegetables unit part I by Welcome to Mommyhood

Montessori Toddler Activities: Fruit and vegetables unit part I by Welcome to Mommyhood

The pears worked better though, and the beans became a scooping work that will be on the shelves for at least another week. This is an absolute favourite practical life work! 

Montessori Toddler Activities: Fruit and vegetables unit part I by Welcome to Mommyhood

Size sorting apples: Large and small


I made these felt apples, which we used as a size sorting activity. 

Montessori Toddler Activities: Fruit and vegetables unit part I by Welcome to Mommyhood

Montessori Toddler Activities: Fruit and vegetables unit part I by Welcome to Mommyhood

These apples are going to be part of a larger work that I'm making for a fall unit. I'm making a large tree, and more apples in different colors. I'll be adding snaps to the backs of the apples and to the tree. All of it will be a large felt board. For now we worked on the size sorting work above and I printed off a similar activity that we did with velcro: 

Apple shadow matching


Montessori Toddler Activities: Fruit and vegetables unit part I by Welcome to Mommyhood

At first I presented this work without the velcro, but the Toddler was not impressed. The velcro did the trick and we did it a few times. I ended up changing the printable though to include numbers on the shadows and the apples so that when we do end up completing our fall unit that I mentioned above, we can also do some number recognition. 

The printable pack I'll be sharing at the end also has a shape tree that we will be working on next week. 

Fruit counting grid


Another hit! But it would have grabbed his attention way quicker had all of the fruits been bananas. He only wanted to work on this after he saw the banana in basket. The kid is obsessed. He eats one a day and asks for more about 20 times a day. That's not even an exaggeration. 

Montessori Toddler Activities: Fruit and vegetables unit part I by Welcome to Mommyhood


Small, medium, large fruit sorting


Montessori Toddler Activities: Fruit and vegetables unit part I by Welcome to Mommyhood

Montessori Toddler Activities: Fruit and vegetables unit part I by Welcome to Mommyhood

Each fruit comes in each size. You could also have them match the fruits to each other or put them in order like this (but with all of them): 

Montessori Toddler Activities: Fruit and vegetables unit part I by Welcome to Mommyhood

Montessori Toddler Activities: Fruit and vegetables unit part I by Welcome to Mommyhood

Free printables


For more tot school inspiration, stop by my Toddler Activities page. For even more ideas, be sure to visit my Tot School Pinterest board!

Today, I am linking up at: Learning Printables hosted by Every Star is Different and Montessori Nature, The Thoughtful Spot Blog HopWe love Weekends hosted by Emma at P is for PreschoolerJolanthe at Homeschool creationsMontessori MondaysThe Weekly Kids CoopThe Pinning Party, the Tot school Gathering Place hosted by Carisa at 1+1+1=1 and Tuesday Tots!


Thank you for stopping by!
Yuliya