Thursday, 6 November 2014

Red colours activities and C is for...

Happy Friday everyone! I am so, so excited to be sharing today's post with you! As you may know, I kind of love Montessori. I feel like I have really been drifting away from that approach lately, and this week, wanted to refocus, and do my best to get some Montessori activities onto our shelves. 


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If you haven't yet, be sure to like Welcome to Mommyhood on facebookBefore we get to the specific works, I wanted to chat about our environment. I really believe that the environment kids learn in, impacts their ability to focus, learn, and also their desire to do so. I have slowly been noticing that my son's concentration was decreasing as distractions like toys and other inhabitants of our home drew him away from works he would previously spend twenty minutes doing! His works used to be in the living room, directly next to his toys (due to minimal space as we live with my in laws at the moment). 

I knew I needed to change this setup. Our house is really not going to be live-in-able prior to the new year so even though I have been putting off creating a more 'cozy' environment for Tot School, the distractions to Mr. Toddler have really been growing and I knew I needed to change things. 

I finally took up all of his works to my hubby's and my bedroom. We now have our mat there for doing works, one shelving unit, and a small, cheap-o, white ikea table for writing, nature tables, or just if Mr. Toddler feels like sitting there. I will be adding some photos, alphabet cards, and aesthetically pleasing wall decor at his level. 




I did this all during nap time as I was switching his shelves, and showed him directly after he woke up. I cannot tell you have excited he was to get working! He actually squealed - 'work, work, work!'. He immediately grabbed a tray, plopped it down on his mat, and got working! Success! 


While I am not that big a fan of the shelving unit above (I'd rather have something that's wider and lower), again, it's just the space and storage we have because all of our furniture, etc is in storage right now. It's definitely working better than before, which makes me very pleased! 


Finally, lets get to what's on our shelves! 


Letter C Toddler Activities


Okay, a bit more talking. I don't want to confuse you guys, but because I'm teaching my son Russian, the activities you see are for the letter K (in Russian). A lot of words that start with K in Russian, start with C in English. So! I'm sharing my printables in English as Letter C activities! Again, everything is available in both languages for free at the bottom of this post. 



Exploration basket


I started us off with an exploration basket containing objects that start with the letter K (again, in Russian). I made matching cards for Mr. Toddler to match the objects to. This was the second tray he went for, and I knew that it would be up for multiple days. He matched each item correctly and did almost all of them in one go! I was seriously impressed and think that this added concentration came from the lack of distractions in our new set up! 



Montessori Activities & Free printable pack: letter C {Welcome to Mommyhood} #montessoriactivities

These types of works are also fantastic for vocabulary building!

Alternatives


If you want to set up a Letter C discovery basket for your child, I included Letter C cards in the printable pack below! You could include all sorts of fun objects like toy cars, cups, cat miniatures, etc. 

Wild cat works  


One of our favourite books this week has been Have You Seen My Cat by Eric Carle! I definitely wanted to incorporate this book into our works, and made a few wild cat works, especially as  Mr. Toddler adores cats. Bonus: These types of Montessori activities are wonderful for vocabulary building!

3 part card/pre-reading card matching


Montessori Activities & Free printable pack: letter C {Welcome to Mommyhood} #montessoriactivities

Object matching


We used some wild cat miniatures, three at a time, to match to cards. These tend to lead to pretend play so I wanted to make sure I could get Mr. Toddler's attention enough to do the work before pretend feeding the cats. I love it when our works lead to imaginary play!

Montessori Activities & Free printable pack: letter C {Welcome to Mommyhood} #montessoriactivities


Bonus


You can also ask your child to match the cat skins 3 part cards to the full animal cards I showed you above! 

Montessori Activities & Free printable pack: letter C {Welcome to Mommyhood} #montessoriactivities


We didn't get to this yet, but we will be doing it next week! 

Pre-Math


Montessori Activities & Free printable pack: letter C {Welcome to Mommyhood} #montessoriactivities

Pre-writing practice


Montessori Activities & Free printable pack: letter C {Welcome to Mommyhood} #montessoriactivities


Practical life


These are pretty self explanatory and definitely some of my son's favourite! I kept it themed the letter we are studying - cow, corn, cat. 

Montessori Activities & Free printable pack: letter C {Welcome to Mommyhood} #montessoriactivities

Mr. Toddler has been adoring this corn work from our Turkey Colors Activities.


Thanksgiving inspired color activities for toddlers and preschoolers {Welcome to Mommyhood} #coloractivitiesfortoddlers, #montessori, #montessoriinspired

Montessori Activities & Free printable pack: letter C {Welcome to Mommyhood} #montessoriactivities


Letter recognition


We are continuing with our letter tiles matching. It's been going well, and Mr. Toddler is really active in identifying the letter sounds. You can get this printable in English or Russian from my Pumpkin Letter Tiles post.

Montessori Activities & Free printable pack: letter C {Welcome to Mommyhood} #montessoriactivities
Letter cards - I made a bunch of cards with photos of items that start with the letter we are focusing on. I added the name of the item, and a large letter K. 



Montessori Activities & Free printable pack: letter C {Welcome to Mommyhood} #montessoriactivities
English version: 

Montessori Activities & Free printable pack: letter C {Welcome to Mommyhood} #montessoriactivities

Find the letter


Montessori Activities & Free printable pack: letter C {Welcome to Mommyhood} #montessoriactivities

Red Toddler Activities


I knew Mr. Toddler would get a kick out of this next one! Simply putting beads on feathers is great fine motor practice. He loves works like this where he can use his hands and really focus!



Montessori Activities & Free printable pack: letter C {Welcome to Mommyhood} #montessoriactivities

Mr. Toddler adores turning and twisting things. This particular work (along with the exploration basket) was an absolute favourite and Mr. Toddler continuously went back to it! As in, the other works will remain on the shelves next week because he only wanted to work on this and the exploration basket. All day. Seriously. I got multiple hours of quiet because of these works. 

I simply presented assorted containers, bins, bags with red items that I found in our school supplies bin. It took five minutes and Mr. Toddler worked on it for a pretty long time!

Montessori Activities & Free printable pack: letter C {Welcome to Mommyhood} #montessoriactivities


Free printables



Here you are folks! All of the printables we used: 

Montessori Activities & Free printable pack: letter C {Welcome to Mommyhood} #montessoriactivities

Letter C printable pack part I (English)
Letter C printable pack part II (English)
Letter K printable pack part I (Russian)
Letter K printable pack part II (Russian)
Strawberry size sorting (English)


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