Preparing, pouring, and offering tea to guests and friends - an act of grace and courtesy EVERY child can enjoy.
(From the ©UMA archives. Photo: Daphnea Solomon)
The Cottage Montessori School
It's all in one's mindset, isn't it? Face difficulties with optimism and don't forget to ENJOY the challenges!
Tasting Olive Oil
What a great idea! Sylvia Muccillo, owner of Peachtree City Montessori School says, "Just wanted to share...we just added this olive oil tasting activity in our Practical Life area...the children love it!"
The tray shown on the shelf: (ready to carry)
The tray shown on the table: (ready to taste)
(From the ©UMA archives)
What your children don't and DO need!
Take time to read this article (click photo):
Photo contribution: Daphnea Solomon, ©UMA
Out of our archives...Kellie Stubblefield of Whitsett, North Carolina shares her original project entitled The Felt Continents Map. “I really enjoyed working with cloth and utilizing a wooden board that I already had, to create what I believe is a pretty high quality home-made Montessori material.”
Kellie cut the boards and hinged them so that the maps fold up for easy storage and carrying. The top map functions as a control. This is yet another fine example of creativity, resourcefulness, and attention to detail. The materials are natural, inviting for the child...simply beautiful. Thank you, Kellie
Hammer & Nails
Great idea for an outdoor Practical Life activity!...shared by UMA graduate Kelda Adair, director of Gardenview Montessori School in Bellingham, WA.
Here's a lovely tray set up for little hands to scrub their nails, shared by UMA student Georgia Fazi of Italy. This activity aids in the development of order, control of movement, coordination, concentration, independence, and self care. Very inviting!
Heavy and Light
“All these explorations into the sphere of sensorial attributes...collectively form an unusually sure and broad foundation for the child’s subsequent higher mental life.”
Melissa Briede, UMA graduate from Indiana, shares her Sensorial project of sorting jars by weight. She did a beautiful job of "isolating the stimulus"...making sure all attributes are the same, keeping the focus entirely on weight.
She filled the jars with the following items and surrounded them with cotton so that they would not move or rattle when shaken:
As a "control of error," Melissa placed a blue dot on the bottom of the heavy jars and a red dot on the bottom of the light jars. The child could then turn the jars over and "check to be sure."