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Practical Life- Social Skills: Grace and Courtesy 0

The lead up to Christmas can be quite stressful for parents and children due to the potential disruption to routine and the amount of people to meet and greet!

In Practical Life, one of the 5 Montessori curriculum areas, a skill that is taught is Grace and Courtesy which is a part of the social skills program. It assists the child to engage in their environment appropriately, positively and independently. 

Today Ais is talking about specific areas of practical life, Social Skills and Grace and Courtesy. They are both linked as one is a function of the other. To maintain social relationships you must have some level of Grace and Courtesy.

This Christmas is a great time to sit down with your child and teach them some skills and social expectations.

"When someone comes to the door at Christmas time is is polite when we say "Hello, Happy Holidays!"" Role play with your child! Practise with them! 

Provide your child with the knowledge and tools they need to navigate social etiquette these holidays!

To watch Ais talk about specific topics for Grace and Courtesy click the link below:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yF9ZAkAreRI
  • Rebecca Grugan

What to buy a Montessori child Part 2 0

Have a Montessori child that is interested in space or biology?

Have a look at these amazing resources you can find this Christmas!

Biology: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhmDEH_ZdUQ&t=34s

Space: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeN8JZn6HlU

 

  • Rebecca Grugan

What to buy a Montessori child Part 1 0

Montessori is all about following the child and their interests.

This  practice can be used during the holiday season, when parents, friends, and family members try and decide what to get a child.

Observing the child in their environment provides another avenue
What does the child need to further their development? Sometimes this answer meshes with their interests as well.

I have a friend's daughter that loves horses, she is working towards initiating play with others and developing friendships. So I looked for a horse related game that she could play with a friend to strengthen her social skills. This could help her establish connections and provide a talking point she can use.

I'll let you know how it goes after Christmas!

Follow the child, observe the child. 

Happy Holidays!

  • Rebecca Grugan

Storage Solutions 0

Not sure how you are going to store toys this New Year?

Click the link below to see how you can store toys and activities  for your child!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ulf1jCF4XBc&t=22s

  • Rebecca Grugan

How to choose toys with a purpose 0

When Christmas rolls around it can be hard to find the perfect gift for your children. How do you navigate the multitude of choices? Here is a video about choosing toys with a purpose to help you this holiday season.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBL7YrbCxaQ&t=517s

  • Rebecca Grugan

Setting up Practical Life activities : Pouring 0

Pouring Activities:

Pouring is an independence task evident on a Montessori Practical Life shelf.

In the video link below, you will see how we set up a pouring tray and the  progression of this activity for the students.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcRFeKT-b1s

  • Rebecca Grugan

What is Practical Life? 0

What is practical life?

 Practical life are the activities that assist students in developing purposeful life skills for their continued growth and development. This includes refining fine motor and movement skills and practicing coordination, planning and problem solving.

Practical life activities are designed around real-life experiences that a child will encounter. Each practical life activity is made from real, breakable materials (ceramic, glass, etc) to teach the students to manage their items in a controlled environment.

In the practical life section of the classroom activities will be categorised into:

Preliminary Exercises: such as carrying and rolling a mat, carrying a tray or a jug, opening bottes and jars, spooning and pouring.

Care of the person: includes washing hands, doing up buttons and zips, brushing hair and preparing food.

Care of the environment: will usually include flower arranging, sweeping, moping, dusting, setting a table, and washing dishes.

Grace and Courtesy: includes social etiquette, such as introductions, greetings, requests, interruptions, offering help, respecting space of others, hygiene such as coughing, sneezing and yawning, turn-taking, and offering thanks.

Control of movement: walking on the line is a fun activity the students can engage with that practices forethought in steps to control the body’s movement. This activity can be extended on to incorporate a child using heel to toe movement, carrying an object, a glass, or balancing a book on their head!

Practical Life teaches students about gaining independence and contributing positively to their society. Practical life provides opportunity for students to practice skills required to gain control of movement and independence.

  • Rebecca Grugan

Gift ideas for those who have no idea... 0

The holiday season can be a stressful time as we search for the perfect gift for our loved ones- friends, family, kids, it can get overwhelming!

You're loved ones will appreciate something that you've thought of, something that they're interested in!

Know of kids that like Dinosaurs?
Get something related to dinosaurs! puzzles, books, craft activities- there are so many options available 

Family and friends?
Have you noticed anything they need? Something that would make their day-to-day life easier/better? A blower-vac? A journal? A Family board game? 

At Christmas time, it is the thought that counts, literally

Think of what type of person they are... What are their hobbies, interests, passions? 

Take time to reflect on who you are buying for. Take the time to think about what you know and love about the people that you wish to give to this Christmas.

 

  • Rebecca Grugan

The Colour Box 0

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Wooden box divided into nine sections. each section contains seven shades of nine different shades. Blue, red, yellow, orange, green, purple, pink, brown and grey. 

Objectives: 

To refine the child's visual perception of colour.

To extend the child's vocabulary.

To give a conscious awareness of colours in the environment.

To develop mental sense of order.

To teach visual difference of darkest to lightest of each shade. 

Age: From 3 Years onwards and after success of Colour Box 2

 

If you would like to see a demonstration of this activity please click on the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqtuhG9G0Fo

  • Rebecca Grugan

Recipes for you and your family this Holiday! 0

Summer Recipes for kids!

Want some fun, and healthy recipes to make with your kids this summer?!

Cool down in the heat and spend time with the kids making these awesome recipes!

 

Rainbow fruit kababs!

Ingredients:

  1. Fruit of various colours
  2. skewers

Method:

  1. Cut up your favourite fruits into bite sized pieces
  2. With one hand, hold the skewer and the other, a piece of cut fruit
  3. Push the fruit onto the skewer!
  4. Repeat with lots of different fruits and colours!

 

Fruity poles!

Ingredients:

  1. ice pole moulds
  2. Fruit
  3. Water/juice

 

Method:

  1. Cut up some of your favourite fruit into small pieces
  2. Place the fruit into the moulds
  3. Top up with water or juice (orange or apple)
  4. Place in the freezer
  5. Wait till frozen

ENJOY!


 

Snail sandwiches

Ingredients:

  1. Bread
  2. Filling/ spread

Method:

  1. Cut the crusts off your bread
  2. Cut your bread into thin rectangles (about 5cm in width)
  3. Put the chosen spread on the bread
  4. Roll the bread from one end to the other

 

Enjoy!

 

Pizza bread!

Ingredients:

  1. bread
  2. Ham
  3. Cheese
  4. Shallots
  5. Capsicum
  6. Tomato
  7. Tomato paste

 

Method:

  1. Put your bread in the toaster until lightly golden
  2. Spread the tomato paste on your toast
  3. Cut up your other ingredients and decorate your toast.

Enjoy!

 

  • Rebecca Grugan