During Spring Break, keep your Montessori primary school child engaged with exciting activities that encourage learning. Just as we use play-based learning in the Montessori classroom, you can use the same process for educational activities throughout the year at home.
Learning about and making music is part of the prepared environment at your Montessori primary school, and critical to healthy childhood development. The youngest ones will enjoy simple instruments such as banging on a couple of old pots, and the older children can explore the cultures where instruments were developed or the differences between various string or percussion instruments. If you have more than one child, let them make their own instruments and put on a home symphony.
Basic Weather Station
Putting together a simple weather station is an inexpensive way to become an amateur scientist. Your daughter will need a rain gauge, a thermometer, and a weather vane but the weather vane can be as simple as a pinwheel. In addition to learning the science of meteorology, keeping a journal teaches responsibility and writing as part of the project. As she gets older you can add more complex instruments, but keep it simple while starting out.
Almost any educational activity is going to provide an opportunity to learn about math. She has to measure the rain in the gauge. He needs to understand the importance of timing in music. Even the smallest children can begin learning to count blocks or cars and the rudiments of adding or subtracting items in specific sets. From cookie recipes to counting down the minutes until time to leave for the park, math is a critical part of so many of the things we enjoy in life.
Getting It Write
Like math, reading and writing skills are vital, and it is never too soon to start. Infants and preschoolers are ready to start arranging letters into the words for their favorite things. Play “word of the day” games which involve to spell a new word and then using it in the course of the daily routine, or practice spelling object names around the house.
Everything we do is an opportunity to learn. From counting fingers and toes to discovering how to spell words, the learning process should be fun and absorbing. Investigate different ways to integrate play-based learning in everything you do, including educational spring break activities.