a system of education for young children that seeks to develop natural interests and activities rather than use formal teaching methods.
Hello all! I hope you're all having a fantastic week celebrating the change of seasons. We have just started to get some sunshine back into our lives and we are loving every second of it!
Today's blog activity is perfect for celebrating Spring. I am sharing a fantastic box with you all that we have been gifted. It comes from a company called The Montessori Family.
So, what is Montessori I hear you ask? I assume that most of the people reading our blog have an interest in home education and unschooling and Montessori is very closely related in its approach.
Montessori is a holistic approach of education founded back in the 20th century by Maria Montessori.
Maria Montessori observed that children learnt best by manipulating objects and by experiencing the world around them using all their five senses.
Montessori is based on:
Exploration through the 5 senses.
As you can see the similarities to unschooling are very clear. Learning through the world around them in a hands-on way. Exploring and assessing through real-life examples.
So, onto this magical box of goodies that we were sent. These boxes are themes and each month covers a different topic. We were gifted the 'bird box' and I can't tell you how much fun my two had with it and keep having with it.
Our box contains:
A bird whistle
Bird anatomy cards
Spot and find checklists
Habitat colour coding
Bird and feather craft activity
Some sheets of activity suggestions
We set out the box contents and added in our favourite bird books, a sketch pad and a pair of binoculars. We laid it all out in front of our garden window and let them explore the box and the birds outside.
It was a perfect invitation to play. They created, crafted, played, learnt, counted, wrote, analysed, compared, studied and most important of all they had so much fun.
Here is a video of how we set up the table and the fun we got up to with the box!
We hope we've inspired you to embrace the world of Montessori or indeed set up invitations to play for your little ones. With such an inviting table of goodies, who could resist?!
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