Montessori teaching has always interested me. It’s a way of teaching that lets children be children and learn through play and exploration. Recently, I’ve been sent two books; The Montessori Book of Words and Numbers and The Montessori Book of Co-ordination and Lifeskills both written by Maja Pitamic, to look over and review. The books provide Montessori style activities for your children to do – and although I’ve only had the books a short time, I’m very excited to put them to use.
What is Montessori?
Maria Montessori was an Italian Physician who developed a method of teaching that allows children to learn by doing. The role of a Montessori teacher is to encourage and guide and classrooms are set up with low, open shelves so that children have access to the supplied that they need.
The Montessori book of Co-ordination and Life Skills and The Montessori Book of Words and Numbers are two wonderfully inspiring books full of activities to help parents guide their children as they develop a greater understanding of the world around them.
Designed with both the parent and the child in mind, they contain plenty of activities that you can start doing from around the age of 2 years up to and get more advanced as you go along.
With Montessori learning, activities and skills aren’t based on age, but more the individual child’s capabilities – so whilst the books are ideal for starting Bridget off with some wonderful opportunities for home learning, there are also several things in them that will be suited to Paisley, and others that are suited to Dexter
The Montessori Book of Words and Numbers
The Montessori book of words and numbers is laid out in 2 sections, words at the front and numbers at the back. They start with very simple activities from naming colours, telling stories and arranging things in size order or grouping into sets and move on to get progressively more advanced through the book – such as weights and measures and consonant blends and rhyming words.
Some of the activities also have worksheets to them which you can find in the back of the book for you to photocopy and use over and over.
The Montessori Book of Coordination and Life Skills
Set out the same as the words and numbers book, The Montessori book of coordination and life skills starts with simple sensory activities such as deciphering sounds and exploring tastes and colours. It then moves on through a range of games to develop coordination such as shape sorting, and balancing games and then onto habits and skills such as teeth brushing, putting on clothing and learning how to peg out washing, set the table – and so much more!
Using the books
What I personally plan to do is use some of those little sticky index flags and give each of my children a colour tab each so that I can look at some activities that will suit each of their abilities. With Bridget, I can pretty much start from the beginning of the books and slowly build up but with the other two, I shall look at what I think they are capable of and then work from there.
Many activities also come with an ‘also try’ section – these are ideal for when your child has mastered the original activity and you want to take it a little further or make it a bit trickier
For anyone looking to develop their children’s skills, these books are full of wonderful activities whether you aim to follow the Montessori teaching method or not