"The stockings are hung. The tree is trimmed. The children are filled with the joy of Christmas.
Then, without warning, the little darlings are bouncing off the walls, and you’re scrambling to get them occupied while waiting for Santa. Seriously? You’ve got to get a handle on this!
"So you start scouring activities on Pinterest. Scratch that. Everything looks sort of complicated and fancy. Is there time to save all those toilet paper rolls?
"Does that playdough recipe made from dishsoap, potato flakes, and baby oil really work or will it turn into a kitchen table nightmare? I’m with you, by the way. Been there, done that, cleaned it up.
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At the preschool age you can share your love of language and literature by reading poetry out loud to your child/ren. You will enthuse their interest in poetry if you yourself are enthusiastic and interested in it. As it states in my Montessori training manual: "Assess yourself and your attitude. Remember, the child who is still in the absorbent state of mind [from birth to six] absorbs your attitudes.You are not just giving concrete experiences [by reading poetry], you are giving children exposure and a love for [poetry], which they will study, in depth, later on."
Then, when the child is reading comprehensively (by third grade or age eight) you can introduce the poetry basket. But first, let me review the several levels to reading (quoted from my Montessori training manual).
DIY Montessori sensory holiday tea activities including matching, tasting, pouring, and tea parties! You will need four to six holiday tea boxes, tissue paper, and tape or matching holiday stickers (tissue paper/tape is optional), and a tray or a wicker basket.
How to make:
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Make Montessori Christmas clay beads as gifts, tree decorations, or just for fun! Materials needed: clay, paint, confetti or glitter glue. To make clay beads you need some clay. I bought a small, 5 pound bucket of Crayola white 'air-dry clay' at a local Michael's craft store on sale. You can order it on Amazon.com here. It is best to order small amounts at a time because the clay dries out after so many months. (When it does dry out, add 1/4 of water over the clay and let sit over night.)
We used an ice cream scooper for the clay to scoop it out. If your child is too young for the ice cream scooper, make several scoops and place them in another container for the child to access.