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Learning Science the Montessori Way

Teach Me to do it Myself by Maja Pitamic

This practical book is filled with fun, simple and inexpensive activities that you can do with your preschooler. Each activity has a picture next to its description, a numbered list of directions, a list of what you will need and similar activities to try. The book is divided into sections:

  • Life Skills
  • Developing the Senses
  • Language Development (including letters, word building, and first sentences)
  • Numeracy Skills (learning numerals, learning quantities,¬†adding and subtracting numbers and quantities, and shopping number and numeral vocabulary)
  • Science Skills

Some examples of the activities are:

  • Distinguishing sounds with objects such as 2 pan lids or a jar of coffee to shake
  • Musical scales using 5 glass bottles with varying levels of water.
  • Discovering colors using paint color sample strips
  • Understanding volume and estimation with water in different glass sizes
  • Making land models with disposable dishes, paint and play dough

The book How to raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way has a chapter on exploring the wider world with the key idea that children are little scientists, with a drive for discovery. It includes ideas for working in the family garden, taking a walk in the forest, and making your own nature museum. Another chapter includes ways to build sensory awareness and sensory activities that help children learn such as texture matching.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

My Garden by Kevin Henkes

Up, Down and Around by Katherine Ayres

Find a number of suggested science activities by using the links below:

http://www.everythingpreschool.com/themes/gardening/science.htm

http://www.preschooleducation.com/scgarden.shtml

http://www.perpetualpreschool.com/preschool_themes/gardening/gardening_science.htm

Animal Behavior

In the Garden: Who’s Been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George

Print different animal tracks from the internet and have the children guess what animal made them.

In the garden

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