Don’t you want to build a strong foundation for complex math problems right from his early age?
Check out one to one correspondence post, another important and simple pre-math activity.
What I like the best, is that you don’t need any expensive items to teach these math skills.
In fact, sorting comes naturally for younger children. They need not be taught to do so.
Plus, they are self-correcting which Montessori philosophies keep emphasizing.
And hey, they are simple to do with very little prep work and it is so perfect for my lazy Sunday mornings 🙂
You help your toddler understand that there are same and different objects.
It becomes easy for your toddler to compare and contrast easily.
Your toddler gets the idea of what is less and more (indirectly)
When your child sorts it, it is easy to count, add and divide (later).
What should you keep in mind when sorting?
Start with concrete sorting (real objects) rather than abstract sorting (just printables)
Start with one attribute and then move onto sorting by different attributes. Evolve from easy to hard.
Eg: 1. Sort tomatoes from onions
2. Sort grapes from plums
3.Sort vegetables from fruits. This is called sorting by groups.
Sorting examples and ideas to be inspired
Rough and Smooth Sorting – Sandpaper and Cardstock
Sorting Currency notes from Coins
Pick items from the refrigerator and ask to sort cold and warm ones
Montessori Sound Boxes
Smell the coffee beans and sort them from Rajma Beans which look-alike.
Salt and SugarTaste Sorting
Sort Red and White beans
Paint Chips Sorting
Easy Straw/Pipecleaner Sorting
Day and night Sorting
Clever Cookie sorted out the day and night skies. Good Job!!
How to extend this activity for an older child?
Use two or more attributes to sort
Use tongs, tweezers or spoons to sort.
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Let’s talk Diwali 🙂 Why am I talking about diwali this earlier? Yeah, I am excited to be part of “Montessori for the holidays” blog hop series along with other amazing Montessori bloggers.Please check out the previous blog post on this series here on when hippos talk.
For those who don’t know what diwali is, it’s not just a Hindu festival, it’s an identity of the Indians. It could be simply termed as ‘festival of lights’ which is believed to dispel darkness and bring in the light of clarity. The whole country is excited during this season and there is so much of hope and joy in the air. There would be loads of deepams/diyas in every corner of India, houses being decorated with flowers and garlands and the aroma of sandalwood, incense and vadas being fried lifts your spirit 🙂
And there is no shortage of things to do with children during this festival season and this is how we would be doing it.
Lamp size sorting
Terracotta is Indians’ version of glass. They are nature friendly and we have them as a part of our Montessori classrooms. We got in some of these lamps and the size difference was so obvious that they were sorted based on its size. We were polishing our pre-math and visual discrimination skills.
Flower rangoli on Water:
I should have clicked a picture when we started. My little one got excited and it kind of got crowded
This is adapted from the classic practical life activity of flower arrangement in the Montessori classrooms. This one is simple, easy to do yet so refreshing for the soul and eyes. This one went on to the nature table after we were done.
My little one hasn’t mastered scissor skills yet, so I had to help him on cutting the stem tips.
Skills practiced:Pouring,sequencing and cleaning up.
Leaf Lacing/ma thoran
Diwali isn’t complete without hanging a ma-thoran on your entry doors. Ma thoran during Diwali is like wreaths during Christmas. 🙂
I had to punch the leaves and have them laced using a file string. Plus I couldn’t get my hands over ma-thoran since it isn’t the festive season yet, so this one is the beetle leaf illustration 🙂
Skills practiced: Fine motor skills
Number Cards and Counters using Lamps:
Cards and Counters
I had too many lamps and I had to put them to use. This one is for the older kids. We aren’t done with the red rods yet, so this activity would wait. I lay them on the mat to share them on this blog post.
Skills that could be practiced: number sequencing, odd and even numbers
I hope that you like what you read and would practice them with your little ones during this festive season 🙂
I know this is yet another lengthy blog-post when compared to some crisp ones here but I just can’t stop talking about festivity 🙂
Over to Magical Movement Company who would be blogging about outdoorsy holiday activity 🙂
Don’t miss out on other posts on this Montessori for the holiday series and follow them for updates on this series.
The Montessori Notebook ~ Montessori by Mom
When Hippos Talk ~ Little Fingers at Work ~ At Kid Level
Magical Movement Company ~ Christian Montessori Network
Montessori Unfiltered ~ Mama’s Happy Hive ~ Montessori Nature
Welcome to Mommyhood ~ Our Montessori Home
I Believe in Montessori ~ Living Montessori Now
The Kavanaugh Report ~ The Natural Homeschool
Age of Montessori