I hesitated to call all the following activities ‘Practical Life’ activities … as some are not very practical in the grand scheme of life. However, generally the Practical Life area of the classroom is the one that hosts activities of this nature (practical or not). Some of these activities could be put in the Art area, or Sensorial area as well – you choose.
The change of seasons is a wonderful time to change activities and bring a new sense of wonderment to the classroom. Bringing nature into the classroom will help draw the children closer to their natural roots and can inspire them to learn.
Leaf rubbing, seed collection, leaf matching, and nature collages are a few of the nature activities that can be easily incorporated into various areas of the Montessori classroom.
We’ve previously written a little bit about the nature table, and you can get some wonderful visual examples of nature tables here on Living Montessori Now.
Some great ideas from around the blogosphere that may inspire you to add some new materials to your classroom:
On The Shelves: October – To The Lesson!
Pumpkins – Living Montessori Now
Pumpkin Polishing – Mommy Moment
“L” is for Leaf – Discovery Days and Montessori Moments
Montessori Fall-Inspired Activities – Our Montessori Home
Autumn Trays – Homeschool Escapade
And of course, you can always drop into our store and purchase some inexpensive printables. Click on a picture to be directed to each item:
Pumpkin Unit Study and Autumn Word Wall Cards
Pumpkins are a common theme for our Autumn studies here in Canada. It’s a terrific time to visit local farms, purchase local produce and learn all about pumpkins! We’ve created Pumpkins – Basic Starter Unit and Autumn Word Wall to get your Autumn Theme and pumpkin studies started.
This starter unit doesn’t include any other pumpkin related materials found on our website.
This printable file includes:
- Pumpkin Facts Cards (includes word bank)
- Pumpkin Observation Sheet
- Pumpkin Life Cycle Mini Booklet
- instructions on how to fold the booklet
- Pumpkin Poem – copy work
- 16 Word Cards – pumpkin related
- Five Little Pumpkins Poem – memory work
- Spice Wheel – 4 spices that are in pumpkin pie
- Follow direction booklet – 7 simple commands (ie. Color the largest pumpkin.)
- Pumpkin Pin Poke or Cutting Shapes (prints 4 per page)
- Pumpkin Word Search- 9 words, for beginners
- Pumpkin Pie Play-dough Recipe (not edible) – make some to use, send recipe home!
This printable file includes:
- 35 Word Wall Cards (approx. 7½” x 2″)
- Spelling List – random order
- Spelling List – alphabetical order
- Blank Spelling List sheet
- Fill in the Blanks – with picture clues
- Crossword Puzzle – using all 35 list words
Butterflies are a wonderful way to start off summer.
There is something magical about watching butterflies flutter around the garden and stop to sip the nectar of the flowers. Children are continually amazed to watch and learn about the life cycle of the caterpillar as it becomes a beautiful butterfly.
We hope some of the following Montessori materials we offer in our online store at www.montessoriprintshop.com and other materials (crafts) listed below will assist you with your unit on Butterflies.
Butterfly Craft Ideas
dltk-kids – Butterfly Crafts for Kids
about.com Family Crafts – Butterfly and Caterpillar Crafts
Building Simple Butterfly Feeders
We thought that since we’re deep into Spring now that most everyone would be starting to cover the topic of frogs. After all, who doesn’t love spending time at the water’s edge trying to catch tadpoles and frogs?
- Frog Craft
- How Tadpoles Breathe
- Frog Raft
- Puddle-Jumping Frog
- Frog Visor
- Tic-Tac Toads
We hope that these ideas will help you get started, or increase the Montessori materials and ideas that you already have. Have a great time catching frogs!