Tuesday, February 21, 2012

On Our Shelves

An assortment of activities - carefully planned, created and chosen for the current week - sits on Alexander's shelf. All waiting for a turn, sitting in silence while yelling "pick me, pick me". Each morning as school time ticks by, the decision becomes a very serious affair. Each different basket, box or tray holds a challenge for the young man in question. The Montessori training shows it's value in full light as my boy decides, with concentrated deliberation, on his chosen 'work'. He proceeds to work away at the chosen task with interest until the challenge is conquered. At which time it is replaced and time has come for yet another decision, which activity this time . . . .  ?

"I can do 'real' puzzles now!" he exclaims in triumph.

Combine animals, habitats and a matching game and the result is many discussions and more learning than I had ever anticipated. After all, a frog may live in the lake and in trees, a beaver is just a very strange looking creature never previously encountered by this boy, and ducks, should they go with the lake or the farm? Such great dilemma's we encountered here.

This file folder was from here.

He has been really interested in numbers lately, so, being a very thoughtful, observant Mummy, I decided to find some number activities for him. I started with matching activities from 1 to 5, thinking this would be the right amount of challenge without being just too complex.

Oh dear, us Mum's get it SO wrong sometimes. He proceeded to find the extra cards and match the numbers up to 10. THEN found a book of dot-to-dots using numbers up to 20 and completed the entire book!! Obviously he has been learning all this while I've been looking the other way, somehow! Just how does this happen?

This number matching activity was free from here.

The old faithful peg board has made it's appearance once again. It's timeless appeal has been enjoyed for about 30 years now. Crossing a couple generations and many children in between, it is still a favourite activity, enjoyed once more by the young ones of the family.

Boys and Building are a mix which blend together very nicely indeed, I've discovered. 
This box of timber has created space ships, motor bikes, cars, trucks . . . . . and so much more.

This isn't technically one of our 'shelf' activities but it's been brought out by my girl once again and I've been so impressed by her concentration as she completes each weaving project. Last time she worked with this her attention span was rather limited and frustration seemed to mount by the minute. This week though she has really delighted in the repetitive weaving.


  1. I love the habitat game! Thank you for the link!

  2. Great things on the shelves. I introduced my oldest to the weaving loom...he didn't get to into it...but we'll try again :D Thanks for posting at BTT!!

  3. It looks like you had a great week! Thanks so much for sharing the animal habitat activity and link. And thanks for linking up with Montessori Monday! I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/LivingMontessoriNow