Barefoot in Suburbia

Homeschooling & Special Needs, Inspired by the Montessori Way

Montessori Monday October 4, 2011

 

Here is the weekly review of Bug and Monkey’s week in the Montessori room!

Monkey working on a sewing activity. She had to "sew" the clothes onto the teddy bear by lacing the shoelace through the holes.

I put out some fall themed play dough this week--this one is dark orange with gold glitter and cinnamon in it.

 

Bug putting the plastic fall leaf trinkets into the holes on the ice cube tray

 

Close-up of the tray

 

Bug trying to imitate the picture on the book

 

Monkey received her official diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (with an addition learning disability). As part of her autism, she has a very difficult time with naming emotions, and with emotional regulation. This week, I developed this work to help her learn the names for the emotions. I took the book "The Way I Feel" and created cards of all the feelings using pictures of real children. Then Monkey matches the card with the page while we read the book.

 

Monkey matching the cards.

 

I also made a second set of cards with those emotions that Monkey generally has difficulty with in her own life. These are kept in a basket on the main level of the house so she can choose a card to describe her feelings.

 

Monkey has a big problem with aggression and rages, so I also pulled out one of Jedi's old tubs of theraputty and put it in the feelings basket. When Monkey is feeling very angry, she can go to the basket, pull out the "angry" card and the putty (which she calls "angry putty" ) and work with the putty to help her calm down. It's a very firm putty, and stretching/pulling/twisting/hitting it seems to help her calm down.

 

The "Please Touch" table for the next couple weeks--various samples of leaves with their seeds.

 

Some more of the leaves and seeds.

 

Creating fall leaves out of coffee filters. I cut small leaf shapes out of coffee filters. Then I gave Bug & Monkey little jars of water & food coloring (one jar has yellow and one jar has orange), and some eye droppers.

 

After the leaves were dry, I taped them to some construction paper branches and hung it on our back door. I love how the sun shines through it!

 

Bug doing her new favorite thing...snipping paper.

 

A sound matching work. I put four pairs of bells from our handbell sets on a tray along with a blindfold. The kids then matched the bells by sound.

 

Bug thought it would be an awesome thing to take out all of the knobbed cylinders....

 

Monkey jumped in to help once Bug realized it wasn't the best idea to take all of the cylinders out at once and put them in one big pile...

 

Have a great week everyone!

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5 Responses to “Montessori Monday”

  1. […] “Sewing” Clothes onto the Teddy Bear from Barefoot in Suburbia Teddy Bear Bread (Photo from Chasing Cheerios) […]

  2. I love that you actively look for ways to meet your children’s needs, such as with the emotions book and cards. Your “please touch” table is always awesome! And I like that creating the autumn leaves is both practical life and art. I added a link to your post in my Montessori-Inspired Autumn Leaf Unit at http://livingmontessorinow.com/2011/09/29/montessori-inspired-autumn-leaf-unit/.

  3. Humble Mom Says:

    Your tree is beautiful, I love the symmetrical effect.

  4. Lori Says:

    I love how your helping Monkey manage her anger and your “please touch” table is really nice. I also love your tree and it really is pretty how the sun shines through it. It looks like you guys are off to a great week! Happy schooling.


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