Sunday, 17 October 2021

The New Little Montessori Pundits - Now/Before





 Hi everyone, many of you have been asking me about the renovation of the room that we wanted convert into Montessori environment for 0 - 3 years old child/children.

We are now ready to operate as a playgroup both outdoors and indoors. Most of the things that you see are recycled and restored by us. This is what Little Montessori Pundits is all about, waste not, recycle and teach the future generation how to look after our planet. You can only do this by introducing and teaching children from a very young age. Workshop: Introduction to Montessori (Parents, Teachers and Caregivers) If you are complete new to Montessori approach and want to understand the philosophy. We have put together this short Introductory Montessori Course, which you can attend from your home comfort zone. What does this course entail? Your have come to the right place: • Overall overview of the Montessori approach • How to put theory into practice • General questions and answers e.g. if this concept will work for your child and your family lifestyle. • When do I start? E.g. from birth onwards..... How much time do I need to invest for this course? 1.5. Hours online workshop + Questions & Answerers Costs: Euros 10/- Course Available online 1.11.2021

Introduction to Montessori (Parents, Teachers and Caregivers)

 


Introduction to Montessori (Parents, Teachers and Caregivers)

If you are compeletly new to Montessori approach and want to understand the philosophy. I have put together this short Introductory Montessori Course, which you can attend from the comfort of your home.

What does this course entail?

Your have come to the right place:

·       Overall overview of the Montessori approach

·       How to put theory into practice

·       General questions and answers e.g. if this concept will work for your child and your family lifestyle.

·       When do I start? E.g. from birth onwards.....

How much time do I need to invest for this course?

1.5. hours online workshop + Questions & Answerers

Costs: Euros 10/-

Course Available online 1.11.2021

Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Little Montessori Pundits Outdoor/Indoor Parent-Child Group, (Eltern-Kind Gruppe), East of Munich







Dear Parents & Caregivers

Little Montessori Pundits is now ready to operate as sensory garden and English speaking outdoor/indoor Parent-Child Group for children 4 month to 36 months old), (Eltern-Kind Gruppe).

This group is taking place outside East of Munich near Markt Schwaben.

Starting: Tuesday - 19.10.2021

Duration: 1 and 1/2 hours

These are the groups:

Babies (from around 4-12 months old)
Toddlers (from around 13-20 months old)
Small Children (from around 18-36 months

The groups will take place every Tuesday and Thursday mornings and afternoons.

Scroll down you will find details regarding each group.

For further information contact: Littlemontessoripundits@gmail.com or

visit my blog:https://littlemontessoripundits.blogspot.com/

Compare to regular parent-child playgroups, Montessori parent-child groups are slightly different.
Montessori believed that education begins at birth, and that is why the Montessori practice focuses on promoting children´s independence and development from the very beginning. Rather than comparing developing milestones and offering structured play e.g. directed play, or organised activities.

Montessori playgroup environment encourages parents to actively participate in various activities through observing their child´s unique development paths. This is offered by prepared environment and deductive activities as per child´s individuals needs.

Brief description of the groups:

The Baby group: Babies (from around 4 -12 months old)

We offer activities that will stimulate and support development in various skills such as handgrip, fine motor skills, finger strength and hand-eye coordination, problem-solving on a very basic level.

These activities are introduced in such away to give the child opportunity to be independent, able to concentrate, without any interruption.

Day: Either Tuesday 19.10.21 or Thursday 21.10.21

Time: 10:00 - 11-30 am

We offer 3 blocks of 10 sessions for 1 and ½ hours

Fees for each block is Euros 130 and cannot be split

Sessions will run throughout the year


Toddlers (from around 13-20 months old)


In the toddler class the children use child-sized equipment to support independence, movement, curiosity and concentration. These materials are carefully prepared for individual needs of the children´s natural development.

Room Structure outdoor/indoor

In the toddler group plays are child-led with Montessori activities and circle time at the end of the session.

All the Montessori activities are on the shelves to allow children to follow their natural aspiration to learn and develop in different areas:

Hand-eye coordination, art, fine and gross motor development, practical skills, self care, language, reading, music and social interaction.

The toddlers are accompanied by a parent, grandparent or a caregiver.

Starting: Tuesday - 19.10.2021 and 21.10.2021

Duration: 1 and ½ hours

Day: Either Tuesday 19.10.21 or Thursday 21.10.21

Time: 14:00 - 15-30 pm

We offer 3 blocks of 10 sessions for 1 and ½ hours

Fees for each block is Euros130 and cannot be split

Sessions will run throughout the year


Small Children (from around 18-36 months)

LMP offers Montessori parent-child playgroup twice a week. The aim of this group is to support children´s independence, confidence and curiosity of the world around them. To share with the parents how they can apply Montessori approach into their daily lives and support their children through simple but motivating activities that we do using everyday objects (natural materials) made from our surroundings.

Starting: Tuesday - 19.10.2021 and 21.10.2021

Duration: 1 and ½ hours

Day: Either Tuesday or Thursday

Time: To be decided

We offer 3 blocks of 10 sessions for 1 and ½ hours

Fees for each block is Euros 130 and cannot be split

Sessions will run throughout the year.






Monday, 10 May 2021

Update on Sensory Garden


Hi everyone a quick update on our sensory garden.

As well as preparing LMP Montessori indoor environment, we are also preparing Montessori outdoor environment. Using the Montessori concept we are designing a sensory garden. By having this simple nature pond we want to give children hands on experience to touch, feel living things and explore the environment.

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Setting up Montessori Environment


Hi everyone this is Little Montessori Pundits. I am setting-up a Montessori group for parents and their children. I will be doing many DIY projects and recycling many things for this setting. I am planning to set it up very soon. I am very excited about this project and will keep you all updated about the progress.

Monday, 3 May 2021

Montessori Inspired Music and Movement Activities for 0 to 1 Year Olds




Songs from the video Music and Movement Activities for 0 to 1 year Old

I have specially put together this Montessori Inspired music and movement activities for 0 – 1 year olds.

These activities are designed for babies to support their development by creating a prepared environment where they unconsciously further improve their senses such as seeing and hearing and strengthen their muscles which they need for movements such as kicking, grabbing, turning, sitting etc. These are all DIY activities which are very easy to put together. All these activities must be done under ADULT SUPERVISION!


Where is (Chid´s name) sung to the tune (Tune: Are you Sleeping)

Where is (Child´s name)

Where is (Child´s name)

Here I am

Here I am 

How are you today?

How are you today?

Very well thank you!

Very well thank you!


Wiggle song: This little Piggy went to the market

This little Piggy went to the market

This little piggy stayed at home

This little piggy had roast beef (if you are vegan than say ) had some apples

This little piggy had none

This little piggy went wee, wee, wee

All the way home!


Tickle song: Round and rund the garden like a teddy bear

Round and round the garden like a teddy bear (with your index finger gently trace in circle around inside of the infant´s palm).

One step

Two steps

Three steps.......

(Walk your fingers up babies arm)

Tickle you under there!

(Tickle under the chin, arm or tummy)


Babies love funny sounds so this is just a perfect song to sing to your baby and toddler.  It makes funny sound; the baby is indirectly learning the numbers up to 5. Babies love joining in so towards the end and you will hear them make a sound.

Five little ducks went swimming one day

Five little ducks went swimming one day

Over the hill and far away

Mother Duck said quack quack quack

But only four little ducks came back

Four little ducks went swimming one day

Over the hill and far away

Mother Ducks said quack quack quack

But only three little ducks came back

Three little ducks went swimming one day

Over the hill and far away

Mother Duck said quack quack quack

But only two little ducks came back

Two little ducks went swimming one day

Over the hill and far away

Mother Duck said quack quack

But only one little duck came back

One little duck went swimming one day

Over the hill and far away

Mother Duck said quack quack quack

But none little ducks came back

Then Papa Duck went swimming one day

Over the hill and far away

And Papa Duck said quack quack quack

And all little ducks came swimming straight back


This action song is very good for babies under one year old.

Wind the bobbin up

Wind the bobbin up

Wind the bobbin up

Pull, pull clap clap clap

Wind the bobbin up

Wind the bobbin up

Pull, pull, clap, clap, clap

Point to the ceiling

Point to the floor

Point to the window

And point to the door

Clap your hands together

One two three

Clap your hand upon your knees

Wind the bobbin up

Wind the bobbin up

Pull, pull clap clap clap

Wind the bobbin up

Wind the bobbin up

Pull, pull, clap, clap, clap

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Birds sitting on a twig (Age: 2 years onwards) fine motor skills development

 


As part of the Montessori prepared environment this is one of the activities I love to put on the shelves and I enjoy introducing it to the children in early years settings.

It is an easy activity to put together. It is simple and your child can be involved right from the beginning e.g. you can go out with your child to select a twig and bring it back indoors for the activity.

There are so many talking points with this activity, even for the very young child, e.g. the sensory expect of the activity, colours, soft and hard texture of the twig and blossoms.

You can put it against the child's arm and let the child feel the softness of the blossoms.

With an older child you can talk about birds building nests, and other insects living in the trees. How the trees change with the seasons and talk about the signs of spring, summer, autumn and winter.

Here is how I made the birds sitting on the twig

For me it was important that I use regular clothespins as the stationery clothespins are small for a child's little fingers to hold. It gives the child a better grip of the pins and makes it easier for the child to use his/hers thumb and pointer finger.

Materials you will need:


6 Wooden clothespins

6 small birds

1 twig with blossoms (large enough for the child to hold and manage)

 A tray for presentation

Wood glue (I used a hot glue gun). If using hot glue gun than do this without the child)


Method:

Glue the birds at the front of the clothespins. Let it dry. Once dry you can use it for the activity. This makes it easier for the child to hold and feel the birds.


Presentation


 


As in the above picture place the prepared chicks in a bowl and the twig on top so that

it is easier for the child to bring it to the work mat on the floor or at the table.


Remind the child about the walk and how you both found this twig. Do a quick recap of the conversation and then explain to the child how he/she can make these little birds sit on the branch. Sometimes the children want to build a nest as well.

 

From my experience I know that this activity is very therapeutic and informative for the child. I have had children finding different twigs with different types of blossoms bringing it to the nature table. It encourages children to go outside and investigate their environment.

 

When the child has finished with the activity, make sure that the child washes his/hers hand.

 

You can rotate the objects e.g. replace it with flowers, bees, insects, and leaves. Use your imagination, BUT MAKE SURE IT´S CHILD FRIENDLY!


          Here is the video on how to makes clothespin birds

                                                      

Spring Montessori Inspired Activities for Children (2 years onwards)




The New Little Montessori Pundits - Now/Before

  Hi everyone, many of you have been asking me about the renovation of the room that we wanted convert into Montessori environment for 0 - 3...