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Teach Me to Do It Myself: Montessori Activities for You and Your Child Paperback – August 1, 2004
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Based on key Montessori principles of learning through experience, TEACH ME TO DO IT MYSELF features simple activities to explore with your child and develop his or her senses, coordination, language skills, number sense, and science interests.
This fun and practical activity book will guide you as you work and play with your child. Montessori principles focus on teaching children essential life skills and giving them a greater understanding of the world around them.
When quality time is in short supply, you need a practical workbook that helps you give your child the best possible start. TEACH ME TO DO IT MYSELF is exactly that, an essential workbook with step-by-step play routines and work exercises that you and your child can enjoy together, and that enables your child to develop an early set of life skills. A multitude of activities is covered, from learning to button a shirt, to starting to grasp numerals and develop simple sentences. All activities are presented with guidelines and suggestions that progress in terms of difficulty.
The activities are simple and especially framed for parents with no specialized knowledge, guiding them to work and play confidently with their children. Projects are based on the Montessori philosophy, and are focused for children between two and five years old. The activities are not expensive or overly time-consuming.
Divided into five chapters, the book opens with life skills and then introduces language, number sense, and science skills. TEACH ME TO DO IT MYSELF provides a unique opportunity for you to gain that important insight into your child’s needs and involve yourself in the development of your child’s coordination, awareness, and self-esteem.
Maja Pitamic has over 15 years’ experience teaching children of varying ages and backgrounds. She has a degree in Art History and Montessori Teacher Training, and her specialization is in Early Years teaching. She has worked with children who have special educational needs, developing their skills through dance, movement, games, and gymnastics. It is through her association with the parents of her students that Maja has realized the demand for a practical play- and workbook for parents and their children.
About the Author
Maja Pitamic is the author of the popular "Art in Action" books as well as "I Can Do It (Teach Me to Do it Myself)" and "Child's Play", successful activity books for pre-school children (ages three to five). She has over 18 years' experience teaching young children and holds a degree in Art History and Montessori Teacher Training.
Top Customer Reviews
Update: This book is perfect if you just want to do some Montessori-style activities with your preschooler. However, if you want a deeper understanding of the Montessori Method, the materials, and the exercises, I'd suggest you *also* get Basic Montessori (Clio Montessori). That book can be intimidating (see my review), but does give some excellent and in-depth explanations. Use the two together for the best of both worlds.
There are five chapters with activities you can do at home or in a classroom setting: "Life skills, Developing the senses, Language development, Numeracy skills," and "Science skills."
Each activity has a picture, a numbered list of directions, a list of "You will need," and "Other activities to try." Most activities include a "Tip box," a "Word activity" (language), and a "Safety Point."
In the back of the book are worksheets to use (copy) for making several of the activities shown in the book.
The "Life skills" chapter includes: activities for personal hygiene, dressing, polishing, pouring, spooning, tonging, open close, threading, weaving, sewing cards, and cutting.
The "Developing the senses" chapter includes: activities for exploring textures and objects and learning about shape, size, height, length, color, sound, smell, and taste.
The "Language development" chapter includes: guidelines to help you select books for your child and guidelines for reading to your child; activities for word play, phonics and learning the letters of the alphabet, word building (Moveable Alphabet), and picture cards (Reading Tablets); making phrases, sentences, a diary, a book, a family tree, and a picture poem.
The "Numeracy skills" chapter includes: sorting, counting and learning numbers one to ten, number sequencing, simple addition and subtraction, introducing money, and number songs.
The "Science skills" chapter includes: leaf collecting, flower puzzle, planting, understanding volume, float and sink, the weather, geography including globe and map and land forms, mixing colors, and baking.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just recently I got interested with a book wrote by Maja Pitamic which entitled Teach Me How to Do it Myself. It was personally suggested by Joy Tan-chi Mendoza of Teach with Joy. Read morePublished 5 days ago by The Haltom Family
Teach your child to do several things on his own. Very satisfying.Published 7 months ago by Susan Catmull
This book offers concise and practical advice for teaching your children basics at home. We've started using the "teeth brushing" tutorial with our son at 7 months and at... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Nicole
Montessori is all new to me and I wanted a beginners book. Something that would start me at a really great spot for my three year old. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kyligirl
Very basic - "Hands On " materials and common sense activities.Published 14 months ago by Jean W. Stultz
I had high hopes of this book but found many are common sense stuff that we teach our kids regardless whether it's Montessori or not. Read morePublished 16 months ago by DogMommy