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Teach Me to Do It Myself: Montessori Activities for You and Your Child Paperback – Illustrated, August 1, 2004
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Maja Pitamic has over 25 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 need for a practical workbook for parents and their children.
TEACH ME TO DO IT MYSELF
Montessori Activities for You and Your Child
Do you need a practical workbook to help give your child a great start? Teach Me To Do It Myself is exactly that -- an essential workbook with step-by-step play routines that you and your child can enjoy together, and that enables your child to develop an early set of life skills.
Teach Me To Do It Myself provides a unique opportunity for you to involve yourself in the development of your child's coordination, awareness, and self-esteem.
Here are just a few of the skills your child will learn:
- Brushing teeth
- Musical scales
- Identifying letters
- Counting one to ten
- Planting a window box
- And much, much more
Your child will learn a wide range of skills, including:
Washing Hands -- What could be more fundamental than washing and drying your hands, and yet many children start school without this basic life skill. Imagine how proud and confident your child will feel if she knows how to wash her hands when asked to do so.
Hint -- Using a sink can be quite tricky for a child at first, so start with a bowl of water instead.
DEVELOPING THE SENSES
Learning Height and Length -- This activity uses paper rods to introduce the concept of length, as your child builds a stair of rods from the shortest to the longest. Your child will be required to estimate the length of each rod and where it fits into the stair.
Hint -- You can discuss the same concept by showing photographs of family members and their varying heights.
Nursery Rhymes -- Nursery rhymes will introduce your child to words that rhyme, and children find this a very exciting aspect of language. The fact that your child may not understand the original meaning of the rhyme will not deter his enjoyment of it.
Hint -- To make your child aware of the rhythms in the words, try saying the rhyme with your child to a clapping beat.
Introducing Money -- As a child I used to love "playing store" and the children that I teach still love this activity. It gives them a realistic experience of addition and subtraction, as well as being a good introduction to the concept of money.
Hint -- This activity affords an excellent opportunity for extending language skills, so have some fun with it. If you are the shopkeeper, mention any special offers and encourage your customer to make a purchase. If you are the customer, comment on how nice the store looks and what tasty-looking foods are on display.
Floating Liquids --This is a wonderful visual experiment to show your child how liquids have different densities. Children find this experiment fascinating because the liquids form a layer in the jar according to their density.
Materials Needed -- You'll need a large jar, flask, or bottle, corn syrup, glycerine, water with food coloring added, sunflower oil, and olive oil. As each liquid is added they will separate into different layers.
Seven worksheets are provided at the back of the book for the following activities:
From the Back Cover
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.
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Paperback : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780764127892
- ISBN-13 : 978-0764127892
- Product Dimensions : 7.2 x 0.6 x 8.7 inches
- Publisher : B.E.S.; Illustrated Edition (August 1, 2004)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 0764127896
- Best Sellers Rank: #74,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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