Many of my readers are constantly messaging me to tell me that one of the biggest things that are holding them back in doing Montessori or in taking the plunge is the overwhelm of teaching all of the Montessori subjects.
I can totally understand that!
It can be very stressful, especial if you don’t know how to do it or if you are doing it, you wonder whether you are doing it right.
Well, you will be super happy to know (and yes, you can thank me later) that YOU CAN use ONE Montessori work for several subjects!
Not only will this save you planning time, but it will also save yo space in your Montessori environment shelves!
If you are looking to building a centered, organized Montessori Guide in yourself, nurture happy, normalized children and want to create smooth, successful Montessori days, then you are in the right place!
Let me know in comments what you know about this topic, what you have applied, what you have tried that worked, what you have tried that didn’t work and if you have any questions as we get into this training.
In this episode, we will be discussing 3 ways on how to put together ONE Montessori work combining two subjects.
In this case, it will be Montessori Practical Life and Culture for your Montessori environment.
As you watch or listen to this training, know that you will be able to get more information than what is included in this blog post.
I really want to encourage you to take the time to watch or listen and take notes.
This will be helpful to you now and in the future.
#1 Montessori Geography & Practical Life Fine Motor Skills Continent Cork & Pin Activity
If you have been using or have any knowledge about the Montessori Practical Life curriculum, you know that it encompasses countless skills.
Some of them are pouring water, grace and courtesy, practical life skills, etc.
And when it comes to Montessori Culture, this subject includes History and Geography.
Some of the things children learn in Montessori Culture are Geography activities, land and water forms, Montessori world map works, etc.
Well, in this set of Montessori activities, we will be combining one Practical Life skill with one Culture activity.
This one is great for so many reasons.
You will need:
- a copy of continent outlines on letter-sized paper
- a child-sized cork board that a child can carry to and from the shelf
- a handful of pushpins (one needs to be easily held by a child’s hand)
As you can see in the photo below, you will pin the continent sheet onto the cork board first.
Then, you will instruct the child to push the pin over and over again to make perforations all around the continent outline.
Since my children have been doing this for a while, they have been upgraded to doing this with 2 papers.
One has the continent outline (control of error) and the one underneath is blank).
That way, when they are done, they can hold the bottom (blank sheets) up against the light to see only the perforations as you would constellations.
It is a beautiful thing to see!
#2 Montessori Culture & Practical Life Coins of the World Washing Activity
Washing things is one of the greatest Practical Life preschool activities for your Montessori homeschool.
It really is one of the best Practical Life exercises because it helps every child to learn to pay attention to detail.
They gain pride in cleaning things and keeping them clean.
Add to that the Culture (Geography) part.
In this case, we will be using coins from around the world.
In your washing station, you will teach the child how to wash the coins.
For this activity, you will need:
- a wash basin
- a child-sized brush (or toothbrush)
- warm, soapy water
- a set of coins from around the world
Watch the training video above to learn step by step how to guide the child in this activity.
#3 Montessori Practical Life & Geography Continent Lacing Activity
Why? Because I LOVE them!
They are very helpful in many ways.
So, for this activity, I want you to pay attention on how you can use these continents for the lacing activity.
Learning the names, shapes and colors of The Montessori continents is the Culture (Geography) part.
The lacing is the Practical Life part.
Lacing is the starting point that eventually leads to sewing.
Use these in different ways and levels to teach children this important skill.
I hope that these ideas got your wheels turning and that you will implement them immediately!
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Montessori Continent & World Maps for Lacing
The maps follow the colors in The Montessori Philosophy, so they match perfectly.
Cut out around these Montessori continent and world maps.
Then, punch holes all around.
Have the child use long shoelaces, ribbon or yarn in matching color to lace around.
This set includes:
- World map in blue
- North America map in orange
- South America map in pink
- Europe map in red
- Africa map in dark green
- Asia map in yellow
- Australia map in brown
- Antarctica map in white
8 pages total
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If you are interested in helping children move from dependence to independence by becoming well-rounded individuals, then you will be interested in this free printable.
It is a list of 100 Montessori Practical Life works that you can easily set up to do at home or at your Montessori environment.
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