Holiday materials come to our shelves

Perforating a shape in an exercise of fine motor skills, and patience.

Perforating a shape in an exercise of fine motor skills, and patience.

A Montessori classroom is ever-changing. Of course, the pink tower, counting beads, red rods and many more materials are always available to students. But in an effort to keep the kids’ interest and connect the classroom to the outside world there is an on-going rotation of works.

Since children cannot help but to notice the Holiday season around them, we choose to embrace it. In October, we perforated Jack-O-Lanterns, and now we are using those same skills to make trees which the students can choose to decorate (photo at right). In November, our students could work with the items of a Cornucopia or arrange the feathers on a turkey, and now they can string Jingle Bells (photo below).

The little students will say that they love the seasonal materials. But we teachers just love watching them grow. While they patiently complete the enjoyable tasks they are increasing vocabulary, learning to count, improving fine motor skills and more. Just another day in our Montessori classroom…

In this material, students are asked to button the flames onto the menorah.

In this material, students are asked to button the flames onto the menorah.

Unlike stringing beads, jingle bells offer an auditory reward when complete!

Unlike stringing beads, jingle bells offer an auditory reward when complete!

Bells and Tees

Step 1) put golf tee in the hole in the snowman; Step 2) place jingle bell on top of tee. (Optional: Sing “Jingle Bells while working!)