I like to put out seasonal activities throughout the year in as many curricular areas as I can. Due to the TONS of resources available on the world wide web, I am never at a loss for finding new things to make for the classroom. When I think back to how I made materials in the past when I taught Montessori, I can't believe how many hours I must have spent on them. At that time (12 years ago), I found black and white pictures in books, copied them, colored them by hand, cut them out, glued them onto a background, then laminated them. Now, it's as easy as downloading a file, printing it, and laminating it OR doing a "virtual" cut and paste (already in color) on the computer.
Many of the new things out this week are materials gleaned from web resources.
This is an alphabet matching activity I printed off from Kidssoup. Doesn't it look great on the red gingham metal tray I found while thrifting this summer?? To do this activity, the child matches the apple with the uppercase letter to the blossom on the tree with the lowercase letter. I programmed the back of the apple cards with the lowercase letter to allow for independence and cross-checking. This activity will go on the language shelf.
This is an apple matching game also printed from Kidssoup. Three children can play this at once. To play, the matching cards are placed facedown in the center of the rug as shown in the photo. The children take turns turning over a card and seeing if it matches their board. If it does, they place it on their board. If not, they can give it to the person who has the match on their board. I placed this on the sensorial shelf since it involves visual discrimination skills.
This is a new Practical Life activity that I pulled together to go along with our apples for September. I found this cute little green pail and the apple pencil toppers among all the goodies in my cupboards. I added the ice cube tray and the strawberry huller and it was shelf-ready.
And this little basket has three large apples cut from craft foam and a worm cut from brown felt. This is a little guessing game to play with a friend. Two children may do this activity together. One child covers their eyes while the other child hides the worm under one of the apples which have been laid out on a rug. The other child then uncovers their eyes and guesses which apple is hiding the worm. I like having these types of simple games out. They are very helpful for developing friendships between children. Last week I had a few teary children, which is to be expected the first week. When I was able to engage the teary child in an activity with a content child, oftentimes the sadness disappeared and the basis for a new friendship was formed.