Jordan’s First Week
Jordan is still most comfortable working on a floor mat with the foam blocks, the farm blocks and the various building sets that we have available and has not yet shown any interest in the Montessori Practical Life activities. I am hoping to spark his interest in the next couple of weeks by creating a few Practical Life activities that incorporate fish, as it seems to be something he is really interested in. As I have mentioned before, Jordan finds great comfort in watching the classroom fish and he talks a lot about fishing with his Dad.
Developing and Presenting Montessori Activities Around Student InterestsI have some colorful fabric fish that will make a great transferring activity (with tongs), a magnetic fishing activity that I am sure he will enjoy as well as two beautiful fish containers that I will use to create a spooning activity. I hope that by following his lead and creating a few Practical Life activities that focus on something he is really interested in, that he will start gravitating more to the Practical Life area in our Montessori classroom. I will keep you posted!
An interesting piece of work, freely chosen, which has the virtue of inducing concentration rather than fatigue, adds to the child's energies and mental capacities, and leads him to self-mastery. ~ Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Tuesday, September 14, 2010.