it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body,
nourishment and refreshment
~ William Penn
There are many variations for implementing the Silence Game and I would like to share some ideas with you:
Variations on The Montessori Silence Game for Developing Skills
- You can darken the room and light a candle while the Silence Game is taking place.
- Ring a bell to signal the starting of the Silence Game and ring a bell to signal the end of the Silence Game.
- You can have the group close their eyes and only open them when they hear their name called.
- You can give the children a task to focus on during the Silence Game. For example, you can challenge them to “hear” noises that they may not normally be aware of. Once the silence game had ended, encourage them to share with the group what they “heard”.
- If you have older children, you can simply have a sign that has the word, “SILENCE” written on it and when you walk around the room holding up the sign, they will know that it’s time to tuck their sounds away and work silently until they hear a signal that ends silent work time such as a bell or chime.
- Create an opportunity for children to enjoy silence on their own. Place a basket on a shelf in which there would be a mat to sit on as well as a one-minute sand timer. The child simply takes the basket to a spot on the floor and removes the contents. The child should sit on the ‘silence mat’ with their legs crossed and flip over the one-minute timer. The child needs to sit very still and quiet for the duration of the time while focusing on the sounds around them.
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