"What we need is a world full of miracles, like the miracle of seeing the young child seeking work and independence, and manifesting a wealth of enthusiasm and love."
- Dr. Montessori
Peace and Education, p. 51
Although I can barely believe it, I've been a mother for six years! Miss Madeline just turned six, and we celebrated in a bunny theme. We did 6 walks around the sun first thing in the morning, reminiscing about each year with a Montessori Birthday Walk. We also spent a lot of the day looking at pictures. I can see now that she's so very proud of her growth, and we are tickled to have this little lady in our lives. Happy Birthday, bunny.
The birthday girl in her glory
She cannot believe her eyes!
Sarah holding her very first bunny. A proud moment!
We have been playing the Money Exchange Game at home lately. Bean is extremely interested in money lately, so I made this little activity. We play this at school, and she has a computer game by Everyday Math just like this. If you have used the Golden Bead Exchange Game before, it's very similar. The object of the game is to get to $1. Each player rolls the dice and gets that amount in cents. The exchange comes into play when there is more than 5 pennies, it gets exchanged for a nickle. 2 nickels, 1 dime. 2 dimes and a nickle, 1 quarter. 4 quarters = $1. We play until all players have gotten to $1 to tone down any competitiveness. We also talk about how this is a game of chance, not skill. Getting to the dollar first is just that, not winning. If you can carry a pair of dice in your bag, you can play this game anywhere. Imagine that! She rolls a 7, takes a nickle and two pennies. She rolls a 10, gets a dime. She rolls a 5, and needs to exchange her
We are missing some cubes and a brown stair (working on that!), but its still attractive to the girls. Today they worked together to copy the extensions I drew in my album. Published with Blogger-droid v1.6.5
The Montessori Number Roll is one of my favorite Montessori activities for Linear Counting. My classroom children go nuts for it, and now you can give it a try at home. Our number rolls are so long they spread across the lawn! Number rolls are so attractive to children; to write out numbers, and have the opportunity to see them go so high. The child writes the numbers in order; keeping place value as units, tens, hundreds, thousands, etc. I enjoy using paper grids with the initials of the decimal order, available for free download here . When beginning, either instruct the child to begin units at 0 or cut off one row to begin at 1. The rest of the number roll will require understanding of place value, and exchanging. Above is a photo of the Montessori Exchange Tray, which is helpful for children who get stuck with changing decades or exchanging for the next level. The child can simply lay out the quantity and add one unit. For example, for the number 1,246, the child would ta