## Friday, April 29, 2011

### Working With Numbers

Montessori teaches your child to be organized, independent, confident, and respectful of his/her surroundings and environment. In this blog, we will be giving tips on how you can practice math at home with your child.

In the first picture you can see one of our students using an abacus. An abacus is perfect for learning how to count from 1-10 and learning the names of colors. This exercise is also great for the child it will help him/her to build concentration, organizational skills and patience,  using  only two fingers to slide the concrete object from one side to the other. (Everything must start from the left side and end on the right.)

In the second picture you see one of our students using small objects to group together according to the number with picture that she has placed in front of her. Here we used zoo animals so that our student knows what animal group she is using to her work. In this kind of activity students are allowed to use only two fingers, which also helps to develop fine motor skills, concentration and organization. For ages 1-2 it's best to start with numbers from 0-3 and with practice keep amounting numbers. (Again, everything must start from left to right.) All these activities must be done in a calm and quiet place, no distractions, preferably classical music can be playing in the background.

One of our students favorite activities for math is starting with counting and matching animals or color buttons. Tracing the number in sand  is a sensory activity helps your child/student to learn and recognize the number and using the buttons or animals,it is a concrete activity will help the child to understand and recognize the value of the number.

## Thursday, April 28, 2011

### Amiguitos Daily Activities

For parents who are new or parents who are interested in enrolling their child with us, I have decided to post up our daily activities on here so you have an idea of what your child will be doing daily.

CHILDREN'S DAILY ACTIVITIES

9 AM - Circle time (reading a book in Spanish-English according to the monthly topic) singing, dancing, ABC's, 123's in English and Spanish

9:30 AM - Learning and practicing Spanish-English phonics, months of the year, days of the week, seasons, numbers, planets, geography, geometry and gardening on Fridays.

10:15 AM - Free time (in a calm and quiet atmosphere children are free to choose activities from shelves that are available for fine motor skills, memory skills, and gross motor skills.)

11:15 AM - Bathroom break and getting ready for outdoor activities

12 PM - Dismissal time.

"Afternoons are similar to the morning schedule except there are no outdoor activities"

## Wednesday, April 27, 2011

### Amiguitos Everyday Games and Activities

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﻿﻿﻿                                                Amiguitos in geometry class
 Students work table
 Students activity table which varies from games to sharpen fine motor skills, to art and memory games
 One of Amiguitos students ready to eat her lunch