Montessori East launches home schooling.
Welcome to Montessori East's facilitated Home Learning program. This is a new world for all of us, yet fortunately Montessori children are uniquely poised to use all of their connections to work, their love of learning and internal compass to continue their schooling at home.
The teachers are so excited to be able to work with families to discover the magic of their new prepared enviornments and what we will all observe the children do within them.
Home learning will not only support children's normal academic development, but help with their mental health while we all weather these uncertain times.
For tips on how to set up your home environment, we have an easy to read and implement parent manual tailored to each Cycle.
Establish a learning environment.
Your environment will be your home, your balcony or backyard, your local park, the beach, or some bushland. In each of these environments there will be an abundance of opportunities to learn and engage.
Start with a learning environment audit.
Observe the potential in each area and make some decisions to change a few things around. Many of these will be very obvious, but it’s always valuable to look at your home with different eyes.
0-6 year olds
For each area in and around your home determine:
- Spaces for independent work/ play
- Spaces for active movement, running and climbing
- Space for quiet reading
- Opportunities for meaningful practical life tasks
- Areas that children need to avoid during their independent time (eg, laundry, parent work area, check for any chemicals or hazards stored where children can reach.)
- Is the kitchen a place children can independently get their own snack, glass of water?
- Are there too many distractions in the learning spaces (excessive amount of toys, books, etc)
6-12 year olds
Involve your child in the learning environment audit.
- Where would you like your work space to be?
- Where would you like to rest, read?
- Where and how would you like to be active (play, run around, climb)?
- Ask them to organise a shelf where their school related work can be kept
- Check that you have the essentials with stationery tools
- Is there a computer available for your child (9-12 year olds especially, but we may also ask 6-9 year olds to use)
- Check your internet speed (5Mps download, upload and faster is good)
- Check your internet filters so inappropriate websites are blocked Is the kitchen set up for your child to independently access food and water
- Check distractions in the environments
- Know your neighbourhood and seek out all the learning opportunities that abound within a short distance from where you live
Home learning ideas for 0 - 12 years
- setting the table
- watering plants
- tidying and organising rooms
- planning an outing
- taking care of pets
- preparing a snack/meal
- helping with shopping lists/budgeting
- repairing a bicycle
- planting a small urban garden
Home learning ideas.
For families with toddlers to 12-year-olds.
- Sing songs with cut out puppets
- Dressing, undressing & redressing
- Moping, sweeping, picking up with a dustpan
- Painting, collage, play dough
- Turning over rocks, stacking, lining them up and counting them
- Name insects & plants in the backyard
- Lie on your back and name the shapes of the clouds
- Narrate what you do as you go through your daily chores
- What can you see outside the window?
- Stacking & unstacking the dishwasher
3 - 6 years
- Scavenger hunt - counting objects found
- Baking, measuring & mixing ingredients
- Draw pictures with circles, rectangles & triangles
- Dusting leaves of plants with a soft cloth
- Cutting & gluing
- Walking on the line
- Sewing shapes on kitchen towels
- Finger knitting
- Draw letters in flour
- Sound games - something begins with the letter 't'
- Sorting laundry and counting each item
6 - 12 years
- Plant a seedling
- Write a letter to a pen pal
- Draw maps and name cities
- Research an endangered animal
- Interview a family member over the phone and write a story about an event in their lives
- Identify angles around the house; acute, obtuse or straight lines
- Observe nature and write a story and pictures of what you see
- Jump rope while counting every second number
- Spelling bee
- Listen to audio books while finger knitting
- Memorise a poem