Saturday, 14 May 2011

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Montessori Activity: The Silence Game/静游戏


Adapted from How to Raise an Amazing Child and Motessori Learn to Play

Age: From 2 years old

Activity Duration: 1 minute

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Objective(s): To train the child's attention to sound

Materials:
1. 1 small  bell (optional)
1. 1 hour glass measuring the passing of time in a visual manner (optional)

Directions:
1. Get your child's attention and signify the start of the game by ringing a small bell.

2. Your child should stop what he is doing.

3. Show him the hour glass. Turn over the hour glass and ask him to sit down, close his eyes, remain perfectly still and listen (make the hand sign for listen) until the hour glass is empty at the top.

4. After the time is over (30 secs. for very young child to 1 minute). in a whisper, ask him what sound he could hear during the silence.

5. Talk about the noise:
- Did he notice the sound of cars, planes, weather, birds, washing machine, dish-washer, etc.
- is it loud or soft?
- Is it nice to listen to?
- Is it quiet or very noisy?

Tips:
You can play this game anywhere indoor or outdoor. Once the child is familiar with the game, you do not need the bell and the hour glass anymore.

References:
- How to Raise an Amazing Child by Tim Seldin
- Montessori Learn & Play by Lesley Britton

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