Wednesday, 4 May 2011

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Montessori Activity: Scooping ABCs


Age: From 2 years old

Activity Duration: 5-15 minutes

Preparation Time: 3 minutes

Objective(s):

1. To train the child’s fine motor skills.
2. To teach the phonetics of letters.

Materials:

1. 2 identical medium bowls (I use the free plastic takeaway containers)
2. 4-5 fridge letter magnets into one bowl (not too many, keep it simple)
3. 1 deep spoon
4. 1 tray

Directions:

1. Demonstrate to your toddler by scooping an letter from the bowl and while doing so, repeat the sound of that letter.

2. Repeat with the other letters.

3. Encourage and let your child try it.

4. Once your child master the first 4-5 letters, move on to the next set of letters.

Tips:

You can also sing the alphabet song as you do this activity.

Benefit(s):

1. A very good way to train your child’s fine motor skills.
2. A fun way to learn the alphabet.
3. Kill two birds with one stone, especially for the working mom, by combining Practical Life lesson with Language.

Total Cost:

Alphabet magnets : 27 DKK for (4.99 USD or 6.40 SGD)

Additional Information:

This is my own idea, and I can’t wait to test it on J! The results: J (24M9D) had difficulty scooping each of the letters from one bowl to another. So I simplify this activity by asking him to pick the right letter by hand instead. He has difficult picking the right letter. Thus, this will be my signal to put this activity away and let some time go by before re-introducing it.

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