Trace, Little Fingers, Trace

I have been reading up on Montessori since the birth of little Milkie, and am really interested in the theory itself, but didn’t really get to do it. Little Milo will be 2 years old soon and since we wouldn’t be sending him for any playgroup till next year, I’ve decided to try and do more activities with him.

Tracing the alphabet – this is a very simple and easy way to make a Montessori material. Basically you create cards, with the alphabets in the middle in another material (usually sandpaper), and then you get the children to trace out the letter with their fingers. This will actually help the child to understand how the alphabet is formed. There are tons of ways to make them but this was how I created it:

  • 2 blank cards
  • Sensory materials e.g. Sandpaper, felt cloth etc.
  • Glue
  • Scotch tape / Double sided tape
  • Pen knife / Scissors

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Firstly, I traced out the alphabet onto 1 blank card, and then I cut out the alphabet using a pen knife. For the alphabet, I did print out on a piece of paper first before I traced it onto the blank card. If you can do it free-hand, feel free to do so.

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Cut the sensory material slightly bigger than the size of the alphabet and put it between the 2 cards. The sensory material can be anything so long it’s not too thick, otherwise it might be difficult to secure the 2 cards together. I didn’t want to simply just use sandpaper because I find it more interesting to let them feel different materials.

Secure the sensory material and cards with double sided tape/glue, and/or scotch tape.

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Once done, it will look something like this. For this one, I tried using felt cloth and a crumpled paper. Did try using those foam paper but it was a little too thick for me to secure it as my blank card wasn’t really big.

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I gave it to little Milo, and taught him what the letter is. And at the same time, I taught him the sound of it. He seems to like it and after a few days of trying for just a short while, he started tracing the letter on his own.

Fun in Sorting Buttons

I was having fun sorting buttons by myself early one morning, trying to be a little more organized. And it’s rather therapeutic for me, to think of nothing else except sorting out the colourful buttons into the respective containers. Colours cheer me up! ^^

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Anyway, as I was sorting it out, little Milo woke up and approached me, looking interested in whatever that I’m doing. And so, I put a bunch of green buttons on my palm, got him to pick it up one by one and put it into the container. Else I handed each button to him individually, for him to drop inside the container. Apparently it was fun for him because he kept asking for more! Definitely great for training motor skills!

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A while later, little Milkie woke up and wanted to join too. Of course, since she’s older, she will have to sort it out on her own! It wasn’t too bad because she only asked which container she should put for a few buttons of those in between colours such as teal, magenta etc., which means she knows that colours come in different shades. At the same time, I get to tell her what those in between colours are, which she never heard before!picsart_01-05-04-05-10

We did this for the whole morning and continued when we are back at night. Little Milkie continued but little Milo gave me a surprise. As I held out my hand with a few buttons in my palm, he gently held my thumb and then flipped my hand to pour the buttons into the container instead of picking it one by one! Wow! I’ve probably followed instructions for too long to even think of that short cut. Well, at least I know he is using his brains. And probably ignoring instructions too. Oops.

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It’s definitely good to get the children to do sorting on items. Not only does it help in motor skills, it trains their brain to organize things in a certain way. Most importantly, the children think that it’s fun, and won’t feel pressurized while learning.