What Can Your Montessori Child Do On Saturday?

MANY YOUNG CHILDREN ARE IN A GROUP ENVIRONMENT ALL WEEK LONG, SO WHEN SATURDAY COMES ALONG IT'S FUN TO HAVE LONG STRETCHES OF TIME FOR UNSTRUCTURED EXPLORING, MONTESSORI-STYLE!
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Saturdays might just be the favorite day of the week for most people, especially children. It's often the day that we play!

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We Montessori folks know that for the young child, play is their work. Likewise, work is play! 

Saturday morning is a great time for the Montessori child to grind the coffee for the grownups! This activity was the all-time favorite of my grandchildren when they would come to visit. 

What an amazing large AND fine motor activity...not to mention the Practical Life aspect of care of environment and developing independence.

PRACTICAL LIFE

Coffee Grinding: Develops the Large and Small Muscles
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When my own children were young, they would help make biscuits for our Saturday morning breakfast. Those biscuits always turned out fabulous!

Making Biscuits: Developing more fine motor skills 
not to mention learning how to cook!
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Well, there's always a little cleaning up to do after a baking project. Providing a child-size broom is a delight for the young child. Little ones still LOVE sweeping up!

Sweeping the floor: Caring for the environment 
along with large motor skills development
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On Saturday morning, there's more time to tend to the garden. Put a watering can in the hands of a young child and your garden will flourish along with your child!

Watering the Garden: Care of Environment and 
Study of Botany 
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Late morning on Saturday is a wonderful time for the Montessori child to explore the Arts. Put on some jazzy dance music and the young child will get moving. (maybe you,too!) You can start dancing, or you can bring out a basket of small percussion instruments and rock out!  


SENSORIAL
Playing, listening and dancing to music enriches 
learning through the senses, and keeps the mind (and body) working
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Exploring art mediums develops the aesthetic sense as well as exercising the small muscles of the hand

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Keeping art activities organized gives the child a sense of order in the environment, and...just look at this colorful way of enhancing the visual sense!

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Even the simplest of containers can make an art experience very appealing, the Montessori way.

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Saturdays are often the day for family excursions to the park, forest, or beach, and a picnic lunch offers many opportunities for the Montessori child to develop skills.


OUTDOOR CLASSROOM
Family picnic: A time to practice social graces, 
care of environment and 
conversations that develop language skills 
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Exploring the natural world gives children scientific information (ex: classifying objects in nature) and develops the proprioceptive sense of balance and "groundedness." 


Rock climbing: Creates an appreciation of Nature, 
develops physical skills, and gives a rich 
sensorial experience 
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Saturday afternoons are made for hammocks!


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And, Just about the best activity in the world is lying on the grass and looking up at the clouds!


Cloud gazing: Develops an appreciation of nature, 
gives scientific information (ex: classifying clouds) 
and develops a sense of inner peace
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Saturdays are filled with learning through the art of play and Saturday's child loves to play!

SPEAKING OF Saturday and stretches of time to play, slow down, and reflect...there's an upcoming Montessori event for 4 days of indulging your passion for Montessori! The  Trillium Montessori Summer Summit 2016 starts on Monday July 18th. Looking forward to "seeing" you there! 

Keep a look out for my Summer Summit specials on ALL my products in my TpT store (20% off!). The Summer Summit Exhibitor's Hall has a wide array of Montessori resources from more than 30 vendors from all over the world. 

AND
I will be GIVING AWAY 2 seats in my upcoming eCourse. ($120 Value for each!) 

There is a giveaway held EVERY DAY OF THE SUMMIT AND BEFORE. Giveaways start on July 13th! 
STAY TUNED...

I am really looking forward to this amazing 
Montessori event!


This post is part of my favorite link-up, Montessori Monday at Living Montessori Now where you'll find lots of resources for Montessori educators including tons of free printables!

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