We still start out our week with a scavenger hunt. This is a HUGE hit with all three of the kids. This week it had to be down in the basement since it was raining outside. As you can see, each child has his/her own set of cards to hunt down (letters for ED, addition for DD and multiplication for LD). As they find each card I have them run back to me and shout out the answer. It’s a rapid movement, high volume activity, that’s for sure!
Later in the morning we mail ED’s letters in the little mailbox I made a month or so ago. Today I introduced the sand tray activity for the first time (see the pictures below). ED did about a half-dozen letters before losing interest. The others jumped in and had their turn, though!
For those of you who don’t know much about the Montessori method, I actually sat down with ED and “presented” this activity to her. I show her each and every step…
- take out the blanket and spread it on the ground
- take the tray with two hands and lift it down and place it on the blanket
- lift up the lid
- sketch the letter in the sand
- mail the letter
- take the sand tray with two hands and shake it back and forth
- repeat until done
- put the tray away
- fold up the blanket
- put the blanket away
I think arming ED with EACH step has really made a big difference to how successful she is at doing the various activities and then repeating them on her own.