Montessori Preschool Kick-Off!

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

We have now kicked off a new year of preschool at home! We are using the Montessori method along with a Biblical based curriculum developed by YWAM, which I have previously used in Norway. There's some fine tuning to be done already, as we work out how to run it, what works with a preschooler, a toddler and an infant in the house, when is the best time to do our activities, and how it fits in with the rest of our weekly activities. It's certainly a work in progress, and quite overwhelming to think about what to do and how to do it, but I'm certain that it's all worth it! Here are a few pictures from our week so far, which has turned out differently than expected as I've been sick with a cold and haven't had much energy to do "preschool".

Isabel especially enjoys the activities. Here you can see Lucy enjoying her own Montessori space, with a comfy mattress in the corner of the lounge room with a mirror so she can see herself and a hanging bell she can try and bat to make noise...maybe she'll actually hit it one day!

Alexander working with the number rods, matching the numerals to the amount. This took him some time, but is right where he's up to.

Sorting cars into black and white (he mixes these two colours), taking them out of jars and putting them back in. I put out jars and lids on their own, so he could practice screwing and unscrewing as well as matching, but he wasn't interested until I added the cars :)

Putting together a number puzzle and then putting the numerals in the correct order.

Isabel, putting coins in a box with a slot. This was a big hit! She put the coins in and took them out, then put them back in again...over and over!

Cute little chubby fingers!

Matching animal pictures. She managed this really easily and knew the names of almost all of the animals (not goose) in either English or Danish.

Language lesson on the letter "a". We focus on the sound the letter makes (as in Alexander/apple), not the name of the letter. This makes it easier to start reading later on. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out which language to teach the letter sounds in, as we live in Denmark, so they are surrounded by Danish text, but in the end I thought that I couldn't really teach the sounds properly anyway, and it's more natural to teach them in English (as I only speak that to them anyway), and Christian and I agreed that it was best this way.

First Bible theme: creation! After hearing the story, Alexander put the picture cards in order (with some help) and sorted all the items and plastic animals into the days they were created, which was a very fun activity!

While we were doing that, Isabel decided to do her own animal sorting...pigs, and black and white animals! So cute :)

Stay tuned for more from our days later on!


  1. You guys look like you have so much fun - and learning a lot too! I'm so proud of you Fiona... this is really 'overskudsagtig'!!

  2. This is amazing. I have so much admiration for you for doing home preschooling.

    I must let our Pete (who's two) play with some coins and a box with a slot too! That's so impressive that Isabel knows the names of all the animals.

    Just a question - is the mat kind of a boundary/area for them to remain in while they focus on an activity? Was it hard at first to get them to stay focused?

    Ronnie xo

  3. Thanks Ronnie :) I must confess, we haven't been doing preschool at home since late November (we went to Australia for 2 months then it's been busy since we got back). I must get around to setting some things up for Isabel again, now that Alexander is at preschool 4 days a week.

    Yes, the mat is a kind of boundary. The activities are kept on a separate shelf/area from regular toys, and they have to roll out a mat before they can choose the activity. This is to show their "workspace" and so other children can see and respect their space. They also have to return the activity they are using before they can get a new one, which is easy to see on the mat. Yes, it's hard for them to get focused and to stay focused in the beginning, but it doesn't take too long for them to get it. Having appropriate activities helps. Toddlers like matching and sorting - matching colours (start with 2, work up to more) or animals (can also match picture to toy) and sorting objects into groups (again, start with 2 and work up from there) such as colours, shapes, types of animals...anything you can think of really! Have fun!


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