Currently On Our Shelf... (Play&Learn Edition)

Things have been quiet on the blog, but trust me - I've been very busy! Parenting is a daily adventure in itself (as you all know!). I've also been writing guest posts, organizing materials and curricula, and spending time with some wonderful toddlers each week!

Play&Learn is what I call my Montessori-inspired playgroup. We meet every Tuesday at a local family enrichment center (learn more here) and spend our time working with materials, practicing rolling, unrolling, and walking around mats, singing songs, and telling stories. I've spent a lot of time figuring out this age (2-3 years old): how to speak with them, what kinds of materials they enjoy most, and which books best captivate their attention. It's a work in progress for sure, but I thought I would share a few of the activities we've done together over the past few months. Take a look, if you'd like...

Matching fruits and veggies! This has been a hit. Children love the texture of the knit produce and talking about which ones they've tasted.

Matching fruits and veggies! This has been a hit. Children love the texture of the knit produce and talking about which ones they've tasted.

These stacking cups by KidO are a great Sensorial parallel. Adding a booklet of different ways to arrange them from largest to smallest instantly made this more challenging for a 3-year-old in my summer session.

These stacking cups by KidO are a great Sensorial parallel. Adding a booklet of different ways to arrange them from largest to smallest instantly made this more challenging for a 3-year-old in my summer session.

Some Practical Life activities I put together (clockwise from top left): Pushing popsicle sticks into clay, spooning wooden balls, pushing pouch caps into a can, and threaded beads onto a dowel.

Some Practical Life activities I put together (clockwise from top left): Pushing popsicle sticks into clay, spooning wooden balls, pushing pouch caps into a can, and threaded beads onto a dowel.

This rainbow tower has been getting a lot of use since I bought it weeks ago. There are so many ways to use it - stacking, arranging, peeking through the colored plexi... or just good old fashioned pretend play.

This rainbow tower has been getting a lot of use since I bought it weeks ago. There are so many ways to use it - stacking, arranging, peeking through the colored plexi... or just good old fashioned pretend play.

Soon I'd like to add more art, culture (what Montessorians call science and social studies), and perhaps some food preparation... stay tuned.