"All the apparatus must be
meticulously in order,
beautiful and shiny, in
perfect condition. Nothing
must be missing, so that to
the child it always seems
new, complete and ready
– Maria Montessori
to be sure
materials are truly
materials used in AMI
―grow‖ with the child
Made of materials
such as wood,
wicker, fabric, or
for self, others, and the environment
Learn every day skills such as pouring,
scooping, cleaning, or tying
Increase self-esteem and independence
Fine motor skill development
Learning through trial and
phonics 2. letter recognition 3. book
Learn the shape and order of letters through
Learn vocabulary for their environment
Learn to hold a writing instrument as well as
the art of writing
understanding in all
other subject areas
Fine motor skills
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Montessori Water Activities
Can relate to:
•When to stop/knowing a glass is full
•Math and measurement
•What happens when soap or food
coloring is added?
not require a $200+ water/sand table
If you know someone handy, instructions to
shallow or deep
beads with water, practice pouring through
drainer so that beads are separated from water
Whisk- can add soap
Spooning floating objects
Water with sponges and wringing out
Practical Life Station
Practice pouring water from pitcher into cups.
Practice using the line on the cups.
Practice pouring water from cup to cup/pitcher to pitcher.
Use rags provided to clean up spills.
Practice spooning rice and corn. (Either just spooning them up or placing
into other bowl)
Think about how this helps with coordination and concentration. Can you
do the task if you are not concentrating?
Using sensory materials in the
Our Sensory Centers…..
Shake the boxes and
listen to the sounds they
Match the sounds and
place them as a pair on
Check your answers by
flipping over the boxes to
match the colors.
Explore the textures of
How do they feel?
What could they be used
Do any feel the same?
Classify or order them by
texture or color.
Try using a blindfold to
match the textures.
What is the benefit?
Increases ability to
Requires focus and
teaches students to
identify and compare
used to describe
what they feel
The Basics of Snack Time
Can be eaten at any time of the day
Have a space for children to prepare it
Use real materials
Children serve and clean up
Students Learn To…
as a member of
Gain a better
real life materials
At Our Snack Center…
Work with the other students at the center to
prepare a snack. Help each other set the table,
cut the apples, and pour the drink.
Think about how this experience enriches a
child‘s understanding of food & food preparation.
Don‗t forget to wash your dishes when
Guide to using clay in the
children develop control and
coordination through handling
Helps develop fine motor skills and muscles
Pre-Cursor for developing skills for cutting.
Develops appropriate hand and finger control
and builds appropriate hand muscles
Children learn that
every material has
a purpose, and are
able to explore that
material within a
"It was not the method which
produced the great changes in the
children, so much as it was the
great changes in the children
which produced the method."
―Working Freely Within Limits‖
goal or objective for
working with the
Children explore and
create while building
fine motor muscle
clay materials and
children to obtain
or bug observed
Montessori approach to clay use
at home and in the classroom
At our Clay Center…
Look at the pictures of different animals (in a real
Montessori classroom, we would have actual bugs
instead of pictures).
Then learn through creating!
This demonstrates use of a science lesson
learning about bugs through Montessori