STEAM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. In a Montessori daycare, these subjects are a common, intrinsic part of the curriculum. Since Montessori encourages play-based activities as the primary tool for learning, These activities are well-suited for every Montessori classroom or home.
Transmissible infections have become an important aspect of social life, something that Montessori daycare children can see in action by substituting a sensory device for actual germs. The experiment is simple, and only requires a few paper plates and some colorful glitter. Sprinkle a little glitter onto a plate and have the little ones touch it, and then use the same hand to touch other objects. Be sure to demonstrate the importance of handwashing afterward to help wash away the glitter germs.
An assortment of magnetic blocks in many sizes, shapes, and colors is an exciting way for children to practice engineering skills using the magic of magnetism. Each block has several magnets embedded in each side of the shape, allowing the blocks to be assembled in a seemingly endless variety of configurations.
Bread bags, twine, and a toy man are all you need to create exciting parachute playthings. Try cutting bread bags in different lengths and using 3– and more– lines of twine to suspend the toy beneath the bag. Loosely roll the toy in the bag and toss it into the air. By using differently sized bags, toys, and lengths of twine, children can experience first-hand the importance of measuring and testing new ideas.
A paper towel tube and some construction paper are a good beginning for decorative rainsticks. Use tape to cover one end of the tube. Have the children decorate the construction paper, and then cut and paste it onto the tube. Next, partially fill the tube with small objects. Beans, rice, pebbles, and nuts are all great ideas, but you can experiment with anything that fits. Use tape to seal the top, and have fun discovering new sensory information about objects.
Montessori math skills begin with counting, sorting, shapes, and comparisons. Blocks, wooden numbers, and assorted toys all provide opportunities to learn these concepts. Children are already learning about differences and similarities, including visually observing addition and subtraction. Sorting animals, using measuring spoons, and collecting items in the natural world are all excellent ways to discover the importance of math in everything we do.
Montessori is devoted to whole-child development, and STEAM activities are ideal for early development because they can be used to address multiple key areas of development concurrently. The idea is to develop a love for the learning process by allowing children to experience academics in contextual situations.
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