With Montessori preschool back in session, your preschooler is probably exuberant about the new friends they’ve made and the new things they’ve learned. This is a great opportunity to build on that learning with fun Fall activities. Here are a few ideas that stem from the curriculum in their Montessori primary program.
A sensorial scavenger hunt is a great way to explore the outdoors as nature changes its colors, textures, smells, and sounds. This activity is great for the whole family and either you can prepare the scavenger hunt list, or your preschooler can decide what goes on the list. Fill your hunt with the search for something crinkly, something yellow, something smooth, something spicy – something for every sense!
The opportunities for tactile learning in math abounds in Fall – just step outside and look at the ground! As you go on a walk or stroll through the park, gather as many leaves as you can. With your fresh pile of crunchy, colorful leaves you can enjoy multiple activities that help your preschooler practice their math skills. You can sort the leaves into groups that have similar shapes, make patterns with colors, talk about which geometric shapes they most look like, or make rows labeled 1 through 10 and place the corresponding amount of leaves in the row. Though these sound simple, this concrete learning in math gets them ready for the bigger stuff in Montessori elementary school.
Across the world, fall is a time full of exciting holidays. To learn more about the celebrations of different cultures that occur at this time of the year, you and your preschooler can make a calendar that marks the many different holidays. This activity can use as many art supplies as you want and goes great with a world map or globe to find all the countries.
One of the most exciting things about Fall is all the great seasonal recipes you, your preschooler, and your family can share. As you get ready to make pies, cookies, and crumbles, make it a hands-on learning activity you share together. You can write each of the ingredients on individual note cards, and as you prepare them, your preschooler can illustrate the ingredient on its note card. Then they can start putting them in order as you bake. By the time the dish is in the oven, you will have a stack of artfully decorated note cards that you can hole punch and thread together. Next time you bake, your preschooler can help by reading their new recipe booklet to you.
Nothing says fall like big, round pumpkins and these can be great for simple practical life activities. From scrubbing off the dirt from the pumpkin patch to scooping out the gooey insides to washing the seeds for baking – pumpkins can be easy practice in food preparation and learning where food comes from.
Hill Point Montessori in West Hills, California offers 3 programs – Primary for Ages 3-6; Lower Elementary for Ages 6-9; and Upper Elementary for Ages 9-12. Montessori education groups students according to their abilities, unlike traditional education where students are grouped by age. This allows students to work together and collaborate throughout their learning journey as they guide each other.