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Year One: The Beginning

My daughter just recently turned a year old and I also finally got around to reading a bit about and discussing the Montessori Method. While I still feel very much in the dark I am hoping to begin working with my daughter in a thoughtful and deliberate way. Which isn’t to say we’ve had an anything-goes attitude before, just that I was inspired by what I have learned so far about Montessori and would like to begin applying some principles and ideas to the activities we do.

My goal for starting this blog is simply to document what we’re doing. I’m a librarian and I am partial to the idea of sharing knowledge and ideas, so to do this in a public forum seems like a good thing. I would hope that there may be inspiration for someone out there, but I am also hoping just to have a record of how my daughter has progressed through her interactions with and explorations of the world.

I thought to ease into this new year of life and new approach to learning I would give a theme a try. Cam is still a bit young to be really overly interested in any one particular thing except walking, the new love her life, so I chose something broad and familiar. I decided on Nursery Rhymes. Nursery rhymes are great because they give the child an ear for all the workings of language. They are also easy for me to remember! Many of them can be sung or chanted and they have good rhythm and rhyme for clapping or banging pots and pans to. I put together a bin of nursery rhyme books that we have quick, easy access to.

Here are some ideas that I will be working in to our weekly activities:

  • teach her finger rhymes. Repeat, repeat, repeat.
  • nursery rhyme object tray
  • counting rhymes
  • body part rhymes
  • use finger puppets to act out rhymes
  • field trip to Fairytale Town
  • daily read alouds of nursery rhymes

I suppose that’s enough for my very first post. I hope you stay tuned for the rest of the journey!