## Number Sense 1

Math: Number Sense

Number Sense Tub # 1

Lil Muallimah spreads out the cards and then matches the foam letters with the number shape on the card. She loves getting it right and see how they match. We are still working on the order of the numbers ðŸ™‚

The beads at the bottom of the card help in counting.

Hoping to have her correspond with items at the back of the cards soon. Inshallah

Number Sense Tub # 2

This is our FAVOURITE one. Got the idea from another blog. So again Lil Muallimah spreads out the card but this time matches the corresponding “pom pom balls” on to the card. There are only the exact number of balls for each number with it’s corresponding colour so she can’t get it wrong…….very encouraging! ðŸ™‚ As you will notice I have used the small sized pom pom balls for this activity.

You can find the post and the printable here.

I did add my own touch to cards (only not to waste the index card and for future learning! :)) once I cut and pasted the numbers onto the index card I used the remaining portion to spell out the number. I don’t refer to it at all now. It’s just there. Later when we are working on sight words I will start pointing onto the number in words too. I also mean to add a match game with additional word spelling cards. later on. Beindhnillah

PLEASE READ: A dear friend (Montessori Directress) did point one thing out to me about the following activity. It is EXTREMELY important if you are dealing with younger children and/or ones who are not strong with their colors.

” If we were to look at it from the Montessori perspective, there is room for improvement. If I were to ask you a simple question as to what would you do if a child matches 3 pompoms with no.3, but he does not match the right colors? if u try to tell the child that the colors need to be matched as well , he may be offended because he might only be interested in numbers and not colors. A montessori activity concentrates only on 1 basic concept or idea. This is called isolation.

Similarly in teaching quantity and number symbols, the quantity/object should be the same, e.g. all pompoms should be the same color and size, the symbol should be the same color and size. the control of error should be in accordance with the concept. In this case it would be 6 pompoms because matching 1 quantity wrong will leave more or less pompoms in the end.”

May Allah reward her for pointing it out.

I really liked the learning curve this activity brought for myself….Alhumdolillah.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In our home we ended up introducing this activity after the age of 4 and the kids were confident & strong in grasping the concept… so I just continued as is. Please choose the best option based on your child’s age & maturity level. Inshallah

Here’s the current version for Lil Muallim # 3

FUN, FUN, FUN!!!

## Montessori Inspirations

LIL MUALLIMAH’S “WORK” SHELF

Keeping the lil one engaged, busy and HAPPY while the older ones are doing their lessons is quite a challenge. We all have experienced it or soon will as the kids and our families grow Mashallah.

With constant demands of “I want to do MY work” from my Lil Muallimah I buckled myself up. So this year I am going to to try and provide fun activities to help her be happy during our lesson time. I had been doing a lot of unplanned casual play and learn activities with her. She is now ready for a more structured program (in a toddler way).

So in the next few posts I’ll be sharing teh various activities that have been in Â Lil Muallimah’s shelves…

Having studied in a Montessori as a child myself, I am really amazed by the impact they still have on me. I not only loved them but MISS them even now ðŸ™‚ I got a chance to touch Montessori material again when I volunteered in oneÂ  forÂ  a few months.

Truly inspired by Montessori methods, scouring the internet and guidance from my Montessori trained friends I came to the following conclusion.

“The next best thing to having and knowing how to use Montessori materials is trying to adopt and adapt Montessori ideas with available resources :)”

PLEASE NOTE:The following ideas are not entirely Montessori style but just an inspired effort. They do not follow the Montessori ideology to it’s core but do strive to have the essence of it.

The shelf holds bright colored tubs I bought from the \$ store (3 for \$ Alhumdolillah!)

How does it work?

Problem Solving: Puzzles

Math: Number Sense

Colors: recognition and matching

Arabic: Huroof Recognition

Spatial Sense: Shape recognition

Sequencing

Fine Motor Skills and Hand Eye Co-ordination

I’ll share the first one in this post:

The puzzle pieces for each of the puzzles are in separate tubs. Lil Muallimah chooses her puzzle and picks up the tub, brings it to her table and builds the puzzle..She then puts them back when she is done. I love the one concept per tub idea as it gives structure as well as control over the activity. Makes the clean up a natural thing to do Mashallah! There are always exceptions and I am willing to work with that.

Both the wooden puzzles are from \$ store too! ðŸ™‚

And here’s Lil Muallim 2 working on the puzzle (wanted his picture going on the blog too as it is his puzzle ðŸ™‚

See other posts under the Category Montessori Inspired for more about the activities in the shelves.

## Continent Recognition

USING CONTINENT NOMENCLATURE CARDSÂ  AND SOME EXTENSIONS

The more I do it , the more I love Montessori method. The fixed colors of continents make things so much simpler and understandable for young minds.

I found these FREE Continent Nomenclatures cards (in Montessori colors) at the Helpful Garden. I almost jumped out of my seat, because I just happened to find these just as I was thinking of making them by myself.

I also found another free one here at Montessori helper.

Well back to our activity…… I cut and pasted our cards as soon as I had the printouts in my hand. Once done Lil Muallimah did this…..She used her big map for reference, Mashallah!

Next we played a few games of Twister as posted in my last post and then we did these extensions…

Continent Match up with picture cards

Continent Match up with name cards

We did another activity… Continent tracing that you can check out from the link below:

Other related activities:

Our World Map

Coloring the large scale World Map

Continent Tracing

Flagging the continents

Continent Shapes

Continent Game

Push Pinning Continents

## Push Pinning Continents

PUNCHING OUT CONTINENTS

I loved this idea since I saw it on several Montessori blogs. I didn’t have a big pricking tool or a fancy push pin, so I kept putting it off, until I had this Eureka moment and made my own push pins. Now why didn’t I think of this before…. DUH!!

I made our very own DIY push pins ready in less than ten minutes. I could not believe why I never thought of this before. I was not in favor of using the regular sized push pins. I could be wrong, but I thought the miniature sized ones were not only a safety hazard but would put too much strain on the hand on the lil ones.

Well here we are… our very own pushpins…. and cork board made by hot gluing two pieces of cork boardÂ  to makeÂ  a thicker surface for the pins to go through.

Lil Muallim # 2 sat and helped me make this as a wonderful assistant Mashallah. He even chose the colors.

He kept asking what they were for….and when I showed him , his eyes were gleaming with joy.

To my utter surprise he loved this activity so much that he ended up punching out three Africas in one sitting!!!

Other helpful posts on Montessori Push Pinning continents can be read here (Montessori Print) and here (My Montessori Journey).

More on making continent maps from the punched out parts can be seen hereÂ  (Moveable Alphabet) and here (My Montessori Journey).

## Continent Shapes

I KNOW WHAT AFRICA LOOKS LIKE

In continuing our world map activities I asked Lil Muallimah which continent would she like to do first, and she chose Africa.

I gave her this printable I got from curriculum click, when it came as a freebie. You will notice her own Africa is spelled as “AfNicA” (hehe) because she had mistaken the lines of r and i as one letter making it n…,

I am totally fine with that, she will get it eventually ðŸ™‚ If you look closely she even colored the lake in the middle, blue ðŸ™‚

Then I asked her if she wanted to make it withÂ  modelling clay ? And she said “YES!” So I grabbed her foam puzzle and we ran downstairs.

I asked her to point out Africa on this foam puzzle I got from the \$ store. (it doesn’t have the same colors as Montessori maps, so ayounger child might get confused) Thankfully Lil Muallimah got it right but I do see the wisdom and benefit in the Montessori Maps.

Nonetheless the rest is pretty much clear through the pictures. She was quite enthusiastic throughout this activity and wanted to get it just right ðŸ™‚

The yellow tool actually came in a play dough set, my kids had got as a gift yeaaaaars ago ðŸ™‚

TAAÂ  DAAAAA !!!

Don’t you just love such multi level activities, encompassing, mapping, recognition, hand eye co-ordination, motor skills…..:):):):)

Other related activities:

Continent Recognition

Continent Shapes

Coloring the large scale World Map

Continent Tracing

Flagging the continents

Continent Game

Push Pinning Continents

## Flagging the Continents

This download from Montessori Print Shop is a wonderful way to practice recognition and naming the continents. I printed out the black and white pages from the file and colored them in, by hand andÂ  followedÂ  the instructions to laminate and make the pinning flags.

Next day, I actually asked Lil Muallimah to help mak eher new activity.

First I asked her to place the flags on to a styrofoam sheet.

Next I asked her to make some balls with sticky tack

Then I asked her fix the balls of sticky tack onto the black dots on the continents, on the World map.

Finally she got to do her activity. Pin the correct flag on to the corresponding continent matching the color and shape.

Now the same activity with a twist. Matching the names of the continents

The control of error in Montessori Activities does give a boost to the child’s confidence. Love it ðŸ™‚

## Continent Game

CONTINENT FUN !

Right after Lil Muallimah finished coloring her World map, (see post here) we went upstairs to turn it into something cooler, our very own…………

CONTINENT TWISTER

Â We have played this way before two with the older ones, but those printed maps were played on and thrown after the wear and tear.This time I thought ofÂ sticking it onto a bristol board. Picking through our bristol boards in our stationary closet, I thought it would be much cooler if I stuck it onto blue bristol board. Now that way I wouldn`t have to colour in the continents, Phew! BUT……that meant I would have to cut around the continents. Sigh….. which I did but not around the smaller island parts.

I even made Antarctica from the left over cut out which was missing in the original map as Lil Muallimah pointed out.

Then I laminated it with shelf liner…Â and we were all ready to play.

Right foot Asia , left foot North America

Right foot Africa , left foot South America………

…..and Right hand Asia , left hand North America

Right foot Asia , left foot North America

By the time of the last picture she was giggling and asking me… could you please make it simpler now ! …..because she was getting all criss crossed … hehe

Â FUN FUN FUN