We discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being.
Dr Maria Montessori
The Home Depot has a list of hands-on activities ideal for a young preschooler. These are best for children with good concentration and strong fine motor skills. An adult should join the fun to ensure safety.
- Infant Resources (6 weeks – 17 months)
Try activities like opening/closing containers (simple plastic tupperware or ziploc containers are perfect) and how to use an open face cup. Also try sensory activities like tracing designs in rice or lentils. Encourage independence by organizing activities on a low shelf that children can independently utilize. Keep supporting language development by talking to your little one, using everyday items in your home (i.e. “This is an apple. It is red. What else is red? Oh, this candle is red, and this vase is red.”)
Indeed, this is a memorable time in our child’s lifetime. Create a special time capsule to remember the good memories at home.
Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense. There is so much good happening, and we are here to gather great stuff and organize it so teachers and families can easily find it and plan each day.
Listen to musical instruments from across the world. Which are your favorites?
Join one of our favorite AMS (American Montessori Society) trained Guides and try out some of her ideas at home.
Get some inspiration from Dyson (the makers of everyone’s favorite vacuum!) and think of new ways to build and create.
Check out these fun field trips to the aquarium, zoo, and farm and see real animals.
These simple books are phonics-based easy readers for emerging readers. The resource is free during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Join the Asia Society Texas Center on journeys across Asia. Countries will be updated throughout April.
Check out 100 prompts for fun activities to try at home. Name the planets, discover constellations, or even practice your phonics.
- The Adventures of Filomena (A Storybook)
Follow the story of Filomena the bird in his home in Cambridge, Massachuetts. Learn about the importance of global citizenship, friendship, and collaboration.
Ages 18 months – 6 years // Open a virtual zoo or swim with sharks using Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR).
Ages 4 – 6 years // Check out free worksheets and writing prompts to help your little one keep up with their phonics and writing skills.
Ages 3 – 6 years // This is an example daily schedule of how to incorporate Montessori-inspired activities throughout your day. All children need a routine and structure to maintain normalcy at this uncertain time. Feel free to modify the schedule based on your own needs.
Ages 18 months – 6 years // Created by a mom and early years teacher, this website documents daily lessons, including reading, math, art, and science, that can be part of any daily routine.
Ages 4 – 5 years // Check out Cypress-Fairbanks ISD’s weekly resources for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten.
Ages 6 weeks – 6 years // The Houston Children’s Museum offers a virtual story time everyday. Story time is offered in English and Spanish.
Ages 15 months – 6 years // What are our local elephants up to? Find out with their live webcam below. Elephants may not be visible on the webcams before 10:30 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m.
Ages 4 – 6 years // Explore earth and space with NASA’s online games.
Ages 3 – 6 years // Music is for everyone! Make your own songs by playing with simple experiments that let anyone, of any age, explore how music works.
Ages 15 months – 6 years // America’s Test Kitchen has published kid-friendly recipes to try at home. Cooking is ideal to build fine motor skills, concentration, and independence. Adult supervision is a good idea, especially when handling sharp objects or heat.
Ages 2 – 6 years // As part of your child’s daily routine, introduce chores to develop responsibility and independence. This list has chores organized by age.
Ages 2 – 6 years // Sesame Street has compiled some of its favorite resources relevant to the COVID-19 outbreak. These resources are valuable to use as lessons on socio-emotional learning and emphasizing phonics.
Age 6 years // Time Magazine’s Kids’ Magazine is available for free. This is ideal for Kindergarteners or students with an appetite and desire to read.
Ages 2 – 6 years // The New York Times has listed its favorite podcasts for children and caretakers alike. These are great to use as transitions between activities or an alternative to passive screen time.
Ages 15 months – 4 years // Practical Life activities develop independence and concentration. These activities are foundational to the Montessori experience in the classroom. Use this list as inspiration for simple – yet impactful – activities at home.
Ages 4 – 6 years // Tour some of the world’s most famous museums with your little one. As they go on their digital journey, ask questions about what they see or create a virtual scavenger hunt.