Phonics & Language
The Sound “t”
What items at home begin with the sound “t”? Play “I Spy” and then send a photo of something you found at home.
The Sound “s”
What items at home begin with the sound “s”? Play “I Spy” by finding items that begin with the sound of the week and then send a photo by email of an object you found!
Let’s try sounding out four-letter words and match the word with a picture. After watching the video, parents can write more complex, four-letter words on a piece of paper and ask the child to sound it out. Remember, in the Montessori classroom, we start with phonics (not sight words) so children can independently decipher a word.
The Sound “r”
What items at home begin with the sound “r”? Play “I Spy” by finding items that begin with the sound of the week.
The Sound “q”
What items at home begin with the sound “q”? This is ideal for children ages 2+ years, who have strong oral communication skills. Play “I Spy” by finding items that begin with the sound of the week.
We’re going to try sounding out three-letter words and match the word with a picture. After watching the video, parents can write simple, three-letter words on a piece of paper and ask the child to sound it out. Remember, in the Montessori classroom, we start with phonics (not sight words) so children can independently decipher a word.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Animal Boogie
Counting 1 to 10
Is 10 bigger than 5? We’ll count frogs and match quantity with its respective numeral.
Counting 1 to 5
How much is 1? Is 1 bigger than 5? We’ll count bugs and understand quantity and figure. This is ideal for children ages 18 months – 3 years. This is also good review for children ages 4 – 6 years.
Learn about the meaning of addition. This is ideal for children ages 5+ years, who understand quantity and figure and have knowledge of 1 – 10. You’ll need counters, a table mat, a small + symbol, and a small = symbol
Painting a Tree
You don’t have to use a brush to make this painting! Try using your fingers.
Painting a Rooster
What colors can you use to create a Rooster? You’ll need a paintbrush, paper, and some of your favorite color paints.
Painting an Evening View
Follow along to paint a view of the evening sky and the shadows that appear at dusk. What colors do you need? What materials can you use at home to create new textures in your painting?
Making a Butterfly
Make a butterfly using items from home! You’ll need a toilet paper tube (or you can make your own), scissors, glue, googly eyes (or a pen to draw eyes), and colored paper. You can also make your own colored paper by coloring magazine pages or newspaper.
Painting a Butterfly
Try painting a butterfly. This is ideal for any age. You’ll need: paper, paint (any color is fine), and a paintbrush
Numbers and Colors in Spanish
Can you count to 10 in Spanish? Can you describe what you see around you?
The Calendar and Weather
How do you say the months of the year and days of the week in Spanish? Do you know how to explain the seasons?
Canciones: Itsy Bitsy Spider
Learn how to sing the Itsy Bitsy Spider in Spanish. Follow along with the subtitles to know all the words. Make sure your pronunciation is correct.
Parts of a Spider
Did you know a Spider is not an insect? A spider has two main body parts, 8 legs, and so many eyes! After you finish the video, draw a spider and label its different body parts.
You’ll need a bowl, soap, and a whisk. How many bubbles can you make?
Flower arranging is a delightful exercise in understanding beauty and hand-eye coordination. Use this fun activity using a colander and artificial flowers (real flowers are preferred).
Use a pair of tongs and create this simple Practical Life activity at home. Use two small dishes and a pair of tongs to transfer large items from one container to another. You can also practice using tongs in the kitchen with food items. Choose items that would be safe for your child to transfer.
Counting for Toddlers
Let’s count from 1-5! Our Toddler Guide demonstrates how to introduce the concept of quantity and numerals for toddlers and younger Children’s House students.
Spooning exercises are one way to develop concentration skills – and independence! Set up two small bowls, a tray, and a small spoon on a low shelf or table for your Toddler to try. Be mindful of what objects you choose to spoon from bowl to bowl – be safe.
Big and Small
What is big? What is small? After watching this lesson, can you find items at home that are big and small?
Find a piece of paper and punch holes in it, and use some string to lace through the holes. For older children, practice lacing your shoes or clothes.
Ants on a Log
Make a yummy snack with raisins, sugar (or cream cheese), celery.
These activities are ideal for ages 15 months – 3 years. Use different colored objects (make sure it’s the same kind of object) and allow the child to sort them into containers. For 2 and 3 year olds, use this approach to design a number-matching activity.
How does a seed become a plant? In this lesson, we’ll examine the stages of seed germination. Parents may like to watch this video and then try planting their own seeds.
The Water Cycle
What are the stages of the water cycle? You can try this experiment at home with shaving foam, water, and food coloring.
Let’s discuss the sizes of different eggs. Which is the biggest? Which is the smallest?
How does a volcano erupt? We’ll try our hand at this classic Science Fair experiment.
Physical and Chemical Changes
Can you differentiate between physical and chemical changes?
Lifecycle of a Frog
Learn how a tadpole transforms in a frog.
Parts of a Frog
Can you name all the parts of our favorite amphibian? Can you find a picture of a real frog and name all of its parts?
What happens when you mix oil and water? What different colors can you see?
Lifecycle of a Butterfly
Learn how a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly. We end the lesson with a fun song to remember each step of the cycle.
Sink and Float
What objects sink? What objects float? Find objects at home and test them in a bowl of water. Write your findings and share them with your family and friends. This activity is a delight for all children.
Parts of an Insect
What are three three body parts of insect? Is an insect different than a spider? Learn a fun song as we identify the parts of different insects.
Make slime using simple homemade ingredients. You’ll need contact solution, one bottle of glue, a teaspoon, a large bowl, baking soda, and food coloring. Follow along to understand the exact steps.