No doubt you will all remember me talking about the great changes we were able to make around our place by doing the My Organised Chaos course with Jo Ebisujima a little over a year ago.
Well I’m here to tell you about her new book. It’s a great collection of her, and her darling son’s, Montessori inspired activities.
Jo began blogging about doing Montessori activities with her son over six years ago, and I have been enjoying reading about them for most of that time. She was always one of my inspirations whenever I ran out of ideas to do with the little Oh Wailys. And now she has a book full of them. 126 pages of them, to be precise.
We’ve done many of the activities in the past, and reading the book as a whole, I am now inspired to revisit some and try others with both of my little people.
There’s a Practical Life section that will have your pre-schoolers (or even some older kids) gaining skills that encourage independence and a Science section that will enthrall and challenge. If you want to strengthen your child’s sensory perception, there’s a section of ideas for you to try out too. Then there’s literacy and numeracy ideas, and finally Jo gives art and craft suggestions as well.
We’ve done a number of similar activities here and they are a hit with the kids. Spooning and pincer activities were regulars, and the kids loved the kitchen science of home-made volcanoes. We have done a version of Jo’s Fallen Leaves activity, which you can see here.
And since it is currently summer in our part of the world I am planning to do the ice based suggestions to get the Oh Waily’s outdoors enjoying the good weather, and learning into the bargain.
If you are looking for straightforward, simple to organise activities for your toddler and pre-schooler then you will be well served by this book. And I should know as I have several Montessori activity books and this one stacks up well against them.
If you want to see some of the types of activities in action you can always look back through our Earlier Posts to get an idea of the sorts of things that are Montessori Inspired.