Applying What You Have Learned On the following pages are lesson plans that can be used to incorporate Montessori elements into your program planning. The lesson plans are intended to be an optional resource that you may adapt for use in your classroom.
Age: Toddler, Preschool, Special Needs
Assorted sea shells
Small jar with water
Students will apply fine motor skill practice to strengthen skills
Students will explore different textures, and colors
Shell Cleaning Practical Life Skills Practice (Toddler, Preschool, Special Needs)
CDA Competency Standards:
11.4.2aActivities and materials encourage children of varying abilities to develop their small muscles
a)Individual fine motor skills are encouraged through a variety of developmentally appropriate materials and activities
11.4.3a Activities and materials encourage children to develop their senses
a.)Sight, sound, smell, taste and touch experiences are encouraged through a variety of developmentally appropriate materials and activities
Place materials in a shallow tray.
Give children a brief demonstration and explanation of how to use the materials to clean the sea shells. Be sure to explain the purpose of this activity which is to strengthen fine-motor skills, practice their practical life skills, and explore different textures and colors through their sense of touch.
Place the tray with contents on an appropriate shelf in your classroom for students to use independently.
Observe and record any improvement in the child’s fine-motor skills.
Observe and record children’s reactions to different feelings of touch. Did the colors on the shells get brighter when wet? Did the textures on the shells change when they were clean? How did the outside of the shell feel compared to the inside?
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