Our monthly theme in January/February was transportation. I had a lot of fun with this theme, though it was hard to create Montessori style “work” pertaining to planes, trains, and automobiles. What Joey did do was gaining familiarity with the types of transportation, beginning to retrieve objects by name, and discovering how wheels work (no more throwing cars for us!).
Here’s what was on our shelf:
As you can see, not a whole lot of transportation-specific work partly due to Joey’s age. My plan is to do each theme twice a year until Joey’s three. I’m going to to need more ideas and variations, so I’d love to hear any ideas you might have!
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Not sure how old your little one is but, we made a lesson with a small lego set that makes a car. They are only about $5, come with a guide sheet and the exact number of peices needed so there is control of error. My 5 year has loved this lesson and has extended it to creating the car without the instructions and even creating other objects. We made it a rug lesson and it’s prompted discussions on building things (dad is a contractor), blueprints (we’ve looked at a set), website exploration on the lego site (Maria would have used the internet if available 100 years ago) and much excitement.
We haven’t gotten to legos yet, but I’m sure we will soon!
Another transportation lesson that is great for coordination, you could put a set of wooden train tracks out that makes a circle. Also, sink or float objects in the water table, washing shave cream off of a toy car, driving a toy car thru paint on a paper, driving a toy car to follow lines on a large sheet of construction paper, etc. Just thought I’d offer some ideas.
Oh, wow! Lots of great ideas. We have a train track, so we did that, but I love the shaving cream & paint ideas with the cars! Thanks for sharing. 🙂