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Thank you for visiting 'Inside the child' and hope that your time spend reading my blog is educational. It includes my thoughts and approach to a child, based on the Montessori educational philosophy that emphasize on independence, freedom within limits and learning concepts of working with materials hands-on, rather than by direct instructions.

My favorite quote by Dr. Maria Montessori “There is in every child a painstaking teacher, so skillful that he obtains identical results in all children in all parts of the world. The only language men ever speak perfectly is the one they learn in babyhood, when no one can teach them anything!”
As a Children's House Montessori teacher, it is my pleasure to share my experience with children of ages 2 1/2 - 7 yrs old, and how small little things makes a big difference. Enjoy reading. Thank you.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Paper clips activity

I went to observe Cambridge Montessori School in Cambridge, MA, few years back. The school is beautiful and organized. I was able to observe the classroom of a friend, and couldn't stop raving about the activities and children. Children were so well behaved and such good listeners. I was very thankful to my friend for letting me take pictures of all those activities. The activity I am sharing with you is simple and can be done at home.

Materials - some colorful paper clips and small pieces of art paper or any kind of paper. In the image papers are cut from the edges using the zic-zag scissors.

Age - 2 and above.

Procedure - A child picks one paper and a clip out of the tray. He places the paper in front of him. Using dominant hand pincer grip, he flips 2 metal handles other side, squeeze open and clip the paper in it.

Aim - The child learns to control and balance his hand movements. It encourages concentration, independence, order and co-ordination.


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