It’s Friday! The weekend has started (it’s already 9:30 pm here in France!) and it is a 3 day week end as Monday is a bank holiday in France. (Yay!)
I will be spending this weekend with my love, cooking, writing and taking photos of our food creations. I am also setting up activities for the kids for next week.
I am really loving Montessori learning trays at the moment. Each tray features an activity to work on particular skills. The child goes to the shelf, takes down a tray, completes the activity, cleans up and puts the tray away. At Le Chemin ABA, we use similar trays to work on a variety of skills (fine motor skills, requesting, labeling, sorting by color, matching, cutting and drawing, to name a few).
I am always looking for fun ways to help the autistic children at my center build their fine motor skills. These 3 Montessori learning tray ideas help to build fine motor skills and involve interesting textures. They will definitely provide a lot of learning fun!
1. Pinning clothes with mini clothespins from Dana’s Pink Ribbon.
2. A colored salt tray from The Imagination Tree.
3. Grating soap tray from Sugar, Spice & Glitter.
The Montessori approach is a wonderful tool for helping autistic children learn. In my learning house, I use a combination of the Montessori approach for wonderful learning ideas, ABA principles for increasing motivation, communication and progress across skill domains (while decreasing difficult behaviors that reduce learning opportunities) and Waldorf-based traditions and projects.
The Montessori approach respects the child and teaches a love of learning through fun and educational activities.
These Montessori learning tray ideas are awesome and I can’t wait to try them out with my little ones next week. (I’ll let you know how it goes!) ♥
I also recommend a book from my bookshelf : Teaching Montessori in the Home : The Preschool Years by Elizabeth G. Hainstock for all kids (and especially our special needs kiddos) to learn how to incorporate the Montessori approach into learning at home. It is a wonderful resource for moms and dads that are homeschooling or have full or part-time home programs in place for their kids.
Let me know if you’ve tried Montessori Learning trays in your home or classroom. I would love to hear all about it! ♥
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