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Teach Me to Do It Myself: Montessori Activities for You and Your Childby Maja Pitamic
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Based on key Montessori principles of learning through experience, TEACH ME TO DO IT MYSELF features simple activities to explore with your child and develop his or her senses, coordination, language skills, number sense, and science interests.
This fun and practical activity book will guide you as you work and play with your child. Montessori principles focus on teaching children essential life skills and giving them a greater understanding of the world around them.
When quality time is in short supply, you need a practical workbook that helps you give your child the best possible start. TEACH ME TO DO IT MYSELF is exactly that, an essential workbook with step-by-step play routines and work exercises that you and your child can enjoy together, and that enables your child to develop an early set of life skills. A multitude of activities is covered, from learning to button a shirt, to starting to grasp numerals and develop simple sentences. All activities are presented with guidelines and suggestions that progress in terms of difficulty.
The activities are simple and especially framed for parents with no specialized knowledge, guiding them to work and play confidently with their children. Projects are based on the Montessori philosophy, and are focused for children between two and five years old. The activities are not expensive or overly time-consuming.
Divided into five chapters, the book opens with life skills and then introduces language, number sense, and science skills. TEACH ME TO DO IT MYSELF provides a unique opportunity for you to gain that important insight into your child’s needs and involve yourself in the development of your child’s coordination, awareness, and self-esteem.
Maja Pitamic has over 15 years’ experience teaching children of varying ages and backgrounds. She has a degree in Art History and Montessori Teacher Training, and her specialization is in Early Years teaching. She has worked with children who have special educational needs, developing their skills through dance, movement, games, and gymnastics. It is through her association with the parents of her students that Maja has realized the demand for a practical play- and workbook for parents and their children.
Bold and experimental art activities and for children who love to draw outside of the lines
Modern Art Adventures introduces young artists to groundbreaking masterpieces and fresh techniques, then lets them loose to create their own works of art. Authors and educators Maja Pitamic and Jill Laidlaw explore the stories and meanings behind 18 well-known works of modern art—including Frida Kahlos Self-portrait with Small Monkey, Edvard Munchs The Scream, Jackson Pollocks Lavender Mist, and Banksys Flower—giving readers inspiration for these kid-tested, exciting, and creative projects. Children create two artworks based on the techniques and visual effects of the each featured piece of art and the projects cover a wide range of media, from tissue paper mosaics to stencils to comic cut-outs, with a variety of difficulty levels, always encouraging and expanding the childs natural creative abilities. No prior knowledge of modern art is required, just enthusiasm for the subject and a willingness to discover.
Based on the key Montessori principle that children learn best through active experience, Teach Me to Do It Myself presents simple activities through which children explore and develop their skills. These skill areas include sensory perceptions, body coordination, language, understanding of numbers, and movement. This practical, color-illustrated parenting book is filled with activities and instructions for overseeing children as they carry out a variety of learning activities. Most activities will seem simple to parents, because once mastered, adults perform them automatically. However, toddlers experience a sense of accomplishment and self-worth when they learn to perform them independently. The many activities start with dressing and personal hygiene, then go on to include . . .
About the Author
Maja Pitamic has taught art to young children for nearly 20 years. She is the author of the popular Art Adventure books, Child’s Play, and I Can Do It. Jill Laidlaw is the author of several books, including Frida Kahlo, Paul Klee, and other works on the history of Western painting and sculpture. Rachel Ropeik is a family programs educator at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and senior museum educator at the Brooklyn Museum. They all live in New York City.
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