June 12, 2012

Montessori Timeline

Since I was recently lamenting about how quickly time FLIES, it seems only appropriate that today I write about timeLINES.  Montessori timeline activities help pin down our days and linger on memories- a very welcome habit if you ask me and a bit magical too since it seems to slow down passage of time, if only for a second.

This timeline activity is a bit like scrapbooking in that you collect up a bunch of photos and then arrange them together.  I gathered up a cross section of pictures from Bear's first 3 years: there were about 4 pictures in each year range.  Each one had significant meaning for Bear and each were numbered on the back from 0-3 to correspond with the age he was in the picture.

I then took a LOOOOONG strip of material and labeled it from 0-3.  Throughout our days I would unroll the material strip and tell Bear his life story as I laid down the pictures.  Eventually he began to lay down the pictures while I told him of events and finally he could do the whole process himself.  If  he got stuck on a photo he could use the numbers on the back to self correct where they belonged.

Once he had mastery, we were ready to practice public speaking (ie. telling his story to anyone who would listen!) by creating his permanent life story poster.

A bit of glue, some taping of paper and now his timeline is hung on the fridge and cherished as a conversation starter.  But there's one problem, lingering on memories can be bittersweet, especially when pictures like this

blink back at me.  Time sure flies, and babies growing up can be a bit hard on their Mamas...


Leslie said...

what a brilliant activity. you are so great at this stuff.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

That is a cool activity, and I can absolutely see how it would really be a valuable learning tool.

Katelyn said...

Very cool!

Jenilee said...

what a great idea!!

Colleen said...

You're such a good momma! Love the timeline. :)

Pam said...

ever the kindergarten teacher!
Enjoy the summer!

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