This is Exercise with Your Child Week! Of course, movement activities should be included in a Montessori program every week. Movement activities, both large- and fine motor, are naturally part of Montessori education.
I found an interesting post on physical development from Montessori Education (UK) Ltd. It compares the English Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) guidelines with Montessori education: Physical Development. (EYFS is a statutory framework that sets requirements for early years providers for the education and care of children from birth to five.)
Here are some Montessori-inspired movement activities and printables. They aren’t all part of the traditional Montessori curriculum, but these are movement activities that are popular in many Montessori schools. They would generally work well for homeschools, and you can even do some of them along with your child!
Montessori-Inspired Movement Printables
Movement Cards (3 different sets) from The Home Teacher
Alphabet Movement Cards (as used by Chasing Cheerios) with cards from The Home Teacher (see link above the photo)
Making Body Shapes (with Printable Body Shape Cards) from Childhood 101
Paper Plate Pushing (Sample lesson) from Montessori Movement Matters
Montessori-Inspired Movement Activities
Movement in the Montessori Infant/Toddler Environment, Montessori Musings: Development of Movement in Children, Independence and Movement: Montessori Preschool, and Independence and Movement: Montessori Elementary from North American Montessori Center
Outdoor Line Hunt and Walking on the Line (my post with links to other walking-on-the-line activities)
Can Montessori Principles Be Used to Teach P.E.? (my post about child-led P.E. in our homeschool)
Montessori Movement from Confessions of a Montessori Mom Blog
Calming Movement Activities for Children by Andrea Coventry at Curricula/Lesson Plans @ Suite 101.
Olympic Unit Study Pinterest Board
You’ll also find lots of movement activities for kids as well as for families on my Olympic Unit Study Pinterest Board.
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