Teaching toddlers about seasons is tricky in general. If you live in a warm climate, it’s even trickier – especially when you’re teaching toddlers about winter. Still, the Montessori 3-period lesson can give your toddler one of the best introductions to the winter season.
We’ve been introducing my 2-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, to winter concepts for a couple of months. Since we live in San Diego, we have to be creative in finding snow-themed activities. We’ve especially focused on a snowman sensory bin and Instant Snow activities. Some winter themes are introduced or reinforced through books and pictures. Here’s how we used the 3-period lesson to introduce winter pictures to Zoey.
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We started with a DIY winter book using the Montessori Print Shop winter season cards from the Toddler Bundle. Zoey loves DIY books. Even though a book isn’t necessarily part of the Montessori 3-period lesson, we like to use it as an extra way to focus on the 1st period.
Teaching Toddlers about Winter with the Montessori 3-Period Lesson – Video
In the video, my daughter, Christina, is introducing and reinforcing winter concepts with Zoey, Christina’s niece, using the Montessori 3-period lesson.
- Montessori Print Shop Winter Season Cards
- Montessori Print Shop Toddler Bundle
- Binder Rings (one way to attach book pages)
- Montessori Services Basket
- Montessori Services Rug
- Scotch Laminator
- Laminating Pouches
Note: You can print out an extra set of cards to make a winter matching activity as well. Also, the picture of the stocking cap has the label “toque.” We introduced the card by saying, “This word says ‘toque.’ We call it a stocking cap.”
Montessori-Inspired Winter Activities for Toddlers
Montessori-Inspired Toddler Geography Activities with Baby Beluga (A beluga whale tray fits well with an Arctic unit … or any time! This has been one of my granddaughter’s favorite trays for over a year.)
Instant Snow Sensory Bin with Letter Sound /s/ Tray (for toddlers who won’t eat the Instant Snow)
Montessori-Inspired Winter Themes and Activities (You’ll find winter activities for a variety of ages. Just choose or adapt activities to fit your toddler’s interests and abilities.)
3-Period Lesson Resources
How to Teach Concepts and Vocabulary to Your Preschooler Using the 3-Period Lesson
You can also see how we used the 3-period lesson in a similar way to teach about fall.
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