## Monday, April 23, 2012

### Money Exchange Game

We have been playing the Money Exchange Game at home lately.  Bean is extremely interested in money lately, so I made this little activity.  We play this at school, and she has a computer game by Everyday Math just like this.  If you have used the Golden Bead Exchange Game before, it's very similar.  The object of the game is to get to \$1.  Each player rolls the dice and gets that amount in cents.  The exchange comes into play when there is more than 5 pennies, it gets exchanged for a nickle.  2 nickels, 1 dime.  2 dimes and a nickle, 1 quarter.  4 quarters = \$1.  We play until all players have gotten to \$1 to tone down any competitiveness.  We also talk about how this is a game of chance, not skill.  Getting to the dollar first is just that, not winning.  If you can carry a pair of dice in your bag, you can play this game anywhere.  Imagine that!

 She rolls a 7, takes a nickle and two pennies.

 She rolls a 10, gets a dime.
 She rolls a 5, and needs to exchange her pennies for a nickle.
 Two nickles, will become a dime.

 Fast forward a bit.....she exchanges all the way up to 4 quarters.  To one dollar.  FUN!

### We Mixed....Montessori with Imagination

 And it is so sweet.  Recently, I added some imagination/pretend play items to our playroom.  I have to say, what a brilliant mixture it has created.  In a home, it works so wonderfully. They played trains while another practiced writing, while another built the pink tower, matched with the brown stair.  The two can coexist, with care.  It's true :) I mixed the Pink Tower and The Brown Stair together in a pretty basket from Africa.  I found that my girls didn't use them as much out on the shelves, as the mystery of the differing sizes were already displayed.  So, I put them together in this basket (that little box holds the tiny Pink Tower Cube) and let them re-discover the grading on their own.

 Pumpkin is playing with her trains in a tree.  Why?  It flies, and that's okay.  Pretending is creativity, and that's valid in any environment.
 Here we mix a Waldorf toy with the trains while tracing cursive letters.

## Monday, April 9, 2012

### Montessori Education for the Early Childhood Years, A Video

I'm sharing this video here because it is such a concise description of what Montessori Schools do.  It is a little old, but a classic run down of the philosophy made by the American Montessori Society.

Grab a cup of tea and enjoy!