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For the past year I have been taking an online Montessori class from KHT Montessori. While it would of course be ideal to take an in-person class, I have still learned a ton about Montessori education from the online class. As we officially start homeschooling for kindergarten in a couple of weeks, I plan to use many of the activities in the Montessori albums from this class, particularly for our science activities.
From what our instructor has said, it is important to do an introduction to living and nonliving before moving on to the other science topics. So we recently did a number of activities on living and nonliving that I will be sharing over the course of several posts. This post focuses on introducing living and nonliving. I have another post in which I share activities to introduce once living as well as books about living and nonliving.
The very first day of this unit, I created a living tray to talk about four characteristics of living things. The tray included the following:
- an apple, to represent the fact that all living things need food
- A container filled with water, to represent the fact that all living things need water
- A container filled with air, to represent the fact that all living things need air
- Figurines of a mother and baby horse, to represent the fact that all living things reproduce
Note that the picture below should include a “Living” label for the tray itself.
After discussing this tray at length, we went outside for a walk in our backyard and around the block to look for living things. Even though I had not yet introduced nonliving things, my kids already made the connection and pointed out both living and nonliving things on our walk.
On another day, I created two bowls with mini figures representing both living and nonliving things.
The living bowl included:
- panda bear
The nonliving bowl included:
- bag of salt
- playing card
- frying pan
After we discussed these objects and why they were living or nonliving, I mixed them all together and had XGirl sort them into living and nonliving piles.
After sorting the miniature objects, I printed out this Living and Nonliving Things Packet from Mrs. Wheat’s Teachers Pay Teachers Store. My kids cut out the pictures and sorted them into the appropriate categories.
More living and nonliving resources
More living and nonliving posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Introduction to once living
- Books about living and nonliving
- Living / nonliving / once living sorting cards
Follow my Living and Nonliving Pinterest board for more great ideas!