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Jen in AL
08-16-2011, 02:33 PM
Any of you do BFIAR or FIAR in a Montessori style with your special needs children? What does it look like in your home? Would you mind sharing your thoughts, activities, and ideas? Thanks.

Marna IN
08-26-2011, 12:10 AM
me too, i would love to "see" and get these kind of ideas.

any sites/books out there that give step by step instructions....for my brain needs easy! :eek:


Jen in AL
08-26-2011, 08:41 PM
I follow lots of Montessori blogs, but I'd really love to see one especially dedicated to FIAR. Meanwhile, though, here are some of my favorite Montessori blogs:


Marna IN
08-28-2011, 05:57 PM
oh thanks, i'll be checking these out this week! :-)


Marie IN
08-29-2011, 07:17 PM
I am just starting to homeschool my youngest son this year and am using Montessori activities. Both of my boys are multiply disabled due to a rare genetic condition and I really need to simplify and adapt things for them, so my ideas might not work for you.

I follow the Counting Coconuts blog, but haven't heard of the other ones. I'll check them out thanks!

I found some ideas from Carisa's blog. She has a regular feature called Montessori Minute (http://1plus1plus1equals1.blogspot.com/search/label/Montessori%20Minute)written by John Bowman.

Also, he offered a discount price on his Montessori ebook, Montessori at Home. (http://www.montessoriathomebook.com/CD_%26_Download.html) I downloaded it and have put together some of those ideas.

I went to the dollar store and hardware store and was able to find lots of inexpensive things for sensory bins, pouring, sorting, texture, putting together/pulling apart ie pvc pipe.

Most of what I am doing involve sensory ( ie the sensory bins, homemade scented play doh, texture art, water bin), fine motor/practical life ( sorting, transferring objects using a variety of methods, pouring, stacking, puzzles) and printables.

For BFIAR, I am using the printables from Homeschool Creations (http://homeschoolcreations.com/BeforeFiveinaRow.html). She also has a set of animal classification cards that go along with the BFIAR titles. I think they are very Montessori--ish. Carissa's blog has animal nomemclature cards as well.

I don't know if this is what you had in mind, but for example in Blueberries for Sal, the manual has a math idea of counting blueberries in a pail. We needed to use larger objects for my son. Then I extended the idea by having him transfer the objects to another container, pour them, etc. Then for science, I have 2 sets of animal cards and we match them and group them. For art we fingerpainted in blue ( he didn't like this! ) and for music we made our own by using different things to bang on the pail. Again, this might be too simple for your child, but it worked ( well except for art! LOL).

My older son has done some FIAR titles, but I don't know if what we did/adapted would be considered Montessori?

I would love to hear any ideas you have!

Jen in AL
09-05-2011, 12:45 PM
Just thought I'd share this. I'm going to make something similar for my little one this week: http://countingcoconuts.blogspot.com/2010/10/halloween-sensory-tub-playdough.html

Jen in AL
09-06-2011, 08:34 PM
Here's the link to my little one's Halloween sensory tub I made today: