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Friday, July 30, 2010

Following the Child

After our traditional book reading last night, Little Angel was walking up the staircase singing and humming. All of a sudden, she stops, holds up her index finger, and said "What is this finger called?" I told her and she sprinted happily up the stairs to brush her teeth for bed.

All of a sudden, I realized this is an opportunity to "follow the child." She posed interest in the different names of the fingers and I could offer a learning experience for her. I ran upstairs and created a "finger labeling activity." Of course, before I completed the activity, she was asleep. However, I had it on the table for her to "discover" the next morning.

I traced my hand and created labels for the thumb, index, middle, ring, and pinky finger. I also created a control card. We placed the blank hand in the workspace and the labels for the fingers on her dominant side. The control card is to the right of the workspace (we flipped it over so the answers did not show). 

She loved it. It was also amazing, that even though she is still in the early reading stages, she was able to use critical thinking and logic skills to decode which label referred to each word.

Little Angel busy at work doing the
"Finger Labeling Activity"
The control card is located to the right
 (upside down).
Little Angel checking her work
with the control card

Close-up of control card


  1. Super idea once again! You are right about taking the opportunities when they show interest in learning something! I love all of the ideas you share! Have a great day! :)

    Mama Hen

  2. I can relate with everything you say here except with the labels. My son is 3.5 but really dislikes cards and labels. He loves Science and Nature and real-life learning. Any advise?
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. I really like this activity. You were right on!! I bet your best material making always comes from following your children. Thank you for sharing. I am really loving your blog!!

  4. Oh, I am sooo happy to find your blog. My son is two, and I've been considering either home schooling him or enrolling him in a Montessori school. I'm so glad you are posting all these great activities that I will be able to use with him when he's a tad bit older... I'm happily following. Have a great weekend!

  5. Thank you for your comment! It really is so important to see each child as an individual, especially in a school setting. I hope you have a really nice weekend!

    Mama Hen

  6. You have so much to offer...thanks for sharing your talents! It is such a blessing!=)

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  8. I LOVE the way you followed your daughter’s interest! Great example of Montessori in action!

  9. Thanks for sharing the activity but most importantly thanks for reminding me to slow down and be in tune to what my little one wants to learn! Kerri