0 Comments   After staying home with my kiddos for 11 years and substitute teaching at their school for the last four, I am finally taking the plunge and getting back into the classroom. This super simple spring activity packs some wonderful skill practice for both hand eye coordination and fine motor skills.
This will be taken into my preschool class to help my 2.5 and 3 year old students develop their hand eye coordination as well as fine motors skills and it will make my classroom so cheery as well!
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Most Montessori classrooms have some sort of line time before, during, or after the work period. This activity is one of the core ways for Montessori students to develop balance and coordination.
I have a vivid memory of a 3-6 directress at a school where I worked, standing near the line with the Geometric Solids in a basket.
If you give the kids their own musical instruments (usually rhythm instruments), try this for a challenge: let each child have a chance to choose their own instrument. In Montessori 3-6, lessons are generally given on an individual basis determined by each child’s readiness.
Maria Montessori felt that this classic Montessori activity was the foundation for every other achievement.
Line time is perfect for any announcements that need to be made about the day (special instructions or activities, for instance). Elementary age classes can sometimes have behavioral issues that affect the whole class (for instance, a group of children that are making fun of another child).
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As children find and fit the flowers into the holes they are using their hand eye coordination skills and as they pinch the stem and press them into the floral foam under the colander they are giving their fine motor skills a workout. Typically, kids walk heel to toe, slowly, concentrating on keeping their feet on the line at all times. As each child walked past her, she handed them one of the solids to carry until they were all used up. However, there are some lessons that actually work very well with the entire class together.
Since math and language presentations are usually divided by grade, it’s the cultural presentations that work well with the entire class. It helps to ask kids to have all their knees touching as they form a circle – that way no one is in anyone else’s line of vision. When a child quiets his or her body, they are preparing themselves for the act of concentration that makes work possible.
Addressing the matter in front of the group (without naming names) can be extremely effective.
My comment isn’t specifically about this particular article but rather a note to say thank you for such an excellent blog overall! I have known from the first time I entered a Montessori classroom that it was where I was meant to be. Line time can be a powerful way for a group of children to build a sense of family – to really bond together. It’s nice to invite people into the classroom (parents, other teachers) to play instruments for the children. As the year progresses, older children can read books to younger ones, and children can recite poems to each other. One directress that I worked with would take the sandpaper letters off the shelf and pass them out around the circle. Any kind of lesson from botany, zoology, geography, or history (or any of their subcategories) can easily be done for a group of multi-age children.

Take a deep breath before starting the lesson and ask everyone to keep their hands on their lap (or on their knees) and to remain quiet. It brings the behavior out into the light, rather than keeping it a secret that some kids are afraid to talk about.
Keep the sides of the ellipse about a foot from the edge of the rug, and then curve it when you get to each corner. As students hear the music, they will begin to put away their materials and rugs and start walking on the line until everyone is there.
Another favorite music activity is having an adult or child tap a rhythm, and then all the other children try and echo it. One fun activity is to ask kids to stand up and tell a story – either a true story (like sharing about a family vacation) or a story that they make up on the spot.
Sometimes you may want to ask the children to share any faint sounds they heard while quietly listening. I thought of the Pachelbel Cannon, maybe some Enya, but after that I’m lost and I have spent SO much time on this one question, I decided it is time to search for some expert help!! There are also specific CDs out there just for walking on the line – you can search for those as well, look at the pieces of music that are on them, and go from there. You can make this more challenging by having the children hold an object in their hands as they walk. This is a chance to them to stretch their creativity as well as develop public speaking skills.

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