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Currently, in the playgroup, we have an ongoing unit about garden animals, bugs, and all about Spring, and this week, it was all about frogs.
While researching the subject, I checked if it was illegal to collect frogspawn. While you can still take home some tadpoles and observe them in your own pond/bucket/tank, it's much better to encourage your children to observe in situ.
The frog life website is a gold mine of information with learning resources and a shop. It also told me that frogs number have decreased by 68% over the last 30 years!
This website is also full of info and clearly says:
"Whilst it can be great fun to collect frog spawn in the spring, we wouldn't recommend it, as moving them from one place to another can spread diseases such as chytrids. Amphibians will generally find their way over time to suitable ponds, so the most important thing is to create pond habitats that they will be attracted to"
Note that I introduce a unit in the playgroup to bring in some variety and to give new ideas to the parents. The unit is presented along with other Montessori activities that the children can enjoy every week. At home, I used to have a unit if my children were showing an interest in something in particular.
The units in the playgroup follow the seasons + some popular topics such as transports and dinosaurs as for sure, some children will engage totally with those subjects.
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We have a part of the frog jigsaw. This one is from Absorbent minds. I bought a set of 6 with a storage unit.
I added the part of the frogs printable from the Montessori shop. Note that for the toddlers, I only use it as a matching game at first. If I have some older children, they might start to be interested in the words too.
This memo game came from the Montessori print shop too.
I also made paper puppets from here too to sing 5 Little Speckled Frogs.
And we worked with those replicas of frogs’ life stages to explore life cycles.
The worksheet comes from here.
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Carine Robin has a Master’s Degree in Psychology, specialising in child psychology. She worked for various social services in her home country of Belgium, before moving to Ireland in 2006. It was there that she started working in a nursery and discovered Montessori education. After having her first child, her passion for the philosophy grew and she qualified as a Montessori teacher and managed a preschool. Carine has been running a Montessori based parents and toddler group and coaching families for 9 years. She now also runs an online group for over 14000 parents, sharing her knowledge and passion with people from around the world. In 2018, Carine realised families needed more support and launched her popular online parenting courses and monthly subscription boxes, full of personally designed Montessori materials.
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