Preparing the learning environment
Updated: Oct 28, 2021
So how do Aurogames integrate into the learning environment? As a complement to both the sensorial development (faculty of sight) and the geometry curriculum (patterns, mirror images, orientation) these games and activities fill an important gap in the Montessori environment. Here is some guidance when preparing the materials for your learning environment.
All games and activities come with detailed teacher's instructions, learning objectives, and guidance in how to observe and support the children.
Prepare materials for a learning environment for children ages 3-6 years old
Games level 1&2 and 3 - Prepare Aurogames levels 1-3. Print and laminate the Pattern Cards, and number them. Print several sets of Base Cards, and glue on cardstock. This will make them easier to manipulate. Label the sets, to make them easy to sort and keep apart. Keep each set of Base Cards in a separate bag or box. Print two sets of Elements, paste on cardstock (on two sides) and cut out the pieces. Keep the mixed Elements in a box. Cut out and laminate all Pattern Cards, numbering the cards and keeping them as separate sets.
Activities level 1, 2 and 3 – print the patterns (on slightly thicker paper if possible) and have them ready for the children to use when making their own games. Keep each level in a separate stand or envelope. Have smaller envelopes available for the children to store their Base Cards in. The children will also need crayons or colour pencils, and scissors. Gluing the Patterns and Base Cards will make the games more sturdy, so having cardstock available can be good.
Children ages 6-9 and 9-12 years old
Games level 1- 4 can be suitable for 6-9 year old children, while a 9-12 environment will work with levels 3-6. You will want to have at least 5-6 sets of Base Cards, and a box of four sets of Elements. This way different children will be able to work with the materials at the same time. Cut out and laminate all Pattern card, number them ands keep them, in separate sets. Pattern cards can be shared, as long as each child has a set of Base Cards. Level 6 is best played collaboratively and requires five sets of Base Cards.
Activities level 3-5 - print the patterns for colouring. For level 3 and 4 it is good if the Base Cards are pasted on sturdier paper, but it is not necessary. Level 5 is a mandala colouring activity, best done listening to concentration music or in silence.
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