We give living and non living lessons for our Montessori children in the following way…..
We choose a non living object ( ex. Chair) and ask the children weather it eats food, grow like you, move or reproduce ( give birth to young ones). The children say no to each questions. Then we tell them that this object is a non living thing. Then we sing the following song and give non living tag to the object.
Are you living , Are you living
No you are not, No you are not
You don’t need food, air and water (2)
You don’t reproduce (2)
You don’t grow (2)
( Tune: Are you sleeping, brother john)
Then we bring our fish tank and ask all the same questions and tell them that this fish eats food, grows, moves and reproduces. So we call them living thing. Then we sing the song and give living tag to the fish
Are you living (2)
Yes, you are (2)
You need food, air and water (2)
You reproduce (2)
You can grow (2)
Then we move around the environment and sing the song for each living and non living things found in the environment and give them the prepared tags of living and non living.
And we finally conclude that all things in the world are either living or non living. For the kids to further work with we have living and non living pictures sorting, also living and non living objects sorting.