Today was a busy day for Monkey. I put out a whole line of work for her, plus we took a field trip with a local homeschooling group to the arboretum to watch maple syrup being made. Bitty Bug came with us, and I think that probably made the experience not as good as it could have been for Monkey. First, Monkey and Bitty Bug were the youngest two kids and second, it was freezing cold! Monkey was fine with the cold and in fact, she just really wanted to play in the snow, but it was hard for her to concentrate on what the tour leader was saying since the tour leader was teaching at a 2-3rd grade level and not a preschool one. I went through the stations with Monkey and repeated what the leader had said, but only in words a preschooler would know. She seemed to understand that a lot better. However, Bitty Bug was throwing a huge fit the entire time. She wanted to get down and play and run the opposite way of the group–ever since she’s learned to run, she’s wanted to do it everywhere. When I didn’t let her continue to run away (we’re in the middle of the woods at this point), she started throwing a tantrum. It was well after nap time, so we had to leave before the end of the tour. Monkey was a bit disappointed that she wouldn’t get to taste the fresh made syrup because we left early, but Bitty Bug’s tantrums were kind of disruptive to the other kids. For what we were able to see, it was interesting though. I think we want to try more field trips in contained areas though, like museums, where Bitty Bug can have fun too. 🙂
As for work in the Montessori area, I kept out the cotton ball transfer work, the pumpkin seed pouring work, the Pink Tower, the Brown Stairs, and the reading basket with maple syrup books in it. I also added a work where Monkey could sort foam pieces by shape (I used winter-themed shapes), a letter A made out of construction paper with some pictures of things that start with A so she can make an A collage, and a setup with a small loaf of bread, a knife, cutting board, plate, dairy free butter, strawberry preserves, and two spreaders so she could prepare her breakfast.
Monkey *loved* the idea of preparing her own breakfast. She ran to the table and started doing this right away. She had a little difficulty cutting the bread, but for the most part, she did fairly well. By the end, she had just cut most of the way through and then ripped the last little bit off. She did well spreading the toppings on the bread, but had trouble with the fact that you have to split the toppings–if you used all the butter for one piece of bread, there wasn’t any left for the other slices. She ended up having one slice with butter, one with jelly, and one plain. LOL!
The “A” collage was an ok experience for her. I want her to have a letter collage for each letter of the alphabet by the end, but she’s really having a hard time with letter recognition and sounds, so I’m not sure how much she got out of it. She enjoyed taping the pictures to the letter A though. We just have to keep going over what all the pictures are so that she figures out that Asparagus, Alphabet, Apple, Art, and Arm start with the “a” or “ah” sounds.
She was excited to see the pouring and transferring wor still there and worked with both of them for a little while. She also attempted the pink tower today too. She was able to get the first four blocks in the correct order, but then mixed up the smaller ones. After the tower fell over because it wasn’t balanced, she started to put the blocks in the right order. That self-correcting aspect of the work was really useful today!
She did not choose the brown stairs or reading basket today.