Barefoot in Suburbia

Homeschooling & Special Needs, Inspired by the Montessori Way

Seeds, rocks, and birds! May 7, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Barefoot in Suburbia @ 9:04 am

Monkey’s decided that this week, she wanted to spend a lot of time outdoors exploring the world. Hey, fair enough! I won’t ever argue that one. She started the week observing the seeds she planted in the pot during Earth Week. They are about 2″ tall now, and so she was very excited about that. She can’t wait to plant them in her garden plot next week.

She also went on a rock hunt, which wasn’t a very hard prospect considering we just built our house and there are still a ton of construction rocks here. 🙂 She found several big ones that she wants to paint for her garden, so we’ll probably do that next week. She also found a ton of smaller ones. We talked about sizes, colors, texture, and the different shapes. She also noticed that some of the rocks had little sparkles in it. Next week we’ll use the rocks for transferring exercises, weighing them on the scale to find which ones are heavy and which are light, counting, and using the magnifying glass.

And the last of her nature projects for the week was to color a bird feeder to hang up over her garden plot. She loved doing it, and she loved even more when the birds actually started coming to eat! Her favorite was a bright yellow finch. We’re going to have to start some bird observation journals to help with counting and colors. She loves to watch the birds!


Lesson Plans for week of 5/2/10 May 2, 2010

Filed under: Preschool — Barefoot in Suburbia @ 4:39 pm

Hey everyone!  We had such lovely weather last week that we took the last week off official school stuff and did a lot of outdoor work in the garden.  Monkey, Jedi, & Bug did a lot of planting seeds and exploring the outdoors…including a close encounter with a coyote!  Yikes!  That was probably not the highlight of our day…seeing a coyote near your three young children is enough to knock a few years off your life, I think.  We also did a lot of unpacking…we probably have just another 2 or so weeks of unpacking ahead of us before we’re finally all settled in from our move.

This week’s Montessori room plan for Monkey for the week is: (And as always, these are the days I plan to introduce the work…she can have it out as long as she wants)

Sensorial:  Pink tower, yellow & green knobless cylinders, knobbed cylinders 1-3, Color box 1 w/ objects to match

Practical Life:  Silence game presentation 1 (story w/ focus on breathing), bead stringing, transferring objects w/ whole hand

Geology: Rock hunting, looking at rocks w/ magnifying glass, tonging rocks

Language:  Sandpaper letters A/B/C, Matching cards for a/b/c, Metal Insets

Art: Playdough, Painting rocks

Botany: Puzzles, Planting seeds

Zoology: Puzzles, Naming animals, Matching animals w/ cards, Painting birdfeeder

Physical Science:  Taking apart flashlight (concrete presentation)