Monkey is 3 years 7 months old
Monkey had a fantastic time in her Montessori room this week. I’m thinking it had a lot to do with the heavy focus on Vietnamese culture, and specifically Tet Trung Thu, that captured her interest. She loves learning about her birth culture, and to have it highlighted in her homeschooling just drew her in. We also added a new computer program we just bought called Let’s Learn Vietnamese by VNI, and now she is really interested in learning the Vietnamese language as well. It’s a really difficult language to learn, but she’s always been fascinated with her Xuan Mai videos and her Vietnamese music CDs, so I think she’ll pick up on at least some of it rather easily.
And there are a ton of pictures for this week….
Looking at the inspiration book for the basket mask craft
This was the selection of books we used to learn about the Harvest festival traditions
Monkey painting her mask
Cutting on the lines to make paper lanterns
Pouring water using a teapot
Using chopsticks to transfer wooden harvest veggies from one basket to the other
Working with a compass to determine which direction is north.
Looking through the Asian continent box
Still looking at the continent box
Working with the geometric solids. This was her first introduction to them, so she was feeling the surface and shape of each solid and then figuring out which ones roll
Using a sake set to pour sand
"Numerals and Fish". Monkey took a basket of cards and separated numerals from fish. This is to help her learn to recognize what a numeral is by using something really obvious (she knows what a fish is and knows when something is not a fish)
Scrubbing a rock
Making a dragon dance puppet
Monkey's so pleased with her puppet!
The second type of lantern. This one actually held a mini flashlight. Tissue paper is glued over the shaped holes, and monkey poked more holes using a paper punch
Monkey gluing her tissue paper
Jedi was home sick this week, and he decided to join us one day. Here, he's making a noisemaker out of beads.
Putting together her alphabet dragon