Barefoot in Suburbia

Homeschooling & Special Needs, Inspired by the Montessori Way

Montessori Monday October 24, 2010

Monkey is 3 years 8 months old

This week, we had another batch of new work out.  Monkey is really getting into the geography work now that the sandpaper globe and landform cards are out.  She is also really loving the pre-writing work.  She likes the pin punch work a lot!  She has really good control with the stylus and is so careful making the dots!

Another fun thing we got to do this week is make vanilla extract using fresh vanilla beans!  I poured the liquor into the jars, but both girls had fun putting the beans in the jars, and then shaking the mixture!

A new thing we put out this week is the yoga basket. It has a couple yoga mats in it, as well as some laminated pictures of children doing yoga poses. Monkey will get out 4-6 cards, lay them in a row, and then do the sequence, with a couple deep breaths during each pose.

Using the land form cards and the sandpaper globe

Coloring the world map (the water is colored blue and the land is colored brown). I colored a control card and laminated it so that she had something to make the world self-correcting.

Starting to use the metal insets. She didn't want to sit up at the table to do it though, which is something she should probably work towards doing soon. But for now this was her writing pose of choice.

Monkey really liked working with the spelling toy I put down on the shelves. We've had this one for quite awhile, but it was packed up when we moved, and it took a long time for me to unpack it again! She really enjoyed working with it though, so it will stay out on the shelves for now.

The ingredients for vanilla sugar and vanilla extract (yeah, not sure there are too many homeschoolers that get to work with vodka and rum during lessons. 😉 But, the end product will be really good, I'm sure!

Bug putting the vanilla bean into the jar of sugar.

Shaking the jar.

Putting the beans into the liquor for extract.

More beans going into the jars of liquor.


4 Responses to “Montessori Monday”

  1. bettyann Says:

    loved that you posted about the vanilla extract! 🙂 my bethany also had great fun putting each bean into the vodka and rum bottles, respectively. LOL hadn’t realized that activity was also a montessori acceptable activity. .. . all three kids have adopted ‘their’ bottle of liquor (we have 2 vodka, one rum) to shake up daily. they are noticing daily changes in the bottles. . .. can’t wait to use the finished product and stop paying $1-3/ounce for vanilla extract! 🙂

    thanks for sharing your activities. makes me think about what we’re doing here in daily life and how i can tell folks that i’m apparently teaching montessori style teaching and never realized it before. *grin*

  2. JDaniel4's Mom Says:

    I love the spelling game. Cooking looks like it was a lot of fun.

  3. Vodka and rum, huh?! 🙂 I love the sandpaper globe – we’re working our way through the globe, but I don’t have anything like that…

  4. Mary Says:

    I found you from the Homeschool Village link up today – I am finding out more things about the Montessori method each day and it really interests me! I enjoyed your post.

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