Barefoot in Suburbia

Homeschooling & Special Needs, Inspired by the Montessori Way

Montessori Monday December 5, 2010

Monkey is 3 years 10 months old

This week, Monkey jumped right back into things after a couple light weeks due to the holidays and illness.  She was really happy to get back into things as well!  I had quite a few new holiday-themed work out this week too.

Monkey and Jedi opening the day's door on the Lego advent calender. We don't usually do the themed ones, but Jedi is really into legos, and we couldn't resist having a new lego creation to build every day in December!

Using a spoon to transfer red, green, clear, and blue glass beads

Trying to feel which baric tablet is heavier and which one is lighter

Exploring the thermic tablets and sorting them by material

I put out three different types of boards that use screwdrivers. Monkey really loved working with these!

Another of the boards

Sorting Christmas buttons by color

Using the fraction skittles. She had actually used these in her homeschool co-op class, so she went straight to it.

This was a new work that I just purchased. Every numeral tablet is broken into a puzzle where the number of pieces equals the numeral in the tablet. This work is really interesting, but the first thing monkey did was tip the entire thing over without knowing what was inside. So, we spent a good hour putting all the pieces back together! Jedi tipped it over too on another day (nope, my kids don't wait for help with anything! LOL!) and even he found it really challenging, and he's 7. This might be something that goes back in storage for another year or two...we'll see if monkey wants to work with it this week, and if not, I'll put it up until she's a bit older.

Working with the spindle rods. Monkey really really was interested in these this week, so we worked on them a lot!

Working with the peg board

Monkey loves mixing colored water into new colors! She did this one a lot.

I also introduced the landform trays this week. Or rather, one landform tray. We worked on "island" this week. She loved making the fish go in the water and the animals on the land!

Decorating the mini Christmas tree. She loved this one too! She actually didn't want to take it apart again, but Bug wanted to work with it too, so we couldn't keep the mini tree decorated. It was a very popular work with the girls.

A clothes pin work. I glued shimmery foam balls to the end of clothes pins, and then cut a Christmas tree shape out of green felt. In order to decorate the tree, Monkey had to practice opening and closing the clothespins.

The December sensory bin...white felt strips, red/green/white pom poms, foam snowflakes, little penguin and snowman figurines, some clear red/green/clear "gems", red/green/gold pipe cleaners, and some more of the shimmery foam balls.


13 Responses to “Montessori Monday”

  1. pia Says:

    Hi I just found your blog and love your PL jobs. I’m going to explore some more. More power!

  2. CJ Says:

    Love the activities that you share. Where do you buy their toys/puzzles from (peg board, screw driver, numeral tablets puzzle)? They all look so interesting.

    • allyrae Says:

      A lot of our toys are from haba or melissa & doug. The montessori works I either get from For Small Hands, Alison’s Montessori, or Kid Advance. 🙂

  3. Decorating a miniature Christmas tree is always a great activity for preschoolers! And I enjoyed your other seasonal activities as well. I featured your post in my activity of the week at Please feel free to pick up a “featured on” button by clicking on the tab at the top of my blog.

  4. Nicole Says:

    Ahhh those thermic and baric tablets have been on my list for awhile – now I might have to break down and buy them. Nice variety of works! Thanks for linking to Montessori Monday. 🙂

  5. Love the Thermic tablets work!! Thank you for sharing.

  6. Lots of fun stuff! I love the mini tree – and I wish I could find the screwdriver type stuff…

  7. Colleen Says:

    Love all of the works that she is doing this week. Decorating the little Christmas tree is a great idea. We will have to add that to our works this week, as Little Bro would love this. He would also enjoy the clothes pin clipping work. Thanks for sharing your cool ideas. Hope you will pop by to see what we are doing here in the sunshine state for our December activities, too. So glad that you are linked up to Montessori Monday, as am sure that many people will love to see the lovely works you have put our for your daughter.
    Happy holidays! Colleen:)

  8. Alissa Says:

    So many fun looking activities! I’m thinking I should make our own version of the color mixing. I bet my kids would really like that.

  9. WOW – I am so impressed! Look at her go!! Thanks for linking up – these are great pictures and encouragement to get our preschoolers active on projects!!
    thank you!


  10. Maria Says:

    I love ALL your activities!!! Will try some with my toddler!

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