Barefoot in Suburbia

Homeschooling & Special Needs, Inspired by the Montessori Way

Montessori Monday & Tot School Tuesday January 19, 2011

 Tot School

Bitty Bug is 2 years old, Monkey is 3 years 11 months old

This week was a little light on the school work, for 2 reasons.  The first reason is that Bitty Bug turned 2 years old this week!  She was very proud of it being her birthday and talked about it for weeks leading up to the big day.  And then, when her birthday arrived, she decided to wear a princess crown all day and tell everyone that it was her “happy birday” all day long!  What a sweet pea!  She also made it very clear to everyone that she is not a baby now…she’s a big girl.  And she doesn’t let you forget that! 😉

There’s also another reason this week has been pretty light on the school work.  I was actually knee deep in paperwork, phone calls, and medical appointments all week because……

We’re expecting another little one! 

Kind of. LOL!  I’m not pregnant…but we are expecting a little one.  We’ve been accepted into the China Special Needs program to adopt a toddler girl with special medical needs from China!  We should be able to finalize the adoption and go to China to bring her home around the end of this year or the beginning of next year.  So, needless to say, the first stages of the adoption process involves a lot of time consuming paperwork.  But, I managed to finish most of it last week, so schoolwork is getting back to normal now.

Even though it was a light week, we still did do a lot of learning.  Here are some pictures from this week…

Monkey added a couple planets to her solar system lessons this week. In addition to the Sun, we also have Mercury and Venus out. I have the 3 part cards, a model of each planet, and a few easy reader science books on space in the astronomy basket.

Bug hammering golf tees into clay

Bug really enjoyed exploring the musical instrument cabinet this week as well!

Two weeks ago, we started exploring minerals with monkey. This week, we continued the minerals exploration by grinding salt with a mortar & pestle in order to show that some minerals are not as hard as they look! In the process, she also learned that some minerals are edible. 😉

Bug using small tongs to move foam snowflakes from one dish to the other

Practice with cutting jagged lines

Bug trying to match the place setting pictures with the real objects.

Bug and Monkey working with the island, lake, and isthmus landform trays

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4 Responses to “Montessori Monday & Tot School Tuesday”

  1. Sarah Says:

    Your solar system 3-part cards look wonderful – where did you get them? We’re starting our solar system unit in a couple of weeks!

  2. Julie Says:

    I see you are starting geology. If you are interested, I posted a fun way to show igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks http://theadventuresofbear.blogspot.com/2011/01/igneous-sedimentary-and-metamorphic.html
    I also posted some other works I have out to complement Karen’s sequence. http://theadventuresofbear.blogspot.com/2011/01/rocks-rocks-rocks.html

    I will be adding your blog to my blog roll. I’d love if you could add me to yours. I love seeing how you present the lessons from Karen’s albums.

  3. Alison Says:

    I was lokking for an email to contact you, so please excuse the comment 😛

    I am hosting a wonderful giveaway that you and your readers may be interested in:

    http://itsybitsylearners.blogspot.com/2011/01/win-worldwide-montessori-online-course.html

    I hope you’ll stop by and take a look!

    Alison
    Itsy Bitsy Learners


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