Barefoot in Suburbia

Homeschooling & Special Needs, Inspired by the Montessori Way

Montessori Monday February 28, 2011



Monkey is 4 years 0 months old

Last week was another busy week for Monkey.  Homeschool co-op classes started back up this week, and she was really looking forward to them.  (And I am teaching a class there this session on preschool nature studies!)  It was also a good week for a lot of indoors work, as the weather turned cold and icy again.

In order to “celebrate” President’s Day, we brought out a lot of coin work.  Monkey didn’t really understand the fact that the presidents were on the coins, but she did love all of the coin work!

Polishing pennies using vinegar & salt. Both Bug and Monkey really enjoyed this work...I'm pretty sure Monkey spent a good hour polishing pennies in one sitting!

Monkey polishing the pennies

Sorting the coins into different denominations (penny, nickel, dime, quarter)

Book on the presidents

Monkey working with the spindle boxes

Using the small peg board

Animal tracks card for Animal Tracks Bingo

One of (?) of homeschooling--getting to have cool display cases full of stuff hanging in your house that most people would find fairly objectionable as decoration... LOL! Yes, we were learning about scat and tracks this week. And yes, that is *exactly* what it looks like. But no, I did not go out and find those myself...I actually bought it from a science store. LOL!

Animal tracks rubbing plates

Rubber track replicas. We used a small sand bin to make animal tracks in

Animal tracks book

Scat & Tracks field guide


5 Responses to “Montessori Monday”

  1. Julie Says:

    Thanks for the link:)

  2. Nicole Says:

    Oh how fun! My boys would LOVE the display of scat – we’ve been finding deer scat on our trail through the woods. Thanks for linking to Montessori Monday!

  3. allyrae Says:

    Julie…I found them at:

    Actually, I found a *ton* of stuff there to use for the co-op class. You’ll be seeing a lot of that on the blog in the coming weeks.

  4. Julie Says:

    Cool. Which Science store did you find the animal tracks and scats at?

  5. Nice activities! Thank you for sharing.

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