Monkey is 4 years 2 months old
This week, we decided to try something new. For the past year, we’ve been using Karen Tyler’s Montessori albums. However, with the addition of having to homeschool for 2nd grade too starting in the summer, I wanted to try something with a little more structure to it, so that I had things laid out for me daily. I started using New Child Montessori, or rather, using it as a basis, but continuing with the Karen Tyler stuff (and just adding in my own personal touch as well). I do love the New Child curriculum so far…it’s more of “Montessori-inspired unit studies” than pure Montessori, and for us, that’s fine. It’s not like homeschooling is pure Montessori anyhow…LOL!
This past week, the focus was on reptiles of our home state, as well as the world. We mainly concentrated on Ohio snakes and turtles, but we touched on crocodiles and komodo dragons as well. 🙂 Even Bitty Bug got into the lessons this week! She loved the snakes!
One of the things I really like about our new curriculum (other than having the entire sequence laid out for me. LOL!) is the addition of a “circle time” and “yoga time”. While we don’t follow the New Child schedule exactly (because it’s laid out like a traditional school day, which is just not necessary when you only have 2 children in the room!), we do add in the circle time date, weather, and story stuff, as well as the yoga time. The yoga helps focus the girls, and the circle time gives me a chance to give the lessons before things get too crazy. So, I’m really liking this program so far!
Here are some pictures from our week (Jedi was home on spring break this week as well!)