Barefoot in Suburbia

Homeschooling & Special Needs, Inspired by the Montessori Way

Montessori Monday April 18, 2011

Monkey is 4 years 2 months old

This week, there are a lot of pictures to post, so I’ll just let those tell the story, instead of coming up with an opening commentary.  I will say that our unit last week was ‘eggs’…and it’s amazing what 2 egg-allergic kids can still learn about eggs without ever touching an egg. LOL!

As part of the oil spill project we did last week, I also put out various shells and sea life pieces for the kids to explore.

Working with the metal insets

As part of the egg unit, we wanted to learn about hatching chicken eggs. However, it probably isn't the best idea to raise a chicken egg in our basement or keep a chicken outside in our suburban backyard (that has coyotes and deed restrictions against keeping chickens!). So, this is the next best thing we could find...it has a different egg you break open for every day of the 22 day cycle of a chicken egg. Each day, you see what's going on inside the egg.

The box for the Chick Life Cycle kit in case anyone out there wants to learn about chickens but can't really raise them in their backyard!

The chart I have on our white board to show the kids when we should expect our egg to "hatch"

Tonging easter eggs into a carton

Parts of an egg 3 part cards

Putting red and black feathers on a black line drawing of the cardinal (Ohio's state bird)

Some of the books we used this week

Decorating paper easter eggs to hang on the spring tree

Putting the eggs on the tree

Egg on the tree

Tonging the eggs

The girls also made egg shaped jello jigglers (and of course, Monkey hated them because she doesn't eat anything squishy. Oops.)

Mixing the water and mix

Pouring the mix

Cleaning the spill

Making a red clay bowl with white eggs

Bug decided to stack all her eggs up into one big tower

Monkey wanted her eggs all different sizes

All of the bowls of eggs, waiting to go to the oven to harden

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7 Responses to “Montessori Monday”

  1. You really went in depth for this unit! I love the tree with the eggs and nests. So fun and beautiful! I just found your blog today on Montessori Monday.

  2. Nicole Says:

    I love how you were able to carry the egg theme through so many different activities. Looks like the kids had a fab time. Thanks for linking to Montessori Monday! 🙂

  3. Great works! Love the chicken life cycle. Thank you for sharing.

  4. allyrae Says:

    Absolutely Julie…it’s http://nature-watch.com/ . Have fun!

  5. Julie Says:

    Love the idea to glue the feathers on the bird printout. You once gave me the link to that science store where you bought the animal tracks and other cool things. I’ve lost the link and it would take me hours to look for the post where you commented with the link. Would you mind emailing it to me again? Thanks!

  6. That life cycle of an egg set is amazing! I love your theme – so many great ideas!

  7. Joy Says:

    I love the life cycle of an egg. That’s amazing!


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