Barefoot in Suburbia

Homeschooling & Special Needs, Inspired by the Montessori Way

Montessori Monday August 9, 2011

Monkey is 4 years 6 months old

This week has been a rather interesting week for Monkey, primarily outside of the schoolroom.  As you might remember, Monkey has been diagnosed with Reactive Attachment Disorder with Selective Mutism.  As you also might remember, we had noticed several cognitive difficulties popping up that were making learning difficult for her.  Well, this past week, we took her back to her former therapist (who happens to be Jedi’s autism therapist), and he has decided to have her assessed for an autism spectrum disorder as well.  If she does have a form of ASD, we would not be surprised, given how similar symptoms of RAD are to ASD.  What does make it surprising is that Monkey will not only have the exact same allergies as the other kids, but will also have the same developmental issues…keeping in mind, Monkey is not biologically related to our other children, this is quite interesting (and somewhat concerning…).  Anyhow, these evaluations should take several weeks, but hopefully we’ll have a better idea of how to help Monkey soon.

In the mean time, we’re doing a lot of trial and error with her.  Since Jedi has autism, we do have several resources under our belt to help academically, socially, and emotionally–it’s just a matter of pinning down what the exact issues are.

And on to what you really came to see….Monkey’s week in review.

Monkey looking at the "forest in a box" has various objects that you might find in the forest--bark, acorns, bird egg, cocoon, porcupine quill, etc.


Dot of her favorite activities!


Working on the alphabet puzzle


Working with the knobbed cylinder


Monkey begged to use clay this week, so I brought out the new tub. She *loved* it!


Zoo animal-themed pom poms for 1 to 1 transferring


Summer themed tonging exercise--moving the bugs/flowers/lizards from the fish tray to the vase


Monkey using the spoon to scoop rice


Working with the binomal cube--Monkey can do this really quickly now! We'll be bringing out the trinomial cube this week as a result.


Working with the tonging activity


Montessori in the kitchen...Bug washing tomatoes and Monkey cutting them up to make tomato sauce


Monkey cutting the tomatoes


Bug washing the tomatoes


As always, comments are welcome, either here or on our facebook page.  Let me know you’re reading along!


3 Responses to “Montessori Monday”

  1. mama roses Says:

    So happy to have found you through Deb. You are doing a wonderful job! It is amazing how little efforts go a lon way, plus the tools you are getting the children to use are no different from mainstream montessori. These little steps will go a long way!
    Look forward to your inputs in my efforts with my little one, with your experience, I would love to get your insight in my efforts. What more I can do. He is a little over 2.5yrs, smart, but there are areas where we have our challenges….

  2. courtney Says:

    I’m thrilled to have found you through Living Montessori Now. My kids are both adopted from China. The 4-year-old has just been diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder (seeker). I’m doing some Montessori play at home to help with her focus. It seems to be a good fit for her. We start OT soon and I’m about to start the Feingold Diet. Can’t wait to read more of your blog!

  3. I love all your transferring exercises … the food preparation is great, too (love the photos as well)! It’s good that you already have so many skills and tools to help with special needs. It sounds like you’re doing a wonderful job – hoping for lots of positive results in helping your kids. Thanks for linking up with Montessori Monday. I just featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page at

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