Barefoot in Suburbia

Homeschooling & Special Needs, Inspired by the Montessori Way

Montessori Monday August 15, 2011


Monkey is 4 years 6 months old

This week, we followed up on our zoo field trip by putting out several works related to zoo animals.  Both Bug and Monkey *loved* this, and they just love animals.  It also worked out well that we are studying South Africa as part of our geography unit, and thus also studying Africa, and African animals!

To help Monkey with her alphabet, I found this *fabulous* product called “The SENSEational Alphabet” by http://www.sensesationalalphabet.com/ .  This book is absolutely wonderful, especially for those children who may have sensory issues, learning disabilities, or other issues.  With Monkey’s soon-to-be likely diagnosis of autism, along with her sensory issues, this book really helps her learn the way she learns best.  This book hits so many different learning styles–the letter is written on each page, there is a button where the name of the letter and an example of a word starting with that letter are pronounced, each letter is written in Braille, then there is an object on each page to look at.  Often, these objects either have something to smell or something to touch/manipulate.  So, for example, for the letter A, she would see “Aa” and a picture of an apple (which happens to have some tactile texture to it for her to feel), then she could press the red button to hear the “A, a, Apple”.  Then, if she knew Braille (which she doesn’t. LOL!), she could also feel the letter A that way.

Bug and Monkey working with the SENSEational Alphabet book.

 

To go along with the zoo field trip from last week, I put these animal ice cube trays out, with a zoo themed set of chopsticks. The chopsticks are used to put a pom pom into each opening in the tray.

 

We try to coordinate Jedi's geography lessons with the girls, so we have a shelf out to focus on South Africa (and in the continent of Africa as well. I have several books on Africa and South Africa, the language card for South Africa, some wooden animal masks from Africa, some musical instruments, and some small stuffed animals that were purchased from a friend who went to Ethiopia.

 

Using the sandpaper numerals to count zoo animals

 

Monkey working with the African animals

 

Close-up of the animal masks

 

Monkey as a zebra

 

Bug with the musical instruments

 

Monkey working with the trinomial cube

 

Taking a break from the school room to play in the water from the rain garden

 

Using the water to water the flowers

 

A butterfly in the rain garden that monkey found

 

Monkey and Jedi making Vietnamese Summer Rolls for dinner one night

 

Working with the zoo animal three part cards

 

Monkey putting South African traditional dress onto the African paper dolls

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6 Responses to “Montessori Monday”

  1. Barbra Says:

    I really like your rain garden! Did you make it yourself?

    • allyrae Says:

      I did. 🙂 When we had our house built, there was a bad grading job done and the rainwater all flooded around our patio, So, we dug a hole to see if it would capture the rain and keep the yard from flooding. When it did, we laid down some landscaping fabric and covered it with river rock. I added a few plants (although the kids managed to ruin them while playing in the water). So, this year, it’s plantless (with the exception of some random long grasses that end up near it) but the kids have an absolute BLAST in it. It’s like a natural kiddie pool! 🙂

  2. Amy Says:

    The butterfly is a Pearl Crescent

  3. Nicole Says:

    Love the zoo theme and the outdoor pictures! That book looks awesome too. Thanks for linking to Montessori Monday!

  4. Lori Says:

    Look your zoo themed works. Your kids are adorable and those animal masks are divine! 🙂

  5. Great activities! The The SENSEational Alphabet book looks wonderful – thanks for letting us know about it! And I LOVE your Africa shelf! Thanks for linking up with Montessori Monday. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page.


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