Barefoot in Suburbia

Homeschooling & Special Needs, Inspired by the Montessori Way

Montessori Monday November 1, 2011


Heeey, made it under the wire this week! 😉  But at least I am posting Montessori Monday on the right day this week…

This past week has been a whirlwind at our house.  Both Jedi and Monkey are in the middle of their IEP process, and so there are a lot of appointments, meetings, and evaluations going on.  Monkey had an occupational therapy evaluation this past week as part of her autism diagnosis and we learned a lot of really interesting things…a lot of it gave us some insight into some of the difficulties Monkey’s been having.  We still have a few more questions, but at least now, we’re on a good path.  It is forcing us to look ahead to next fall when Monkey starts kindergarten.  We will likely be transitioning out of the pure Montessori-based homeschooling and get into a little more structure, simply because we not only need to accurately assess where Monkey is due to some deficits and difficulties she has, but she needs a bit more structure.  So, if anyone out there has a really good kindergarten curriculum, let me know!  We need it to have a strong multi-sensory and hands-on approach (as little verbal information as possible since one of her main deficits is auditory processing).  We are also Roman Catholic, and so if the curriculum is not secular, we’d like it to at least be Catholic-friendly. 🙂  Let me know any suggestions you might have!

And on to the review of Monkey and Bitty Bug’s week!

One of Bug and Monkey's favorite works--using tweezers to pluck the kernels off of the Indian Corn


Using the dot markers to make orange, yellow, and red "leaves" on the coffee filter tree


The girls using watercolor paints


Matching the mineral to the card


I found these cute little bead sets at Mich@els. Bug and Monkey loved stringing the Halloween beads onto the elastic to make their own necklaces!


This clay is some black sand clay I made for Jedi to use for one of his projects. Monkey took the rest, pretended to knead it into a loaf of bread, and then practiced her cutting.


Bug beading her necklace


6 Responses to “Montessori Monday”

  1. […] in Suburbia has tweezing Indian corn (photo at the top of this post). Scrubbing Indian Corn (Photo by Andrea […]

  2. I just featured your adorable tweezing Indian corn photo in my Montessori-Inspired Corn Unit at

  3. I always love the tweezing Indian corn activity. And matching minerals to cards is great, too! Thanks so much for linking up with Montessori Monday. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page.

    We used Montessori in the preschool/kindergarten years, although my daughter had a bit of KONOS in her early years as well because of her older brother. We really loved KONOS during elementary and high school because of its hands-on approach, emphasis on character, and multi-level learning. In case it’s helpful, here’s a post about our homeschooling:

    I hope you’re able to always find the perfect curriculum for your family as your kids grow. 🙂

  4. Love the tweezers and indian corn…gonna give that a shot Thanksgiving week! Here from MM 😀

  5. Oh, the Indian Corn! A classroom favorite of mine. I love it!

  6. Beth Says:

    Such cute ideas! Love the clay! I would love for you to link up at my TGIF Linky Party –

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