Barefoot in Suburbia

Homeschooling & Special Needs, Inspired by the Montessori Way

Montessori Monday December 5, 2011


This will be our last school related set of posts for 2011.  We start our school year in June and work through most of the summer and fall so that we can take an extended winter break.  We are actually leaving for a trip to Florida, Mexico, Honduras, and Belize–we are so excited to have the opportunity to do that!  And of course, we’ll take the holidays off school as well.  We may do a little bit between Christmas and New Years, but Jedi has 600 hours of school completed already for the year, so we’re well ahead of schedule.

Of course, that doesn’t mean we’re completely done with learning.  We started doing the Teach Your Child to Read In 100 Easy Lessons with Monkey–it seems to be working a lot better than the Montessori methods with her autism.  We do that every single day of the week, and so we’re going to continue it even while on vacation.  I also still have work on the shelves, so while we’re home, there is plenty that we can do together (I recently moved our school room up to our formal living room so that we’re not in the basement during the cold part of the year.  It’s actually nice to have the school shelves up on our main living levels because we can do even more schoolwork throughout the day.

Here are some pictures from Bug & Monkey’s week in the schoolroom.

This was Bug's favorite work of the week--decorating a mini tree!


She did this work for hours!


The girls painting


Monkey really enjoys working with numbers, so we pulled out this work for her.


Practicing her M and S writing


Bug working with the wooden nativity


The clothespins had sparkly pom poms on them. Bug used these to decorate the felt tree


Using tweezers to put yellow yarn (hay) into the toilet paper roll manger.


Adding the clothespin "baby Jesus"


Monkey working with the Christmas Story cards


Holy Family 3 part cards


Close-up of the cards


Lacing Snowman


Using a spoon to scoop stars from one cup to the other


Bug working with the Christmas Story character cards


Gluing pom pom decorations to the paper tree


Monkey working with the Teen Board


We also celebrated our 100th day at homeschool by making 100-piece-trailmix. Each kid put 10 pieces of 10 different foods in their snack bowl--banana slices, marshmellows, popcorn, raisins, fruit nuggets, pretzels, dried cranberries, chocolate chips, pumpkin seeds, and cereal


Jedi making his trail mix


We have 2 Christmas trees in our house--a big one that is our main tree and this little tiny tree we had one year while living in an apartment waiting for our house to be built. The kids have free reign over decorating the little tree


Monkey using the Fisher Price nativity


7 Responses to “Montessori Monday”

  1. Kristin Says:

    Just read that you folks are g/s/w/d/ free. Do you recommend any cookbooks? We are on our way to this as well! Any recommendations are welcome. ALso, how in the world do you do it all?????

  2. Kristin Says:

    Hi there,
    I am trying to subscribe to your wonderful blog, however, I am not able to use teh Yahoo feed. Would you place me on your subscribe list? Thansk a bunch.

  3. Lori Says:

    Hi Ally. I hope you’re enjoying your winter break. I’m stopping by to say the boys did the transferring hay into a manger work and loved it. Thank you for sharing the clever idea. I linked back to your post.
    -Lori @ Montessori MOMents

  4. Karen Says:

    I love your theme works!!!!! Lovely!! all of them!! Thanks for share it!! and enjoy your xmas vacations!!! Welcome to the warm section!!! Happy Holidays and a Very Blessed 2012!!!!!

  5. What wonderful works! Love all your christmas themed activities!

  6. What wonderful activities – and I love your plans for an extended winter break! I’ve always really appreciated the freedom homeschooling gives to create schedules that work for each unique family! Thanks so much for linking up with Montessori Monday. I added your post and manger photo to my Montessori-Inspired Christmas Activities post at

  7. Lori Says:

    I love, love, love your Christmas themed works! We’ve been using the same wooden nativity and decorating a mini tree too. I’m going to use your manger with yarn hay activity. Thanks for the great idea! Merry Christmas! I hope you enjoy your winter break.

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