Montessori Monday & Toddler Tuesday, a little late February 2, 2011
Monkey is 3 years, 11.5 months old, Bitty Bug is 24 months old
I’m a bit late posting our review this week….not only have we been really busy, but the weather’s been pretty bad so we were dealing with the weather issues as well. But everyone’s safe, we have electricity & heat, and all’s good. 🙂
Our two main school things this week were a field trip with our homeschool group to complete a gingerbread themed unit and then our Vietnamese culture day we hosted for the homeschool group. Those two things kept our girls quite busy!
The gingerbread unit was really fun, and was put together by our local friends, who write the blog The Attached Mama. There were several books available that had a gingerbread theme (including my favorite, Gingerbread Baby!). The kids also decorated a foam gingerbread boy, and of course, afterwards, they ate their own gingerbread boy! The craft was very good for fine motor skills–both of my little ones loved designing their gingerbread boy, and then putting all of the decorations on piece by piece.
The second event was the Vietnamese culture day. This week is Tet, or the Vietnamese New Year (which is the same day as the Chinese New Year). Because Monkey was born in Vietnam, we decided to host a lesson on Tet, as well as bringing out our items we bought in Vietnam so that the kids can explore, experience, and use various items to help them develop an awareness and appreciation for Vietnamese culture.
Here are some pictures of our fun learning week!
Tot School Tuesday January 12, 2011
Bitty Bug is 23.5 months old
I can’t believe this is my last Tot School post of Bug’s 1 year old year…she’ll be 2 years old later this week! I can hardly believe it’s true (already! Her last year of Tot School starts in a couple days…wow…). It seems like just yesterday, she was a tiny little baby, born a month early, and struggling to even stay awake. Now, she rarely sleeps, and she’s always running around exploring!
Here are some of the things Bug’s been working on this past week!
Last month, we subscribed to a neat service called Little Passports (http://littlepassports.com/). With Little Passports, the children get mail representing a different country every month (including information, pictures, and a souvenire). This month, the children will be getting a package about Brazil!
We wanted to use Little Passports in conjunction with our culture & geography work, so each month, we’ll be doing a home unit based on the next package from Little Passports. Each month, we will learn about:
-The geography & landmarks of the country
-The currency of the country
-The clothing, people, and jobs in the country
-The food (including cooking a meal from the country)
-The animals & plants
-The music, art, & literature
But it doesn’t come all at once of course! Gotta pace yourself. 😉 This week, I put out the South American puzzle, some 3 part cards on animals, plants, and landmarks, some instruments, books from our home library and our city’s library, and little animal figurines.
Montessori Monday September 26, 2010
Monkey is 3 years 7 months old
Monkey had a fantastic time in her Montessori room this week. I’m thinking it had a lot to do with the heavy focus on Vietnamese culture, and specifically Tet Trung Thu, that captured her interest. She loves learning about her birth culture, and to have it highlighted in her homeschooling just drew her in. We also added a new computer program we just bought called Let’s Learn Vietnamese by VNI, and now she is really interested in learning the Vietnamese language as well. It’s a really difficult language to learn, but she’s always been fascinated with her Xuan Mai videos and her Vietnamese music CDs, so I think she’ll pick up on at least some of it rather easily.
And there are a ton of pictures for this week….
I have two posts to catch up on today….Field Trip Friday and Tet Trung Thu. I’ll start with Tet Trung Thu…
Tet Trung Thu and the Chinese Autumn Moon festival fall on the same day. Tet Trung Thu is the Vietnamese Harvest Moon Festival. It’s actually a day to celebrate children, who have to show great patience during the harvest season while the parents work. Typically, during Tet Trung Thu, Vietnamese children are given small gifts, they make lanterns and march in a parade with them, they can make masks out of baskets and other material, and they eat mooncakes. Obviously, that is a very overly-simplified summary of the holiday. 😉
We don’t have a local Tet Trung Thu festival in our part of Ohio, so we celebrated at home. Jedi was sick all last week, so we also had to account for the fact that one of the three kiddos was resting most of the week.