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Homeschooling & Special Needs, Inspired by the Montessori Way

Montessori Monday November 1, 2011

 

Heeey, made it under the wire this week! ūüėČ ¬†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. ūüôā ¬†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

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Montessori Monday August 30, 2011

Bitty Bug is 2 years 7 months old.  Monkey is 4 years 6 months old.

When we were at the art museum a few weeks back, we saw an exhibit by Alexander Calder. It was an interactive exhibit where the children could build their own mobile sculpture out of shapes. At home, Monkey & Bug did a similar activity using foam shapes and pipe cleaners stuck into a foam block.

 

Sorting some foam shapes that we found in T@rget's Dollar Spot.

 

We decided that since Monkey was having so much trouble learning her letters and sounds, we are stepping back from the Montessori sandpaper letters & early literacy lessons and instead going with Letter of the Week. We are using Confession of a Homeschooler's Letter of the Week curriculum. Here is the letter A for pin punching.

 

Cutting practice with a paper apple.

 

A letter 'A' matching game... On the tree, there are lowercase A's and uppercase A's. In each apple, there are the same. Monkey put the apples on top of the letter to match them.

 

Monkey decided that she wanted to draw one of the feathers on the "please touch" table.

 

Using the dot markers to paint letter A's.

 

Monkey pin punching the letter A

 

Matching textures on the texture board.

 

Matching sandpaper grades

 

Jedi working with Monkey on "heavy & light"

 

Monkey adding the letter of the week to the coconut tree (modeled after Chicka Chicka Boom Boom)

 

Capital & Lowercase A on the Coconut Tree

 

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"...it has various objects that you might find in the forest--bark, acorns, bird egg, cocoon, porcupine quill, etc.

 

Dot painting...one 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!

 

Montessori Monday, Thanksgiving edition November 28, 2010

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Jedi is 7 years 0 months old, Monkey is 3 years 9 months old, Bitty Bug is 22 months old

Most of this week’s Montessori work was done in the kitchen.¬† Thanksgiving’s a lot of prepwork here, especially when you’re dealing with multiple food allergies (which takes out all of the “shortcuts” like boxed stuffing…LOL!).¬† It was amazing how much little ones could actually do in the kitchen to help though!¬† Bitty Bug scrubbed sweet potatoes and arranged decorations (pictures on that tomorrow for Tot School Tuesday).¬† Jedi & Monkey folded napkins, crushed the cookies for the “oreo” truffles (made out of K-Toos, enjoy life chocolate chips, and tofutti cream cheese), crushed the crackers for the pie crust, and cut bread for the stuffing.¬† There were a couple other jobs I had for Jedi in the kitchen, but since his birthday was also this week, he was preoccupied playing with his new toys. LOL!

Playing with some play dough I made with pumpkin pie spices

Folding the napkins

Sweeping the crumbs off the table

Cutting the bread into cubes for stuffing (with a butter knife)

Crushing the crackers

Crushing the cookies

Taking a break from the Thanksgiving work...Jedi was playing the auto music on his new keyboard and the kids were having a dance party

 

Montessori Monday, plus a preview of our Tet Trung Thu work September 20, 2010

Monkey is 3 years 7 months old

This week, Monkey had a busy week in her homeschooling room.¬† She’s really loving her time in there, and sometimes I have to just call it a day after 4+ hours even though she’s still wanting to work (I only do that for things we really need to do…like pick Jedi up from school or hit an appointment).¬† Quite a change from the kid who only wanted to work 15 minutes at a time a few weeks ago!

I have a lot of picftures, so I’m going to just get straight to the weekly summary, and then add a sneak preview of the Tet Trung Thu (Mid-Autumn Festival) work that Monkey will be doing this week.¬† It’s only about 1/3rd of the lessons for Tet Trung Thu, but it at least gives a little sneak peak before I post the summary¬†next Monday.

Monkey sorting "clean" vs "polluted" for her ecology work

Using an eye dropper to mix colored water

Planting flower seeds. First she filled the pot with dirt, then poked a little hole, put the seed in, covered it up, and then added a little water.

Scrubbing a baby. She had to pour the water into the tub, get the baby's clothes off, wet the washcloth, put soap on the washcloth, scrub the baby, rinse the baby, dry the baby, and then put the baby's clothes back on

Using a paper punch to punch holes in a strip of paper

Using one of the sets of visual discrimination cards. She had to match pairs based on one changed facial feature on each card

In the kitchen! Monkey, Bug, & Jedi making cookies

 And a sneak peak at this current week:

Pouring sand with a Sake set, and using a Vietnamese soup spoon to transfer glass pepples

Pouring water with a tea set

Using chopsticks to transfer harvest items from one basket to another

Cutting lines to make paper lanterns (this is one of 2 different types of lanterns she'll be making this week. She's also going to make lanterns to light later in the week)

Making Vietnamese Tet Trung Thu basket masks

Getting ready to make moon cakes