Barefoot in Suburbia

Homeschooling & Special Needs, Inspired by the Montessori Way

Montessori Monday October 11, 2011

This week and last week have been a whirlwind of Autumn field trips, so I’m a bit behind in posting.  I’ll attempt to catch up over the next few days, but we still have a couple more trips lined up.  It’s time to squeeze all of that “real life” homeschooling in before the wintery weather hits!

Here is the review of Bug & Monkey’s time on the school room last week! 🙂

I brought back out the girls' favorite work from last year--scrubbing the baby! I usually do this right before we go to the pumpkin patch so they can practice on something a lot cleaner than a pumpkin. Both girls love this work and always spend a lot of time making that baby clean.

Monkey using construction paper to learn how to weave


Bug working with a screwdriver


Bug still washing that baby! 😉


This week Monkey was working on writing, copying, and her address, so I made her two copies of a house--one had her name and address on it and the other was the one she copied her own onto.


Bug using dot paint for "D is for Dinosaur"


Bug pouring glass beads


Monkey snipping paper


Monkey pouring water with various containers. This was actually just a spontaneous work because Jedi was using those containers for one of his science labs. Bug decided to take them over and use them for pouring water. 🙂


Montessori Monday September 19, 2011

Bitty Bug is 2 years 8 months old.  Monkey is 4 years 7 months old

Here is a review of Bug & Monkey’s week in the Montessori room.

Bug working with her rainbow stacker


Bug working with a screwdriver


Bug building the pink tower


Jedi giving Monkey a geography lesson. Monkey wanted to know where Ohio, Vietnam, Russia, and Antarctica were.


Bug working on the natural objects & cards matching


Bug using toaster tongs to transfer pom poms to a mini muffin tin


Bug using a spoon to transfer shells from one bowl to the other


Pouring sand from one pitcher to the other


Monkey polishing shoes. To do this work, I laid out several different brushes (a soft tooth brush, a stiffer brush, and then a very stiff nail brush).


Bug polishing shoes. Because regular shoe polish is highly toxic, I wanted an all natural solution that is safe for skin and in case a little one accidentally got some in her mouth. I mixed 2 parts lemon juice with one part olive oil for a super safe shoe polish.


Pouring the water in the little bowl to rinse the dirt off the shoes. The girls *loved* the shoe polishing work. They now have some very clean looking shoes. 🙂 I think they worked on just that one work for hours!


The basket of geometric solids--we worked on cylinder, pyramid, and prism


Using toaster tongs to build a tower of cubes


Bug using a funnel to pour water into a small necked jar


Monkey using the spindle box


Monkey was on a big counting kick last she is with the numerals & counters


Montessori Monday September 12, 2011


Bitty Bug is 2 years 8 months old.  Monkey is 4 years 7 months old.

Most of this week’s work had to do with patriotism and September 11th, which I already posted about here:  So, I only have a few other pictures of Monkey and Bug’s week in review for the post this week…

Monkey working on dry pouring with sand


Bug hammering shapes into the cork board using tacks and a wooden hammer


Bug working with her shapes board.


For one of the last weeks of summer, I put a matching work using a card with a picture and a word on it, and then the actual object.


Montessori Monday September 6, 2011

Bitty Bug is 2 years 8 months old.  Monkey is 4 years 7 months old.

Here is the weekly review of the work Bug & Monkey did in the Montessori room.

Monkey painting her dinosaur poster.


Bug enjoying pitting cherries. She *loved* how messy this job was!


Bug doing dot art for "B is for Butterflies"


Bug using the metal insets to color a rectangle


Bug chose to draw the lifecycle of the butterfly


Bug snipping paper


Lifecycle of a Butterfly work on the "Please Touch" table


Some butterflies for the kids to observe


The "please touch" table for the next couple weeks (there are also butterflies under glass for them to observe). On our main level, we raised some butterflies from caterpillars, so the kids also witnessed the life cycle in person.


Paper snipping work


Small button dressing frame


Monkey and Bug working with clay


Sand pouring


Balancing glass marbles on golf tees


Matching boxes with lids


Monkey mixing colors in the test tubes using an eye dropper.




Montessori Monday August 23, 2011

Monkey is 4 years 6 months old

One of the new things we had in the schoolroom this week, was a "please touch" table for objects found in nature. This week, I put out a bird theme--an owl pellet, some feathers, a replica of a barn owl skull, and some nests (one random one we found in a tree that had been abandoned, and the robin's nest that was featured a couple months back. We had to have the fence painted, so once the hatchlings left the nest, we had to remove it from the fenceline). I put some tweezers, a hand lens, and some other magnifiers in a bowl for the girls to use.


The nest and observation equipment


Owl pellet, replica of a bird egg, and feathers


The craft project this week was using tempura paint thickened with cornstarch. The kids then used popsicle sticks to swirl the paint. The paint is thick and doesn't dry flat to the paper, so it was nice and textured. The paint colors also didn't blend very easily, so there was a nice marbling effect.


Closeup of the final products


Scooping seashells from one bowl to the other


Using a sea sponge to transfer water from the round bowl to the square bowl


Dry pouring using seashells


Monkey transferring water using the sponge


Using the hand lens to observe the robin's nest


Working on her Letter A book

Using the parts of an elephant cards

Matching adult animals with their young


Bug & Monkey working together to make their own orange juice


Toddler Tuesday August 10, 2011

Tot School

Bitty Bug is 2 years 7 months old

Just a random picture of Bug to start out with--she's always trying to make her dresses twirl


Bug looking at the Forest in a Box pieces


Putting together a puzzle of a cow


Bug and Jedi looking at a porcupine quill


Using food coloring & water and an eye dropper to make designs in a coffee filter


Pouring glass beads from one pitcher to the other


Some flowers I made out of pipe cleaners for Bug to put in the holes of the spice jar


Bug hammering golf tees into clay


Working with clay


Scooping rice from the big bowl to the smaller bowls


Stacking bead blocks


Working with the tool blocks



Montessori Monday July 4, 2011



Monkey is 4 years 5 months old

This weekend has been incredibly busy with 4th of July fun, and so we’re taking the afternoon off of craziness to just relax a bit.  So, while the Strawberry & Blueberry Shortcake Cupcakes are baking in the oven (gluten, dairy, and egg free of course!), here is Monkey’s learning week in review!

Of course, like many of my US-based readers, we had our Red, White, & Blue work out this week in honor of Independence Day. Here are the red glittery stars for tonging.

I added the red, white, and blue glass beads for dry pouring.

Beads for making patriotic bracelets

These rubber pom poms look like fireworks, and made another good tonging work.

Monkey making a bracelet

Pin punching the Russia puzzle piece

Working on the sandpaper letters & letter sounds

Monkey then decided that she wanted to copy the sandpaper letters onto paper

Using the smelling bottles

Jedi helping Monkey with the binomial cube