Barefoot in Suburbia

Homeschooling & Special Needs, Inspired by the Montessori Way

Montessori Monday & Tot School Tuesday January 19, 2011

 Tot School

Bitty Bug is 2 years old, Monkey is 3 years 11 months old

This week was a little light on the school work, for 2 reasons.  The first reason is that Bitty Bug turned 2 years old this week!  She was very proud of it being her birthday and talked about it for weeks leading up to the big day.  And then, when her birthday arrived, she decided to wear a princess crown all day and tell everyone that it was her “happy birday” all day long!  What a sweet pea!  She also made it very clear to everyone that she is not a baby now…she’s a big girl.  And she doesn’t let you forget that! 😉

There’s also another reason this week has been pretty light on the school work.  I was actually knee deep in paperwork, phone calls, and medical appointments all week because……

We’re expecting another little one! 

Kind of. LOL!  I’m not pregnant…but we are expecting a little one.  We’ve been accepted into the China Special Needs program to adopt a toddler girl with special medical needs from China!  We should be able to finalize the adoption and go to China to bring her home around the end of this year or the beginning of next year.  So, needless to say, the first stages of the adoption process involves a lot of time consuming paperwork.  But, I managed to finish most of it last week, so schoolwork is getting back to normal now.

Even though it was a light week, we still did do a lot of learning.  Here are some pictures from this week…

Monkey added a couple planets to her solar system lessons this week. In addition to the Sun, we also have Mercury and Venus out. I have the 3 part cards, a model of each planet, and a few easy reader science books on space in the astronomy basket.

Bug hammering golf tees into clay

Bug really enjoyed exploring the musical instrument cabinet this week as well!

Two weeks ago, we started exploring minerals with monkey. This week, we continued the minerals exploration by grinding salt with a mortar & pestle in order to show that some minerals are not as hard as they look! In the process, she also learned that some minerals are edible. 😉

Bug using small tongs to move foam snowflakes from one dish to the other

Practice with cutting jagged lines

Bug trying to match the place setting pictures with the real objects.

Bug and Monkey working with the island, lake, and isthmus landform trays

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Around the World–Brazil! January 12, 2011

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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.

Monkey working on the puzzle and Jedi working on some 3 part cards

Jedi was really proud that he noticed that the Amazon River on the puzzle matched his card!

Some tamborines, maracas, and drums

Some animals that are found in the rainforests, rivers, and oceans near Brazil

The flag of Brazil, and some currency (Brazilian Real) I printed off Google Images

Some landmarks in Brazil

Animals and plants of Brazil

Monkey working on the puzzle