Barefoot in Suburbia

Homeschooling & Special Needs, Inspired by the Montessori Way

Late Montessori Monday, combined with Toddler Tuesday May 4, 2011

Monkey is 4 years 2 months old.  Bitty Bug is 2 years 3 months old.

I’m a bit late getting yesterday’s post out, and barely made today’s post in time, so here is the combined post. ūüôā ¬†I have a science experiment post coming tonight too…

Bug and Monkey making sidewalk chalk drawings on the porch

This week, we continued our unit on Asia, concentrating on Japan and India this week. One of the works I put out was this mini Japanese garden

A tea set where the girls practiced pouring water.

The book basket this week

The book we looked at about Japanese Woodblock Prints

To make our own mock woodblock prints, I carved designs into styrofoam blocks. Then the girls used a paint roller to put black tempura paint on the blocks. Next, they stamped the image onto the paper.

Some of the prints

Monkey pouring water.

The 2nd week is complete with the chick eggs!

Bug pouring water. As you can tell, it was a favorite of both girls.

Monkey working with the woodblock art.



Around the World–Japan March 14, 2011

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I have a couple posts to write in the next couple days because I fell a bit behind last week, and then by the time I had time to sit and blog, it was already close enough to work on this week’s posts.

First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with every one of my readers who is in Japan or who have family and friends there.  What an absolutely devastating week the nation of Japan has had.  Obviously, it was not the end of our month-long unit on Japan that we were anticipating.

(And I’m a little afraid for France, which will be our next unit. ¬†After our Brazil unit, there were horrible mudslides that caused many deaths, and then at the end of our Japan unit, there were earthquakes and tsunamis. ¬†Hopefully the world will calm down soon!)

To conclude our unit on Japan, the kids and I did some origami, of course! ¬†Jedi had a *ton* of fun with his Origami Yoda (the instructions were at the end of the book ‘The Case of the Origami Yoda’) –I’m pretty sure he carried it around with him everywhere for a couple weeks. ¬†Until our dog, ironically enough named Yoda, ate it. ¬†And thus, Origami Yoda’s demise came from a furry 4 legged Yoda. ¬†Go figure…

Our origami animal collection--bird, snake, elephant, crane, and fish

Bug created her own origami...she said it was a house for the elephant! LOL!

Jedi making his origami


Around the world: Japan February 15, 2011

Filed under: Geography & Culture — Barefoot in Suburbia @ 3:01 pm

After a month of studying the beautiful country of Brazil, we are now starting a month-long unit on another beautiful country, clear across the world in Japan.¬† As we wait on our package from Little Passports, we began our introduction to Japan by looking at various pictures, exploring replicas of Japanese currency, reading books, and woring on some coloring sheets.¬† As the month progresses, we’ll be doing some origami, cooking some traditional Japanese food, and listening to traditional music.¬† It should be a fun unit!

On a completely unrelated note (well, kind of unrelated)…when I was searching the library databases for books about Japan and origami, I found a book called “The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda”.¬† Of course, I picked it up for Jedi.¬† What better book for a child with asperger’s who loves Star Wars than a book about a child with asperger’s that makes an origami Yoda that can tell the future.¬† So, if there are any other elementary school kids out there that love Star Wars, but you don’t want to get yet another purely Star Wars book, this one’s a funny one. ūüôā

Here are some pictures of what is on the culture shelf this week:

The books on the culture shelf this week

A copy of the Japanese flag, with a sheet for the kids to color

A copy of a map of Japan, with the landmarks marked, and a map coloring sheet for the kids. I also have the continent map puzzle of Asia out for the kids to work on.

Landmark and culture cards

Animals native to Japan

Art & musical instruments

Currency (not real...I just printed it off google and laminated it)

A couple random things...a postcard from a friend in Japan that we received in a swap, a picture, and a brochure (the brochure we got on our layover in Japan on the way to Vietnam 3 years ago...I have no idea what that says!)