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. 🙂

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Catching Up…last week's Montessori Monday October 1, 2011

 

So first off, let it be known that whatever kid hid the camera cord is hereby known as the queen (or king) of hide-and-go-seek.  Over a week later, and it’s nowhere to be found.  So, a brand new card reader was bought today and now I can finally get pictures off the camera!  Now it’s time to play catchup.  So,  here are the pictures that were supposed to be posted a week ago. 🙂

 

Bug using watercolor paints to color her Caterpillar C.

 

A leaf matching work--I put 2 of each shape/color silk leaf on a tray for the girls to match.

 

Using an eye dropper to transfer the water from one jar to the other.

 

Since we were learning about autumn and the changing leaves, I brought out a tray from the botany cabinet so the girls can match the leaf shapes

 

The girls painting

 

Monkey working on her letter C book

 

Dot painting the letter C

 

Monkey using the eye dropper

 

All three kids changing the seasonal tree from the green leaves of summer to the red/yellow/orange leaves of fall.

 

The sensory bin was also changed from the summer sand/beach theme to the autumn theme. It has straw in it (in the craft aisle at major craft stores), small plastic colored leaf beads, silk leaves, gords, wooden vegetables (from the toy kitchen), and various scoops/rakes/containers

 

The kids' new favorite work--raking leaves! Since we don't have any large trees on our property yet (and thus no leaves to rake), I filled a pan with silk leaves. The kids then throw the leaves in the air and use the small rake to rake them up.

 

Bug tossing the leaves in the air.

 

The seasonal tree fully decorated.

 

The girls playing in the sensory bin.

 

The kids also got to see a little wildlife. Our new neighbors were excavating for their landscaping and accidentally destroyed a rabbit nest. After rescuing the baby bunnies, they called us over so the kids can see them (such awesome new neighbors...they've only lived there a couple months and they've already call us for homeschool science lessons!)

 

We ended our unit on the letter C the way anyone would...by making c shaped chocolate chip cookies covered in chocolate icing. Monkey hasn't forgotten the letter C yet, so I'd say this worked. 😉

 

Our autumn math work...pumpkin patch counting! This is based of the numerals and counters work. I printed out 11 identical close-up pictures of a pumpkin patch. On each picture, I wrote a number from 0-10. Since our children are also quite young, I wrote an x for each number in the patch. Then, using foam pumpkins, Bug and Monkey place the correct number of pumpkins in each patch to match the number written on each card.

 

A close-up of the work. This is the '5' card, and so there are 5 x's in the patch. A pumpkin goes on each x. If the child is older or can recognize numbers, you wouldn't need to put the x's on.

 

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