We are currently learning about volcanoes, and to help Monkey remember the different parts of a volcano, we decided to make a (safely) erupting volcano!
Montessori Monday January 24, 2011
Monkey is 3 years 11.5 months old
Monkey was back in the school room full force this week! I’m amazed at how much Monkey attempts to do each session. Although equally surprising is that she doesn’t choose what I thought she’d want to choose…she’s not really into the pink tower or the knobbed cylinders anymore, for example–she liked them a lot a few months ago, but as she heads closer to 4 years old, she seems to be picking work that requries more attention to smaller details–for example, she *loves* the work with the minerals. And while she was very much into learning letter sounds and writing her name before Christmas break, now she seems to be more into the math works. Part of me wonders if it’s just the natural learning process to skip from one thing to another and then come back to something, like writing, that they were interested in earlier. But part of me wonders if holiday breaks make one forget what they were so interested in before break. if so, we’ll have to fix it next year so that we’re spreading the school year out more and only taking a couple days off at a time for breaks instead of two weeks. It also might be why children in tradition school seem to lose a bit of progress with major breaks…
Here are some pictures of what Monkey’s been working on this week….
Welcome back! January 11, 2011
Welcome back to the new Barefoot in Suburbia montessori homeschooling blog! It might take me awhile to archive some of the most popular posts, but my old site is still online. So, until then, here are a few of the most popular posts!
–A tour of our Montessori Homeschooling room as of 6/2010
–Our Montessori Peace Table to help curb the fighting among the children
–Our (successful) attempt at cooking cookies & hotdogs using solar power on a hot summer day.
–Holy Family & Advent downloads
–Homemade geo board
–Cooking with Tots!
Tot School Tuesday August 31, 2010
Bitty Bug is 19.5 months old
Since Monkey started her official homeschooling this past week, Bitty Bug got to join in. She loves joining in Monkey’s work time! Even though I have specific shelves set up for Bug, she doesn’t limit herself to those shelves. In fact, she almost always chooses to work on something I’ve set out for Monkey. One of the interesting things is that I’ve noticed she will put her own spin on the work, making it more age appropriate for a 1 1/2 year old. It’s interesting to watch her adapt the work herself!
Montessori Monday: 1st week of school! August 30, 2010
Monkey is 3 years 6 months old
While we’ve been doing some work in the Montessori room all summer, this week was our first official week. Before this week, we were sort of testing the waters, allowing Monkey to use the basic materials in order to get her used to her new school room.
The first week went fairly well. Monkey stayed in the room for about 2 hours each day (before getting distracted and deciding she was done). Unfortunately, Monkey knows the train table is right outside the school room, so she decides that she’s done with school and wants to play with the trains instead. But for the most part, Monkey has been doing really well exploring the new work.
Fun with Science…solar powered cooking! July 7, 2010
It’s been really hot in Ohio lately, with the heat indices close to 100 degrees for the past several days. Yesterday, Jedi asked if it was hot enough to fry bacon on the sidewalk. And of course, when someone asks a question like that in our house, it becomes a science experiment!
So, we tried three separate foods to see if we could cook them using solar power–bacon, hot dogs, and chocolate chip cookies!
So, there you have it…it’s so hot in Ohio these days, you can cook bacon, hot dogs, and cookies (and maybe it’s a good time to remind y’all not to leave pets and kids in the car these days. After all, it was only 88 degrees, and the car still got hot enough to bake cookies!). And these were pretty energy efficient cookies…no electricity at all!