Barefoot in Suburbia

Homeschooling & Special Needs, Inspired by the Montessori Way

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: http://montessori.barefootinsuburbia.com/?p=1334  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.

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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

 

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

 

 

Toddler Tuesday June 28, 2011

Bitty Bug is 2 years 5 months old

 

Bug and Monkey were really into singing The Itsy Bitsy Spider last week, so I put out some sequencing cards for the song. With Monkey, she doesn't need any help, but with Bug, we sing the song and put the pictures in order at the same time.

Bug matching the plastic models of the butterfly lifecycle to the preserved species.

Bug playing with some little figurines--each figurine is wearing the traditional dress of a different culture.

Working on the latches & locks board

Since summer started this week, we changed the sensory table from the flower planting theme to a beach theme.

Bug and Monkey working with the sensory table

Working with the knobbed cylinders

Taking a break from the homeschooling room to play in the rain garden. She insists this is a swimming pool. And she insists on wearing a dress in it.

Here, Bug is working on this cone toy. It's really difficult for her, but she's finally starting to get it!

Transferring spiders from one bowl to the other. I did have tongs for this work, but she wanted to do it using a pincher grasp. And she wanted to wear the rings.

Working with the texture board.

 

Montessori Monday June 27, 2011

Monkey is 4 years 4 months old

 

Since this past week was the start of summer, we changed the Spring Tree to a Summer Tree.

Bug putting leaves on the tree as well.

The finished tree

Monkey practicing writing the names of animals.

Using the knobbed cylinders--this was her first time using all four at once.

Monkey was working on being able to retell a story. She is really into the princess stories right now, so she worked on a felt board of Sleeping Beauty.

Monkey is making patterns with the pattern beads.

We were talking about spiders this week, so the girls made spider web paintings. We coated a marble with white paint and then rolled it around on black paper.

Here, she was putting together the alphabet dragon. She recognized every letter and put them in order without help!

Pin punching the China puzzle piece

Making Chinese fans out of popsicle sticks and construction paper.

Monkey's final product!

 

Two brand new babies! June 13, 2011

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No, not those babies. 😉

A couple weeks ago, I posted pictures of the killdeer nest in our garden.  Well, about 5 feet away from the killdeer nest, a robin built a nest on a fence post!  So, we’ve been able to watch both bird families tend to their eggs.  This morning, I went out to the garden and got quite the surprise…2 brand new baby robins!  They had just been born a couple hours before!  (And by the end of the day, baby #3 was starting to poke through the shell!)

Right now, mama bird is used to the kids and I around the gardens, so she doesn’t freak out.  She actually just sits by and quietly watches us, even as I lift the kids up to see the nest…we can get within inches of the birds and she doesn’t seem to mind right now.  So, as long as mama bird doesn’t mind, I can continue to get pictures.  The second she starts feeling threatened or bothered, we’ll stop…we saw daddy bird attack 2 other birds who flew into the airspace above the nest, so we don’t want to mess with them. 😉

Here are pictures of our newest little hatchlings!

About 2 weeks ago, the 4th egg was laid in the nest. Mama bird laid 1 egg in the nest each day for 4 days.

Early this morning, these two little sweeties hatched!

Look how cute! I think he's hungry!

The siblings snuggling up for a nap.

Bird #3 making his way out of the egg. This was after dinner tonight, so I suspect he has hatched now that it's been a couple hours.