Barefoot in Suburbia

Homeschooling & Special Needs, Inspired by the Montessori Way

Toddler Tuesday March 29, 2011

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Bitty Bug is 2 years 2 months old


As Bug gets older, it’s interesting to see her natural progression from the work of an infant/young toddler to the work of a preschooler.  It seems like Bitty Bug is starting to resist the work that’s been set out for her, and more and more she is gravitating towards the preschool level work.  Unfortunately, she gets very disappointed that she’s not really ready for that work–while it looks really interesting to her, bead chains just aren’t appropriate work for a young 2 year old. 😉  Part of me thinks she’s just trying to copy what her sister does, and if she was in a regular classroom for kids her own age, she’d probably still be gravitating towards the younger works.  But part of me also sees that she genuinely is curious about the work for older children.  She already knows her colors, can count to 10 (in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese (thanks to the Vietnamese language CDs we play for Monkey), and is so proud of herself when she does that.  So, I see her trying to work on things like Color Box 2 or work where she has to count the objects.  So, it really is interesting to me to see her progression!


Bug really enjoyed the turtle lesson....and she loved wearing the turtle shell on her back!

Working on her dot art

The spring sensory bin...hay, silk flowers, pots, gravel (easier to clean off the carpet than dirt...LOL!), ladybugs, butterflies, birds, eggs, & nests

A nest with baby birds and eggs


Pots, gravel, & flowers

Bug and Monkey using the sensory table


Montessori Monday, plus a big kid! March 28, 2011

Monkey is 4 years 1 month old

This week has been really busy for us in terms of homeschooling, but not so much with Monkey.  We have begun the first steps to pulling Jedi out of his school and homeschooling him.   With him, it’s a bit more complicated because he’s on an IEP and the Ohio Autism Scholarship Program.  But, it became clear in the past couple months that his current placement at the Montessori school just was no longer working for him.  We’ll have him finish up the year at his current school, and then beginning in June, he’ll start full year homeschooling for 2nd grade.  So, last week was a blur of paperwork, planning, ordering curriculum, and revamping our school room so that we have a place to homeschool someone who is far above the preschool level.  This week gets to be a test week since he’s home on spring break, so he’ll get a whole week to “practice” homeschooling with the girls.  So, soon, I’ll start a new weekly post with our curriculum choices for Jedi (and then in June, his weekly recaps).

As for Monkey, she did have a busy week, but no busier than usual.  We did a unit on worms (which unfortunately, I didn’t keep my camera near by to document.  But, it was really cool, and she really loved touching the worms…and apparently we discovered that you can make a composting worm dance by putting it on the table’s surface.  LOL!!  It was rather funny to watch!

She also had another belt test in her Tang Soo Do class, and did really well!  She’s now a white belt with gold stripe. 🙂

Here’s a little recap from our unit on turtles that we’re working on…

A large turtle shell I put on the shelf, and the parts of a turtle puzzle.

Turtles of Ohio 3 part cards

A close-up of the cards

Turtle stenciling with dot painting

Turtle books

Monkey working with the stencil

Working with the metal insets

Jedi helping Monkey make a maze

Walking the maze

Monkey doing her balance beam walk from gymnastics through the maze

One of the Bob books I have out for Monkey

Our schedule board for today

Our "Ohio" wall!

The school room all dressed up for spring 🙂