Sunday, April 15, 2012
Well it is time for me to take a break from this place. I will still be taking photos of the children in action as well of the activities that I prepare for them. So if you stick around I 'll still have things to share in the future. I am loving documenting my own kids homeschooling journey and well having two blogs just isn't working out for my busy schedule right now. If your interested you can pop over to my other blog We Don't Need No Education or check out my Pinterest Boards. Thank you for reading!!
Thursday, April 12, 2012
This week we did two simple crafts that came with out supplemental curriculum kit. Nothing really fancy , unless you were actually taking part in the awesome conversations that were taking place among friends.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
We had a lot of fun learning last week. It was short but sweet:)
Absorbing that indeed the sun is a star while working with playdoh.
Got a sensorial feel that a cloud is indeed a collection of water droplets.
Made silly snacks and found out that we can find shapes of the moon and planets if we are looking for it.
Totally loved pouring blue water that reminded us that the Earth is made up of mostly water. To be exact we know that 71.11% of Earth is water.Living Montessori Now for Montessori Monday.
Friday, April 6, 2012
For the first time in about two and half years I have a group of children that are really looking forward to Circle Time! Actually they were the same children I tried this with in September and it still wasn't a go. Now WE ARE READY!! You asked what made me try it again? Can I be honest Circle Time and I had a great love affair before I started learning about the Montessori Method. Then I did something wrong! I am only sharing this in hopes to help someone else out there discovering Montessori as well. I tried to imitate what I read on other blogs, it was a confusing thing to do circle time, or not to do circle time. Anyway I have come to the opinion that there cannot be Montessori Classrooms that is set up the same all over the world, because the group of children are not the same. Eureka!! See I am almost there. So I have a group of children who love learning new songs, love finding and discussing the letter of the week, and want to rock out and have jam sessions in the morning. Call it a cultural thing, whatever it is, this is what is true here. We play two great music with movement songs that get these children bodies moving and learning great song lyrics. Then we move on to calendar, weather, topic discussion and end our time with a go along craft. It is awesome! Then I dismiss each child with a transitional fingerplay and they are off to Montessori Work Period.This is the where we do our daily calendar work. We add on the dates as they arrive and take note of the patterns that are on the date cards. Make weather observations and discuss what to wear for that day.
Here is one of the focus boards. It has a our letters of the month. I am still following the Montessori way to teach reading and writing. To incorporate our letters of the month we will have Show and Tell days where the children will bring in a item that starts with the sound of the week, and from there they will have activities surrounding the letter. This idea I saw on the blog Inspired Montessori and Arts at Dundee Montessori. I know the kids well enough to say that they are going to enjoy this way of focusing on sounds as a group and also they love to have Show and Tell days with a purpose. Also this is where our daily weather is recorded. .Here is the discussion Topic Poster of the day. It was what the light prevented you from seeing. We discuss stars, and what they are made up of . I save any Montessori related works for small group, and one on one lessons.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
The kids have thoroughly enjoyed the new putting a flashlight together work. Everytime they got that baby to turn on it was all smiles.
Monday, April 2, 2012
It has been a long time since I added anything new to our shelves, and let me tell you it was a blessing in disquise. The children choices began to grow and so this led to interesting things across our subject areas. They have practiced and mastered and now I can honestly say that this is going to be our normal. They enjoy new works, but they really loved to see those works live on the shelves longer. In fact last time I changed out works one of the children asked me what happened to his favorite work. This time around I asked each child individually what work they still wanted to work with on the shelves so this wouldn't happen again.Putting together a flashlight.Color your own sticker to make a space scene on the provided construction paper. Mother Goose Time curriculum. Living Montessori Now for Montessori Monday.
Dry pouring sand, again I just changed the vessel and the color.