Saturday, July 31, 2010

When Life Gives You Lemons...

You make lemonade! We have had the chance to work in Practical Life a great deal this summer, by just participating in kitchen activites that would already happen daily. On this day, we made lemonade and got to taste pure lemon. The children did all of the measuring and all of the clean up. What a fun day.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Bouncey Ball Painting!

When I introduced this project, I got cheers like we were going to Disney or something! To make life easier for myself, I also set up a kiddie pool to wash ourselves off in, and to wash the materials when we were done. Fun to think that materials can be bouncy balls left over from birthday party goodie bags! Here's a few photos of the girls in action:

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Ultimate Baby Washing

One of Bean's favorite activities at school and at home is called baby washing. It's part of the Montessori curriculum of Practical Life. Since it's summer, we decided to take our baby washing adventures outside. We are certainly glad we did, we've done this three days in a row by request. If you try this at home, be sure to place the water table over dirt or gravel as grass will die under soap. Also, we used tear-free baby wash so splashing didn't hurt. Of course there's splashing.....

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The reading blanket

We have been using the reading blanket as a place to settle ourselves. We place a blanket on the floor and all of the children sit and read. Part of the game is remaining on the blanket, so we often bring a stack of books to share. It has served as a quiet transition from play to dinner or bed.

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Baking with Yogurt

For our birthdays we got a brownie mix called No Pudge Fudge Brownies and these adorable aprons, our friends know us well!!! To make it, we simply add vanilla yogurt. It was easy for them to do this entire project themselves (with the exception of the oven piece). There were tasty!

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Some Art from Art Camp

This summer we went to the local Gymboree for Family Art Camp. It was project based, but great for showing the kids how a school day works. Lots of fun!!

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From Caterpillar to Butterfly

100% success rate, not bad for our first time at home!!

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Bean's Great Idea

She came up with the idea to make a painting to match our living room. The muse? Her little sister's dress. We sought out the same colors found in little sisters's dress, and went to work!!! Yes, those are real art materials :)


I decided to begin a blog, showing all of the wonderful work of our three children. Here I will share our school experiences and our home experiences with our friends, family, and those interested in education and Montessori. I'm hoping for it to become a way of looking back on memories with my children, and a way to learn and move forward.