Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Summer Shelf Work

This summer, we are sticking to the basics.  Sensorial, Practical Life, and a little basic math materials for the 3 year olds.  Other than this little shelf, we are outside or at the beach!!!
We are working on writing numerals with the sand tray.  This activity is great for all ages, and it's very relaxing to my girls.  
I moved some practical life very close to the table on a little stool we aren't using, so that my little 3 year olds can have better success carrying the trays.  I'm sticking to just two a week (even though rock painting is really Language...)
Flower arranging!

The easel and mats
Recent backyard finds, empty chrysalis and robin egg!  They are keeping really well in these little paint containers.  We take them out to touch :)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

First Week in Summer

On the 21st, we celebrated the solstice by pushing back our bedtimes to reflect the daylight (and vacation). We took a walk around the sun that ended in June, to signify the change of seasons.  And, there was a celebration treat- child-made ice cream sundaes!
Bean is sorting objects into their initial sound pockets.  It was 'easy peasey' for her, but I think she likes to show her sisters what she knows.    Later, she gave them lessons with it.  She brought over the lowercase sandpaper letters for back up.  
Bean is in the middle of a writing explosion.  This time last year, I was teaching her to write her name and now she is interested in forming her letters "just so".  She is in the process of addressing her own birthday invitations!  She practices with the sand tray, sandpaper letters, chalkboards, and with pencil and paper.  Soon, she will be ready to learn to print on lines.  She is starting cursive with me this summer, her name is already mastered :)
I still can't believe it, I bought Bob Books.  Ick.  The stories are not so great, so we'll use it as just a practice in sounding out words in order.  Here she is reading to her little sisters, who are very forgiving when she needs to make up a more exciting story than what is written!  

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Waldorf Swap Fun!

Boy, we are so happy with the Summer Swap we did, organized by Nicole at www.OneHookWonder.blogspot.com! The girls grabbed some bark and ran upstairs with the goodies. Ah, quiet ;)
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Monday, June 13, 2011

Montessori Print Shop Giveaway!

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This summer will be full of celebrations for us, including the one year anniversary of this blog!  I am happy to provide one lucky reader with the Montessori Print Shop Math CD ROM!  

The Montessori Print Shop giveaway will run from June 13th- June 20th, 2011.  Winner will be notified by email on 6/20/11.  Open Worldwide!

Thank you all for following us on our learning journey.  Be sure to visit Montessori Print Shop on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated.

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The Earth Goes Around The Sun (3 times!)

A Nature Walk: Monday's Montessori Moment

Sunday, June 12, 2011

A Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party

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Best Kids Parties: The Very Hungry Caterpillar 

Books are one of our favorite party themes and especially when it's a much beloved book like this one. Jessie describes: Iris and Sarah ask me to read Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar every night, so it was easy to pick this as their theme for their big 3-year-old party!

A pose for Mommy
Rain or Shine?  Indoor party ready to go!
Getting Ready to Celebrate!

A Very Hungry Pedicure

Caterpillar Cupcakes

The butterfly cake

The Very Hungry Nature Shelf-  Read empty chrysalis, Invitation, Book, Life Cycle models.
Guest craft-  The Very Hungry Necklace!

The Very Hungry Pedicure....oh girls are so fun!

After the party, a little tired :)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Bugging Me....Fossils

Our tots (yes, until their actual birthday I'll call them tots!) are loving mashing things into their playdough to make 'fossils'. Bean was learning all about fossils at school, and brought home a kid-made shell fossil. We certainly look up to big sister, it was minutes later that Pumpkin started making prints in our playdough with our bugs from a matching activity. Gotta hand it to her- she figured out how to combine materials!
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Sunday, June 5, 2011

A Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party in the Making!

Butterfly Shelf

Very Hungry Necklace for Guests
Happy Birthday Poster, made from felt
Working on decorations
The Birthday Dresses!

Our favorite book since the time of in-the-belly reading, Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar wins the hearts of my twin girls. Their birthday is coming right after we experience the Painted Lady Caterpillar life cycle in our home.  The Hungry Caterpillar was their first choice for their third birthday theme! Our decorations are all handmade by us! We made a decoration from felt and Caterpillar Necklaces for our guests. The beautiful dresses were made by a local preschool teacher.

I can't believe my babies will be THREE soon!