Monday, July 25, 2011

Marathon Work Time

I'm not sure how it happened, but today was on and off rainy and my girls spent 5 total hours working.  FIVE!  They have been working for up to three straight hours, but today blew my socks off.  I hung close by, reading quietly and helping when needed, but they were pretty independent.  They stopped for snacks, which they got for themselves, and came right back to work.  They worked together so well, and even made new activities with paints and sandpaper letters.  They used finger paints to cover a page, then used a finger to draw letters and numbers.  Bean spent a lot of time showing them just how, and the twins followed blindly.  It was really sweet.  I only took one photo, but we were busy with sandpaper letters, the sand tray, knobless cylinders, spindle boxes, initial sound objects,  practical life/physical skills, and movable alphabet for pink series words.  I overheard Bean say to Pumpkin and Peanut, "This is preschool AND kindergarten work, so we need each other."  Awww, sigh...

How To Spot A Great Children's Book

Friday, July 22, 2011

Kids Craft, for the new cousin!

The girls fingers painted outside today, and then we cut out big capital letters to spell her name. They are so excited to meet their new cousin Lena! I'm a fan of IKEAs plastic frames, shatter proof and wonderful for kid's rooms!
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Strawberry Themed Party for our FIVE Year Old!

Bean, age 5.  This year we had a tiny family party with 5 of her little friends.  We had a blast!!
Party Table, full of desserts representing the Strawberry Shortcake Characters...Strawberry Shortcake, Blueberry Muffin, Lemon Meringue, and Rainbow Sherbet!

Strawberry Pedicure
Strawberry Birthday Cake
Little guests and little sisters enjoying the treats
Decorations for the party, made by Bean.
Kid-Made:  Party favors for her 5 guests!

Ready for the Rainbow Relay!  It's a fun party/group game where each child gets a color, and has to paint onto the right spot to cover that stripe in the rainbow.  Then, the next person can go.  The first team to finish the entire rainbow wins!  The guests decided to go at the same time, so no one really won.  How sweet!
Rainbow Relay excitement

Finished Rainbow Relay, with decorative embellishments!

We HAD to paint the boulder with the extra paints...

Monday, July 18, 2011

Twin Toddler Room, Updated for Preschool!

Levern and Shirley Style Montessori Floorbeds....They are big enough for box springs now.  I got two fleece blankets and did 'hospital corners' on the box springs to cover them up and make them look a little more like a big kid bed.  A big step, they are now 20" from the floor.  They are growing up!!!  Above their beds, outside this photo, are their names painted in cursive.  The bedding I made from one twin-sized comforter, cut in half.  It fits just right one them, so they don't struggle with the sheets.  Next to the bed is their bins for their sleep stuffed animals and baby dolls.
A close up view of the floor bed, update for preschoolers!
Their toys are in this dollhouse shelf, positioned as a T at the end of their back to back IKEA bin clothing drawers.  Now they have their own clothing space, whereas they were sharing just a few weeks ago.  It's all hers and hers today!!

Their tiny table, and their tiny art :)

Grace & Courtesy with Gifts

Click here: Crace and Courtesy Lesson: Gift Receiving

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Fun With Knobless Cylinders

Today we were outside a lot!  We did take a little break from the hot sun for some sensorial.  They worked together until bedtime, on just this one material-  the 4 knobless cylinder boxes.  Bean spent her time setting up her addition strip board in anticipation for a morning lesson!

Peanut builds with red

Pumpkin sees an error in her tower, and fixes it right away.

Peanut makes a 'design'

Concentration at age 3 :)

Cylinder Flower

Monday, July 4, 2011

Montessori Madness, A Quick Draw Video

This is a great video, from the perspective of a Montessori Parent.  It compares conventional school with Montessori, beginning with the spirit of the child.  A friend of mine posted this video asking, what are we doing to light the eyes of the conventionally schooled child?  Well, for me-  that's what I'm doing here.  My children are conventionally schooled, and I use Montessori Materials and Philosophy in our home.  They are inquisitive, empathetic, and imaginative children.  As Mothers of conventionally schooled children, our job is to help them by following the child.  

Map Drawing For Kids

Friday, July 1, 2011

Independence Day Bounce Ball Painting & Flower Arranging

We are very into open ended art, so I gave them bounce balls instead of paintbrushes, and handfuls of glitter. It was messy, but we jumped into the kiddie pool afterwards....

The girls loved that their crazy backyard art day (we call it anything but a brush) helped decorate the kitchen for the 4th!

They even did a little red, white and blue floral arranging.
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