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...
Monday, July 25, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
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!
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
|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 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!|
|Rainbow Relay excitement|
|Finished Rainbow Relay, with decorative embellishments!|
|We HAD to paint the boulder with the extra paints...|
Monday, July 18, 2011
|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!!|
Monday, July 11, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
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|
Monday, July 4, 2011
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.
Friday, July 1, 2011
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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