"M" is for Monarch Migration and Maps

Well here is our work day today! It was another day that just didn’t go as expected. The kids are all a little unsettled. I have been really frustrated by the seeming inability to focus. But after some deep thought this afternoon, I have decided that we are all just needing a new family rhythm. Things have changed alot, we started school again, Bug and Tadpole are here twice a week, and we even have some co-op classes we are attending (if you want to see how that is going visit our blog HOPE in the home). This is alot of new changes that have just left everyone feeling a little chaotic (probably more me then them). So I am going look at the positives that we did do, and let go of the negative feelings I am having. I wrote out all of my frustrations on my other blog Peace Love and Blessing. So on to the pictures of our day! Again it seems like a lot of work, and there was some really good work done, however alot of it was fleeting and they moved around alot. I think that the best work was done, again by Bunny. She made maps of the rooms in our house, completed a subtraction problem all by herself without me down there at all, and wrote and read some words!!!!!! Bug did Pink Tower on its side and tried the Red Rods. So Sit back and enjoy our day! ๐Ÿ™‚

We talked a little bit about Monarch Migration today as an extension of yesterday’s park experience. It was also a great chance to talk about maps. So we made maps of where we thought a Monarch would would fly on their way to Mexico. The girls first drew it in permanent marker, then we added watercolor!

Here is the final products of the girls Monarch Migration Maps!

Bunny worked on polishing pennies. We did the presentation out of the Montessori at Home!ย She loved it! It was not so much about practical life, as it was about experimenting! She tried all sorts of things. She finally decided that the best way to clean the pennies was to wash it in water, add baking soda, and then scrubbing with the lemon juice. This made some bubbling on the penny as the baking soda reacted with the lemon! She really had fun figuring out what worked best! I thought it was clever of her to use them all at once!

I showed Bug (and Pup) how to do Pink Tower on the side! Bug loved it and did an amazing job!
She was pretty proud of it! ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

She then asked if she could do it the regular way. I of course said yes! ๐Ÿ™‚

I also threw together the fastest sensory tub ever! I am now without any pasta in my pantry, but it was worth all the work that the kids did with it! I made it in an attempt to have Tadpole doing something while I helped the others. The others I think had more fun with it! ๐Ÿ˜‰ He liked it too and spent quite a while working with it!

Bunny also showed Bug how to do the knobless cylinder extension.

She then was able to put everything back and she did ! Yeah Bug!
Red Rod Maze!

The girls did a cool extension with the maze that I think we will repeat! The walked it holding cups of pasta (from the sensory tub)! This was a wonderful body awareness activity. Much like walking the line, but with the maze! It also seemed more fun for the kids!

Tadpole is still working with the Honey Bear! He did it a million times! Anyone have another work like this that I can get together?

Bunny was SOOOOO proud of the subtraction problem she did alone!

Bunny and I had some time to make maps of a room of our house (It was nap time). We used these hunt for treasure that we hid and marked on the map! She had a ton of fun with this! We did it a few times! Bunny even drew a map all on her own! She did a great job! Its a hard thing to translate what you see in a room to a floor plan! This idea came from Playful Learning!

After nap time, Bug decided that she loved to work in the basement. So I showed her how to write her sounds on the chalk board. She was ready to do this, and she did really well! I was surprised! After she traced the letter, she wrote it really well! I was proud of her! This is “M”.

Here is “A”.

Here she is trying the red rods for the first time.

She did pretty well, but I think we need to re present this another day.

Bunny came down while Bug was working and I convinced her to try the object box with a chalk board. She is really resistant to moveable alphabet (probably my fault) and she does like to write! She did a great job!

After she wrote these, she turned to me with a HUGE smile and glowing eyes and told me “Mom, I can READ!!!!” This was followed up by a ton of jumping abound and excitement! It was more writing then reading, but we all very excited!!!!!! It looks like maybe she will head into reading soon! I may be counting my chickens, but you never know!!!!!

She was really excited! I couldn’t even get a shot that wasn’t blurry cause she was jumping up and down!!!!
So it was really good day, and very busy! Everyone did a great job! I hope the rest of the days go as well! Happy Schooling! ๐Ÿ™‚

Montessori Monday~ "M" is for Maps, Money, and Monarchs!

Well today really just didn’t go as planned! ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh well! It turns out that having such a busy day at the fair, the girls were rather tired and not interested in quite work! Neither were Bug and Tadpole! So Instead of forcing work time, I gathered up the kids and some lunch and we headed out to the park! Now being that this is Tuesday and since we didn’t have much work time, I was starting to feel that familiar pressure to get them doing what I thought they should. I mean, I made all new plans and new trays. But then I thought that we will have time for that later! For now we needed to get out, and I am so glad that we did! My plan was to work on learning about Money and Maps. This is not really possible out on a walk, but looking for Monarchs was! So “m” is for money, changed into “m” is for Monarch!!! We were lucky that we were able to spot a few flying and to see the competeย life cycle in the gazebo that is reserved for their Monarch conservation!!! Bug, Bunny and Pup loved to see them! As we headed into the butterfly garden, a monarch butterfly flew right into us! I was able to catch it and the girls got a chance to see a butterfly up close! It was one of those special learning moments that really made an impression on the girls! I can see why Montessori always started with real things! They are so much more meaningful! After that the girls were so excited to look for more! It really was a great trip and it made us all feel better!
After that it was nap time, and Bunny and I had some time to work in the kitchen. Earlier in the morning I had done the Teen Board with her and I was so proud of her for mastering it! We picked a number, put it on the board and she picked out the proper beads! She did it all perfectly! So later I wrote out different numbers between 10-20 and she made to make then out of marshmallows! She did they all perfectly! She even remembered the names of the numbers! She of course was rewarded with being able to eat some of those marshmallows! ๐Ÿ˜‰ She loves math she can eat! So anyway, here are the pictures of our day! Beware there are alot of them! ๐Ÿ™‚ I will start with this weeks trays and move on to the work and the walk!

Book Basket

Whole hand transferring (mostly for Tadpole)

Money sorting

Magnetic/ Non magnetic

Penny Polishing

Our “M” basket
~ Math (Bunny’s giraffe card)
~ Mary, Jesus’ Mom
~ Man
~ Maraca
~ Marker
~ Mushroom
~ Muffin
ย (this was taken out due to the fact that Bunny and Bug both said that this was a cupcake and that doesn’t start with “M”. Cant sneak anything past them! )

Penny designs on the Hundreds Board.

Tracing around coins
Pup and Bunny were working again this morning before we got dressed! I’m starting to be embarrassed by the amount of pics I have with the girls in their PJs! ๐Ÿ™‚ But I cant kill their enthusiasm!

Bunny put all the pennies on the board! She thought it was fun!

Here is Tadpole (after we got dressed).
The whole hand transfer turned into whole hand throwing!ย  Oh well we will try it again another day!

I did pull out the Honey Bear with cotton swabs. He really LOVED this! He really seems into putting thing into containers. The coin box was a hit and now this. I need more ideas of activities like this. Hmmmm….

Bug did a puzzle map! This is pretty hard for her and It took a little persuading to get her to finish!

She also tried coin sorting.

Here is Bunny coloring her Mallow Fairy coloring page. She really works hard to make it look like the picture!

Here is Tadpole working with a work I threw together real quick. All it is is little wooden sticks that he needed to stick into the bottle! He really liked doing this for a while!

Bug made some new flower arrangements for our tables!

Here is Bunny working on the Teen Board.

After she did the board, I took the tiles from the Hundreds board, put them face down, and let her “draw” one and make the number! She did great with this too!

Here we are at the park. Bug is looking at the conservation gazebo!

Here isย a newly emerged butterfly drying its wings!

Here they are looking at the life cycle poster.

Here is the Butterfly that we were able to catch!!!!
ย Bunny was able to get a picture for me (those are my hands)

Bung found a flower that was her favorite color!

Here are the maps that are along the trail! So we were able to talk about maps and how they get us to places!!!! Yeah for spur of the moment learning! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Another Monarch we saw!

Here is a caterpillar that we almost squished! It was really pretty!
Another great chance to talk about the butterfly life cycle!

Here is a seed pod thing that Bunny found. She really thought it looked like the flower bud the Mallow Fairy was holding. It maybe from a Swap Mallow. I have to look it up!

Here is marshmallows math! ๐Ÿ˜‰

She really did well and loved it!

And it was yummy too!ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰
So that was our day! I hope yours was good too! I am linking this post up to Montessori Monday over at
One Hook Wonderย and Living Montessori Now! There are, as always, awesome ideas! Check it out!

Other work from this week!

I haven’t had a chance to put up pictures of the other work that we did this week. The girls did many other things in addition to our apple work! I was really happy with the work that they did! Here is what they did.

Bug wanted to try some knobless cylinders.

Tadpole worked with a cylinder block. He did pretty well. Its hard to find good work for him to do. If anyone has ant ideas I would love to hear them. He is 18 mos. ๐Ÿ™‚

Bunny worked with the object box and did really good work. Shes pretty resistant to language work, but I keep offering activities for her to practice. I hope that one day she just has that Montessori language explosion!

Here is a page in one our outside books that Bunny drew. Its the outside work station! I think it looks good!
I also presented golden bead static subtraction to Bunny. She LOVED it! I guess that she was getting board with just addition! Oops!

One to One work.

I tired word families with Bunny. It went ok. ๐Ÿ™‚ I keep trying different ideas.

Bunny wrote her “a” on the chalk board.
I also found both of my girls doing work before we even got dressed! ๐Ÿ™‚ Here are their before breakfast work!

Sharpening pencils

World Puzzle, she did about half of it! ๐Ÿ™‚ But she sis really well!

She also begged to use the sand tray. This is something she has wanted to use for a long time, so I showed her how to write “a” in the sand. She did really well. She would draw a circle shape and say “aaaaa”. It was really cute!

Here is a picture of her “a”

She was really proud of her work!

Bunny did rock matching work.

She also explored the nature tray.

Here is Pup with her around the world book!
Whew! It was a long week! Amazingly we haven’t done school the last few days!I really hope this week goes as well! We are doing “M” next! I plan on doing the Montessori SMAT order of letter presentation. I have a few things all ready to go!
How was your week?๏ปฟ

My "new" Blog!

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