Well we have had really very nice weather here the last few days and it has really made me so happy!!!! I know that it probably wont last forever, but we are going to enjoy it while it’s here! We have been playing outside, taking walks, and enjoying the beautiful flowers that are starting to pop up in our yard! It is really early for the daffodils to be up in this part of the world and it is such a treat! The girls are super excited about them and so am I!
Reading and Writing
Well yesterday was a good day, but I wasnt feeling really great last night, so I didnt get my Montessori Monday post done! So I am combing yesterdays work and todays into one post! 🙂 Since we are sort of in the middle of a theme transition, we dont have any onew trays yet this week! Sorry! We went down stairs yesterday and got some wonderful work time in! We did a bunch of everything! Bunny and I worked on some reading and skip counting, Pup worked with some of the trays and played eye spy with me! They both walked the line with a tray!
Today was more laid back (ok I was busy making a background for my other blog that took SOOOOO much longer then the tutorial said it would! But it SOOOO pretty!) but we did some really wonderful work! Pup read a lot of books and did some stamping and sweeping. Bunny focused on Lnaguage work! We learned 4 new sounds and wrote words using the sounds. Then Bunny desiced that she wanted to write a mermaid book! So, I helped her stay on track while she wrote our each page! She did an amazing job! I really love that she made that she made the pictures so beautifully! Here are some the pictures of all their hard work!
Today we took some time to do some work today just the three of us! It went really well for most of it! Bunny was given her first presentation in static division and she LOVED it! She told me it was her favorite! We did a problem together and then she did two on her own! I should have done it a while ago I guess! 🙂 Pup really was at loose ends for a bit. Then I pulled out the Continent puzzle and globe! She loves pulling out the pieces and matching them to the globe. So we said the continent names as she did it. She was really enjoying it. After that, I put the puzzle back by the continent boxes and I sort of directed her attention to the pictures on the boxes! She saw they were the same as the puzzle! 🙂 So she started exploring the North America box. Inside she found a dolphin and wanted to know about it. So we talked about how it swims in the warm ocean, it eats fish, and it lives in North America. She retained quite a bit of the information! I was really surprised and I think that we will be doing more of this soon! While we were doing that, Bunny was actually upstairs overcoming her frustration over some words. She wanted to read a book after her math. I suggested that we work on a few words before she read the book. I made words that had the sounds we have been working on. Some were short, some longer, but all of them contained sounds she knew or was working on this week. For some reason she had a meltdown about the first word and it took a long time to get her to relax. After she finally did, we managed to read all of the words! This reading is something we have done at other times in the past week and it has worked well. So I guess that she was just having a hard day!
After that we ate some lunch and headed out to the park for a walk! It was a really wonderful day! The sun was out and the temperatures were warmer, and everything screamed “get outside”! So off we went! We walked (and ran) some trails, and climbed over a break wall to get down to the beach! It was really awesome! No one is down at this part of the beach much, so there was a lot to see and it had a much more natural look. Here are a few pictures that I took there!
I have also been searching though ideas for the next month of work. I think that the girls are just about done with the Body unit and I need a plan for a new theme. However, with all the other issues that we have going on, I think that we may need to change things up. So I was thinking a bout studying Biomes. This isn’t something we have done before and I think that the girls would like it. So I did a web search and came across this program written by a Montessori teacher. It look amazing and its free! I have to read a bit more, but I think that this is something that I want to do, either this summer or even next fall. If you want to check it out, here is a link to the website! So that is what we did today! I hope you all had a wonderful day! Happy Schooling!
Well today I started Bunny on her double letter sound presentations. We picked out three to start with and we did a three period lesson. We got through period one, but I think we will need to do it again tomorrow. She couldn’t remember all three of them. Right now I am going to aim for a few sounds a week. We’ll see how it goes! At least its a start! Once she get these sounds, I think everything else will fall into place better. I’ll keep you posted!
We also, finally, figured out the subtraction snake game. Yes I know, its not that hard, but it took me two different Montessori Albums and the better part of a half hour to figure it out alone! lol But I finally got it! I was all excited to show Bunny a new game to play and she was ready to learn. However, when I showed her how the snake got smaller, she was so unhappy! She didn’t want to loose some of the pretty golden beads! 🙂 So now I’m not sure if she will play it for that reason! I’m not sure what to do about that, but at least she got it. We did two snakes and she seemed to get the idea!
Well today we did a little bit of school work, but not much. Bunny has been super tierd lately and I really don’t know why. Last night she was in bed by 7:15 (yes that early) and she didn’t get up until about 7:15. That 12 hours! I really don’t know why she should be tired by 10 am. I hope its just a growing thing, not something bad!
Anyway, we started our day working on some green sounds today and really just wasn’t clicking at all! Even sounds that i know I have presented to her three or four times, she still doesn’t get. I’m not sure if that is just a sign that she isn’t ready or if I’m doing something wrong. I really think that I am missing something, but I cant figure it out. Bunny has picked things up in a really different order then most Montessori albums suggest. I wanted to use the Dwyer System, but that seemed too tricky for her. It was almost too big of steps So I used a few of the regular PGB things, but that was too much work to keep trying to put stuff together (I don’t have that many objects!). So I’m not really sure what to do. Not to mention, I’m not sure what to do when Bunny looks at a word, sees something that looks like a double letter sound, but then it makes a different sounds then what she think it makes! Then she get confused and I’m not sure what to tell her! You see for me reading seems like the holy grail of schooling. If you cant read well and don’t love doing it, then life will be harder for you. Anyway, I guess I am looking for any hints or helpful ideas from you other moms out there who have taught a child to read all ready! What do you recommend? Any ideas would be great!
Today I decided to go ahead with my snowflake study! I was waiting for some real snow to help with it, but rain is all I have right now! 🙂 So I got all the ideas I keep finding on pintrest together and we had our lesson. I started off by talking about the states of matter and how everything in the world is either a solid, liquid, or a gas. I didn’t go into the all the details of it, just an overview. I did ask Bunny what a few objects were and she got it!
So we moved on to a quick reminder of the water cycle. We talked about this in detail earlier in the fall while we rowed How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World. So Bunny knew all about it, so we just reviewed it, and then I told her about how snow is water vapor in the clouds that froze into tiny crystals. These Crystals are attacked to each other and they stick to other crystals, and that makes a snow flake! ( I am not a snow expert. I read this article and then used the pictures that were there too! Thanks God for the interent). I had on a tray some different shapes of white paper cut up and in a pile (like a cloud). As I told her about the crystals forming, I took out some shapes and started hooking them together to form a snow flake shape. (I based it off of the activity that I saw here). This was my hands on way of showing something that is really impossible to see! As I made the snowflake I also talked about symmetry. How if we split something in half, the halves look the same. I drew two simple shapes to demonstrate this, and then Bunny wanted to try it too! 🙂 Then I showed her some snowflakes that were magnified on the computer so she could see how real ones look up close. Some of them were so close you could see where the crystals came together. She really thought that was cool. It was a lot in information in a short amount of time, but I think that it is one of those lessons that is easy to grasp and can easily be reinforced while we are out in the snow (if we finally get some)!
I did ask her to draw a picture and write a report when we were done and she did. She cut our some beautiful snowflakes and they she narrated a report on what we talked about. After we wrote the report, Bunny forgot that she didn’t tell me that snowflakes have six sides. So I suggested that she write it on the front, on her own! Well, she did. She sounded out all the words in “Snowflake has six sides”! I did help her remember the spacing, and to help her with the silent “e” on side, but she really did it all on her own! She confidence in improving and I was really proud! She is just flying through the reading and writing things. I know that all the books say that will happen, but I really didn’t believe them! 🙂 I guess its all about patience!
To end the day I pulled out the coffee filters I took from my mom’s house, and we made snowflakes! I folded the coffee filters for Pup and traces some lines for her to cut, and she did it on her own. Bunny was able to do it all on her own! I of course jumped in to play too! I love making snowflakes! 🙂 Pup made a few and had to take pictures of everything! Bunny did a great job, and made some very pretty, detailed snowflakes! She said that she liked that mine were so delicate! 🙂
I highly recommend using the coffee filters since they fold up easily, are all ready in the circle shape, and its easier to cut through all the layers! I saw this idea on Pintrest here. It was so much fun! The only thing that could have made this better, would have been some real snow to observe! 🙂 I hope you all are having some great winter fun too! Happy Schooling!
Today all the kids were here today and we had some great work time! All of the kids tried some new things and they had some fun too! There wasn’t too much that was out of the ordinary, so I will just show you the pictures that I took! 🙂
Bunny and I love the metal insets! They are so much fun to create different designs with and I love that they are also great pencil control practice! 🙂 Today Bunny and I spent some time thinking up and making some great Christmas themed inset work ideas! I thought I would share them with all of you in case you want to try them! Here are what we came up with!
Today we had a great work day! Both girls enjoys quite a bit of hard work! I love it when we get down to work and all the girls do really well! It was a pretty typical day, but we managed to cover almost all the subject areas! Here is what we did!
Well I knew it would happen soon, but Bunny is starting to read! I am so proud of her! I have Ms. Rhonda’s Readers that are all phonetic. They were written by a Montessori teacher and I liked that they are a bit more advanced then Bob books, but not so hard as a typical early reader! You can see them here. Bunny has read three in the past two days! I have been waiting and waiting for her to start getting the idea of sounding words out! I really hope that this is the real beginning! I think that it may be since she has been writing alot lately (the other day when she finished eating dinner she said “Mommy I am D-U-N”). Her reading of course pretty slow, but she is getting the words right! Yeah!!!!!! Here are some pictures of my very proud girl!
We also have been working on quite a bit of math today! I have been waiting for Bunny to get a pretty good idea of borrowing with subtraction and I think that she has a pretty good idea of it. She still need practice since I have to say “what do we need to do?” and they she will say exchange. So I think she has a good idea of it.Today I presented her with static multiplication. She loved it! She always wants to know new things and loves new presentations! I could give her something new everyday, but I try and pace us! 😉 She did a great job though an we did three problems. She still doesn’t want to do the work alone and I have just let that be as it is. She can do it, but I think it is more fun with someone else! In a Montessori classroom there are more then one doing the presentation, so I let myself be the other child. It makes it better and more fun! 😉 After we did this I pulled out the addition snake game. I have never played it or seen it played, so I pulled out a couple of different Montessori Albums and tried to figure it out. I will admit, it took me quite a while to figure it out properly! It just wasn’t making sense. While I worked on it Bunny was very interested in how it was played. So, once I finally figured it out, we played it a bunch of times! I think that it will be something we play quite a bit! Now I need to figure out the subtraction version! 😉
So that is what Bunny was up to today! We also made some really sweet snowflake ornaments, but that is another post! 🙂 Stop on back tomorrow! Happy Schooling everyone!