Work Time and Winter Watercolor!

Well today was a day of work time! I really wanted the girls to get in one more good work time this week! So we headed downstairs. All in all it was a really good day, but there were some moments where I may or may not have screamed like a crazy woman (hey Bug and Pup left the bathroom door open again and Tadpole stuffed my hand towel in the toilet which, of course, hadn’t been flushed)! I am very happy though that the girls got some good work done today! In fact Bug really got into a great place of concentration for a bit. Tadpole also had some more moments of work. He is getting older and its interesting to watch him change into a big boy! He will be two soon and I can see the change from little baby to older toddler! Bunny worked on some new letter sounds, and Pup tried some sound cylinders today that she hasn’t tried in a while. We also did a water color project today that I saw on Amongst Lovely Things. The kids loved it and even Tadpole did one! Here are some pictures I was able to get!

Bunny got an early Birthday gift yesterday evening of a Lego set and she had to build it this morning! She did almost all of it on her own (there was a point where she needed to move a piece over, and I helped her with that and with sticking the decals on)! I was amazed at her focus and concentration. She did a great job! I see more Lego’s in our future!

All Built!

Today Bug discovered the glue stick! She wanted to just smear it on. Then I told her that it was for sticking things down and I gave her some paper to make things to stick in the glue! Well she went to work sticking piece after piece down on the same paper! She was so happy with it! I think it was defiantly a learning moment and it was all about the process, not the product!

Pup keeps trying this work, but it is really hard for her. I keep thinking I should take it away since most of the water ends up on the table and the tray, but she works so hard.

Tadpole again tried a few trays. He really feels big when he is working! 🙂
He put it away too when I asked him to!

He also wanted to do the pouring work. The pitcher was way too big. So I gave him a tiny pitcher and a tiny cup only half full of water to try! And try he did! I have to just let him go, but he gets water all over! However he did stick with it! When he ran out of water, he tried to go upstairs to get himself more. I love that he wanted to be independent, but him alone in the bathroom never ends well (read above incident)! So I got it for him! 😉

He is thinking so hard!

Victory Dance! 🙂

Her shook some sound cylinder too! Right now he just thinks its great that they make noise. He isn’t at a point where matching them is something he can do.

Bunny showed Pup how to do the Binomial Cube. She didn’t try it again, but Pup keeps trying to do it.

When Pup abandoned the cube, Bug took over! She is really been trying this alot! Bunny obviously is doing the trinomial cube! She built it outside the box today!

This is Pup’s “math”. She loves to try it. Again, she just isn’t there yet, but I sat with her and asked her to get the “next biggest one” and she was able to do it.

Then she very carefully put them all away!

She also did the sound cylinders

Pup worked on matching her colors.

Here is the letter we worked on!

We wrote words with each sound.

And now for the project! It was really simple. All we needed  to was use some painters tape to make a tree shape, and then use water color all around it! Easy Peasy!

After they dried we just peeled the tape off to reveal the tree! I talked about cool colors and how they make us feel cold. I showed them the warm and cool colors. Since we were making winter trees I encouraged the kids to use the cool colors! They used some of those and some of the other colors as well! Here is what their masterpieces turned out like!

Here is Bunny’s

Here is Pup’s

This one is Bug’s

And this one is Tadpoles!
So it was a good day and I am hoping that tomorrow is a good one too! I will probably not be posting for the next couple days as the Birthday fun will be kicking into high gear! Dont worry, there will be plenty of pictures! I hope you have a great end of the week!

Montessori Monday~ A week of odds and ends!

This week we are pretty much just working on what we have going on in our classroom right now. I couldn’t think of any other trays to make! 🙂 So we are using what we have out and working hard! I forgot to write out Bunny’s Plan, but it looks very much the same as last week. I think we will be looking into the unicorn whale this week a bit since we are on a unicorn kick! 🙂 We also have some math work to do, I need to research a figure out the subtraction snake game, and I really want to work on some letter sounds. I really hope to get in a few good days of work in! Today was a good start. It wasn’t out longest work time, but it was a good one! Bunny did some multiplication today and read a book, Bug focused really well and chose her own work, Pup buttoned a coat all on her own, and Tadpole actually put his work away! It was a pretty good day!

Tadpole picked this work out right away.
AND he finished it!!! It is so rare that he finishes.
 I hope that is the beginning of some more work time for him!

Pup did this work really well! I love that she stuck with it!

Here the girls were looking for sparkly rocks that look like gem stones!

Tadpole worked with this a bit today!

Here is one of Bug’s picks! This was really tricky for her, but she did it and she used the tweezers to put all the puffs back too!

Bunny did this work and was really upset that she didn’t get them all right! I think that she was surprised at how hard it really was!

Pup did a great job with the cylinders!

Pup is doing her math. She really doesn’t get it yet, but she really tries!
She is so proud when they are all lined up!

Bunny pulled out the thermic tablets! She really likes these, but I think we both sort of forgot them. Its always fun to find a work that we forgot about!

Here is Bug with another work that she picked !

Tadpole also did this work really well! He feels like one of the big kids when he sits at the table and works!

And he is one of the biggest moment of the day….HE WALKED HIS TRAY BACK ON HIS OWN!!!!!!
I know that its a simple thing, but its huge for him! 🙂

Then…it got better! He spilled and PICKED IT UP!!!!!
I am so excited! He is growing up and I love it! Plus his sister helped him out which was so sweet of her!

Bug did the binomial cube. She somehow managed to build it in the container, close it all perfectly, but still had some cubes out of place. Hmmmm….I will have to look into it. She was really proud!

Bunny and I worked with the Golden Bead to do some multiplication work. We have only done static, but this problem offered us a chance to practice some exchange work in this problem! 🙂 oops! I guess I didn’t figure it all right! Oh well, she got it, so I guess she’s ready!

Next I pulled out the dressing basket and the kids thought that was a great idea!

Pup really did a great job buttoning the jacket all on her own!
 I was proud that she figured out those buttons!

What a cutie! 😉

We also baked some cookies together! M&M cookies to be exact! Bug and Bunny LOVES to cook!
So that is what we did today! As you can see from the pictures, we were busy! The girls were in princess mode today too (in case you were wondering about the dresses everyone was wearing), and they really played a TON together today too! I love to see how they creatively work together to create a world of their own! If you want to see more Montessori work though, you can visit Deb at Living Montessori Now for her Montessori Monday link up!

The {not so messy} Rice Sensory Play!

Today I needed to find something for Tadpole to do and rice is what I had on hand. Now, contrary to all Montessori Principles, I hate free sensory play when it has the potential to sped all over my house like a disease. I am good with play dough, I love to paint, I will bake all day, but give me a sensory bin that can be spilled a million ways….well let just say my kids have only done it a few times! The fact is I LOVE the idea of sensory bins! They are beautiful, and wonderful, and everything a kid loves! I really wish I was better about it, but I’m not. So today I really tried to think a way to let Tadpole have fun without me having rice ALL OVER MY KITCHEN!!!! So I tried to show him how to play in the bowl only. This work for a bit. He was very deliberate about his movement, but let’s face it, its just more fun to pour it really fast! 🙂 So, in a small stroke of genius, I put him and the bowl of rice on a table cloth in the middle of the kitchen! It was wonderful! The rice stayed mostly on the tablecloth, and Tadpole was able to really experiment with the rice! It turned out really well and when he was done I poured the rice back in the bowl, shook the cloth outside, and swept up the few remaining bits of rice! Perfect way to do rice!

How do you do let you kids have some sensory fun without having a huge mess too?