Simple Activity for Ageing

Sunday, April 19, 2015


Mavi and I were discussing how and why people get old. I whipped this activity instantly to show Mavi what happens when you grow old. 

I printed out Mavi’s pictures from birth to present.  One profile picture to represent each year. 

With these pictures, I asked Mavi to arrange them according to his age.  I added labels to match the pictures.

Ageing 1

After a few stumbles, he managed to correct his work and finally completed his timeline.  He was amazed to see his face changed! And there was some point wherein he can not tell the difference between his face (ages 4 and 5).

Ageing 2

So this is how I demonstrated to Mavi the process of ageing.  The body changes, as well as the features.  You can also show your kids their baby’s book to show that they are gaining weight as they grow.  Talk about their milestones as well and the major development in their body. 

I am so glad I took photos of him. Will continue this for as long as I can.

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Nature Study: The Plant Kingdom

Thursday, April 16, 2015

It’s time for our 12 Months of Montessori Series and today I would like to share with you our study of the Plant Kingdom. Last year we worked on the Animal Kingdom and it was a huge success.  It helped Mavi understand how the animals are grouped according to their characteristics. My plan for the Plant Kingdom is to conduct a brief presentation at home using our Plant Kingdom chart and cards, then do the rest of the work outdoors for a more hands-on experience (that is if the weather permits).

Plant Kingdom FB

Mother Nature seems to be hearing our pleas for a good weather and she gave us a week of sun and heat!

The first thing here was to introduce the Plant Kingdom Chart.  Similar to the animal kingdom, plants are also classified according to their structure and characteristics.  During the presentation, there’s a lot of questions coming out from Mavi and it is a good thing I have fact cards for him to read out loud and be able to explain the grouping.


You see Mavi is not a passive learner.  He asks gazillions of questions, everytime you answer his question, expect a follow up question, then another and another.  That’s the reason why I always have fact cards because at times, books are not available and I don’t use the internet whenever we have lessons.  DSC_0886 But of course, if you have books by all means, use them.  You can always rely on books.  Here’s what we have at home, World of Plants.  We’ve been using this for 3 years now.  I totally love this book, because it is very information and have lots of beautiful pictures for presentation.

DSC_0835Now with all the concepts learned, we went out to our forest/park and looked for these plants, to observe and investigate.  Note, the helmet is NOT A FASHION STATEMENT. He was wearing it because he was using his scooter.  Mavi is picking up samples so we could take a look at them at home.


 Liverworts and mosses are everywhere in this forest (and in Ireland!)!  This is a tree stump by the way, with sides covered with non-vascular plants!20150405_153920

Mavi checking out a conifer tree. He’s trying to check out the cones, looking for the male and female reproductive parts of this tree.   “Mavi the leaves are indeed waxy!”20150405_155856 A sight to behold!  Perfect place to explore and learn. 

20150405_160547 “Mom, ferns!”

20150405_160614 And there you go, non-vascular plants again of any kind.


20150405_160830 We investigated the stream as well, just to confirm that mosses, liverworts and horsetails really grows in damp places.


The last part was checking out plants that are dicots and monocots.  Daffodils are monocots.  I guess we’ll be back to extend our nature study for dicot and monocot plants!20150405_152725We took samples and brought them home for examination.


And that’s it for an introductory of the plant kingdom.  We’ll do MORE nature study as the weather warms especially in summer vacation. I am planning to spend our summer nature study now that Vito can participate (for sensorial).

The Plant Kingdom file can be purchased from here.

Plant Kingdom

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Spring Flower Crafts and Link Up #1

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

We’ve been enjoying springtime and spending much of our time outdoors!  At this time of the year, do a lot of our nature study, arts and crafts.  If you’ve been following me, we’ve started earlier this month and still continuing our botany lessons indoors and outdoors.  Mavi is loving our lessons, he loves to explore the outdoors feeling like a scientist. While Vito, Vito is all play and sensorial. He loves to touch and taste anything… even dandelion seeds!

I’ve gathered some of the best spring flowers crafts for you to try with your kids. These are all lovely and educational.  You will find the links after the image.

Spring Flower Crafts

Featured Posts for Spring Flowers this Week:

Easy Mother’s Day Craft from Child Led Life

Easy Spring Flower Crafts For Kids from Study at Home Mama

OT Tip Spring Flower Activity from Golden Reflections Blog

Flower Unit with Free Printables from Every Star is Different

Flower Art for Toddlers from Mama’s Happy Hive

For this week on The Pinay Homeschooler, I am featuring our parts of a flower and flower craft activities last year.


And! Don’t forget to join my Botany Puzzle Giveaway if you are in UK (FREE postage) or anywhere in Europe (winner pays postage)!


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    Montessori Botany Puzzle Giveaway

    Tuesday, April 14, 2015


    We are loving our botany puzzles from Tower High Learning!!  Now that it’s spring time, I unboxed them and displayed it in our shelves for Mavi to work.  And since we were blessed with beautiful weather for the past days, we can’t help  but pick a few daffodils so we can work with the puzzles and the real ones.



    Look at how clean the puzzles are and each part fits perfectly well! 

    Here, I traced the puzzle so Mavi can work on it as a control sheet while adding the labels from Leaf Nomenclature Cards and booklet.

    DSC_0806 He reads the definition for each part using our booklet. I made booklets 2 years ago and now he is loving the it!

    DSC_0809 After which, he wanted to colour the control sheet.

    DSC_0820 We did the same thing for the flower puzzle, and we dissected a daffodil to match each part of the flower :)  Click here for the details for our flower dissecting activity.


    You can do so much with these puzzles!

    Now, for the best part, Tower High Learning  is giving away any of these puzzles (according to its availability) to one of the lucky super lucky reader!  All you needed to do is leave a comment in this post, tell me what Montessori materials would you like to purchase if you have the budget and  leave your email address so I will know how to contact you.  *** This giveaway is open to European readers only.  FREE postage if winner is in UK, for outside the UK- winner pays postage.  ***

    This giveaway will run until April 22, 2015 at 12 midnight GMT. Winner will be picked randomly and will be receiving an email from me.

    Tower High Learning is a family owned business, that was set-up by the amazing Marie-Louise and her husband David in UK.  They supply Montessori materials to child care providers, church play groups, home educators, Montessori nurseries and schools.

    Parts of a Flower

    Thursday, April 9, 2015


    Oh I couldn’t resist not having a flower study! Daffodils are just everywhere and knowing me, I just have to grab this opportunity to review our parts of the flower and use our flower puzzle! (My puzzle is from Tower High Learning)

    So what to do with all these daffodils that Mavi picked from our backyard? Dissect them!


    And here’s how we investigated each part.


    I get lots of “ooohs” and “aaahs” from Mavi. I love it!

    This is how I do it at home and Mavi loves hands-on! 

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    Parts of a Flower

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