Saturday, May 30, 2015
Monday, May 25, 2015
Letter 'c' craft. I made Vito colour the letter c using our Do-a-Dot markers (which he really really loves by the way). Afterwhich, I made him watch Mavi cut the letter and turn it into a letter c carrot.
C for colours. This is again another colour matching activity I prepared for Vito. The cups were from the local store and the cubes were from Melissa & Doug Lacing Beads learning toy. We do this activity everyday for Vito to know his colours.
C for cottons. We tried this activity, painting using cotton balls but Vito was horrified of the cotton. So we proceeded with finger painting instead. We are using Giotto Bebe Fingerpaints at home.
Playing with pegs (pretend corns). We played around with favourite FantaColor pegs and Vito is getting better fitting those smaller pegs into the hold
Steamed carrots. Vito's snack for the entire week LOL.
C for cars. We played with cars every morning and matched them to our homemade colour cards. Read about it here.
Books this week:
Photos of Vito working.
More letter sound activities coming up in the next few weeks!
Letter ‘b’ Sound activities might interest you as well!
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Making the most of Vito’s interest in cars, we played this colour matching game. This is an example of “follow the child”. Observe your child’s interest and use that in you advantage lol.
You see Vito knows his shapes and can identify objects, but I’m not really sure with his colours . This is the reason why I do colour activities everyday. And as much as I want to push him, colour activity is not really his type. So I was wondering if we could do colour matching and play cards at the same time.
Oh boy it was a total hit!
I suggest start the presentation slowly. It’s like saying “Vito, this car is red. This card is also red. So I’m going to put them together here.”
I wanted to present three colours only (red, blue and yellow) but he took out the rest of the cards and gave it to me (a sign!). So I proceeded with the other colours. After the presentation he started playing with the cars, making sounds and gestures. While he is at it, I asked him to show me a car according to the colour I will mention. In the picture below I asked him for a blue car, and he pointed correctly on the car. I asked him for a yellow car, but he ignored me and continue playing with the blue car. If that’s the case, let him be. No pressure. The point here is exposing the child to colours, not pushing them to know it instantly.
He loves this toy, so I used it as a tool in teaching colour as well. Here I was telling him a story that the cars need to go home, and they have to go to the doors of which they matches their colours.
He listened all throughout the presentation (I guess he loves the story), but ignored me whenever I ask him to give me a certain coloured car. He was too busy playing opening and closing the doors, while moving the cars in any directions.
Well this was a nice attempt of teaching Vito colours. We’ll be doing this frequently, as he loves playing with cars as of the moment
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Saturday, May 23, 2015
Mavi and I started some activities for Applied Science. Here, math and science works together to solve problems. Applied Science enables the child to do critical thinking.
Experimenting and predicting Mass (Weight)
I chose this lesson because I’ve always wanted to use our bucket balance which I got from Learning Resources. I had this since last year but Mavi has been using it for play and have not used it as an educational toy yet.
- Balance scale or bucket balance from Learning Resources
- Items to weigh ( we have rugby ball, a small book and box of Jenga toys)
- To develop skills in predicting and estimating the mass of the an object.
- To use knowledge in science and math to come up with a mathematical conclusion based on the experiment.
Mavi will predict the weight of the materials without putting it in the scale. The prediction of how heavy it is will be based on the unit material we are using. For example, how many unit trains does the rugby ball weighs? Then we will determine if his predictions are correct by testing it in the balance against the number of units he predicted.
Once he has tested all the materials, we will then come up with a conclusion if his prediction are correct or not. Then compare each object, from the lightest to heaviest using the number of units each has.
|Rugby ball||17 trains||25 trains|
|Book||20 pebbles||33 pebbles|
|Box||10 pebbles||11 pebbles|
We concluded that the heaviest item was the rugby ball and the lightest was the Jenga box.
This was an exciting activity for Mavi. After our lesson he continued playing with the balance in his room, with his brother. He’s trying to test how will two different objects balance. Of course, he has a little helper.
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Thursday, May 21, 2015
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Another week of Learn & Play Link Up! I am so excited to feature 5 blog posts that has captured my attention. As you all know, we love doing animal studies at home because Mavi looooovess learning about them!! And my little Vito is now obsessed with dogs and spiders! Yes! spiders! So I’m thinking of having an animal study soon, and I now know where to get inspiration!
So here are the posts that are featured for this week:
Life Cycle Art from Minnie Monets and Mommies
Alligator Printable Pack from Mommyhood in Holland
Montessori Inspired Butterfly – Caterpillar Unit from Living Montessori Now
Dinosaur Color Sorting Activity from Stir the Wonder
Insect Sensory Bin from Rubber Boots and Elf Shoes
This week on The Pinay Homeschooler, I am going to feature our insect studies for the past years. Mavi loves everything about insects. it is also important that kids understand how to differentiate insects from other creepy crawlers. Remember, not everything that crawls are insects! Like spiders, worms and centipedes… they belong to different groups!
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015
What is the book all about?
Monday, May 18, 2015
- Grasshopper (incomplete metamorphosis)
- Honey Bee
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Welcome to another post on 12 Months of Montessori Series! For May, we’re exploring Montessori sensorial activities and I am sharing with you fun activities that led to discoveries using their senses.
My initial plan for this was for a nature exploration outdoors since we all know that nature provides the BEST sensory experience. But because mother nature wasn’t in the mood (rained throughout the week!), I decided to do most of our sensory activities at the backyard and indoors.
Montessori emphasized that children learns with their senses. It is important that they use their senses to explore the world they live in. Stimulating these senses will send signals to the child’s brain that will help to strengthen the neural pathways which are important for all types of learning.
In a Montessori classroom, there are a lot of sensorial materials that are used to help the child develop discrimination, order and broaden and refine their senses. But just because we don’t own any of these materials, that doesn’t mean we can’t do sensorial at home. In fact, I prefer giving my kids the REAL experience when it comes to sensory.
Without much further ado, here are Mavi and Vito…
Sense of touch. We started off with ice and water play. This was the time when we got Mr Sun. I immediately took out the materials and let the boys play together. This activity introduced the concept of warm and cold to Vito.
Sense of hearing. We explored the rhythm bells I got earlier this year. Oh boy, it was really something new to him and he loves shaking it to produce sound. Here, I introduced Vito the loudness and softness sound.
Sense of touch and smell. We went crazy over Crazy Soap!! Thanks to Stimulating with Rachel who suggested this brand to us. I wanted to use kid-friendly soap as I used shaving cream before which gives a strong scent. The Crazy Soap has gentle smell that the kids love, and the foam is just amazing! You can shape it and it bounces! This activity introduces Vito to vocabularies like “good smell”, “soft”, “bouncy” and “squishy”.
Sense of sight. Activity we did in the backyard where we enjoyed the abundance of dandelions and blowing the seeds! We also planted garden pinwheels around the yard so Vito and Mavi can enjoy watching it turn (it can be relaxing!). My Vito was so amazed by the wheels!
Sense of touch, smell and taste. Save the best for last. We made pizza !!!
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