FREE Musical Hand Bell Cards

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Sharing our beautiful musical hand bell cards for everyone to use!

musical instruments

Understanding the Water Cycle

Friday, July 29, 2016

Last week I decided that Mavi and I should do a water cycle activity with Vito.  I prepared some materials and simple experiments to demonstrate this amazing science!

Study of Plants and Nature and {Learn & Play Link Up}

Thursday, July 28, 2016

We're having plant and tree activities next month so I'm featuring these amazing posts for inspiration!

Sound Waves Experiment: The String Phone

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

I think is one of the best example of explaining to a 7 year old that sound travels.  I enjoyed playing with this as a young child. But instead of using styro cups, we were used tin cans which I think is more effective.


Montessori Inspired Activity: Musical Instruments

Monday, July 25, 2016

As we continue our Sound and Music Unit, I also introduced the different musical instruments.  Of course, it would be best if we have all of these (LOL) or least own one, but since we don’t these beautiful musical figures from Safari Toob will do.


Montessori-Inspired Sounds and Music: The Musical Hand Bells

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Vito is 32 months old.

I prepared a few simple activities for our Sound and Music Unit.  It was the week of heatwave so I grabbed the opportunity to bring the boys outside more often to practise their biking and scooting skills, and as for me, able to run and lose a few pounds LOL.

Joking aside, this musical hand bells was a favourite of Vito. He loves using just to listen to the sound it makes and at times ringing the bells together to make “music”.


Homeschool Activities for Toddlers 32 Month Old

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

I’d like to share a summary of Vito’s work tray activities at 32 months.  These are the trays that are either part of our themed activities or just some random ones that I prepared for him in line with his current interests.  I hope that this will give you an idea on what to give your child in case he/she’s of the same age.  Keeping records of Vito’s work trays are also a means for me to track his development and progress per month. 
32 Months


One of the challenging work he’s working on this month.  We’re working with letters CUSN-POLH and here he’s doing the letter C.  This printed material was from The Confessions of a Homeschooler and the magnetic board plus the patterns were from Melissa and Doug.


He loves the sandpaper numbers!  So we worked on tracing the numbers first and I demonstrated by count it using the do a dot marker.  So aside from pre-writing, it’s also a great practise for 1:1 correspondence.  The sandpaper numbers can be purchased here and you can get the markers here, Do a Dot Markers.


We love Safari Toobs and its his first time to use the Musical Instruments Toob.  As of the moment, we do the typical match to figure and picture using the 3-Part Cards from The Wise Owl (Philippine based).


Learning about the animals in the wild, using this set from The Wise Owl again (the 3-Part cards for the Safari Toobs Wild Animals is also in my 200+ Toobs Matching Cards Bundle Pack).  He can name a few but find it difficult to say the names of other animals like the rhino, hippo, and panther Open-mouthed smile


One of our favorite printable from our shop (Animal Skin Cover Matching Cards)!  Matching animals with their covers.  We are using animals from Schleich and Safari Toobs Wild Animals.
Aside from matching,  we also practiced his “big and small”. Vito called it the baby and mommy animals (small and big). 


We’re having the Sound and Music Unit and one activity is using these musical handbells.  You can check how we conducted our activity here, Montessori-Inspired Sounds and Music: The Musical Hand Bells.


A little bit of phonics activity by matching animal names to their beginning sounds.  We just worked from letters A to E.  Animals are from Schleich and foam letters from Munchkin Letters and Numbers Bath Toys.


This is one of his favorites for this month.  You can get the Knobless Cylinders at any Montessori shop or here.  Read about this amazing sensorial material and activity here, Montessori Sensorial Activities using the Knobless Cylinders.



Vito is currently obsessed with tracing so I got him a dry wipe/wet wipe chalk markers which has no strong scent.  I used to purchase those dry erase pens that are using ink but they really smell, and I just discovered these chalk markers which are perfect for Vito. It’s non toxic, has bright colors and can be removed easily!  You can get these from AmazonUK and AmazonUS.  The wipe and erase cards were Mavi’s and I purchased them from Singapore (Kumon), you can also get them here.  And if you have more time and want to create your own cards you can also get this printable instead, Alphabet Tracing Mats.

Alphabet Tracing Mats (Uppercase and Lowercase)

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Introducing Simple Machines to Kids (with Free Printable)

Monday, July 18, 2016

This summer, Mavi requested that we do some science lessons that we haven’t touched before (math’s a different story though).  Thus previously, we had types of fossils and a review of clouds.  Last week, he was watching the story of the caveman on how they were able to build tools that helped them build houses, kill animals for food and clothing and for protection.  As you can see, in his spare time, he loves to spend time in the yard and looks for ways to create an axe using a stick and a stone.  With this interest, I introduced him to simple machines.

Montessori-Inspired Activity: The Life of a Honey Bee

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Vito is 32 months old.

The appearance of the honey bees in our front and backyard has led us to look into the lives of these beautiful creatures who are the main source of honey.  Vito is terrified of them but not Mavi.  We were out the other day catching a few of them, observing how they produce the buzzing sound and freed them up again.


The Butterfly Garden Sensory Tub

Friday, July 15, 2016

This is one of the fastest and easiest sensory tub I’ve ever assembled. The tub is filled with 3 packs of lentils and butterflies from Safari Toob. Simple as it is, but oh boy, my little Vito played with this for a long time!


Creative Ideas for Letter Activities and {Learn & Play Link Up}

Thursday, July 14, 2016

I'm looking for creative ways to introduce letters to Vito and am happy to share that I sourced some of it here in our linkup.  So today I'm featuring these amazing ideas of alphabet activities for kids.

Montessori Inspired Insects Activity

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

I am reintroducing some Montessori-inspired activities once again to Vito.  We’ve been doing lots of free play for the past few days that I miss giving him “prepared” activities.  As he will turn three in the next few months, I’m planning to have a more “structured” schedule and curriculum for him this school year. I’ll share that later on once I figure out how to do that. 

Anyway, so in our Insects Unit, I borrowed these cards from my friends at The Wise Owl.  They’re Philippine based online shop that provides Montessori cards and Safari Toob figures locally.  Their cards are lovely and the images are so beautiful!


Montessori Sensorial Activities using the Knobless Cylinders

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Vito is 32 months old.
The main purpose of sensorial activities in Montessori is to help the child sort out the many and varied impressions given the senses.  The sensorial materials that you mostly see are designed to help the child develop discrimination, order and to broaden and refine the senses. 

Knobless Cylinders are sensorial materials that are used for visual discrimination of dimension, width, length and size.  Vito love these cylinders! We are using this every morning and he can’t seem to get enough of it!

Kingdoms of Life: Animal Kingdom

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Mavi borrowed this book from the library so we can revisit the Animal Kingdom and he wanted to explore more of the other kingdoms of life.  We’ve done a couple of times before (here and here) and he loves revisiting this over and over.


Learning Music for Kids and {Learn & Play Link Up}

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

One of the areas I wanted to explore more with the boys is music and sound. So I am featuring music activities this week which will surely inspire everyone, especially the music enthusiasts out there.

Learning About the Beach

Monday, July 4, 2016

Vito is 31 months old.

Because of our Bodies of Water Unit, we took the boys to the beach a few weeks ago. It was Vito’s first time to be in a beach and actually enjoyed the sand and waddled in the water!



Fun Rain Cloud Experiment for Kids

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Vito is 31 months old.

Still part of our study of the bodies of water, we tried the rain cloud experiment at home and it was a total hit!


Land and Water Forms Learning Pack

Saturday, July 2, 2016

We are loving our new land and water form learning cards! When we were using it in our Bodies of Water Unit, Mavi insisted that he should keep this in his room so he can read it everyday and use it as a guide for his landform drawings!  Click here or the image for the link.

Landforms copy

Ocean Animals, Learning and Sensory Tub

Friday, July 1, 2016

Vito is 31 months old.
My boys and I love sensory tub! I often assemble something that would go along with our theme of the week. And for our Bodies of Water week, I’m sharing our Ocean Tub!