Dear friends, I’m very busy and I don’t have an easy access to products that are sometimes required to create a dough or a slime. So when I discovered this 2-ingredient cloud dough from Happy Hooligans, I was ecstatic! To make a moon sand or cloud dough, you just need a lot of plain flour and baby oil. That’s just it! Check the site for the measurements, the outcome was fantastic!
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Monday, March 28, 2016
Here are all the materials and resources that we will be using in our Fish Theme for the month of April. I prepared this list for those who wanted to follow our activities and those who are inquiring about the materials we are using.
Sunday, March 27, 2016
Vito is 28 months old.
We have an amazing full moon during Holy Week so I encouraged the boys to the paint the moon. I can’t believe that it turned out so beautiful and realistic! The craters are naturally formed and the color combination of paints were fantastic. The best part about this is that it’s so simple to make!
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Hello everyone! We’re changing how we do learning activities at home and I am happy to announce that I finally created a curriculum for Vito. This is perfect to those who wants to follow along with us, or to those who are looking for a reference. With Mavi, I can whip any activities and he would just go along with it, especially activities that includes letters and reading. But Vito is different, he’s loving movements, exploring objects, games and anything that he sees in the books! While we work on our main themes, our Tot School letters will be in the background.
So this is how it will work. Every 20th of each month, I will publish the curriculum for the coming month so you have enough time to prepare. I will try my best to come up with activities that are easy to assemble as I want working Moms to be able to do this as well.
I will share the activities and our progress each day through my blog and Instagram. Please do follow me on Instagram, I posts interesting stuff there in real time! At the end of the week, I will recap all the activities and share it to everyone. I will try my best to archive these themes so you can easily access all this data in my blog as your reference. It’s up to you want to follow the curriculum weekly with us or decided to it at your own pace.
Without further ado, here’s my April Tot School Curriculum
This will serve as our guidelines for the month of April. In case we may miss a theme due to sickness, holidays or vacations we will reschedule it. I will have a separate post for all the materials and supplies that you will need for each theme. Stay tuned!
Monday, March 21, 2016
I always find it hard to get Vito to do alphabet activities with me. Mavi was already learning how to spell 2.5 years old and although Vito knows the letters and sounds they make, he’s still not at it when it comes to doing the activities.
So I started reading my favourite blogs (since 2010) and came across these activities from NurturingLearning.com. These activities requires movements which Vito loves to do to keep him engaged in alphabet activities.
Sunday, March 20, 2016
The perfect way to introduce plants to a child/toddler is through awakening their interest and love of flowers. Kids love flowers naturally. We love to look at them, and occassionaly name the flowers as we see them in the road.
Now that Vito appreciates trees and flowers, the next step is to inspire him with a desire to care for and preserve plants and flowers. Here’s Vito’s early learning of plants!
Saturday, March 19, 2016
The boys and I are reading our favourite Bible stories and we started with Noah’s Ark since we own the Playmobil Noah’s Ark. I got this last year from a major toy sale in one of the shops here, almost 80% off!! The boys love this piece of material so much! It’s a beautiful and sturdy toy with so much educational value for big and small kids.
Friday, March 18, 2016
Vito is 28 months old.
Vito is currently in his sensitive years and I am taking advantage of this period as he’s really into ALL our activities, positioning himself in his table asking for something to “play”. So this week, we started with letter R. Why letter R and not A? Well, I decided to follow the RAMFBITG method of introducing letter sounds to Vito. To know why, read about it here.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Vito is 28 months old.
Odd as it may be, but Vito loves numbers and counting more than letters. Yes, I find it odd because Mavi was into letters at his age and started to learn spelling by the time he’s 2.5 years old. It amazes me on how they can be different!
Anyway, I wanted to share with you this beautiful wooden number peg board I recently bought from a local store (materials are from Europe) and Vito loves this! A precious piece of math material that teaches little children to count and practice hand-eye coordination at the same time! I wanted to buy the Montessori Math Spindle, but when I saw this, I knew this is way more better (and a lot cheaper)!
Sunday, March 13, 2016
My son attends a Catholic school so he knows all our religion’s celebrations and traditions. I was raised in a Catholic family and during Lent we do a lot of religious activities at home like processions, daily prayers, participating in the Stations of the Cross, novenas, watching religious films in the church and attending mass and more. I wanted my kids to experience this to understand the meaning of Lent and why we celebrate Easter. So I decided to start a simple Lenten tradition in our home, to focus on Jesus, prayer, meditation and sacrifice.
Saturday, March 12, 2016
These are the activities designed for Vito for this month as we are celebrating springtime integrating St. Patrick’s Day and Easter. Materials used are provided below for your reference.
Friday, March 11, 2016
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
I saw this beautiful rainbow craft a few weeks ago in Pinterest and I totally forgot the main site, so please if you own this craft leave a message and I’ll include the credits.
I’ve been introducing Vito to the spring season using our Spring Season Picture Cards, books and outdoor activities. Today, I’m sharing the rainbow clouds the boys made last week. The weather was terrible at that time and we couldn’t explore our yard so I made use of their free time doing crafts at home. So I tried to scan through Pinterest in search of simple crafts that BOTH of my kids could work on, and this is one of them!
Crafts projects allow children to exercise their fine motor skills, improve manual dexterity and understanding of visual-spatial relationships. They provide opportunities to use their imagination as well. Just be vigilant when using small items and sharp objects like scissors.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
It’s time for another 12 Months of Montessori Series and today I am sharing Mavi’s favourite book series. We have been using these books for years now. The books are all about the cosmic history to the evolution of man. The stories are accompanied by stunning images and time-line to follow. Everything in these books are just too magical and enlightening for him!
About the books:
There are three books in the series and each tells a certain period in time. Here are the details of the books which you can purchase from Amazon:
- BORN WITH A BANG. Story of the universe from the Big Bang to the formation of the sun and solar system.
- FROM LAVA TO LIFE. Story of Earth from the appearance of the first life forms to the extinction of the dinosaurs.
- MAMMALS WHO MORPH. The story of the first mammals to the story of humans.
When I asked Mavi how we’re going to showcase his books in today’s post, he suggested that we should make some kind of “interpretation”, similar to a museum but only in a series of activities. So I scanned and laminated his favourite parts in each book so we can do our “interpretation” of the story.
BORN WITH A BANG: how the universe was formed. Seen here, we replicated the bursting of lights in the universe forming into galaxies, stars and planets via the milk/soap/food coloring science activity. This was performed by Mavi and Vito. The mixing and contrast of colours looked like the big bang!
Monday, March 7, 2016
Spring is just around the corner and I’ve been thinking about the activities that the boys and I can do. I was very much inspired by Deb’s post on Spring Season Cards, so I borrowed the idea of printing pictures that relates to spring and we will be using them for the follwing:
- introducing the season of spring to Vito
- creating stories using the picture cards
- inspiration for crafts
- inspiration for outdoor activities
- St. Patrick and Easter activities
- farm animals and their babies
- animal life cycles
Saturday, March 5, 2016
Vito is 27 months old.
I have this bucket balance years ago and was mostly used by Mavi. He’s been using it to learn concepts like mass units and the concept of gravity. I’m so hesitant to let Vito use it for the obvious reason that at his age, he might break it or doesn’t know how to use it. But I was wrong! One day, I ran out of ideas for him so I bravely took our bucket balance and a bunch of Duplos for him to explore. Well, lo and behold! It was a total hit and didn’t expect that he’ll enjoy using it!
So what did Vito exactly do with the balance and what are the things he discovered?
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Oh my, Goodnight Moon is one of my kids favourite books and I can’t wait to share with you the contents of our storytelling basket! I assembled it over the weekend and both Vito and Mavi are having fun tinkering and exploring the objects.
I read this book everynight. It’s calming, relaxing… makes them ponder of what’s out there in the night, letting them observe their room and the silence of the night. And may I just say, there is so much love in the story. The old lady as I would always say to the boys, is lovingly watching her little kid going to sleep, just like most Mommies do!