The boys had a blast learning about the phases of the moon last week. We worked on this during our Goodnight Moon Unit and even though this was mainly for Vito, I decided to include Mavi as well. With this, I prepared two sets of learning materials: one for a preschooler and the other is for older kids (elementary). This post is on how you can introduce the moon and its phases to kids from 3years and older.
Sunday, October 23, 2016
My boys love Goodnight Moon and we have read it numerous times already. You can see our previous activity of the book from here. Now that Vito is a lot more older, I assembled these activity trays for him to work on as a book extension. I don’t have a guide for Before FIAR, so all of these activities are either sourced from the internet or invented by yours truly.
Note: All of the printables here are homemade and you can find them in my shop.
Friday, October 21, 2016
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Vito had a sudden interest on tracing and writing letters last week. I didn’t see it coming. He knows all his letter sounds, but is not ecstatic over letter (phonics) activities like sorting objects according to beginning letters. So I’m shelving those at the moment. Right now, he just wanted to trace and attempt (and pretend) to write letters.
Friday, October 14, 2016
So the other day, I was tidying up my storage shelf and Vito saw our Hundred Board. He immediately took it out and excitedly said “Oh numbers! Let’s count!” and that’s what we basically did for the past few days.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
A long overdue post of our letter B activities. Vito is currently sick so I barely have time to post. We are not doing any “homeschool” activities except for reading books and play with his farm set. Below are some ideas for learning letter B sound and prewriting activities.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
We are seeing a lot of pumpkins and though we may not be able to visit a pumpkin patch, we brought home a couple of pumpkins for exploration. I would like to share this very beautiful layered puzzle that I purchased in Amazon. It’s the Life Cycle of a Pumpkin, beautifully crafted and illustrated. There’s a guide for each layer on the left side so the child will know what comes next.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Sunday, October 9, 2016
IT’s the 12 Month of Montessori Series for October and I would like to share the top 4 Montessori Math materials in teaching numbers to preschoolers. I love sharing math activities because I love math, and Mavi is now appreciating mathematics because he can see its application to real life.
I am absolutely a believer of the Montessori approach in mathematics, especially to younger kids as it provides a strong foundation in understanding numbers and quantity. The use of tactile materials make it even more engaging to young children. And the best part of this, you can absolutely make a “poor man’s version” of the materials.
Without further ado, I’d like to introduce to you some of the Montessori materials that introduces the units of quantity from 0 to 10.
Saturday, October 8, 2016
I’d like to share Vito’s top picks of activities for October. These are the trays that he would select more often for “play”. Links to the materials are provided, and feel free to ask questions as well.
Friday, October 7, 2016
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Vito is 34 months old.
It’s that time of the year when my kids get to see a lot of human skeleton hanging everywhere! No wonder October is the best time to introduce the human skeleton to your kids. Vito is in the “what’s that” stage and he’s been asking me a lot of question lately about these “funny” costumes and the hanging bones. So I gathered a few old and new learning materials for him so I can introduce these amazing body system.
Saturday, October 1, 2016
We were reading a lot of animal books lately that I decided to introduce Vito to animal habitats. I have no idea how to do it first, but then I realised that I have kinetic sand, some synthetic grass and unused ice in the fridge… enough materials to present three animal habitats of the world. Take note that there was no serious “lesson” in here. Everything was spontaneous, like a storytelling of animal homes. The concept was introduced as Vito and I played along. Much of the time was spent playing pretend, feeling and touching the grass, sand and ice!