Earlier this year I bought Mavi this Montessori Map and Flags because they’ve been having a lot of geography lessons in school, and he wanted to master his knowledge of flags. As it turns out, this has been one of the most used Montessori material at home as of the moment. There are 32 country flags with a stand. Mavi can mostly identify those of European and American countries, but needs to review his African and middle eastern countries.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Vito is 39 months old.
There is nothing more precious in this world than seeing your kids work together peacefully LOL. During the midterm break, I prepared some activities which both of them can participate in. It’s not just about the academics, but my main purpose is for them to learn how to work together as a team and bond as brothers. So aside from learning about flowers, the boys also explored the animals of the world using our Animals Continent Activity Sheets. Mavi was so ecstatic to this with Vito as he loves animals (he said he’s an expert) and geography.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
This midterm break (for Mavi), I’m trying to setup activities that both of the boys (3 and 8 years old) can participate in. One of which is learning about flowers and what they are made of. Now, even though Mavi has done this a lot of times already (when he was 4, when he was 6) , he’s still eager to do this activity with his little brother. This is something new for me though, doing the activity with two boys, making sure that it is engaging to the little one, but at the same time able to relay information to my 8 years old. Anyway, you can skim through the post to see how I made the boys work together in the activities I prepared for them.
Friday, February 17, 2017
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Valentines Day season is always the time wherein the boys and I would talk about flowers. Not just because it is Valentines Day, but this is basically the time wherein we get to see spring flowers starting to bloom out from their buds. We see them everywhere, in the backyard and front lawn, parks and of course in our neighbours’ houses. My knowledge on flowers is very limited, I only knew of some tropical flowers from my country and Asian countries. Of course, there’s always the rose, tulip and orchids… but no, I haven’t heard of daffodils, crocus and poppies not until I stepped foot in Europe.
Friday, February 3, 2017
The boys are crazy over this Laser Maze Logic Game. I came across this logic STEM toy while I was scouting for learning materials for Mavi’s “optics” activity. Mavi loves solving the problems in the task cards and Vito on the other hand is fascinated by the effect of the laser light on the target.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
I was quite surprised when Mavi finished this book in one day! It arrived on the mail last week, and when I opened it in front of him, he excitedly asked if he could bring it to school so he can read it during the break.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
The boys received Bruder trucks last Christmas and they’ve been playing with them constantly! There are so many reasons why I love these trucks, but for Mavi, the size and the sturdiness of the trucks make it a big winner. Anyway, let me share with you one of Vito’s favourites, the cattle truck. The boys love playing farm and farm animals at home so the truck is a perfect addition to their “small world play” of farm animals.
Friday, January 13, 2017
Oh I am so happy how these turned out!! The boys and I enjoyed making these penguins using simple art materials. It took us around an hour to finish everything (with a stubborn preschooler) and we were totally blown by the result! This art project was from Deep Space Sparkle, one of my favourite artsy website and my go to for painting projects.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
We are loving this educational board game! I chanced upon this in a local bookstore, and hesitated to get one though I know Mavi will love it as he enjoys geography activities. Then one day, while I was looking for Christmas presents in Amazon, some BrainBox sets were on 50% off including this World edition. I purchased it right away and anticipated for days so Mavi and I can play the game as I was sick and couldn’t do any physical activities.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Last month, the boys were ill and they stayed in bed almost every day for a week. I was practically free the entire day but busy at night (mostly for Vito). During the time that they were sick, I decided to “upgrade” my Montessori botany cards and booklets for Vito to use in Spring 2017. Some of these were hand drawn, and I’m proud of what I have achieved. Come take a look!
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Based on my experience, the best way to teach kids about history is through famous landmarks. I remember growing up with my father’s stories of Greece, Spain, Egypt and South America. He has photos taken at the Great Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx, in Acropolis, Christ the Redeemer in Rio and more. He’s telling me a bit about history through the landmarks in his photos and this fascinated me. Since then, I’ve been very interested in travelling and learning about world history. I wanted to inspire Mavi the same way. I always start my history lessons with the famous landmarks using our travel photos and the Safari Toobs (Around the World, World Landmarks). Recently, I purchased the Safari Supertoob USA (on sale) because Mavi wanted to know more about the US (inspired by our trip there last May).
So in this post, I’m sharing how we worked on understanding the history of North America, through famous landmarks figures and playsets that depicts the life of the early people of North America.
Friday, November 4, 2016
Probably by now, you must have read my post on the Phases of the Moon for preschoolers. If not, I highly recommend that you do for it will give you ideas on how to introduce the moon’s phases to kids from ages 2.5 years and older.
We’ve been discussing this topic almost every year, and for this year, I wanted to give Mavi something different. So here are the materials I prepared for him: wall chart of the moon’s phases, a booklet for definition and nomenclature cards.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Friday, October 21, 2016
It’s starting to get chilly in our side of the world and though we prefer walking in the fields and in the forest during this beautiful season, the weather doesn’t seem to be in line with my plans. So last week, I introduced Vito to the Montessori colored beads which I have for 3 years now. But the thing about siblings, they just wanted to do what the other is doing. Mavi insisted that I should give him some work with the beads as well, not just Vito. In this post, I’m sharing how I made the boys work independently, but still supervising them as they work.