Saturday, April 15, 2017
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Vito is 40 months old.
I’m always in search of new learning games and activities to try with Vito. Vito is quite a challenge. He’s a little bit picky with activities, he always wants it to be interesting, some sort of a game. He is currently in a sensitive period with letters, always singing the song, identifying letters in books, pretending to read words, completing his alphabet puzzles and more. He knows the letter sounds and can identify uppercase and lowercase, so I’m moving forward to phonics and CVC reading practise in our language activities at home. To start with, we are practising how to identify beginning letter sound of “objects” in picture format. I know, I should be doing objects, but Vito is always distracted with objects. He sees them as toys, not a language learning material. We don’t get things done whenever I use objects because we end up playing. So I’m sticking with picture cards for the moment, it’s working on his part. Whenever he sees a picture card, he would name it and emphasize the beginning letter sound. This was our first try, and we’ve been doing this activity occasionally. Lately, I acquired an extra tiny bag from my Stereognostic material and I made use of it in this game. We often use moveable alphabet but Vito insisted to use the Hape Uppercase Puzzle (he loves this puzzle!).
Friday, January 27, 2017
Vito is 38 months old.
I am so excited that I finally found a way to keep Vito engaged in the alphabet sorting activity. You see we always sort out objects according to their letter sound (see it here), but my problem is that Vito is more interested with the objects rather than participating in the activity. The moment I opened the box for us to sort, he would take away one object at a time and he refuses to do the activity and would play instead. Now this is fine, I have no problems with it. In fact, this happened to Mavi too. I let them play with the objects first but then would ask them to participate in the activity right after. It was temporary for Mavi, he loved sorting objects according to beginning letters rather than playing with them. As for Vito, it’s different. He is still in a stage of being “playful” so our sorting activities are sometimes a struggle. He knows how to do it, but refuses because of the object.
My solution: I tried using a printed image instead of the objects and tada, he finished everything in a matter of seconds! With this, we are going to work on printed materials for now, and maybe mix it with objects occassionally just to test whether he has overcome his obsession with tiny figures.
Friday, January 20, 2017
Thank goodness January is almost over! I really don’t like January, it’s that time of the year where we get to experience the worst weather condition. Fortunately, we have fair weather this year, it’s actually warm! But, I am so looking forward to spring now, and I can’t wait for all these gloomy days to be over. And speaking of spring, this month, I’ll start adding “spring” activities into our homeschool activities. We will be using traditional Montessori materials for most part and in some, we’ll have themed activities. Hope you like what I prepared for Vito for this month.
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Vito is currently working hard learning his letters, sounds and expanding his vocabulary. Due to weather constraint we are mostly stuck at home, therefore the lack of outdoor nature studies. So our mornings are mostly spent for his “homeschool”. We are busy reading books, learning letters, doing writing and practical life activities.
In this post, I would like to share Vito’s language lessons which you can try in your homes as well. Remember my post on booklets? I mentioned in the post that at home we’re learning letters and their sounds in groups (color coded). First group is RAMF-BITG, second is CUSN-POLH and lastly DEXQY-WXZKVJ. This idea came from My Montessori Journey, one of my favourite blogs dated back in 2010. Read more about this grouping here.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Without much further ado, here’s my collection of objects which I started collecting 5 years ago.
Sunday, May 22, 2016
This week, Vito and I are exploring beginning letter sounds through objects we can find at home. This is very similar to the Alphabet Sort Montessori Inspired activity, but in our case we are not sorting the objects yet. What Vito and I are doing is to just name or identify the objects and match them to our control sheet.
Saturday, January 30, 2016
The third and last set of My Alphabet Picture booklet is now published in my Sellfy Shop. This set contains the pictures of objects starting with DEXQYZVWJK.
A little introduction for this activity and the reason behind this booklets can be can be read here.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
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This object basket series has been a popular post and I’m glad that it gave so much inspiration to all Moms and homeschoolers. Before the year ends, I’m sharing with you our second set of the object baskets and this includes letters I to P. But before you dig into this post, I suggest that you read the first part of this series to understand what it is for and how we use them at home for learning.
Object Baskets I to L
This is my guide for next year’s activities on learning letters. This will be fun!
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Sunday, December 13, 2015
Thursday, September 18, 2014
At home, we’re using the Montessori approach in teaching the English grammar.
Instead of grammar farm, we used Legos and animal figures set-up in an Arctic/Antarctic Expedition. From here, I made Mavi identify the nouns.
I made this definition cards for his guide.
And I made him work the other way around, Mavi creating a sentence using the symbol sequence I made.
Surprisingly, he enjoyed this activity. He enjoys identifying the correct grammar symbol and loves creating sentences. We will be doing much of this work and as he progresses, I’ll introduce adverbs, conjunction, pronoun, interjection and preposition.More activities here Follow Pinay Homeschooler's board Language on Pinterest.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
I finally made our grammar symbols! So proud of how it turned out. I was on the edge of purchasing the wooden version but they were quite pricey. Though the paper version was a good alternative but I wanted something durable so I decided to make my own using the foam crafts.
Can't wait to use them!
Monday, February 10, 2014
This month we are doing Montessori Green Series. The pictures and labels you see on the picture was taken from The Helpful Garden. We are using our moveable alphabets, and I also created some materials similar to our Blue Series (List).
My son loves working with moveable alphabets! It was worth-it! I am also happy that he can work with this by himself, with just a little assistance from me.
See how identifies the consonant blends (Blue Series) by using the black alphabets.
After each Green Series set, my son and I would make a sentence using the words. It is a great practice of vocabulary and sentence construction. As we progress I will let Mavi write these sentences on a paper and maybe use them in our grammar lesson next month.
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