Vito loves counting. He may not know yet how to count from 1 to 100 but he knows how to integrate math and numbers in daily life. He mastered his 1:1 correspondence early on and now he’s learning how to count beyond ten. I was surprised the first time I heard him counting from 11 and up. I didn’t introduced that to him yet but he already knows. It’s like self taught, but I was thinking that he might have learned it from his brother. And because he might be in a sensitive period on number now, I decided to give him a few exercises to recognize and name numbers from 11 to 20, and understanding what those numbers represent in quantity.
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Hello everyone! I wanted to share with you Vito’s current favourite printable, our Beginning Letter Phonics Cards. You might have seen these in some of my letter-themed post. These are card strips which contain letters and their corresponding objects (real images matching the beginning letter sound). The product comes in two sets: control cards and the activity cards. Below is a glimpse of how we use the materials, which Vito would work on every day (sensitive period for letters)!
Thursday, March 30, 2017
I finally introduced the Montessori Stereognostic Bag to Vito. The Montessori Stereognostic Bag is often composed of 10 matching pairs of wooden shapes that is drawn in a bag to feel and match. This activity develops the stereognostic sense of the child, using touch to create a mental image of the object. Stereognostic sense is defined as the ability to perceive and recognize the form of objects in the absence of visual and auditory information. Other version of this is called “the mystery bag”, wherein most homeschool moms customized the content of their bags by putting nature objects or just about anything from around the house.
Friday, March 24, 2017
I am so excited to share our April activities! We will be revisiting some activities we did in the past, and there are new ones too! I only prepared a few activities for April because (1) we still have to work on Earth Science activity trays (2) it’s Mavi’s Easter vacation so Vito would probably prefer to play with his brother than “home” school with Mommy and lastly (3) weather permits, we’ll be spending most of our days outdoors or do some field trips here or there. Anyway, just to be sure that I have something for Vito to work on in case we needed to stay home, here are some preschool activities for him!
Friday, March 17, 2017
Vito is 40 months old.
In line with our Earth Science activities, I decided to introduce Vito to land and water forms using the Montessori Sandpaper Land & Water Form Cards and the Safari Toob vehicles. I came up with this idea because a few weeks ago, Vito was really hooked with our land, water and air transportation figures from Safari Toobs.
Monday, March 6, 2017
I love Montessori math materials. They are so engaging and well thought of that the child can easily absorb concepts and retain what is learned. Take for example this Number Rods which I recently introduced to Vito. We are mostly using counters in our math activities, it’s more abstract and quantitative. With Number Rods, counting here is more linear and sequential. My goal was for Vito to learn:
- how to sequence ‘one’ to ‘ten’ (they form a staircase)
- to understand the value of each number
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
Are you observing St. Patrick’s Day? We do! It’s usually one of the most colorful time in Ireland, where everyone is just so happy and festive. Anyway, with all the green and rainbow decors around, I’m preparing Montessori working trays for Vito as we approach the celebration of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Mavi will be doing a lot of work for St. Patrick’s in his school so I spared him from this. My aim here is to introduce Vito to the symbols of the celebration and he’ll be exploring these in our activities.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Vito is 39 months old.
We fell in love with the Montessori Sensorial Pink Tower right after we unboxed it! I observed that Vito has a liking in blocks and patterns, so we’ve been using the Pink Tower almost everyday recently. And just when I thought that this is just an ordinary material of stacking and building a tower, I was totally wrong. This is one of the Montessori materials I should have bought early on when Mavi was just a toddler/preschooler. I thought of exhausting the use of the Pink Tower with Vito so he will fully obtain the benefits out of this amazing material.