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.
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!).
Monday, March 13, 2017
Sunday, February 26, 2017
With Vito’s current obsession on letters, I’m focusing on letter recognition, phonics and writing from hereon. Our activities in March are mostly revisiting past activities and doing a lot of extensions. Check the details below to know more about it:
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.
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.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
For the month of February, my entry for the 12 Months More of Montessori Learning is all about how we learn and explore colors at home. If you are looking for more ideas on how to extend your color activities at home, then this is definitely for you! At 39 months, Vito is knowledgeable of all basic colors and I just have to nurture this knowledge through planned and spontaneous activities.
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Vito is 39 months old.
We are exploring dinosaurs till mid of the month and we get to used our Playmobil dinosaur sets!
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
Vito is 39 months old.
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, January 7, 2017
We are exploring the world of penguins this month and Antarctica! Materials here are a mixture of old and new (some were Mavi’s). There’s no timeline for this unit, we’ll do this spontaneously all throughout the month of January, in between Vito’s Montessori works and other activities.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
I kept so many spices in our kitchen that I decided to make smelling bottles for the boys. I can’t believe that it is so easy to make! Read through the blog and learn where you can purchase the Montessori smelling bottles and materials for the DIY.
Friday, December 30, 2016
Happy New Year to all!
Vito is 38 months.
Starting 2017 by sharing what’s on our shelves for the month of January! For this month, we will be working on penguins (preschool style), along with with other Montessori traditional work. I’ve been wanting to introduce penguins since December but we were so busy with all the holiday preparations that I decided to postpone it a little bit and introduce it at the time when “all is calm and all is bright” (more sun in January!). Feel free to skim through Vito’s activities and you can leave comments if you have queries.
Friday, December 16, 2016
Can’t believe that in a few days, it’ll be Christmas time! I wasn’t able to update the blog last week because I was sick. Our days are now filled with random activities which I’d like to share after the holidays and sometimes just reading our advent books. School break for Mavi will start this Friday and we’ll be able to finally start our holidays!
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!
Monday, November 21, 2016
Vito is 36 months old.
Friday, November 18, 2016
Last week, Vito refused to do any of our language activities, so worked mostly on practical life, counting, sorting and storytelling. He also started walking to Mavi’s school (no buggy!) despite that it’s a 30 to 45 minutes walk roundtrip. This lessens our time for “preschool” in the morning since we have to leave early.