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.
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Vito is 29 months old.
So I was brainstorming the other way of what else could we do for our Body Unit and Mavi suggested that I should give Vito do a puzzle work. But he worked with our favourite body puzzle already and Mavi said, what about creating Vito’s face? And it hit me! Why not print a picture of Vito and turn it into a puzzle! This way he’ll be familiar of the order of his face from top to bottom, right?
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Vito is 29 months old.
This is one of the highlights of our Body Unit! I was more than excited to give this to Vito! Just look at his face on how much he’s enjoying this activity!
Saturday, April 30, 2016
One of my best finds this year is this absolutely amazing learning material from Beleduc. Just like Grimm and Shleich, Beleduc is a German company that produces high quality wooden learning materials that are designed for kids of all ages. I absolutely love this puzzle because for Vito, he is just playing a game but little did he know that he is actually learning!
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
The boys (and I) had so much fun making faces! This is a simple activity that you can do with your kids with minimal preparation. It’s the perfect opportunity to learn about emotions and the facial expressions they can make!
Saturday, February 20, 2016
It’s Mavi’s midterm break and we decided to look into the parts of the human eye! We examined our model unit this morning which we bought last year from the local store. It’s so perfect and goes along so well with our Human Eye Nomenclature Cards and Booklet.
Friday, October 16, 2015
It’s another 12 Months of Montessori Series and today I’m going to share with you simple and easy to prepare lessons and activities for learning the circulatory system of the human body. I mentioned earlier how Mavi was asking me a lot of things about the human heart and the diseases of the heart that causes death in some famous people. Bombarding me with so many questions and that eagerness to learn, we worked on this unit study to:
In this unit study, we focused on the three major elements that comprises the circulatory system:
As a bonus, I also added a few pointers on how to have a healthy heart!
The Human Heart
Last month, we learned about the human heart, the different parts and how it functions. click this link or the image below for the post.
First we plot the network of blood vessels in our body using our Cardiovascular Information Diagrams sheet as a guide and a printed outline of the human body. We used PlayDoh (red and blue) to represent the vein and artery.
This activity will introduce the child to the basic concept of how blood is distributed in our body. By plotting the veins and arteries, they will understand how the organs in the body receives oxygen and nutrients.
Working diligently to replicate our guide
And he realized that even the head have blood vessels!
We went a little farther by inspecting the network of blood vessels, learning the difference between the veins and arteries and capillaries. Below is a demonstration of the direction of the blood flow in the body through the blood vessels, of how oxygen rich blood enters the artery (except pulmonary arteries) to the capillaries (where oxygen is distributed to the organs) and passes through the vein to enter the human heart.
Here Mavi’s creating an artery, vein and capillary.
He even made his network and label the parts.
The Human Blood
This is to demonstrate the composition of blood. 45% red blood cells (red coloured water), 54% plasma (cooking oil) and 1% platelets (bubbles in between).
Care of our Heart
These cards are included in our heart model. It identifies 10 foods that are essential for a healthy heart. Mavi was seriously reading all through the 10 cards and checking if he’s consuming them. Well of course, he eats almost everything in the list except for the broccoli and wine
And that ends our circulatory system unit. For more biology related posts see the following:
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Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Kids love to learn their body parts! Our human body activities has always been a favourite at home and with my readers as well. Here are some of our favourites throughout the years:
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Sunday, September 27, 2015
Objectives on why we study the human heart:
So let me share with you how we worked on our human heart. Links to the materials used are provided at the end of this post, including where to buy heart models.
The Human Heart and its Parts
Of course, having a heart model adds up to the fun in learning. It’s the closest we can get to visualize what the heart really looks like, unless we dissect a pig’s heart
How the Human Heart Works
And that’s about it, our human heart study. I hope you find this post helpful!
- Cardiovascular System Bundle Pack, this is the bundle that includes Cardiovascular System Information Diagrams, The Human Heart learning pack, and The Cardiovascular System
- Cardiovascular System Information Diagrams
- The Human Heart
- The Cardiovascular System
Where to buy Heart Model (US):
Where to buy Heart Model (UK/Europe):
- Eason’s (if not available online, visit the store)
- Hamley’s (if not available online, visit the store)
- 4D Human Heart Anatomy
- Learning Resources Human Heart
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Last week, I put up a body parts unit study for Vito with emphasis on the letter E. I’d like to share some of the materials and activities I prepared for him, of which he truly enjoyed.
1. Recognition of body parts.
Vito knows most of his body parts so I introduced our Body Parts Cards to him for abstract presentation. The cards were used for identification, but in different ways.
- I would show the card and ask “what’s this?” Vito would answer and at the same time point to that part of his body.
- I used the doll for identification (3rd person) like “where is the dolly’s hair?”
- I could see him at times looking at the cards and imitate the picture. So cute!
I’ve got three objects for our letter e: eye, elephant and egg. I so love this method! To expand the child’s vocabulary, learn phonics and letters all at the same time!
Vito always goes to this tray and would give me the object and say its name. As for letter e, I love that he can remember the sound of ‘e’ whenever he encounters this in books! How amazing!
3. Writing using our Egg shaped crayons
We are using Crayola here.
4. Tracing the body
5. Letter E for egg
So he worked on peeling the eggshells…
and devoured the egg!
And we later on used the eggshell in our letter E craft.
I cut out some different shapes, used a yarn for the hair and paper plate for the head and we have this cute face! Vito was happy enough to wipe out all the glue as well.
7. Body Parts Puzzle
Yes, if there’s one time that a little toddler can do with body parts is to start using a simple dress-up bear puzzle, with head, body and legs portion and being emphasized. He couldn’t fit perfectly the pieces yet but he knows exactly where to put the head, limb and legs. We’ll do more of this!
And that’s about our activities for learning the body parts. Don’t forget to pin this for later!
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