Sunday, April 30, 2017
In this post, I’m sharing our learning toys and materials in exposing my 3 years old to some of these construction tools to acquire those basic skills .
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Our Land Transportation contains 14 vehicles and most of these can easily be identified by kids. I made sure that it will go along with the Safari Toob On the Road figures so that the activities can range from picture to control cards, and then objects to control cards. (note that 8 cards are only shown here)
Air Transportation consist of 12 vehicles and again, they go along with Safari Toobs In the Sky. (note that 8 cards are only shown here)
Water Transportation with 12 vehicles. I love how they look! The figures here are from Safari Toob In the Water.
So aside from matching, and identification of the vehicles, we’ll also sort them whether they are air, land or water vehicles. For best result, print the cards in a photo quality paper. I’m using an Epson Presentation/Photo Matte Paper in case you want to know. (I will talk about my printing process soon!)
And speaking of the book, I highly recommend it! It is full of beautiful real images of cars, trains, aeroplanes and just about anything! The kids are crazy about it. See the post-it bookmarks? Mavi is using this book for drawing inspirations too. He loves to draw and he said that the book is very helpful in giving him ideas on how to sketch different types of cars
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Few weeks ago, Mavi and I were learning about Ancient China. I decided that this year, we’ll be focusing in country-based studies rather than continents. Last month we worked on Australia, and because of Chinese New Year being celebrated during February, I guess this month is the best time to conduct Chinese-themed activities.
Monday, December 21, 2015
I was able to get some really great deals during the Black Friday sale. One of which is the Playmobil Native American Superset. As I mentioned earlier this month, Playmobil is one of the open-ended toys that we love and consider “educational” due to its historical figures and environment. This Playmobil set will be perfect for our American history study next year.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
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“As parents and grandparents, we think that we are showing children we love them by giving them things. In fact such practice, in and out of itself, may send them the wrong message. Children may conclude that if people give you things, they love you. If receiving things tells you that you are loved, the next logical step is to measure self-worth by what you have, not by what you are. The reality is that very young children can only truly love one doll, one stuffed animal, and a few toys at a time. This experience provides a basis for adult life where one must learn to cherish one spouse, one family, one life, instead of fantasizing that it is possible to ‘have it all’.” - MONTESSORI FROM THE START
We don’t have a lot of toys at home. Mavi just like two kinds of toys: LEGO and dinosaur/animal figures, that’s just it. All through the years, I don’t splurge nor buy toys as we don’t have the budget for it. I consider them as luxury so I just gave toys to Mavi as presents on his birthday and Christmas. But because we “home” school, I purchase learning materials that my kids see as “toys” but in reality they are NOT really toys. And because I am frugal, I buy toys that they can grow with, MULTIPURPOSE and something that they can play together. So let me share with you the kids’ favourite things in the house. These are the toys that we have in the house, except for the ones in my “wishlist and basket”. These toys are being played day in and day out by the boys.
NOTE: ALWAYS SUPERVISE YOUNGER CHILDREN WHEN USING ANY OF THESE TOYS. Do not leave them unattended.
LEGO, DUPLO and PLAYMOBIL. Need I say more? These are the favourite in the house. We have plenty of LEGOs as this is Santa’s favourite present EVERY Christmas for 4 years! And Vito’s Duplo and Playmobil were brought from the local store when they were on 50% off. I would never get them for a whole price! Vito is now snapping bricks together and loves the Playmobil people. Both of my boys spend hours and hours playing with these toys. They never get tired of them. Perfect toy for creativity, concentration and developing fine motor skills!
My son loves the LEGO CLASSIC Bricks. He doesn’t really like those with premade designs as he always wanted to design his own thing. So I highly recommend that you buy the basic LEGO BRICKS especially if you are getting your first Lego. Having a plate is also good.
miniLUK and BambiniLUK. Mavi and I looooves this! We can’t get enough of answering all the booklets, especially those tricky ones! I bought the Starter Pack and bought the advanced booklets separately. There’s a version for younger kids, the BambiniLUK and some friend in Instagram said that they like it. Mavi is like “Mom, its making my brain tired LOL”
Montessori Botany and Zoology/Insect Puzzles, Montessori Puzzle Maps. I invested on these this year and it was worth it! I have puzzle loving kids, and Vito is currently addicted to them. Aside from educational, these puzzles are also perfect for pincer grasp practice. Mavi on the other hand is obsessed with my Asia and Europe puzzles. He loves geography, loves to learn about countries and their locations. Tower High Learning is my favourite Montessori shop as of the moment and this is where I purchase my materials.
Schliech Animal Figures and Safari Toobs are also an all time favourite in the house. The uses of these figures include imaginative play, learning about animals, habitat play, exploring landmarks and just about anything! You see these mostly in my post! When Vito was younger, I made him use Schleich animal figures because they are bigger but now that he has overcome his mouthing, he uses both Schleich and Safari Toob. Mavi is obsessed with dinosaurs, and he uses them now as characters for his homemade videos LOL. Now he uses both types for play and learning.
Hape Uppercase, Lowercase and Number Puzzles. With Mavi, I used the Melissa and Doug Magnetic letters (I still have them) and they were really really loved. Now the problem is Vito mouths things and I made Vito use it, the sticker of the letters were removed. So I looked for an alternative alphabet toys for us to use and I discovered these amazing puzzles from Hape. They are WORTH-IT! We love using them in anything, from learning letters, puzzles to stacking! Yes, Vito loves to stack these together! We also use it to sort out colors! Multi-purpose indeed! But if you have older kids, Melissa and Doug Magnetic Letters are as good as well.
Because I love to cook (Asian and Italian), the boys also love to pretend cooking with me using these Melissa and Doug cooking toys. They can play for hours with these!
M-cro Maxi Scooter. And I just have to include this!! Because they play with this scooter in and out of the house! Mavi uses this to school and Vito uses this indoor for scooting practice. I love that it is sturdy and kids can easily balance!
And of course, nothing beats classic toys like balls, cars and PlayDoh! My boys wouldn’t complain if they receive any of these this Christmas.
Magnatiles. Rave reviews everywhere but I just couldn’t bring myself to purchase these tiles or can’t even justify it Maybe when they’re 50% off I would probably get one for the boys!
Unit Block. I know that the boys will love this as well. They can build and create so many things with this but the price is just too much for me. I still have to think about this a million times.
Beleduc Puzzles. My puzzle loving kids will love these puzzle series, especially the Your Body Layer puzzles!
Thursday, November 5, 2015
So I created these label cards for northern (blue), western (red), southern (orange) and eastern (green) Europe. The color coding is based on our map in Europe in a Nutshell. The mini flags seen in the photo is from Flags of Europe printable.
He easily identified Greece, Italy and Spain as southern Europe.
Our Montessori Europe Puzzle Map is from Absorbent Minds UK.
After he sorted some of the countries, he proceeded on completing the puzzle map on his own. I provided a control map from Montessori Print Shop.
I love that he removed the puzzle pieces and placed them on a basket instead of scattering them in the rug.
If you want to check the other activities that we did for our Europe study below are the links for each post:
- History of Ancient Europe
- Europe Unit Study for Grade-Schoolers
- Learning the Timeline of European History
- The Study of Northern Europe
Materials we used in this activity:
Other learning materials about Europe from my shop (with links):
- Timeline of European History
- Animals of Europe
- Fact Cards of European Countries (FREE)
- European Countries Territorial Outlines
- Landmarks of Europe
And you might as well PIN this post for future reference
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Vito is 22 months
Vito is in to matching these days! Whenever he sees an object that has a match on books, he would immediately get it and put it together. We started matching activities earlier with our Farm Animal Activities, and since we moved to zoo animals, I also created a set of matching cards for our figures (all Schleich images). So far we’re only using the tiger, jaguar, alligator, hippopotamus, elephant and lion figures.
The basket is setup in our shelf, and he loves to work on it in the morning. He would help himself by setting up the rug and work on his matching activity.
If you’d like to own a copy, click on any of the images or here. Enjoy!
Monday, February 16, 2015
- Flags of Africa
- Animals of Africa (3-Part Cards and Fact Sheets)
- Landmarks of Africa
- Africa in a Nutshell and the post describing its content in detail, link here.
- Animal Habitats
- Plant Atlas
- African Art
- African Proverbs
- Safari Toobs Ancient Egypt
- Safari Toobs Wild
Follow Pinay Homeschooler's board Continent Study: Africa on Pinterest.
This post is part of the 12 Months of Montessori Learning which is hosted by Natural Beach Living and The Natural Homeschool.