Showing posts with label elementary. Show all posts
Showing posts with label elementary. Show all posts

Sparkly Planets for your Solar System

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

We’ve done this before (in 2013) and we made another one again! Creating our planets for our solar system using aluminium foil. Have done this before?  I mentioned the source of this activity in my previous post, read it here.

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Science Project: How to Make an Erupting Volcano Model

Monday, July 3, 2017

We made this volcano to go along with our First Great Lesson: The Volcano and this is our first paper mache project at home.  I tell you, I tried to avoid these kinds of activities and projects because they are messy, and requires a lot of work.  But since it’s summer, I decided to try it and much to my surprise I enjoyed making this model more than the boys did.  This project was inspired by a post I read from Red Ted Art.  So read along and learn how we made our model as simple as possible for less work.

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Montessori Inspired Butterfly Coloring Matching Activity

Friday, May 26, 2017

Saw this idea from one of my favourite Instagram account Momducator.  It’s a brilliant idea of using Montessori color tablets (set 3) to match with the butterfly colors of Safari Toobs (Insects, Butterflies, Bulk Bag).  This is a great practise for visual perception, picking the right color combination to match with the butterflies.
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Ancient Egypt Learning Materials for Kids

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

This holy week, Mavi decided to revisit ancient Egypt after rereading the story of Ten Commandments.  We dug up our Egypt Picture Book materials so he can work on some readings and do some activities to go along with it.  In this post, I will share the contents of our Egypt Picture Book learning pack which you might want to try.  It contains: reading materials, activity pages, picture cards and outline cards for coloring.

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Flags of the World

Monday, March 13, 2017

Earlier this year I bought Mavi this Montessori Map and Flags because they’ve been having a lot of geography lessons in school, and he wanted to master his knowledge of flags.  As it turned out, this has been one of the most used Montessori material at home as of the moment.  There are 32 country flags with a stand.  Mavi can mostly identify those of European and American countries, but needs to review his African and middle eastern countries.
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Montessori Inspired Parts of a Flower Activities

Thursday, February 23, 2017

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.

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We Love MiniLUK

Friday, February 17, 2017

I remember playing this when I was 10 years old at my friend’s house.  It was addictive! The more I finished an exercise, the more I wanted to go on and on with the booklets.  DSC_1346

Book Review: Danny Dingle’s Fantastic Finds

Saturday, January 28, 2017

I was quite surprised when Mavi finished this book in one day!  It arrived on the mail last week, and when I opened it in front of him, he excitedly asked if he could bring it to school so he can read it during the break. 

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A Penguin Project for Mom and Kids

Friday, January 13, 2017

Oh I am so happy how these turned out!! The boys and I enjoyed making these penguins using simple art materials.  It took us around an hour to finish everything (with a stubborn preschooler) and we were totally blown by the result!  This art project was from Deep Space Sparkle, one of my favourite artsy website and my go to for painting projects. 

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Telling Time Activities

Monday, December 19, 2016

Mavi wanted to practice more of reading the time, especially when it comes to reading and writing “quarter to” and “half past”.  He seems to be confused with the positioning of the small hand.  So with this, I made a few activities for him to work afterschool.  I am sharing these activities as well as the printables were are using (yes it’s free!).

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Advent Books for Christmas Countdown

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Now that the boys are older, I’m starting a new Christmas tradition (other than having  a Christmas tree) that will have a meaningful effect in our little family.  Aside from the festivity and receiving presents, I want the boys to feel the love of the family, drawing us closer to each other, to other people and to God.  I want them to remember that Christmas is all about giving, not receiving things for themselves.

We’ll open and read one advent book each day (but for sure we’ll be reading them all throughout the month!).  It’s similar to the Advent calendar but instead of having toys, we’ll read a really good book about Christmas.  I wrapped the books already, and randomly select a few to display under the tree for Vito open.  (Mavi said Vito can open all of these everyday)

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Montessori Botany Materials

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!
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Introducing the North American History

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Based on my experience, the best way to teach kids about history is through famous landmarks.  I remember growing up with my father’s stories of Greece, Spain, Egypt and South America.  He has photos taken at the Great Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx, in Acropolis, Christ the Redeemer in Rio and more.  He’s telling me a bit about history through the landmarks in his photos and this fascinated me.  Since then, I’ve been very interested in traveling and learning about world history. I wanted to inspire Mavi in the same way.  I always start my history lessons with the famous landmarks using our travel photos and the Safari Toobs (Around the World, World Landmarks).  Recently, I purchased the Safari Supertoob USA (on sale) because Mavi wanted to know more about the US (inspired by our trip there last May).

So in this post, I’m sharing how we worked on understanding the history of North America, through famous landmarks figures and playsets that depicts the life of the early people of North America.
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Teaching the Phases of the Moon to Gradeschoolers

Friday, November 4, 2016

Probably by now, you must have read my post on the Phases of the Moon for preschoolers.  If not, I highly recommend that you do for it will give you ideas on how to introduce the moon’s phases to kids from ages 2.5 years and older.

We’ve been discussing this topic almost every year, and for this year, I wanted to give Mavi something different. So here are the materials I prepared for him:  wall chart of the moon’s phases, a booklet for definition and nomenclature cards. 
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Our Leaf Shapes Study

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

It’s Mavi’s midterm break this week and I decided to have activities that both of the boys can do together.  First in mind is a leaf study, since we are currently surrounded by beautiful and colourful leaves.  They are just too gorgeous when they change colors and I don’t want to miss that opportunity! LOL.
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We started by reading books like Why Do Leaves Change Color and My First Montessori Book of Leaf Shapes.  These are really great books to begin with!  After which, we explored and gathered leaves from our neighbourhood for days. I remember we have to walk in different routes each day so we can gather different kinds of shapes of leaves.  I also made a Parts of a Leaf Booklet and Nomenclature Cards which we will use in our upcoming activities. 

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I hate the idea of laminating natural objects, as this takes away the feel of their natural texture.  But I read somewhere that laminating leaves preserves their color and shape for a longer time, and that’s what I did! DSC_0235
I also made these leaf shapes nomenclature cards for the boys to use.  I hand drawn these and used markers for the colors. Vito, who is currently crazy over nomenclature cards, enjoyed matching the shapes!
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These are bigger cards, which according to Mavi is way better than the ones I used to make (in 2013)  .
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And I made Mavi matched our laminated leaves to the control cards of the leaf shapes.  Some of the shapes were so difficult to identify Open-mouthed smile 
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As an extension, we did nature journaling! I attached the leaves to the board and made the boys paint their favourite leaf or leaves, taking into account the shapes.  Vito was identifying the leaves through their colors (understandable for his age) while Mavi chose “the most beautiful” leaf (but later on decided to paint some more).
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DSC_0442Vito’s work. He’s making green and red leaves.
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Mavi’s works.
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It was another successful activity on my part because the boys participated and enjoyed the activities.  Hope I will have the same response when we do parts of a leaf!

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Introducing Simple Machines to Kids (with Free Printable)

Monday, July 18, 2016

This summer, Mavi requested that we do some science lessons that we haven’t touched before (math’s a different story though).  Thus previously, we had types of fossils and a review of clouds.  Last week, he was watching the story of the caveman on how they were able to build tools that helped them build houses, kill animals for food and clothing and for protection.  As you can see, in his spare time, he loves to spend time in the yard and looks for ways to create an axe using a stick and a stone.  With this interest, I introduced him to simple machines.
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Montessori-Inspired Activity: The Life of a Honey Bee

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Vito is 32 months old.

The appearance of the honey bees in our front and backyard has led us to look into the lives of these beautiful creatures who are the main source of honey.  Vito is terrified of them but not Mavi.  We were out the other day catching a few of them, observing how they produce the buzzing sound and freed them up again.

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Kingdoms of Life: Animal Kingdom

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Mavi borrowed this book from the library so we can revisit the Animal Kingdom and he wanted to explore more of the other kingdoms of life.  We’ve done a couple of times before (here and here) and he loves revisiting this over and over.

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Hands-On Learning on Land and Water Forms

Monday, June 27, 2016

We started our Bodies of Water Unit last week and Mavi wants to take part again and look what he made for his little brother!Land-and-Water-Forms_thumb

Investigating the Past Life with Safari Toob Fossils

Friday, June 17, 2016

We love our Safari Toob!  I think every ‘Mom’schooler should have at least a set or two of these toobs.  They are fabulous learning materials and my kids love them! 

Anyway, Mavi is officially joining Vito’s weekly themed activities as he’s almost done with school. He misses “Mom” school and urged me to let him join with the activities.  So while Vito is all about play and learn, I’m giving Mavi some serious investigative work like research, more readings and selective hands-on activities.

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