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 turns 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.
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.
Friday, February 17, 2017
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.
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.
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!).
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)
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!
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 travelling and learning about world history. I wanted to inspire Mavi 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.
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.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Monday, July 18, 2016
This summer, Mavi requested that we some science lessons that we haven’t touched before (math’s a different story though). Thus previously, we had types of fossils and review on 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 look for some ways on how to create an axe using a stick and a stone. With this interest, I introduced him to simple machines.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday, May 29, 2016
I recently purchased a few science books for the boys which I bought from Book Depository. Mavi loves science and I am so happy that the books are child-friendly and can be read independently by older kids. I love investing in books because my boys love to read and it can be used over and over all through the years. Great heirlooms for family too!
Anyway, the first book he read was the Clouds. This is by far the best book I’ve encountered that illustrated the different types of clouds in a simplest way, and the explanations are so simple and easy to grasp. So after reading the book, we sat down the next day and worked on some hands-on activities for retention.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Our recent trip to the United States reignited Mavi’s interest in geography and he asked me if he can review our landmarks of the world figures so he can check the places that he has already visited.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
I saw this beautiful rainbow craft a few weeks ago in Pinterest and I totally forgot the main site, so please if you own this craft leave a message and I’ll include the credits.
I’ve been introducing Vito to the spring season using our Spring Season Picture Cards, books and outdoor activities. Today, I’m sharing the rainbow clouds the boys made last week. The weather was terrible at that time and we couldn’t explore our yard so I made use of their free time doing crafts at home. So I tried to scan through Pinterest in search of simple crafts that BOTH of my kids could work on, and this is one of them!
Crafts projects allow children to exercise their fine motor skills, improve manual dexterity and understanding of visual-spatial relationships. They provide opportunities to use their imagination as well. Just be vigilant when using small items and sharp objects like scissors.
Saturday, February 27, 2016
No school for Mavi means brainstorming for future activities. He opened up lately that he wanted to study about animals again, so I took out our cards on The Animal Kingdom and checked what else we missed and haven’t explored yet. He reviewed the cards and sorted out the things that he wanted to learn this year. He picked arthropods, starfish and jellyfish! Yay, something new!