Showing posts with label grade schooler. Show all posts
Showing posts with label grade schooler. Show all posts

Montessori Addition and Subtraction of Fractions

Friday, February 2, 2018

Sharing some updates with regard to my elementary boy.  Though it may seem that I’m posting a lot about preschool activities, in the background my 9 years old is doing a lot of work too in math, geography/history, and science.  Now, one of the things he worked on last year was his fractions.  After working fractions and fraction equivalence, Mavi worked on addition and subtraction of fractions.  He did very well on this.  With one simple presentation, he grasped the concept right away, and after which he did a lot of practise using our fraction cut-outs.  Somehow, I find this straightforward, meaning if your child knows about their basic addition and subtraction they can breezily work on this and move on to multiplication of fractions or working with unlike fractions.

Montessori Addition and Subtraction of Fractions

Montessori Inspired Shark Study for Kids

Friday, June 16, 2017

My 8 year old Mavi is into sharks nowadays and asked if we can do a study about them. The last time we had a shark study was years ago, when he was 4 years old and this time he wanted to use our Shark Anatomy Model which he recently bought. This is Vito’s very first shark activity and he had so much fun learning with his big brother.

Montessori Inspired Shark Study for Kids

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!).



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.

How to Teach the Anatomy of the Human Heart to Kids

Sunday, September 27, 2015

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Mavi was so excited about this.  He has always been so curious of the human heart and how it works. Because he reads some biographies, he would encounter terms like “died of heart attack” LOL and most probably triggered his curiosity and enthusiasm in learning about the heart.  So I worked hard to create learning materials for our study and I’m so happy that they turned out pretty good, and Mavi loves them!

Objectives on why we study the human heart:

  • Learn how the heart works
  • Learn why it is one of the most important organs in the body
  • Learn its functions
  • Learn how to avoid getting heart diseases
  • Learn how to maintain a healthy heart

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    Learning about the human heart might be too advanced for a 7 years old.  But Mavi was persistent, and because I created the materials suitable for his age (lots of graphic presentation) he was so engaged the entire time we talked about this important internal organ.  Another advantage of learning this at home is that I get to filter “complex” concepts.  This means, I set aside information that he can’t absorb yet and save it once he’s old enough to understand complex functions of the 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

    It’s always been a practice that we always start learning about different parts of our subject.  And in Mavi’s case, he learns and absorbs everything with the use of The Human Heart 3-part cards.  We’ve been using this technique since he was 3 years old and so far he’s used to learning this way.  The retention is great, he can remember the parts by working on these cards over and over again. 

    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 Open-mouthed smile
    Aside from the 3 part cards, we also used the definition booklet included in The Human Heart learning pack. It was so handy whenever I needed to describe each part, its function and how it works. We took turns in reading and discussing the parts. 
    Afterwhich, Mavi worked on the activity sheets, also included the The Human Heart learning pack.  It’s basically making his own heart anatomy booklet (less the description).

    How the Human Heart Works

    This part was for Mavi to understand how the blood flows in and out of the heart.  To demonstrate how this works, we used our materials mentioned below, plus pipe cleaners to trace the flow of blood.
    In this part, we used the materials The Human Heart learning pack and Cardiovascular System Information Diagrams to learn how the heart works.  I created the information diagrams to see how the blood flows in and out of the heart and the blood distribution to the rest of the body.
    As you can see, we used pipe cleaners to demonstrate the blood flow in the left ventricle (blue pipe cleaners) and the red pipe cleaners for the right ventricle. 
    So now, Mavi knows which part of the heart is responsible for distributing deoxygenated blood to the lungs and the part which distributes oxygenated blood to the rest of the body.

    Heart Diseases

    I just have to include this to answer Mavi’s question about “heart attack”. Included in my Cardiovascular System Information Diagrams, is a presentation of the different heart diseases. One of the main focus of our study is the coronary heart disease which is the main cause of a heart attack. Here, I pointed out which part of the heart is affected and how it is causing the problem.
    Our model comes with arteries showing the progression of fatty residue that limits the flow of blood flow.  See how Mavi discovered that there’s not enough space for the blood to flow when the walls of the artery is covered with fats.
    Now his question is, can he still eat fatty foods? Now that’s another story and will be included in my Circulatory System post next month.

    By the way, if you wish to demonstrate this with your kids, you can either use a straw or a hose, tissue rolls can also be used, and for the fatty residue Playdoh would be best.

    And that’s about it, our human heart study.  I hope you find this post helpful!

    Materials Used:

    Where to buy Heart Model (US):

    Where to buy Heart Model (UK/Europe):

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    Continent Study of South America

    Sunday, August 30, 2015

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    Map and Flags. Whenever we worked a geography lesson at home(for elementary only!), I always start with maps and flags because I wanted him to memorize the location and flags of certain cities from that continent.  We travel a lot, crossing countries and continents almost every year and so knowing all these is really important.  The Montessori Continent Puzzle is from Tower High Learning.



    Pinning flags in the map is an activity Mavi loves since we started geography year ago.   I printed the map from Super Teacher and used our pin maps from South American Flags (pin maps, 3 part cards, mini flags and all).


    Landmarks.  We identified the famous landmarks of South America and their location on the map.  I also showed Mavi some photos of my Dad (Mavi’s grandfather) in Brazil when he visited Christ  the Redeemer.  Mavi was fascinated that his grandfather reached South America during his travels!


    Galapagos Islands and its animals.  Using the Safari Toobs Galapagos, we talked about the unique animals that inhabit the islands.  I created identification cards (as reading materials for Mavi) so he will learn what makes those animals unique.DSC_0137


    Animals and their Habitats. I love talking about animals and their habitats. My Mavi has always been fascinated with at different animals living in each continent. To start off, we review the different animals living in South America, these cards are from my South American Animals.  There’s so much information from these cards, like it indicates the class of the animal (mammal, reptile, bird etc), the habitat in which they thrive and the kind of foods they eat.  We also matched them with our animal figures from Safari Toob Rainforest.


    We also talked about the colourful animal coverings and patterns of the South American animals and compared them to those in Africa.  Just by looking at the animals’ coverings, you will know in which habitat they thrive.  Most colourful animals like that of Macaw birds and poisonous frogs lives in rainforests, while those that are grayish, thrives in deserts.



    Because we looked into the animals of South America, we examined the green iguana which mostly lives in that continent.  We haven’t worked on reptiles before, so this was a good start of learning the different parts of a reptile and differentiate it from birds,  fish, frogs and mammals.


    Plants.  Talking about habitats led us to discuss plants of South America.  These plants mostly grow in the tropical areas of the continent and the cold mountains of Andes.  These cards are from the Plant Atlas.DSC_0808


    Culture.  I’ve collected important fact about South America and included it in our learning  cards for our South America in a Nutshell.  These cards are for older children who love to read and learn about the culture, lifestyle and religion of the people of South America. DSC_0714

    The cards provide information how people dress up, what foods they eat, the products they export to other countries and the richness of each South American countries. 


    Because South America has brought us dances like Tango and Samba, Mavi and I watched a few videos online to see how these dances are being performed.


    We also watched the festivals celebrated in South America, like the Tango Festival and the Carnaval in Brazil.

    Other materials that we used are the following:

    Natural Resources of the World – information about the different natural resources found in each continent.

    Animal Habitats – contains collection of animals that thrive in the different biomes of the world. 

    Major Rivers of the World – pictures and facts cards of the longest and most important rivers of each continent.

    Another fantastic geography lesson we had early this year was the study of Africa. Click here or the image below for ideas and list of activitiesafrica copy

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    Learning materials used:

  • South America in a Nutshell.  More about it here.
  • Animals of South America
  • Landmarks of South America
  • Flags of South America
  • Plant Atlas
  • Animal Habitats
  • Major Rivers Around the World
  • Safari Toobs Rainforest
  • Continent Map from Tower High Learning or from Amazon
  • Safari Toobs Galapagos
  • Sorting Musical Instruments

    Monday, July 13, 2015

    Yesterday, we started our Montessori-inspired activities for Music.  This is in preparation for our Montessori Music post this coming Friday, the 17th of July for 12 Months of Montessori Series.

    Now, I just wanted to highlight this activity, of sorting musical instruments.  There are lots of instruments out there, but I think it is important for the child to identify the groups or families of these instruments to understand how they work.

    Sorting Musical Instruments
    The Helpful Garden has this amazing file of musical instruments!  It was created as a Montessori 3-part cards, but in our activity, we sorted them out according to their categories.  So I started off by presenting the instruments to Mavi and how these instruments make sounds.  (We also watched videos on how these instruments are being used)