Valentines Day season is always the time wherein the boys and I would talk about flowers. Not just because it is Valentines Day, but this is basically the time wherein we get to see spring flowers starting to bloom out from their buds. We see them everywhere, in the backyard and front lawn, parks and of course in our neighbours’ houses. My knowledge on flowers is very limited, I only knew of some tropical flowers from my country and Asian countries. Of course, there’s always the rose, tulip and orchids… but no, I haven’t heard of daffodils, crocus and poppies not until I stepped foot in Europe.
Monday, July 4, 2016
Vito is 31 months old.
Because of our Bodies of Water Unit, we took the boys to the beach a few weeks ago. It was Vito’s first time to be in a beach and actually enjoyed the sand and waddled in the water!
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Vito is 31 months old.
I decided that for our Light and Shadow Unit, we’ll explore indoor and outdoor lights.
Friday, June 10, 2016
Vito is 30 months old.
It was so warm last Tuesday that I asked the boys to play outside and then wash their dinosaur toys. Oh boy, they were so happy to do so!
Monday, November 9, 2015
During the midterm break I’ve been taking the boys out because of the glorious weather. And since whenever we’re out, Mavi would climb the trees (and Vito would do the same), I took the chance to formally introduce Vito to trees. Since he’s able to say words straight and could grasp simple concept, it’s about time I show him the wonders of trees!
The BEST way to learn about trees is to have a personal encounter with it. And since we’re surround by them, we explored trees’ by climbing, touching and feeling their barks, observing the leaves colors, compare sizes and more.
For Vito though, trees are something that he can climb on. Whenever he sees a tree, he would just insist to climb onto it, like the picture below. He was just in that position for about 30 minutes, not complaining and enjoying every single moment of it.
With these, I can conclude that Vito can somehow understand now that trees :
- have leaves
- have rough barks
- comes in big and small sizes
- are something we can play with
Now, for extensions, I also prepared simple tree-themed activities for Vito at home for indoor play and learning. Here are the trays I prepared for him:
Matching Trees (Abstract-Abstract). Remember when we worked on leaves and he’s not interested in matching cards at all? Well, that changed now as he was able to work on our matching tree cards without hesitation! And yes he completed the four pairs with much concentration. I love it! You can get these beautiful cards from here or click the image below.
Tree Puzzle. He loves working on tree puzzle but somehow, our tree puzzle is still too complicated for his age. He knows where to place the roots and trunk as of the moment, but finds it hard to fit them in the puzzle board. So what I do is just ask him where the piece is supposed to go, he points and I do the fitting.
Tree Matching. Similar matching activity as above, but in this case we are using a tree figure and matching it to cards. We are doing lots of matching activities as this introduces early math concepts and object discrimination. Tree figures are from Safari Toobs.
And how long do we have this for a theme? Mostly for 7-10 days! Of course, these are just some of the thing he does, he also plays with his toy and read book, learn letters and numbers. It’s just that I love introducing new concept/s each week and in a way its easier for me to focus on just one or two things.
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Wednesday, June 3, 2015
So for Vito, I prepared 3 simple activities for him to enjoy. These are easy to prepare and I provided a printable file for the matching activity for your convenience.
Insect Sensory Bin
This is no-brainer. I think all kids love sensory tubs! The contents of my bin are:
- Safari Toob Insects
- Black Beans
- Butterfly figures from Wild Republic
Yes, Vito can identify animals now, especially in books! So I experimented if he can do it with in matching cards. Like the cards? You can download it from here.
Of course, the best way to learn is to have a real life encounter with these creepy crawlers. I took out the boys in the yard and we searched for bugs. Unfortunately, the bugs decided to hibernate, so we only collected ants!
Even so, Vito was still happy observing the tiny creatures!
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Sunday, May 17, 2015
Welcome to another post on 12 Months of Montessori Series! For May, we’re exploring Montessori sensorial activities and I am sharing with you fun activities that led to discoveries using their senses.
My initial plan for this was for a nature exploration outdoors since we all know that nature provides the BEST sensory experience. But because mother nature wasn’t in the mood (rained throughout the week!), I decided to do most of our sensory activities at the backyard and indoors.
Montessori emphasized that children learns with their senses. It is important that they use their senses to explore the world they live in. Stimulating these senses will send signals to the child’s brain that will help to strengthen the neural pathways which are important for all types of learning.
In a Montessori classroom, there are a lot of sensorial materials that are used to help the child develop discrimination, order and broaden and refine their senses. But just because we don’t own any of these materials, that doesn’t mean we can’t do sensorial at home. In fact, I prefer giving my kids the REAL experience when it comes to sensory.
Without much further ado, here are Mavi and Vito…
Sense of touch. We started off with ice and water play. This was the time when we got Mr Sun. I immediately took out the materials and let the boys play together. This activity introduced the concept of warm and cold to Vito.
Sense of hearing. We explored the rhythm bells I got earlier this year. Oh boy, it was really something new to him and he loves shaking it to produce sound. Here, I introduced Vito the loudness and softness sound.
Sense of touch and smell. We went crazy over Crazy Soap!! Thanks to Stimulating with Rachel who suggested this brand to us. I wanted to use kid-friendly soap as I used shaving cream before which gives a strong scent. The Crazy Soap has gentle smell that the kids love, and the foam is just amazing! You can shape it and it bounces! This activity introduces Vito to vocabularies like “good smell”, “soft”, “bouncy” and “squishy”.
Sense of sight. Activity we did in the backyard where we enjoyed the abundance of dandelions and blowing the seeds! We also planted garden pinwheels around the yard so Vito and Mavi can enjoy watching it turn (it can be relaxing!). My Vito was so amazed by the wheels!
Sense of touch, smell and taste. Save the best for last. We made pizza !!!
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Monday, March 9, 2015
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Aside from endlessly reading books, I added farm animal basket for him to explore as he is showing interest on them now (he just used to mouth them!). You can get these animals from Amazon, Schleich, Symths Toys or Safari Toob. Mine was from Amazon UK . The picture book (Baby’s First) on the other hand was from Book Depository, and again you can get them from Amazon. I love that these animals are big! They are easily to grasp and play with.
I am making use of our Learning Resources Critters Counters from Amazon. Since Vito loves putting small objects into small spaces, this is what I put up. Oh don’t worry, that empty tub of Pringles is mine!
See how I placed the tub in the floor and the counters on the table? That’s for Vito to bend, good practice for gross motor skills ey?
Oh those tiny fingers! He would complain whenever the counter will not fit. Oh, they do fit sweetheart, you just have to push it a little bit harder LOL. I’m showing him how to push it more… though at times he still couldn’t get the idea.
Scribbling, we do this mostly in the afternoon when I’m sitting down resting. I got him this My First Crayola Jumbo Pens from Amazon.
And this, Melissa and Doug jumbo puzzle from Amazon again (don’t well love Amazon). He loves taking away all the animal pieces, and putting them in the basket LOL.
Oh yes, don’t forget to check our St. Patricks’ Day activities!
No formal musical instruments here. Just more on singing songs, dancing and making music with our body!
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