Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Vito loves counting. He may not know yet how to count from 1 to 100 but he knows how to integrate math and numbers in daily life. He mastered his 1:1 correspondence early on and now he’s learning how to count beyond ten. I was surprised the first time I heard him counting from 11 and up. I didn’t introduced that to him yet but he already knows. It’s like self taught, but I was thinking that he might have learned it from his brother. And because he might be in a sensitive period on number now, I decided to give him a few exercises to recognize and name numbers from 11 to 20, and understanding what those numbers represent in quantity.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Hello everyone! I wanted to share with you Vito’s current favourite printable, our Beginning Letter Phonics Cards. You might have seen these in some of my letter-themed post. These are card strips which contain letters and their corresponding objects (real images matching the beginning letter sound). The product comes in two sets: control cards and the activity cards. Below is a glimpse of how we use the materials, which Vito would work on every day (sensitive period for letters)!
Thursday, April 13, 2017
In line with our Days of Creation activities, the boys and I talked about how the universe came to be. Mavi used his Usborne Fact Cards once again to review concepts and this made Vito get into the mood of exploring the planets as well.
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.
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Thursday, March 30, 2017
I finally introduced the Montessori Stereognostic Bag to Vito. The Montessori Stereognostic Bag is often composed of 10 matching pairs of wooden shapes that is drawn in a bag to feel and match. This activity develops the stereognostic sense of the child, using touch to create a mental image of the object. Stereognostic sense is defined as the ability to perceive and recognize the form of objects in the absence of visual and auditory information. Other version of this is called “the mystery bag”, wherein most homeschool moms customized the content of their bags by putting nature objects or just about anything from around the house.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
So I gave in to my desire and bought Vito the brown stairs, and boy oh boy, I didn’t regret it! Similar to the way he responded to the pink tower, Vito loves and enjoy using our Montessori brown stairs! I realized that there’s so much more we can do when he used both of the materials, the extension activities are limitless and pattern making is even more challenging!
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Oh the boys and I love to play trains! And in fact, I love creating train tracks with them too. The only problem these days is that, our train sets were long forgotten due to Bruder trucks which they recently received last Christmas. But boy, oh boy, that changed when Old Tracks New Tricks arrived in the mail one day, and my 3 years old upon seeing the book immediately requested to play with his Thomas Train!
Friday, March 24, 2017
I am so excited to share our April activities! We will be revisiting some activities we did in the past, and there are new ones too! I only prepared a few activities for April because (1) we still have to work on Earth Science activity trays (2) it’s Mavi’s Easter vacation so Vito would probably prefer to play with his brother than “home” school with Mommy and lastly (3) weather permits, we’ll be spending most of our days outdoors or do some field trips here or there. Anyway, just to be sure that I have something for Vito to work on in case we needed to stay home, here are some preschool activities for him!
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Monday, March 13, 2017
Monday, March 6, 2017
I love Montessori math materials. They are so engaging and well thought of that the child can easily absorb concepts and retain what is learned. Take for example this Number Rods which I recently introduced to Vito. We are mostly using counters in our math activities, it’s more abstract and quantitative. With Number Rods, counting here is more linear and sequential. My goal was for Vito to learn:
- how to sequence ‘one’ to ‘ten’ (they form a staircase)
- to understand the value of each number
Friday, March 3, 2017
I love book extension activities. This is one of the reasons why I enjoy doing Before Five In a Row with the boys. So when I introduced the book Harold and the Purple Crayon, I knew that its a story that we can explore beyond than just reading. The book itself is enjoyable to read, engaging and the boys found it funny. Vito was glued to it for a long time. At times, he would even “pretend” to read it by himself, mimicking how I read it to him at night.
If you love this book, or if you plan to get one (highly recommended!) I listed below the areas of learning we touched by just doing this simple easy to set-up activities:
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