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!
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Vito is 39 months old.
We fell in love with the Montessori Sensorial Pink Tower right after we unboxed it! I observed that Vito has a liking in blocks and patterns, so we’ve been using the Pink Tower almost everyday recently. And just when I thought that this is just an ordinary material of stacking and building a tower, I was totally wrong. This is one of the Montessori materials I should have bought early on when Mavi was just a toddler/preschooler. I thought of exhausting the use of the Pink Tower with Vito so he will fully obtain the benefits out of this amazing material.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Vito is 39 months old.
Vito and I have been working on Knobless Cylinders a lot lately and many have asked what this Montessori sensorial materials can basically do and how can they use it at home. Though I’ve talked about this before, I realized that I didn’t really explained the method that I’m using, how to use it in the beginning and how to extend the use of the materials once the child has mastered the basics. So I’m starting a series of post on Montessori Knobless Cylinders , from the basics to the extension activities.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
I kept so many spices in our kitchen that I decided to make smelling bottles for the boys. I can’t believe that it is so easy to make! Read through the blog and learn where you can purchase the Montessori smelling bottles and materials for the DIY.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Vito is 34 months old.
We started off our color exploration activity by sorting out some of Safari Toob animals using our Montessori Color Tablets (set 2). Actually, it was Vito who gave me the idea. He keeps on identifying the colors of the animal figures and he would match it to the color of his shirt. With this in mind, I realized that that we have a bunch of Safari Toob figures and it would be nice to sort them out as Vito loves the figures tremendously.
Friday, September 23, 2016
Monday, September 5, 2016
I couldn’t resist getting these magnetic letters from Early Learning Center because they were on sale and its the only magnetic set I found that’s using the Sassoon font (text standard in UK and Ireland). With these on hand, I set-up a sorting activity of letters for Vito.
Friday, July 15, 2016
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
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!
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!
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Vito is 29 months old.
This is one of the highlights of our Body Unit! I was more than excited to give this to Vito! Just look at his face on how much he’s enjoying this activity!
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Vito is 28 months old.
We were reading the Under the Ground book and chancing upon the page of mining, I decided that we should play pretend to look for jewels in a tub of sand! As you can see, this activity was intended for sifting the gravels and later on discover the jewels but I realized that sand is quite big so our sifter wouldn’t work. Thus, I added the scooper from Learning Resources, it has bigger holes in it so it can sift the sand effectively.
Friday, April 8, 2016
Here are all the materials and resources that we will be using in our Earth/Land Unit for the month of April. I prepared this list for those who wanted to follow our activities and those who are inquiring about the materials we are using.
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Here’s a recap of our week! You may copy any of these for your own home school journey!
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Dear friends, I’m very busy and I don’t have an easy access to products that are sometimes required to create a dough or a slime. So when I discovered this 2-ingredient cloud dough from Happy Hooligans, I was ecstatic! To make a moon sand or cloud dough, you just need a lot of plain flour and baby oil. That’s just it! Check the site for the measurements, the outcome was fantastic!
Friday, March 11, 2016
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
My greatest challenge as of the moment is how to make Vito interested in letters. Of course he loves them, but not in the way that Mavi does. I know, I shouldn’t compare… reason why I try to give him stimulating and fun activities to get him interested in letters. It was different during Mavi’s time. Mavi had my undivided attention while with Vito, I feel that he always get the short end of the stick. Good thing Mavi is now back in school so I have time to focus on Vito in the mornings (in the midst of chores!).
- To kids, this is just play and children learn best when they are happy, enjoying and stimulated.
- Understanding what the letter represents by making a sound
- Hand muscle exercise as a result of grasping and digging through the bowl of rice
- Letter recognition by feeling the letters, ingraining the picture of the letters in their minds
- Early discrimination skills (for matching)
- Sensorial experience influence the development of brain pathways, thus it improves mental capacity to learn
How it works:
Hide the letters (foam, magnetic or wooden letters) in a bowl of rice (or beans) and let your little ones find them.
Dig dig dig! While they can use scoops or other materials, I prefer using their bare hands for the ultimate sensory experience! As they discover the letter, let them feel it and I would sound it for him to follow. As an extension, I made him match the letters to the one written on the paper as he loves matching.
He was so fascinated with the rice sticking on his hand!
Oh boy he was hooked! He had so much fun digging through the rice and and discovering the letters! Simple and easy to prepare isn’t it?
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