## Thursday, February 9, 2012

Mavi is 41 months old.

This is a continuation of our Antarctica Unit which we started last week.  Here are the math activities to go along with our unity study.

We used Safari Toob Penguins for our addition. The cards that you see were homemade.  It will make the addition game a little more interesting if he has these picture cards(control cards).

Another version of our penguin addition is using the concept of Montessori’s Addition Strip.  I previously used the technique using bear counters and it worked for him.

Later, he started to do it on his own using the control cards.

SKIP COUNTING BY 2’S AND 3’S

We haven’t done this for a long time.  So I decided to revisit it.  I used white and blue beads, pretending that they’re penguin eggs (and candies according to my son).

Here I told my son that the penguins are hungry and needed two candies each.  Once he placed the beads, we started counting by 2’s.  I explained that counting by 2’s means that we start counting from 2 and skip some numbers along the way (thus the 1,3,5,7,9).

Then he wanted to have another set-up.  He said that the penguins want to eat rice!  He gave each penguin 2 rice (LOL) and he started counting by 2’s again. I was surprise that he can do it on his own. I am in awe of how can a little one learn by doing repetitive activities.

We did the same thing when we counted by 3’s.

And revisited a few activities using these penguin printables from Making Learning Fun.  See how we used these printables here and here.

## Monday, February 6, 2012

Yehey! I was able to kick-off our Antarctica unit last week!  I’ll be sharing the first three days of our unit study, and how we go about on learning the continent.

DAY 1:  WHAT AND WHERE IS ANTARCTICA

I introduced the continent.  We discussed where Antarctica is located and why it’s surrounded with ice.

## Thursday, February 2, 2012

Was inactive for a while due to work loads.  While I was preoccupied with personal stuff, I keep my son busy doing activities while we’re still stuck at home due to freezing temperature outdoor.  So the past few days, we simply continued with our Corduroy unit activities.

Here he is doing the bear craft on his own.  I basically sat there watch him do this thing.

We also worked with Read and Spell, which I downloaded from Homeschool Creations.  Since we started with Before FIAR, the read and spell became his all time favorite.

We practiced buttoning using the button snake which I made a few months ago.

Corduroy is a story that deals with emotions as well.  So I got this matching game from Montessori Print Shop and we enjoyed matching each facial expression.  My sad had a great time imitating the pictures :)

## Monday, January 30, 2012

To wrap things up for the things we did last week...

Worksheets. We started doing worksheets and I feel so weird having this in our daily routine. Honestly, I think I’m the only one adjusting to this worksheet thingy. Usually we start our day with Montessori activities but now, I we do them right after worksheets or after lunch.

Alphabets and Math worksheets.

Mavi doing good in tracing lines!

We also worked on pattern blocks.

Practice coloring skills using dot markers.

Pink Series:  objects and moveable letters.  He loooovess this!  And I am so happy that he’s beginning to read words NOT by familiarity but by blending letter sounds!

Pink Series:  pictures and word cards.  He worked on 4-sets in one sitting!

Pink Series:  started word strip this week.

Before FIAR:  Corduroy.