## Thursday, September 17, 2015

It's the time of our 12 Month of Montessori Series, and today I'm sharing with you how Mavi learned the concept of the decimal system and base 10 using the Montessori golden beads materials.  We worked on this when he was about 4yrs old and at times he still wanted to do the complete layout (see the bottom of the post for this).   The aim of studying the decimal system is for the child to understand, organize and  classify the numerical quantities into different hierarchies of units, tens, hundreds and thousands.

One of the best thing about these golden beads material is that it provides a sensorial approach in learning mathematics.  In using the golden beads, a child can easily differentiate a unit from tens, from hundreds and thousands through its depth, weight and quantity.  In effect, there is retention to the concepts because the child can easily visualize the quantity of numbers.

So without further ado, here’s Mavi’s presentation of how we use the golden beads in learning the decimal system.
Units, Tens, Hundreds, Thousands

Here’s a short presentation which  Mavi and I created on how to use the materials in introducing units, tens, hundreds and thousands.
The Layout
Now for the overall view of the decimal system, combining the number symbols and the quantity, here’s Mavi working on the decimal system layout.  Sorry if he only worked till 4000, as we do not have enough thousand cubes   Enjoy!

This post is part of the 12 Months of Montessori Learning which is hosted by Natural Beach Living and The Natural Homeschool.

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## Saturday, September 12, 2015

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If you are looking for a simple activity that will keep your kids hooked for a longer period of time, this is one I highly recommend.  Recently I bought a few Schleich animals from a local store because it was on sale.  Since Vito looooves animals, I whipped this activity in an instance, just in time to make use of our white PlayDoh.

Materials needed:  different animal figures with detailed tracks (I highly recommend Schleich) and playdough (PlayDoh).

One by one, create tracks of your animals in the dough.  Vito was fascinated of the tracks!  He wanted to do it by himself

Here’s a closer look of the tracks. How cool is it that they’re all so detailed!

Can you identify which animals they belong to?

Yay! We didn’t have enough dough though.  But Vito played with this for a long time! We’ll definitely do this more often.

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## Friday, September 11, 2015

Last week Vito had a great time learning about farm animals.  I find it quite fascinating how my kids can easily learn a concept just by using animal figures.  It took me years to convince myself to invest in these animal toy figures.  We didn’t have them till Mavi was 3 years old.  Vito is lucky enough to be able to play with these at a very young age.  So from reading books and making sounds, I leveled up the learning approach to widen his vocabulary, learn phonic sounds, practise logic and more.

Here are Vito’s TOP 6 farm animal activities:

## Thursday, September 10, 2015

Vito and I are doing lots of new things since September started and one of which is trying out some simple crafts for motor skills development and sensory play.

Since we’re having farm animals this week… we made a colorful-feathered rooster.  We call this in the Phils “sarimanok”, a mythical legendary creature that symbolizes the closeness to the spiritual being of the native people.

Materials are pretty simple:

• colored craft feathers
• glue
• a coloring page of a rooster
• corn kernels (optional)

Let your little one apply glue to the picture.  I suggest this kind of glue, with bigger mouthpiece so it will be easy for them to squeeze out the glue.

Don’t restrict, just allow them apply the glue anywhere they want (as long as it is within the tray).    This large tray is from Ikea.  Did you know that by using the glue, they learn the concept of cause and effect? Squeezing it results to glue coming out. My son loves watching the glue drops from the mouthpiece!

And Vito loves opening and closing the the container.

Place the feather into the image.

Put corn kernels on it as well if its available.

My Vito often stops and observes his hand for stains, dirt or anything that sticks on it.

And here it is.. my Vito’s first craft ever! We admired his work afterwards, and he even showed it to Mavi and the Dad.  Love that he is showing a sense of accomplishment at a young age.

Welcome to the Learn & Play Link Party!
Here are the featured activities for this week!

Shelves for 18 Months from Everyday Begins New
Pumpkin Playdough Provocation from Mama’s Happy Hive
Fall Apple Tree Craft from A Little Pinch of Perfect

I’d love to try any of these activities for my youngest this season!

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