Monday, December 27, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We have been on vacation and will be returning in a week ready to start a new semester!  Here is a few pictures of my sweet children!





We wish all of you a blessed Christmas and happy New Year with your family and friends.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Montessori Print Shop Giveaway

Another wonderful Giveaway!  Montessori Print Shop is giving away a Language CD with a Total of 108 Phonics Language Files!  Go Visit and Enter to Win!  This is their first of 12 Giveaways.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

MFE Giveaway

Montessori For Everyone is having a Giveaway!  I love giveaways!! 

The first give away is a $100 gift certificate from MFE Online Store and from Alison’s Montessori, this lovely Uppercase Tracing Board
 

Go HERE to visit their giveaway!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

School Week 11 and 12

October 18th - 29th


Botany - The Pumpkin
After discussing the life cycle of a pumpkin we carved it and discussed it using some discussion questions I found on-line but currently cannot find.  I will keep looking and link back.





Field Trip to the Science Museum


The Museum had just opened the Dinosaur Exhibit


Practical Life
Sweet Boy has become more confident in making his breakfast and lunch.  Sandwiches, toast, pouring cereal and milk to name a few things.


Zoology - Study of Sponges

We spent two weeks studying the sponge.  Our studies always include 1.  A book  2. A trip somewhere to see a life specimen if possible and/or a video (YouTube)  3.  Three part cards  4.  Coloring Page/Labeling  5. Sometimes an Art Project



History
 
Both kids created their Personal Time Line - Read about this Lesson Here

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

School Week 10

October 11th - 15th





Time Work.  I created small time cards for the kids to practice.
On one side I have the time written like so: 10:15.  On the other side there is a clock face with the answer.  They look at 10:15 and create the time with the red foam clock from Target $1 section and then look on the back to check their answer.
Bella is working on Whole Hour: 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 etc..
Sweet Boy is working on everything else!  He had already learned whole and half hour at his previous school so I started with quarter hour and then went to all other times.

Necklace Work

Gardening

Sensorial

Life Cycle of a Pumpkin

Part of our Leaf Study which you can read about here.

Addition Strip Board Created from 2 Pequenos Traviesos

Saturday, November 27, 2010

School Week 8 and 9

September 27th - October 8th



Painting

Bella writing after we did a reading lesson.

Puzzle of animals and their homes after a Noun Lesson for Sweet Boy.

A visit to the Arboretum

We went to the Arboretum with a Part-time school's field trip.  We have several friends in this group and they invited us to this field trip.  Sweet Boy got to learn about the early Texas Pioneers in this 2 acre exhibit.



Babies first swing ride!




Pin Punching


Metal Insets




Writing with the movable alphabet.  I currently work with Bella to help her figure out the middle sound.  She does not have a problem with the beginning or ending sounds.

Transfer work.  She is transferring pom-poms with tweezers.
In Geometry we have been working through the Geometric drawers.  For the Polygons the kids created a Polygon book.  They cut the shapes out and labeled.  I helped them with this project.

We have been practicing skip counting every day.  We are currently working on counting by 2's, 3's and 5's.  Bella will skip count up to 10 and Sweet Boy up to 100. 



Bella practicing her numbers.  What I do with Bella is to ask her to practice one number a day, any way she wants to.  I give her ideas like painting, sandpaper letters with sand or sand paper letters and then writing on blackboard, number worksheet, etc...  There are days that she does not want to and then there are days that she will work on 5 numbers!  It all evens out.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Disney World!

We just returned from an exciting Disney World Vacation!


My sweet friend who lives in Orlando.  We stayed with her and her family and got to spend lots of quality time together!

Sweet Boys favorite, trains!

My sweet friend and her hubby!

Peter Pan ride.

Baby enjoying,  It's A Small World ride.

Playing Putt-Putt Golf.















Monday, November 15, 2010

Leaf Study

We began our leaf study when Bella asked me to go with her to pick leaves.
This was over a month ago.  Our study lasted about a month.

Here Bella has her bag of leaves and decided she needed to trace them in her notebook.

Both Bella and Sweet Boy did leaf rubbing. 

Another week I presented the nomenclature - Parts of a Leaf for Elementary Age.
I made this Felt Work for Bella since we do not have a Leaf Puzzle.  This is very simple, great for 3-5 year olds.  I got this work free from Maybe Montessori.
On another week, we reviewed and got leaves to look at the different parts on real leaves.


On a bike ride around the neighborhood we picked lots of leaves and taped them to cards and worked on naming them.  I wrote the names on the back.

On another week we used our leaves to sort by leaf margins, blade shape, and veins.
Leaf margins.  On another day, we reviewed the leaf margins.  I taped them on the door, said the name of the leaf margin and it's definition and we placed the names in it's place and found a leaf to place under it.  We used the magnifying glass to look at the edge closely.  This can be a little tricky!