Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Currently I am working to finish my observations. We have 12 observations in the Primary Classroom (ages 3-6) and the Elementary I classroom (ages 6-9). I am also finishing up my written papers.
I am now taking a break from classes since the baby will be here in two months. What I have left of my courses are the Math and first part of Language. I decided not to start the Math classes since I would not be able to finish. The Math classes go through May and the baby is due in April. I will then have my 9 month internship and tests and I'll be done! Only time will tell if I actually finish. The only thing I worry about is the internship. I just don't know what the future holds.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Here are some of the works he has brought home from school.
Read and blue rods which he actually did a million times last year. He just did it one time this year and was done!
By looking at these works I can tell the progress he has made with writing his numbers and letters. In the read and blue rods work you can see some of the numbers backwards. He has worked on his numbers at school and at home. The teacher suggested we make crafts and do fun things with numbers.
As far as letters, he is writing more lower case letters and smaller. At home we work on stories for him to practice his letters. He draws pictures and tells me the story, then he writes part or all of the story. He also helps me write out my grocery list and writes small notes to grandma and grandpa.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Of course, at this Level in Montessori there are LOTS of works that do not have pencil and paper tied to it. But here are the ones that did! Just a reminder: Bella turned 4 years old 2 months ago. She does not write her numbers, she does not read, she is learning her letter sounds.
This is the BIG one. One of her favorite things to do is pin punching. She started doing this at her last Montessori School Last year and she would come home with tons of these. She has slowed down a bit!
Bella said this was an exhausting work. She does not like long works. She is not good at concentrating for a long period of time yet. Not a surprise to me AT ALL. She hyper and a social butterfly. She also did cards and counters. The counters were penguins.
Cutting straight lines.
Coffee Grinding. They have a hand grinder. As you can see, she LOVES this work!
It is time for me to make me a cup of coffee!!
Sewing. She does this work with her teachers help.
Parts of a Jack-o-Lantern book. She colors the different parts but does not write the names of the parts.
Here is the folder I use to keep all of the things the kids bring home from school. Each one has a folder. I have a portfolio I have kept of their work since they started pre-school. In here I also keep things they have done at home. I make sure to label with name and age so I don't forget when they did what!
I will show Sweet Boys Work on my next post.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Here is what she brought us!
She also has many pictures, one news paper and information about the schools they visited.
Here are the other items in our Asia Continent Box
The children have already done a presentation at their school on the items that Grandma brought them. "Show and Tell" is an opportunity for the kids to get up and talk in front of all of their class mates.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Yesterday I found the blog The Tie That Binds Us and had to write about it because she has several good posts on organization. She also has beautiful ideas like the nature pack and the pressed flower and leaf notebook.
Jen from Wildflowers and Marbles has written some great posts on organizing her school room and materials.
Another blog you will find some neat ideas is lovelydesign. I read about this Mom in the January 2010 Better Homes and Gardens. Here is a post I really liked on organizing the kids dishes!
So, I am writing this today to share these blogs with you and to see if you know of any other blogs with good organization posts. Please post a comment and let me know. I am also always looking for good ways to store and display the kids toys. This is a challenge for me. For example: how do you store Legos? How about all of the little accessories that go with baby dolls and Barbies?
I hope to get some great ideas! Happy Organizing!
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Nieve begins with an N. Worksheet to use for an N craft. From Primera Escuela.
Snowman Necklaces Work
For this Necklaces the child will get a string and string snowman faces, pieces of straw and beads!
I got the beads from Michael's. It was a little bag with all of these beads in the Christmas section. Probably 60% off now! Here is the file I made for the snowman faces. I just cut them out and punched a small hole at the top of each snowman face. I printed it on card stock.
Matching Snowflakes or Memory Game for older kids
My Montessori Journey has great Winter Activities. Look in her Archives - January 2009.
Monday, January 4, 2010
Yesterday I made many activities for the kids. I'll share them all in the next few posts.
Below is our winter craft shelf.
One activity on the shelf is "Dressing a snowman".
I printed the template from First School.
The kids color, cut, and paste the clothing on the snowman.
Above is Bella's snowman. El hombre de nieve.
Below is another shelf with one of Bella's favorite counting activities.
I made this just like the counting apples.
Here is the counting snowflakes file to download.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
We have been dog sitting my brothers dog. My brother speaks Spanish to his dog so we have been speaking Spanish to the dog also. It is funny because the kids have been speaking Spanish to the dog!! So funny... "Bepo, siéntate" "Andalé Bepo" "Bepo, ven aca!!" I can't believe it took a dog to get my kids to speak Spanish!!
Friday, January 1, 2010
1. Work harder at speaking more Spanish in the home. I am going to concentrate on surrounding myself with more Spanish in my life so that it will then overflow to my children. For example: I already listen to all Spanish Music. My kids therefore can sing in Spanish. My husband and I started to attend activities at the Latin Cultural Center. This surrounds us with Spanish speakers which then naturally allows us to speak Spanish around them and to them.
2. Work on teaching the kids about our religion. Last year my son attended a Catholic school so I just left it up to the school but now that he is not at a Catholic school I need to do this. I joined the Catholic Learning Yahoo group which has GREAT files to download that follow the method of teaching Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. I am excited about the children and I learning together!
So, do you have an educational resolution? I would love to hear it!