1. I'm keeping this guy home from school - for a number of reasons - until the cast comes off. He's driving me nuts! Week and a half to go! | 2. Lots of playing in pyjamas happening - they've been cooking up a storm. | 3. I bought this guy a watch so he'd know when to stop playing and come and meet me after school. He's now timing everything! | 4. This guy helped Daddy mow. SO cute!
Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Monday, 20 October 2014
When I first embarked on my journey into Montessori learning, I was a little overwhelmed at the range - and price- of the 'essential' equipment required.
The more I read and explored, the more I discovered other parents who, like me, were keen on implementing Montessori approaches in their home and were finding ways to do it without spending a lot of money. And there are a lot of good ideas out there!
Another Montessori activity that I've DIYed are these sound cylinders.
The purpose of the activity is to shake a cylinder of one colour, then shake the cylinders of the other colour until you've found the two cylinders that make the same sound.
When I first set this activity up (it was a while ago too- how little does Rohan look in these photos?), the only containers I could find with tight fitting lids were clear. These are Decor brand mini-snack containers from the grocery store.
I do intend, at some stage, to make them opaque but for now they are working really well.
I have filled each pair with the following - pasta, popping corn, rice, dried beans, barley and sand.
I think I'll look at concealing the insides the next time I present them. Any ideas on painting/covering these containers?
Tuesday, 14 October 2014
I missed last week with the blog out of action, so this week's Ten for Tuesday is doubled!
1. More farm yard fun | 2. He's very taken with this book with real images | 3 & 4. We made our own bread and butter- fun and delicious! | 5. Anniversary flowers from my gorgeous hubby. Where have 12 years gone?
6. This guy lost his first tooth! An event overshadowed by... 7. ...a second surgery on his arm. He was absolutely terrified this time round. | 8. Subway makes everything better- even day surgery | 9. Avengers playdough set - winning!10. Turning a nappy box into a race car | 11. They invented a new car- push the figures over the line with the race car to get points! | 12. This kid is horrible when he's hungry | 13. This kid started Kindy (I forgot to snap a picture during Kindy!) He loved it, was very hungry after and seems very troubled by this fish cracker!
14. Joy is weekends spent in the backyard... (these are their "she's got the camera out again" faces) | 15. ...and impromptu pyjama dance parties! | 16. Too many nice things at Missoni for Target- couldn't resist | 17. Firing up the new Kamado Joe BBQ | 18. Laksa love | 19. Planning some Halloween fun | 20. These two are getting lots of quality time together
Monday, 13 October 2014
I set up this unit back in April and there were a few factors that made this particular themed unit work really well.
Firstly, I got these great new shelves that fit under the back of our kitchen bench perfectly. More space for more fun activities!This unit coincided with school holidays which meant that the activities had to suit all three littles at their various ages (7, 4 & 2).
Mainly, we had a lot of our vehicle related toys out for open-ended play. (I'm guessing all of the vehicles and people were being used elsewhere when I took these pics!) Not sure Maria Montessori would approve of all this plastic, though! We have the Fisher Price airport...
Little People Village...
We also have a big collection of Thomas tracks that make for a very creative play session...
This little train track is a favourite of Rohan's (2).
It opens up to reveal the track and has train storage.
This unit meant that I could also include more advanced construction kits for my seven year old.
The balloon powered cars were fun for everyone with extra explanations of the science involved for the biggest little.
Books are perfect for all ages too...
We had sight words displayed for our early learner...
We introduced colour into our practical life activities too. This one is using tongs...
This was our second open cockpit day and the boys just love getting to sit in the planes...
They have additional aircraft fly in for the day...
Getting to wear a real pilot's helmet made this dress-up loving little pretty happy...
Lining up trains
Counting smoke puffs
Field trip - Discussing how planes fly
Field trip - sitting in aircraft
Tell me, do your kids love planes, trains and automobiles too? Is it just a boy thing?