DIY Montessori Movable Alphabet

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Here’s another DIY post for the Montessori movable alphabet. The authentic material is beautiful, and I do hope to purchase it when I am in a more permanent location. Until then, I decided to make a very affordable alternative.  Continue reading

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DIY Calendar

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We made this super easy diy magnetic calendar to review our days of the week and weather.  Everything is from Bugaboo City except for the days of the week and months. I can’t remember where I had printed those from, but I had already laminated them so I used them (Bugaboo City’s are much cuter).  There are a bunch of adorable add-ons that I did not include in our calendar. 

This will be the first introduction to a calendar with dates, months, etc. for the kids. I really like that the thermometer is simplified for younger children.  What a great way to incorporate the idea of temperature! Layaan loves to count to 100 and this will be great practice to review her number skills.  We made pockets out of construction paper taped to the back of our board to store all the other pieces. 

The kids already love it and I am so pleased with how it looks and adds a pop of color to our homeschooling room. 

Cooking with Infants to Pre-Schoolers

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I find cooking dinner the most stressful part of the day.  I am usually rushing so that I can feed the kids, bathe them, and have them in bed early.  And most of the time, my kids tend to be the least cooperative at this point.  I always aim for it to be their “free play” time with their blocks or legos, but it never seems to go quite as I imagine.  Lately, I have been finding ways to get them both involved with special tasks to help.  Here are some tips for moms who need to get a meal on the table.

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Layaan helping me pan fry a fish fillet.

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Plant Unit: Fruit Dissection & Craft

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We continued our study of plants by examining seeds.  Two fun activities popped up on my Pinterest feed that were related to seeds.  I decided to combine the two activities together as they were related to one another.  The first activity was posted by the Christian Montessori Network called Montessori Science:  Dissecting Fruit.  The other activity was a beautiful craft idea posted by Pink Stripey Socks called Kid Science:  Let’s Study Seeds.  Both activities can be used in many different ways, not just for seed study.  They are both good for learning about the parts of fruit, using fruit nomenclature cards, etc.   IMG_5774

First, we did the dissecting fruit activity.  I thought this was such a unique idea to introduce pre-school aged children to science tools and the scientific process.  Layaan loved using the tweezers to pull out the seeds.  It incorporated fine motor skills along with science.  IMG_5781Before we cut open the fruits, I asked her to make a good guess as to wat color and how big she was expecting the seeds to be.  We observed all the seeds as we pulled them out and discussed if her guesses matched what we found.  Though I only have an apple and pear pictured, we also did it with oranges, grapes, and tomatoes.  IMG_5780After we rinsed off the seeds, we did the art activity from Pink Stripey Socks.  I drew the outline of the fruit, and she painted the inside.  We then glued the seeds onto the respective fruits.  Once everything was dry, we continued to observe the similarities and differences between the seeds.   This activity was great for comparing sizes of seeds, texture, colors, etc, while also combining art and spatial awareness.

I loved watching Layaan do this activity.  I could see that she was really intrigued by it all.  I watched a little scientist bloom through this.  Check out our other posts from our plant unit listed below.

Plant Unit Posts:

DIY Greenhouse