Thanks for visiting my blog. I began journaling about my daily life when I was eleven. Over the years, this has grown to become a way for me to share my thoughts rather than my daily life. I’m pretty open with sharing all the beautiful chaos of life with six children. I have to remind myself to extend grace to myself each and every day! It is my hope that my writings will help others to learn to extend grace to themselves too. After all, if it weren’t for the Grace of God, life would just be messy. I’m so glad that life can instead be a Beautiful Mess and is covered by His Beautiful Grace.
Monday, July 4, 2011
One month into Summer....
We found a small chest for the Lego's, along with the guide sheet. This is a rug lesson. Baby Boy mastered it within about 15 minutes. This built lots of confidence and each time he works with it, it reinforces to him that he is capable of doing something really cool.
The graduated stacker is for Rooty. He is still working on mastering this but is really enjoying his work with it. It has 5 pegs with a different color/shape on each one. The first peg holds just 1, the 2nd holds 2, etc. Each time he chooses this lesson, he seems to find something different to question about it. He mastered his colors about 6 months ago but for the first week he seemed to enjoy just taking the shapes off and putting he colors together. He's noticed that there are more of some colors than others and has even begun to count them (he can count items up to 3 but can say his numbers to 14). Today he began asking about the shapes of each of the pieces. Sometimes he stacks them on his rug, sometimes he lays them side by side on his rug. Sometimes he mixes all the colors up on the stacker and calls it a rainbow. His excitement over this $10 lesson is so fun to watch. He hasn't began to put it all back together correctly yet but I do make sure that each time he takes it down to work, he finds it in proper order so that he sees the correct way to put it away.
The water table isn't so Montessori (it's a pirate ship) but the fun part of homeschooling is getting to offer the same activities in your own way. The boys love raising and lowering the anchor, pouring the water, squirting the canon, etc. Baby Boy enjoys testing "volume" of objects by placing them into a full cup of water and seeing the amount that pours over the side. I would like to get some graduated cylinders to put in the water table for him to begin noticing the lines and discovering actual measurement. I'm a science nerd so I don't think it is the least bit too early for him to be doing this! LOL!!!
Some of the other lessons that we have on our shelves so far are a basket with 3 different seashells. They are different shaped, different textured and different sound. I would love to find some larger shells but these came in a basket with many others from the Just a Dollar store. We have a Jack in the Box (well, really its Elmo in a kettle but again, it's homeschool...). Baby Boy started learning origami and Rooty is working on fine motor skills by sticking stickers onto paper. We have buttons to put into a muffin tin, large beads to thread onto a piece of yarn, a 100 piece puzzle, play dough, a snail that wiggles when you pull his string, a see and say, a rice spooning lesson, two different cube stackers, a globe and books that switch out nearly every day.
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