Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Sorting by Color

Here's another little Montessori activity you can put on your shelves.  It's just a color sorting activity.

I sourced the cubes from a $2 store - they are actually meant to be used as frozen drink cubes { ice cubes in your drink }.  But I figured that they'd make a great little sorting activity, with a small set of tongs for Noah.

Just have some little plastic bowls available.  Tip all the cubes out into a messy pile and have the child use the tongs to sort them into their colors.  He also had some little white rocks in his initial pile. 

He really enjoyed this activity.
Noah is 3 - so if you have a 3 year old, give it a try.  :)

Monday, May 21, 2018

Art Monday

Today the humble Mosquito....

by Charlotte { 6 }

by Phebe { 11 }

By Hannah { 9 }

By Chloe { 13 }

by me, but my age shall remain a mystery... 

I only put their ages for when I want to go for a walk down memory lane here.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Notebooking AO8 This Week

Chloe gave me these note booking pages.

Did you know that if you go looking for a Blue Wren in a field guide you won't find it?  Yep, that was us this morning.  In the end we discovered that they are called:  'Fairy Wrens'.

Here is our first official Australian Bird field guide.  I've been homeschooling for over 20 years and I'm only just getting to purchase a field guide now.  Ridiculous Johnny come late......, but better than never, I suppose.  We haven't had it long - nearly a week.  I will also be on the hunt for more field guides now.  

There are sooooo many illustrations.

And for the longest time - I have had a book called the  'Atlas of Australian Birds' sitting on my shelves, but that's just it, it's just been sitting on the shelves doing absolutely nothing for like, forever.  I had picked it up at a second hand thingy for a bargain price yonks ago thinking that it "might" come handy one day.  However, now that we are getting deeper into Nature Study and Ambleside - I'm super glad I kept it now, it almost ended chopped up for it's pictures and thrown out because of its size.  It's amazing how a book we don't think much about can suddenly turn around and be an absolute gem!

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This week I had her do her Geography on a map of old England - so that when she reads History of England she'd know exactly what and where the places they were talking about were.  

This morning she was reading about Olaf - and he ruled Mercia.  So by having this map available, it helped her to know where abouts in England that he ruled.  Makes it easier and more enjoyable with connections like that.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Random Week 18 Update

Some random photos of some of the things we did for school this week.

Charlotte continued to work on Silent Letters.

As of today she has completed the first 10 lessons in Unit 5.

Hannah and Phebe started Lesson 11 in their Vocabulary / Spelling words.  Technically it's designed to work with Wordly Wise Book 6, but we're using it as a spelling program at the moment.

The girls all hit up workbook 6 in their respective years.

Phebe wrote a composition and then typed it up.  It was a really nice one.   She'd talked about Mothers Day.  

Noah worked on his little activities.
Here he did a pasting activity.

I've decided to post Chloe's A0 notebooking pages as a separate post.  Look for those tomorrow.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Dominoes in Your Montessori Basket

Here's another activity that I have in my Montessori shelf.

It has a reasonable amount of dominoes.  Not bajillions, but a reasonable amount.  Probably perfect for Noah though at a beginning stage.  I would of liked more in the box because it won't take long before he figures out what he's doing and he'll need an activity that will take more than 5 mins to do.

I explained how to play and join them up.

Then I moved him to the floor to complete his activity.

As an additional note Noah is already returning activities to his shelf once completed.  That is one of the reasons that I really wanted to set things up in a Montessori fashion; I really wanted him to learn to put things away when he was done.  I'm happy with his progress.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Pretty Princess Hair Day

Yesterday we took the children up to Mandurah for a day out.  I plaited Charlotte's hair and she left it in there the entire day, and even slept in it after we had come home.  So, this morning when she got up and we brushed her hair this is what we got:

It was wispy beautiful and wavy.

So her older sister decided to plait some side ties and put them together for her today.

Hannah came out and said, "Wow, her hair is long.  When did that happen?"

Nobody has been noticing that her hair has been silently growing.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Matching Numerals

Here's an old laminated set that I had in one of my tubs that we are now able to use with Noah.  

On the left hand side of each matching pair is the left hand with a numeral.  The child simply finds the matching right hand numeral to team them back up together.

How I placed them on the tray.  I decided to only do a few at a time to begin with.

How they look when completed.

Now, it's been many, many years since I found this free online, somewhere, and I cannot remember where they are found.  If I remember though, or find them again, I'll come back and let you know.