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Coniferous Leaves

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Had a really good morning schooling today! Lady P got down to business in anticipation of her friend coming round for a play date. 

She completed her reading lesson; practiced her counting by  5s and 10s; counted backwards from 10 confidently and started to count backwards from 20; sorted coins with their number amounts; wrote some more of her story; compared coniferous leaves to deciduous leaves and made notes.  Cheeky girl practiced counting objects and writing the number down and she practiced the letter c and d and made pictures of things starting with those letters. 

Afterwards, friends came to play all afternoon! It was a good day!

Let’s Go Fly a Kite

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This week has been a blur!  I’ve been visiting my mum and dad in Canada with Little Man and the girls have been home with daddy!

The home education officer came for the first time and it went really well!  So we are pleased about that!

Lady P and Cheeky Girl have been busy doing all sorts of exciting things.  They’ve been flying kites!  The weather has been wonderfully warm so they’ve been outside a lot! 

Lady P has started reading the BFG and is enjoying doing crafts and activities around it.  


She has also been doing an underwater theme because we have inherited a fish tank. She has completed some colour-by-number maths sheets and fish crafts.

It’s been a busy week but lots of fun!

DIY Montessori Constructive Triangles

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I’m finally feeling super motivated to get all my Montessori projects finished for Lady P. It is probably because I am pregnant and rather than clean my house, my nesting is causing me to finish tasks. Works for me! Read the rest of this entry

DIY Montessori Moveable Alphabet

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I love Montessori manipulatives. They are so beautiful but so expensive! I especially wanted a moveable alphabet because I think it really helps children to understand how words are made: patterns, letter combinations etc. A small moveable alphabet costs about £27 (not including shipping or the storage box) from Absorbant Minds but I really don’t want to spend that kind of money!

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Two Rocks and a Chunk of Dirt

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Summer Holidays. I’m a teacher so I’ve got the entire summer off but I’ve been incredibly lazy with regards to homeschooling; but we’ve been out and about a lot– especially at the beach!

Today while not-so-Baby S was napping, I got out the Spielgaben for some free play (I suspect I wanted to play with it more than Lady P).

My goal for the summer is for Lady P to recognise her teen numbers and count up to 20 accurately. She still skips a few. We have been working on 11-13 for now.

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She is easily distracted but can count items accurately up to 13 so I was quite pleased.

Next, we did lacing and and tried our creative side with making pictures. There is a curriculum that goes with the Spielgaben but it takes preparation and I’m super lame this summer!!!

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Lastly, I found a game at a charity shop called Blokus. It’s great for Lady P because she has to try to figure out how all of the shapes fit together. I can see the wheels turning in her head as she tries to put the pieces together without leaving spaces. I never told her to leave no spaces, she tried this on her own.

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At the end of the day, both girls played in the garden. They decided to play with a tarp, two rocks, and a lump of dirt. I guess I’m too far removed from childhood to understand why they played for AGES with these items! But hey, toys are so expensive I guess they are saving me money!!! So I guess for a lazy day, we accomplished quite a bit!

Spielgaben 101

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Hello all!

I’m so excited to share the new educational toy that I purchased (thanks to my extremely generous parents!).  Spielgaben is an amazing educational experience and I highly recommend it!  It is quite pricy (around £200) but it’s well worth it as you get 8-12 years of activities and a whole curriculum dedicated to the Spielgaben toy!

 

Picture taken from Spielgaben website

Picture taken from Spielgaben website

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Why My Children Can’t Sit Still

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Last week, I went to homeschooling group and there was a fellow homeschooler with 3 little boys who were lovely.  They sat there and played quietly and nicely, then went and ran around at the play place for a while, then came back and played nicely.  They were really lovely kids!  Lady P is wonderful and happy and full of life and energy!  I can’t keep up!  But she cannot keep still!  She is fidgety all the time and hates to sit!  All of my homeschooling activities MUST HAVE kinaesthetic activities involved or else she gets bored and says she doesn’t want ‘to do school anymore’.  I have heard from many people who have sons that boys usually can’t keep still and are high energy.  Girls are good at playing quietly…HA

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Learning to Pour

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My eldest is now 2 years old and so I have decided to introduce her to some of the Montessori practical skills. She loves to help out in the house. She helps with the laundry and with our baby, she’s a great little helper! Usually she says, ‘I help?’ Whenever she sees me doing chores around the house!

I thought now would be a good time to show her how to pour lentils into a bowl as well as learn to scoop lentils with a spoon. She still struggles with using a spoon at meal times so I thought this activity would be good practice.

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She enjoyed this activity quite a bit. It was good sensory play as well. She also used her pincer grab to pick up stray lentils on her tray which is helping to strengthen her fine motor skills. All that in one simple activity.