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Valentine Montessori

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Montessori Fun in February

I found the neatest little heart stencils at Wal-Mart.
The hearts had a spiral gear in them, very similar to the Spirograph! I showed the girls how to use it, and they were ecstatic!
Valentine Stencils
Poetry work. We almost have these memorized.
We’re also memorizing “The Caterpillar” with First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind: Level 1 (Second Edition) (First Language Lessons).
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Nature Valentine poem work
To My Valentine poem

What’s in the box?

math FFG and weaving sea critters.
Valentine Math FFG
Sealife Weaving Work
Play dough girls.
We made pumpkin pie (smells good!) play dough and “snow” (just add glitter) play dough. Get our play dough recipes!
Snow Playdough Girl
Pumpkin Spice Play Dough Girl
We started a morning message page with calendar time and the girls really like that it’s personal. It encourages them to read and follow directions. Sometimes they highlight sight words or draw a Valentine Morning Message
certain colored shape at the bottom. I always ask for a hug!
 
Correcting the Morning Message
Nature art with contact paper and nature-y stuff…We still have snow on the ground, so they really had to hunt for things to make a collage. It was really bright out.
Contact Paper Nature Collage
Nature Collage
Tori’s finished collage. I love the lines.
Lines Nature Collage


Happy Valentine’s Day!
 
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Montessori Kindergarten

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The girls are really enjoying the Montessori trays with works that I set out this week.

sorting corks
Sorting Corks

sorting solid geometry forms
Sorting Geometric Solids

Alex got into the geometry forms and Tori taught him their names.
Playing with Shapes

Sequencing Puzzle Cards

Sequencing Cards

geoboards

Geoboards and Letters

Fraction dot paint with Angry Birds K Pack
Dot Fraction Painting

color sorting the fractions on the pages
Fraction Painting

subtraction math game
subtraction snowmen math game

writing the days of the week
Writing Days of the Week

I love that we have the freedom to mix things up and try new things!

Montessori Kindergarten gives the girls lots of options to learn on their own.

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Antarctica Unit Study

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We broke out our new continent box of Antarctica Friday.

I have a sensory continent card, penguin life cycle chart, penguin 3-part cards, animals of Antarctica, and a Penguin Toob. The kiddos LOVED it! We have lots of winter, snow, and Antarctica books on our display shelf right now.

Antarctica Continent Box
Antarctica Monbtessori Continent Box

The girls are proud of their new box and all the goodies! They spread it all out on our new mats (from Walmart), Montessori-style!

Antarctica Unit

We matched penguins to the cards and learned about the different kinds.

Penguin Card Matching

We made a rubbing (sort of) out of the sensory card.

Antarctica Map Rubbing

Then, Tori and I explored some prepositions with a penguin printable: above, below, beside, on, left, right, etc.

Preposition Work

I found this great penguin FFG that I recommissioned as a Build a Sight Word game.

I wrote cold words on the penguin signs and Tori matched up the letters on the other penguins. She loved it.

Penguin File Folder Game

We played a fun penguin feeding game.

Penguin Feeding
Penguin Feeding Game

Antarctica is a pretty cool place and we love penguins!

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Homemade Play Dough

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We’ve been having lots of fun with Christmas activities this week…

Tori’s gingerbread play dough reindeer…
Gingerbread Playdough Reindeer
Santa paper plate packing popcorn craft. I used googly eyes, a pink pom pom for the nose, and a shaped pipe cleaner for the mouth
Santa Plate Craft
Tori and Katie pretend to eat their gingerbread babies…
Pretending to Eat Gingerbread Cookies
Gingerbread Baby
They pasted their eaten gingerbread babies in their booklets.
Gingerbread Baby Booklets

We made homemade play dough!

Homemade Play Dough
I made gingerbread play dough (with spices smells great!) and snow play dough (plain with sparkly glitter).
 
We broke out the cookie cutters and played with play dough for quite a long time this morning.
 
Preschool girls loved playing with the yummy smelling playdough.
Katie did not like to be interrupted for a picture.
Gingerbread Play Dough
Toddler Alex thought all this was just awesome.
Toddler Play Dough Time
Even the Big Girl Elizabeth had to play with the play dough!
She showed off her “cookies.”
Big Girl Play Dough Time

Super easy play dough recipe:

Play Dough

Ingredients

  • 2 cups AP flour
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 T vegetable oil
  • 1 T cream of tartar

Instructions

  1. Mix ingredients gently, folding all the flour in, over low/medium heat in a nonstick pan until formed into a ball.

    Knead carefully (it’s hot!) until desired elasticity.

Add stuff:

Spices. Sprinkle in some cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger for gingerbread play dough – or apple pie spice or pumpkin pie spice – or whatever you love.

Essential Oil. We love using Citrus, Peppermint, or Lavender.

Glitter or Food Coloring. Sparkle and color just add to the fun!

My kids like to play with the play dough while it’s still warm.

How to Use:

We use all sorts of fun tools like real cookie cutters (love these alphabet ones!), rolling pins, dough tools that extrude, squish, and cut it.

We have two Activity Centers that provide stencils and working surfaces to keep my floor clean.

Store in an airtight container or zipper bag. We keep ours in the fridge to stay fresh longer.

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Little Helper

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Alex enjoyed playing with his Lego Duplo Train.

I love his expression here as he tried to put these two pieces together!

Playing with Duplo Blocks

My little helper!

He loves putting bowls away!
(and taking them out. and handing them to me. and carrying them around the house. and demanding Goldfish crackers in the bowl.)
Putting Bowls Away
 
Alex really did help me unload the dishwasher. I was impressed he knew where things go!
 
Then he had to get the bowls back out and do it over and over and over and over…
Helping with the Dishes
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Preschool Letter U

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Letter U for umbrella.

What’s in the box? Yes, we do workboxes.

I put the girls’ individual work in their official workboxes, but these things the girls share, so I put these in cube shelves.

Umbrella activities magnets and tray

U for Umbrella Magnet Dots

Patterns

Umbrella Pattern Work

Snap beads for tactile fun

Snap Beads

Puzzle and size sorting

Umbrella Puzzle Works

Unifix cubes and cards

Unifix Cards Works

Letter building with How to Build an A book set.

How to Build an A

Wikki Stix and letter U card

Wikki Stix Letters

Bottle cap letters and cards

Letter U Bottlecap Work

Cuisenaire rods and matching cards

Cuisenaire Rods and Matching Cards
Finding the Letter U
Educubes Letter U cards
U is for Unicycle

 We had fun with the Letter U!

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