Thursday, October 9, 2008
Basic Montessori Learning Activities for under fives by David Gettman
We are doing puppets too. It seemed an easy, fun, yet totally productive way to internalize language. We will be making sock and felt puppets then retelling (reading a book, making characters, retelling it in theater) and making up stories (such as Evies latest adventure to the dirt track or his lego/ rescue heroes adventures).
Playtime Rhymes by priscilla Lamont: Rhymes and body movements for the very young, but a great start!
101 finger plays, stories and songs to use with finger puppets by Diane Briggs: Multiple songs and rhymes to use with each set of puppets. Convenient and multipurpose.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
If your family is prone broken bones or stitches (you know who you are). . . this is your fair warning...
We started our schooling this morning experimenting with ramps made from our block box and some HotWheels (what ramp construction worked best, how far did it go, what surface works best, does style of car matter?). I am one for the practical side of learning. "How will I use this knowledge in real life?" Well Everett took it a step (LEAP) further and we ended up at the local skate and bike park. Amen and how cool that such an outlet exists here in our wonderful town!! We had an hour before dinner and a son pleading to go give it a try:
We are so proud of him. Not because he can do this, although cool, but because he is confident to try, determined to get back up (fell once), bold to play with the big boys, and cautious to know his limits. Way to go Evie!
The book shelf for some of my favorite books (library or owned).