🎨PAINTING WITH CARS🎨 . . If you saw my stories the other day you would have seen that we continued our colour mixing exploration using cars in paint 👌🏻 . . There is no end to craft and there is always way to spruce up the old boring painting... add some other materials- toys, leaves, sticks, flower, use the sponges or the wrong end of the paint brush!! Today we added cars 🚗 . . I knew cars would be perfect to continue our colour mixing exploration as R would drive the cars all over the page. We spoke about how the colours were changing and when he added more paint they became a more solid colour 🧐 . . R then moved on to using his hands... making a huge mess- but 🤷🏻♀️🤷🏻♀️ . . And then it was his job to clean up. (Possibly his favorite part!) ☺️
#featurefriday - Read this lovely review of our very own Top-off coach, Lauren Grube: "Ms. Grube is more than excellent, she is in a class of her own. Her communication with us as parents was on point, her ability to read and understand her students, and motivate them through the regular “boys will be boys” messes they sometimes create was just great. Ms. Grube is not just a great teacher, she is a born teacher. The kind that I know neither my son, or us will ever forget." - Mr. Herrera, parent of a 4th grader
How do I prepare my child for a new sibling? 👶🏼🍼 A new baby joining the family can introduce many changes. It’s not just the preparations before hand but once the baby is born the elder child has to adjust to the families attention being redirected for caring for the newborn. This is a big change for a child to handle. This is when jealously and bad behaviour might be noticed. Here are some ways to make the change a little easier to manage: 1. During pregnancy discuss the new arrival of the baby in ways that your child will understand. 2. For young child the concept of time is irrelevant they will not understand when you say “You will be a big sister/brother in 5 months time.” Find ways to connect it with a timeframe your child can process. “After your birthday you will be a big brother/sister.” 3. Share your baby scans and photographs 4. Read books about being a big brother/sister 5. Organise play dates with friends that have more than one child 6. Talk about baby names together as a family 7. Let your child visit you when you are in the hospital. It’s more of a shock if you just arrive home with their sibling. 8. Keep routines as consistent as possible. Changing the routines because of a newborn affects your child’s comfort and consistency. 9. Include your child in activities at home with your newborn. Let your child “take care” of their baby and interact with the newborn. 10. Have toys (puzzles, Lego, colouring) to do while you are breastfeeding. This is often when your older child will start demanding your attention. 11. Create one on one moments with your older child during the day so that they feel special. 12. Encourage open communication at home where your older child can share their feelings 👩🏼🏫👶🏼🍒#teacher #iteach#iteachtoo#teachersofig#teachersofinstagram#teaching#teachersfollowteachers#teacherlife#teachertip#thisparentlife#parenting#momlife#dadlife#parentingtips#magicofchildhood
Got woken up this morning because Kara wanted to "rotate" the materials in her shelves. Nowadays, she is the one who initiates the change and replaces the items (she knows where the rest are stored anyway). I know that she loves painting so much so we placed a new set of watercolour and washable paints. I have been advised by educators before that the most important part of the Montessori Prepared Environment is the #preparedadult 🥰🥰🥰 The entire environment depends on us as the guide to observe and prepare it to fully meet the needs of the child. After we were done "rotating", the first thing Kara wanted to use was her sequence cards. She invited me to join her (the mat is her sacred workspace so we dont really join her unless were invited - likewise, she asks permission when she enters my home office). Sequencing or logic is a very important skill. At home, this is easily practiced through practical life activities (where there is a start and an end to the process). And, I did notice Kara enjoys putting picture cards in order and then telling a story about what is happening. This sequencing activity also builds on the child’s powers of observation. We have a deck but we only put out the sets she can relate to (like preparing a sandwich haha basta pagkain alam na alam na yan ni Kara!)
Going over our @kincollectivestudio March Curriculum. We joined right in the middle of the month so I’m organizing and planning so we can enjoy every activity throughly. For those of you that don’t know what is kin.... Kin Collective Studio is a nature based education company with a monthly curriculum subscription program. Each month they upload an easy to follow step by step curriculum with lots of nature based and hands on learning activities. Great for busy parents or for homeschoolers like myself that are looking for complementing activities. This month curriculum theme is space. Coincidentally Eren has been interested in learning more about space. I will be sharing more pictures of the activities later so keep tuned. ————————————————— Repasando nuestro currículo de @kincollectivestudio para el mes de marzo. Nos subscribimos justo a mitad de mes así que estoy planificando y organizando para poder disfrutar cada actividad en su totalidad. Para los que no saben que es Kin... Kin Collective Studio es una compañia de educación basada en la naturaleza, ellos tienen un plan mensual de subscripción para sus currículos. Cada mes suben a su página un currículo fácil de entender y con instrucciones paso a paso y detalladas con una variedad de actividades basadas en la naturaleza y en las que el niño aprende en la práctica. Es fantástico para los padres que no cuentan con tanto tiempo para planear un currículo completo desde 0 o para homeschoolers como yo que desean añadir actividades complementarias. El tema para este mes es El Espacio. Casualmente Eren esta teniendo mucho interés en aprender acerca del espacio. Luego les estaré compartiendo mas fotos de las actividades así que quédense cerquita. *Los currículos son completamente en ingles. Esto presenta una buena oportunidad para introducir el idioma ingles a sus pequeños, pero también puede utilizar las actividades y adaptarlas al español.
DIY ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thank you @play_at_home_mummy for the inspiration for this one! Jumbo paddle pop sticks, magnetic tape and magnetic numbers from @kmartaus (of course) and our amazing metal chips from @littletoylane and we had some very fun counting sticks! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Last week I did this in class as well except I popped the magnetic numbers and chips in the rainbow rice, gave the kids some tweezers and a magnet stick and got them to pick up the pieces out of the rice to make their stick! Very engaged little learners! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I would love to know where you get even jumboer (I’m fully aware that’s not a word) sticks?? We struggled to fit enough chips on once we got to about 7 at school 🤷🏼♀️ Oh and tip.. the numbers only stick if you have them that way.. there’s a science lesson in it but I didn’t have the brain power 🤯
Какую сторону предпочитаете вы:сторону света, или сторону тьмы?😀 Мы-однозначно обе🌗 Отличная игра для детей любого возраста, вплоть до подросткового, с историями из-под одеяла с фонариком у рта: «В одном чёрном-чёрном городе...Бу!👻».Во-первых, это просто. На первой фотографии все та же банка из-под Генричкиных перекусов, которая фигурировала у нас в «постоянстве объектов», а внутри- папин телефон. У нас дома нет фонарика🤷🏻♀️. Во-вторых, малыша такая «игрушка» просто месмеризует 🌀 и одновременно отлично стимулирует его зрение. Такое развлечение особенно подходит деткам, которые ещё не ползают, и которых нужно выкладывать на животик, их внимание достаточно долго удерживается малым источником света в темноте. 📌Ну а Генричке, как всегда перепало от тёти, которая его нещадно балует: поезд с фонариком. Так что теперь большую часть дня мама на четвереньках гоняет с поездом в руке 🚂 и голосит: ”Chugga chugga choo choo...”, а сынок получает свой заряд положительных эмоций и отличную тренировку в виде ползания! P.S. Начиная с 4х мес показывайте малышам, как включается и выключается свет💡. Это
After our lunch date with Daddy, Ryan and I had a great day out and about. We hit all the good places Target, Michaels, Costco, and Ross. I picked up some stuff to start doing sensory play with Ryan. I love how inexpensive it is!
Who are little Mermaid's fan right here??? Our very own dear Ms Ali is in a musical and this time, it’s kid-friendly! She is playing Ariel’s sassy sister “Aquata” in The Little Mermaid. It’s runs weekends from April 12-28, including 2 matinee performance on the 14th and 28th. Tickets are already on sale and you can get them on the website: www.morrisparkplayers.org. Use the promo code “Aquata” to get $3 off yout ticket, too. Let's show our love and support by watching her perform on stage.
Just in case you were still wondering, painting anything but the intended canvas for the project is still the general MO of toddlers, and I love it 😉. Also, I’ve determined that sometimes my favorite part of creating with paint is what the palette looks like at the end 👌. These are metal stove burner covers from @walmart. We use them All. The. Time. . . . The initial inspiration here was egg carton flowers (thanks @iheartartsncrafts for the inspiration) and I still think they turned out pretty beautiful, despite the fact that there was more paint on hands and faces than egg cartons, but since I’m more “process over product”, others might disagree 🙃. . . If you’re afraid of messes, try putting a $2 shower curtain down on the floor (you can throw it in the wash afterwards) and use @crayola washable paint. It literally always wipes right off skin. Add some long sleeved smocks (we often opt for throwing clothes right in the wash instead) and you’ll be in business. . . And I do realize I should probably retire the Santa PJs now that it’s “spring” 🦋🌲🌸 . #letthembelittle#sensoryexploration#learningthroughplay#washablepaintisyourfriend#finemotorplay#paletteplay#sisters#processoverproduct
🐇🐢wild opposites 🐘🦉 In Sunny’s 9 months check-up, our doctor recommended us to focus on opposite words, we got a small book that gives us opposite words based on animals. And I create this game for her by picking up her toys. We had so much fun. I told her with color of toys, big-small 🐙,tall-short 🦒🐧,fast-slow🐇🐢,above-below🐒,left-right 🐘,day-night 🦉,inside-outside.You can make it bigger. I talked with her Turkish,English and Spanish. She touched, listened,had fun.The idea about this game is promote her sensory motor skills. 🐰I’ve been asked by some of my friends about Sunny’s toys and activity so I decided to create this account. Hope you will get interest and will do your baby. #playbasedlearning#sunnybunnyactivity#learningwithfun#learningthroughplay#stayathomemom#earlylearning#babymilestones#babygirl#babyactivities
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In honor of Letter E Week here, at our house, we decided to do an egg experiment🥚 🧪 that would dissolve the eggshell off the egg and leave the egg in a rubber like state. This is the first experiment that we have done, that has required William to wait more than a day for results. It has really tested his patience, but he has been very engaged and curious. We started the experiment on Wednesday. I gathered up 8 jars, 8 eggs, food coloring, water, and vinegar. I wrote “water” on 2 pieces of tape and “vinegar” on two other pieces. I had William stick the labels on 4 of the jars. I had William fill 2 of the jars half way full with water. I explained to him that these jars would be the controls. I then helped him fill the rest of the jars half way full with vinegar. For fun, I let him add food coloring to 4 of the jars. I then helped him drop 1 egg in each jar, making sure it didn’t crack. William immediately observed the ones we dropped in vinegar were bubbling. At the 24 hour mark, I helped William drain 1 of the water jars, 1 of the white vinegar jars and 2 of the jars with vinegar and food coloring. We then examined them. William accidentally broke the red one by squeezing it too hard. It upset him, but once I got him calmed back down, he thought how squishy the yellow egg was was really cool. (I’ll post some videos in my stories.) At the 48 hour mark, we drained the rest of the jars. William has enjoyed rolling the eggs around and gently bouncing them. The simple explanation that I gave William was, “The vinegar ate away at the calcium of the eggshell. Calcium is the same thing that helps make your bones and teeth strong.” It was a big experiment for such a little scientists, but we had fun! I’m looking forward to doing this experiment again when he is older. What fun and exciting activity did you do this week?