Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!

My mother is a very talented seamstress and always makes the kids' Halloween costumes. This year they are a princess (M wasn't wearing her cone hat in this photo), a knight and a horse.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Paper Bag Pumpkin

Sometimes when I plan a craft M has her own ideas on how to use the supplies. I wanted her to paint a paper bag orange and green to make a pumpkin with a stem. Instead, she used the green to draw a face on her bag.

I love it when kids really own a project by making it their way.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Halloween Treats

I have been trying to come up with activities that M can do in the kitchen fairly independently. Today she made chocolate and sprinkle covered pretzels. I melted the chocolate for her her, but once it cooled slightly she was able to dip the pretzels and sprinkle them with sprinkles all by herself. She also used the leftover chocolate to cover some bananas which we froze for a treat this afternoon - banana ghosts.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Tot School: Even More Pumpkins

Tot School
(M is 38 months old)

We worked on more pumpkins this week - mainly focusing on math. I printed out a pumpkin grid sheet, and we used marshmallow pumpkin candies as counters to play a dice game. M really enjoyed this and we focused on counting up to twenty all week.

We weighed our pumpkins, measured how tall they were, and measured their circumference. Then I found this cute pumpkin measuring activity from Chalk Talk. Everyone colored pumpkins, and then I cut them out and taped them on the wall and we measured how many pumpkins tall everyone is!

M made a candy corn craft using foam and buttons. I wanted her to match the buttons to the color stripe on the candy corn, but her artistic vision was a little different!

Baby B is cutting his first tooth, so in addition to being held he spent most of the week like this!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Cake Bake

J had his annual cubscout cake bake last week. This year he entered the scouting category, and decided to paint with food coloring on marshmallow fondant. He didn't win any ribbons, but we thought he did a great job.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Tot School: Pumpkins

Tot School
(M is 38 months old)

This week in Tot School we focused on pumpkins. I have a pumpkin/halloween learning pack from Me and Marie and we did several activities from it this week including sizing pumpkins from smallest to biggest:

matching colored candy corns:

and matching halloween items to their shape shadows:

We also did quite a bit of pumpkin science. We cut a small pumpkin open and investigated the seeds inside. We planted some seeds in a ziploc bag to see them grow, and soaked some pumpkin seeds overnight and then cut them open to see the small plant inside. We counted the pumpkin seeds and M also worked on the pumpkin lifecycle using cards from Montessori for Everyone.

One of her favorite practical life activities this week was washing her pumpkin. She worked for over 40 minutes to make sure it was scrubbed clean.

We took a trip to a local pumpkin patch, but had to leave after just a few minutes due to a swarm of bees so we didn't get to do the hayride or activities this year. I have several more pumpkin activities planned for this coming week.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

More Apple Crafts

M loves to paint, and we often do both free painting and pain craft projects. This week's project was a simple painted paper plate apple. I wanted her to start working on controlling her brush strokes, so I drew lines and challenged her to paint only between the line and the edge of the plate. Overall, she did very well although I should have taken a photo of the amount of paint that went off the edge onto our painting mat!

After we were done I let her free paint. She presented this one to me and told me it was an apple tree.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Montessori Monday: Parts of an Apple

It has been a while since I did a Montessori Monday post, mainly because we have been using the same materials every day and that can get boring to post about! However, this week we did do some new materials.

M LOVES doing the parts of a whole work. We have done the parts of the body, the parts of the hand and this week I introduced the parts of an apple. We did have traditional Montessori nomenclature cards to introduce the apple parts, but I also saw this cute project over at Chalk Talk that we reproduced.

We also did some practical life work on washing apples. M is not ready for cutting work yet, but she did eat her newly washed apple.

We also worked on tonging using some plastic squash.

We also began our geography work this week, and I will be posting about some of that soon.
Of I am linking this post up to Montessori Mondays at One Hook Wonder.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Handprint Bat

Sometimes I see a cute craft in a catalog like Oriental Trading Company, but I don't need twelve kits, so we try to recreate it ourselves at home. This handprint bat was one of those ideas. We chose construction paper rather foam. The wings are M's handprints traced and cut out, the body a simple oval.

Not as fancy as the original perhaps, but equally fun to make.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

stART: The Apple Pie Tree

One of M's favorite books lately has been The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall. The story watches an apple tree grow through all four seasons of the year, ending with two sisters turning the apples it grows into an apple pie.

For our go-along craft, M made an apple tree in all four seasons. We left the branches bare in winter, had white blossoms in spring, green leaves in summer, and red and yellow apples in fall. These were all made by fingerpainting, one of M's favorite things to do.

I am linking this post to stART (story + art = a great start) over at A Mommy's Adventures.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Monday, October 4, 2010

Four Months Old

Baby B is four months old already. It is hard to believe my little man is growing so fast!

He is such a sweet, happy boy and we are very blessed to have him in our lives. I just love the way his eyes light up when he smiles!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Stained Glass Pumpkin

Sorry for the lack of posts this past week; M, Baby B and I have all been sick. We did very few activities at all this week, although one M did was a "stained glass" pumpkin craft kit. She glued tissue paper squares to clear plastic, outlined it with orange foam, and added black foam face and green foam leaves to make a jack-o-lantern.