Ronnie was anxious to get back to “school” today, so he started out on abcmouse.com while I got some chores done and then I handed the boys a colander and some pipe cleaners. This montessori activity was actually planned for Wade, but I think Ronnie enjoyed it much more. Eventually, the colander became a hat that turned Ronnie into an alien who was coming to earth to steal all the babies. Imagination!
Today, we introduced the calendar and we took some time to talk about what year, month, weekday, and season we were in. Then, of course, we counted the days and Ronnie got to add the 16 sticker for today. He really enjoyed this! I had been looking around for a good calendar to use for a “circle time” type thing, but I just couldn’t bring myself to buy one of those tacky poster things at the teachers and parents store. Anything printable seemed equally as tacky or boring and then I found this Mr. Printables calendar that we printed on cardstock and then the numbers and such on sticker paper. This was a great way to make the calendar interactive while still being simple and easy.
I ended up having the same problem when trying to find a weather chart, so I whipped this one up for us to discuss the weather each day. It’s super simple. All he has to do is look outside, think about what the weather looks like, and pin the clothespin on the corresponding picture.
After our calendar time, we read through Blueberries for Sal again, stopping at each page to discuss what was going on. When we got to the back of the book, we examined the last picture of Sal and her mother in the kitchen. I think this is Ronnie’s favorite part. We talked about a few things in the picture, but the one that stuck out was that there was a calendar on the wall and it was August!
Next, Ronnie spent some time matching up lowercase and uppercase letters.
And then we decided to make a montessori tactile activity inspired by this one. We filled balloons with rice, beans, lentils, oatmeal, and quinoa (two balloons of each).
After we were finished and cleaned up, Ronnie got to spend some time examining them and picking out the matches.