Monthly Archives: October 2012

October Nature Study–Seeds and Berries

Ebright Park 3

This month, Dora and I focused on finding seeds and berries while we were out nature exploring. I thought I would share some of the finds that we made. I was not able to identify all of the plants that we found. I am also new at this, so if I made any mistakes or you know the names of any plants that I don’t know, please let me know in the comments for below. The first image, above is of wild rose hips. I do not know the name of the plant below.

Ebright Park 5

The berries below are snowberries.

Issaquah Salmon Hatchery Snowberries

These plants are thistle, I think…. 

Nature Walk October 5, 2012 - 9

These berries are beautyberries, which I just planted in my back yard. Beauty berries are an important source of food for many birds and other animals during the winter, when other food sources are scarce.

Beauty Berries

This plant is known as liatris, blazing star, or grayfeather.

Liatris - Blazing Star - Grayfeather

Update 11/3/12 – Thanks to SP, who suggested hawthorn berries, which is what these appear to be!  I believe that these “berries” are actually another species of wild rose hips, but am not sure. There were a much brighter red than any other wild rose hips that I have ever seen. You’ll also note that they are more elongated than the type in the first photo of this post, which I see much more frequently.

Ebright Park 2

This final image is from my neighbor’s tree. It is the only tree of its kind, that I know of, in my immediate area. 

Nature Walk October 5, 2012 - 15

The things that are inside these pods look like conkers to me, but I’ve also read some places that made me wonder if they were actually chestnuts (or are chestnuts and conkers the same thing?). Personally, I had never even heard of conkers until I started reading blogs and seeing all these crafts people were doing with them.

Nature Walk October 5, 2012 - 13

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Montessori Monday–Geometric Cabinet, Teen Boards, and More Montessori Math

Geometric Tray #2 - 2

For the first time ever, Dora wanted to work with the geometric cabinet. The geometric cabinet is actually considered a sensorial material in Montessori education. It teaches visual discrimination, while also working on the pincer grasp, and introducing children to geometric terms. Dora has not wanted anything to do with the geometric cabinet, until this week. She breezed through the first drawer, but had some problems with the second drawer, as illustrated in the  photo above (she doesn’t understand why I don’t want her just to force pieces into their spaces, my method seems so fussy and time consuming!). Even after struggling with the second drawer, she wanted to do more, so I brought out the third drawer, which was pretty challenging for her. We only worked with putting the pieces back into their spaces and using general terms (for instance, I used the term “triangle” for all of second drawer, instead of terms such as “isosceles triangle” or “obtuse triangle”).

Geometric Tray #3 - 1

It took a bit of encouragement on my part,

Teen Boards

but Dora finally agreed to work with the teen boards. I used the beads in conjunction with the boards, as this was really an introduction lesson (I had presented the teen boards to her before, but she totally forgot everything, since she has not wanted to work with them in so long). She grasped the pattern of the teen boards, but I’m still not sure she understands the “one and ten makes eleven” concept (I don’t want to give the impression that I am worried about it or pushing her to learn it quicker). 

Montessori Wooden Counters and Cards

She also worked with the wooden counters and cards. She knows most of her number symbols, but is confusing the pairs “2” & “5” and “6” & “9”, which seems pretty age appropriate. She is easily able to count, with one-to-one correspondence, up to ten. 

Spindle Rods

She also worked with the spindle box some. The spindle box is easier than the wooden counters and cards, however, as two being next to one and so forth gives her some guidance, so she doesn’t confuse the symbols.

Red and Blue Number Bars

I also gave her the very first introductory presentation to the blue and red counting bars. She was much more interested in these than the long red rods. I could see that the gears were spinning in her head when I showed her these rods. Clearly, they presented a new concept to her, though I am not sure what it was (I didn’t show her that the one rod with the nine rod equals the ten rod or anything of that sort).  

Completed Color Box 4 Grading

Finally, we completed grading all of color box 4. Honestly, this gave me a headache! I have always had good vision, but maybe my color discrepancy skills aren’t what they should be, because I had a really hard time sorting the browns and purples. I cannot imagine doing color box 3, which has seven grades of each color! Of course, I didn’t buy the highest quality color tablets, so maybe that was part of the problem… The color variances look more obvious in this picture than they did when we were working with them.

It was a good week overall in regards to Dora’s using the Montessori materials. It is all beginning to click with her and she is asking to use the materials on the weekends too! I really enjoy seeing her make the connections between one activity and another. I doubt I will ever give any thought to switching to a different method of teaching math until she is in middle school. I really wish I had used the Montessori method with Gohan. I greatly suspect that if he had been taught with Montessori materials from the beginning, it would have saved him a lot of frustration. As is, I am giving great consideration to buying the fraction circles for him. He has memorized how to work with fractions, but the fraction word problems in pre-algebra are tripping him up. He is not understanding when he is supposed to multiply or divide with fractions. For instance,   if he got a problem that said, “Johnny took 2/3 of the apples and Mary took 3/4 of Johnny’s apples, what fraction of the apples does Mary have now?” he would not know if he should multiply or divide the fractions. When I was in pre-algebra, I was just taught that the word “of” means to multiply when working with fractions. So, I’d know that in order to solve the above problem, I’d multiply 2/3 x 3/4, just because of the word “of”. That is not exactly a true understanding of what is happening and I’d like for Gohan to have a better understanding of how fractions work.

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Homeschool Mother’s Journal–Changing Our Approach to Language Arts

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In my life this week… I got a ticket! When the officer approached my car, I was actually sincere when I asked, “Is there a problem officer?” as I knew I hadn’t broken any laws. Well, it ends up that our car registration expired in May! I don’t know how neither Mr. Mo nor I noticed this, it is not like us at all. I was so embarrassed, it felt like the first time I had an overdue library book (thanks to one of my children!), I’ve never let my tabs expire in my 28 years of driving. For some reason, having expired tabs seemed more criminal than speeding. Plus, I was right in front of the gymnastics school and a grocery store. Tons of people were walking by and giving me curious looks. I felt sure that they were thinking that I was horrible criminal and were gleefully waiting to watch me hauled off to jail in cuffs. I didn’t actually start the waterworks, but I was so upset, the police officer became apparently distraught himself. I still feel like I can’t wash the “driving with expired tabs” scent off of me. Plus, the ticket was for $216!!! In our homeschool this week…I started our new Charlotte Mason-ish approach to language arts with both Dora and Gohan. I call it “Charlotte Mason-ish”, because I am using Waldorf materials with Dora. I started using L M N O P and All the Letters A to Z, which is a Waldorf  alphabet book. It has one poem and illustration for each letter. Whereas Dora would have nothing to do with Montessori alphabet baskets or sandpaper letters, she begs me to read more than one poem a day from this book and spends a lot of time reflecting on the illustration and the words in the poem. Since I started reading this book to her, she has been talking about her A,B,C’s a lot and pointing out letters when she sees one that she recognizes. I cannot believe what a difference one book has made for her! 

Coating Leaves in Beeswax 2

We also continued to look at autumn leaves. We preserved some leaves by dipping them in melted beeswax. This was the first time that I had ever done this. The hardest part of the activity was keeping the wax at the right temperature. If I left the burner on too long, even on the lowest heat setting, the wax would start to boil. I was worried that this would cause the wax to burn, so I turned the burner off every time the wax started to boil. There would come a point, however, when the wax would get too cold and this would cause the wax to cake on the leaves. The finished leaves feel very smooth, not waxy at all, and look beautiful.

Coating Leaves in Beeswax 3

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… In addition to the usual drama, music and co-op classes, Dora started taking gymnastics with one of her homeschooled friends at a local gymnastics school. It’s an hour long, so Dora was exhausted by the end of class, but by the next morning, she was raring to go again. We had planned to go to our homeschool group’s park day today, but no one else was attending. We may look into joining another homeschool group that has weekly “meetings” in an old building that has a giant lawn to play on. The building is huge, with wooden floors and a stage, so there is lots of room to run around if it is too rainy to play outside. Plus they have some toys there and kids bring board games and so forth. We had tried attending the group once before and I was turned off by the long drive to get there. Also,  no one would play with Dora at the time. I want to try it again, though, as Dora is older and has much better social skills now. Plus, since we have been driving so far to attend park days recently, this drive doesn’t seem so bad anymore.

Ebright Park 1

My favorite thing this week was… The temperatures finally dropped to a normal range for this time of year. I could feel a nip in the air, a gentle reminder that winter is not far away.

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Labels: Language Arts, Nature Study, Waldorf, Wrapping Up Our Week
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Our Forays Into Nature Journaling

Nature Journal 1

I have recently begun keeping a nature journal with Dora. My primary reason for taking on this project is that she clearly is trying to grasp the various concepts of days of the week, months, seasons, and time of the day. Keeping any sort of journal or calendar has proven in my family’s past, to be one of the best ways to learn these concepts. Each day, I enter the name of the day of the week and remind Dora of the activities that we usually do on that day (i.e. Monday is music class day). I then enter the date. In the past, with my older children, they often had the month’s name down pat by 30th or 31st of the month, just from the daily repetition. I enter the time of our nature “observation”, which clues Dora into the hours of the day. I enter the temperature and weather conditions, which helps her learn the Fahrenheit scale (I probably should start using Celsius also) and associate the numbers with how the weather feels. This practice also teaches her the vocabulary of weather as I encourage our weather descriptions to be varied (such as “drizzling” one day, “misting” another, etc.).

Leaf Rubbings 2

I am also trying to learn and teach Dora how to be more in tune with our environment. My hope is that we can learn to truly listen to what is going on around us, to hear the many and varied bird songs and other animal calls. That we can truly see what is before us, to notice the subtle difference between the grays of overcast skies and the grays of storm clouds. That we may start to truly feel the wind on our faces, the humidity on our skin, and the rocks beneath our feet. That we begin to smell all the subtle smells that nature offers us and mankind so often masks. That we become in tune with the cyclical patterns of nature on this planet and learn to appreciate the amazing beauty that each cycle brings. So on some of our explorations, we simply exist, but on others I set a task for either myself or for both of us, something to look for, a sound to notice, a smell to find.

Leaf Pounding

My final reason for wanting to keep a nature journal is a purely selfish one. I have become determined to become a competent artist with pen and pencils. I want to finally teach myself to be able to draw what I see before me. I am not sure why I feel such a pressing need to be able to draw, but it is something that I have attempted to study in the past and the desire to learn has never faded. Painting and sculpting hold no appeal for me, I merely want to learn to draw. With this in mind, I hope for my journals to consist more and more of my drawings, but at the same time, I am trying to teach Dora a variety of ways to record her experiences. I’ve included images of three attempts on our part to record our experiences, all focused on leaves, which rein so importantly at this time of year. The first journal entry being leaf pressing, the second, leaf rubbings, and the final, not so successful attempt, being leaf pounding. I am hoping that leaf pounding will work better in the spring for tonight my arm is aching from whacking leaves so hard with a mallet and my spirits are low, for my efforts yielded only this single pitiful attempt at art, which actually looks better on the computer than in real life.

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What We’ve Been Reading Wednesday–Graphic Novel Collections of Poe Stories

I don’t post much about what Gohan has been reading, just because he doesn’t read anywhere near as many books as I read to Dora. This is partly because his books are so much longer and partly because he doesn’t read much for pleasure due to the fact that he has severe language-based learning disabilities. The only things that he reads for pleasure is manga. After last year’s success with the Cartoon History of the Universe, I had planned to have him spend this year reading graphic versions of the books that are at his grade level. His only request was there be some  mysteries. When I mentioned Edgar Allen Poe, he was excited about reading Poe’s stories. I ordered two graphic novel collections of Poe’s short stories, but had not realized that they were written in the original language, just with illustrations. He had no problem with reading the stories though and having read them myself, I can assure you that the pictures were not enough to understand the story without having some major reading comprehension going on. I was very excited to realize how far he has come!

The other graphic novels I purchased, ended up being dumbed-down versions of the original novels. One of these novels was so confusing that I couldn’t even understand it, even though I was VERY familiar with the novel. Of course, after reading all of Charlotte Mason’s thoughts on twaddle, I did not feel comfortable having Gohan reading such books. Honestly, even with out Mason’s words of wisdom, I felt these books were an insult to his intelligence. So at this point, given his success with reading Poe, I ordered Norton’s Anthology of World Literature and plan to take more of a Charlotte Mason approach to literature with him. If we need to read the selections out loud together, so be it. Also, I plan to have him narrate a summary of the reading selection, rather than have him answer questions, to check for comprehension. After reading Charlotte Mason’s arguments for narration, I not only agreed with her, but also remembered that Primo, who also has a language-based learning disorder, but without dyslexia, had a really hard time with summary. His literature summaries were often as long as the original selection. So if I can just get Gohan to summarize his reading selections into 5-7 complete sentences, with proper grammar, I will be quite happy.

Given that Halloween is fast approaching, I found it rather ironic that the Poe books were the only ones that I felt were adequate to meet Gohan’s needs. Gohan, who tends to be a bit skittish about horror movies and so forth, had no problem with the stories, but they kind of freaked me out. In particular, there was a story about mesmerizing a man right at the moment of death, which I had never read before, that gave me the willies.

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Labels: Literature
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Montessori Monday–Color Box 4 and Teen Bead Hanger

Color Box 4

When I first started looking into using the Montessori method with Dora, she already knew most of her colors, so the first color box, which consist of just red, yellow, and blue, was definitely too remedial for her. I also suspected that the second color box, which consists of 11 pairs of basic color tiles, would be too easy for her and we wouldn’t get much use out of it. Yet, I felt that color box 3, which has seven shades of nine colors, which the child grades in order of darkest to lightest, would prove to be too difficult for her. Color box 4, on the other hand, only has four shades of eight colors, but also has a matching tile for each tile for a total of 64 tiles. I felt that given our limited budget, color box 4 was the best bang for our buck. A couple of months ago, I tried having Dora grade just one set of colors and that was way too hard for her. So this week, I presented her a tray with two shades of several colors. I went with the most extreme shades, darkest vs. lightest. She was able to do this tray fairly easily. In a few weeks, I will add a middle shade and see if we can’t slowly, but surely build up to grading the whole box. I have found that proper lighting is very important for this work. In some rooms of our house, it is impossible to tell some of the shades apart from each other.

Teen Bead Bar Hanger

Dora has also started choosing to work on more math work! She completed the teen bead hanger many times and has it down pat now. I’m not sure if she has memorized the order or if she truly understands the idea of “10 and 1 make 11”. I’ve been encouraging her to try the teen boards, which I think would help to cement the knowledge, but thus far she is resisting my efforts. She also continues to love to do the hundreds board, up until 20.

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The Homeschool Mother’s Journal–We Finally Make Some Melted Crayon Art

Melted Crayons Bird

In my life this week… it looks like Mr. Mo has a new job. It is at the same large company that he has worked for the last 15 years, but it is a better position on a project that he is passionate about. He hasn’t officially been given the job as his prospective boss has been out of town, but the group has already given him loads of work to do, so we’re taking that as a positive sign that he has the job. Unfortunately, he has to finish up his current project at the same time, so he is being pulled in two directions at once. Were it me in the same situation, I’d probably implode or something, but Mr. Mo handles stress fairly well.

Bird Template

In our homeschool this week… Dora and I did the final vertebrate craft project that I forgot to do last week. This one was about birds. It was one of those melty-crayon projects that was all the rage on Pinterest last spring. I finally just got around to doing one. I cut out a bird template on black cardstock. Then I needed to temporarily affix it to our background paper somehow. I admit that this part of the project temporarily flummoxed me. How does one temporarily attach paper to paper and have a good seal, but not have the adhesive stick out beyond the template? I’m sure there are some wonderful temporary adhesives that I could have gone out and bought, but I did not feel like dealing with that, so I rolled up loops of painter’s tape to make “double-sided” painter’s tape and used that. Were I to do this again, I would get a better temporary sealant.

Bird Template With Painter's Tape for Temporary Adhesion

We then used glue tape to attach unwrapped crayons all around the bird in a rainbow pattern, of course. We opted to use any and all crayons that we don’t use anymore, including broken, soy, and beeswax crayons (beeswax crayons are really hard to melt, so I don’t recommend them). At this point I would like to point out the real reason this is not a good preschooler project, Dora unwrapped one, yes count them, one, crayon and I unwrapped the rest. Unwrapping that many crayons takes forever and leaves tons of crayon wax under your nails!

Bird Template With Crayons Before Melting

We then blow-dried the crayons with our hair dryer on the hottest setting. I know that the people on Pinterest use heat guns, but I don’t have one of those either. The hair dryer worked fine, though it may have taken longer than a heat gun would have (I wouldn’t know, having never used a heat gun and not being really sure what a heat gun is for). Unfortunately, some of the crayon seeped under our bird stencil, which is why I would use a better temporary adhesive, were I to do this again.

Bird Template With Crayons While Melting the Crayons

I am inspired by… Charlotte Mason. Not to sound like a broken record, and no, I am not abandoning Montessori, but after reading Charlotte Mason’s books this week, I took Dora on a nature walk. Dora was not really interested in much and was being a bit whinny. I followed some of Charlotte Mason’s advice and said, “What was that I just heard?” Dora looked at me like I was crazy. So I said, “I think I just heard an interesting bird sound.” Suddenly Dora started really listening to what was going on around us, for the first time in her life! She spent about 15 minutes listening to the various bird calls, none of which I could identify BTW, because I have never made any attempts to learn about nature, until just recently.

Rainy Day Leaves

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… We did the usual drama, music and co-op classes. We also went on two nature walks. Then today Dora and I went to Remlinger Farms with some great friends (we even got to meet their Grandma, who Dora started calling “Grandma” also). We had a blast at the park and a blast seeing our friends and to top it all off, we got to take home two new pumpkins! Tomorrow, we’re supposed to go on a tour of our local fire station. Plus Secunda is home from college this weekend.

Remlinger Farms 2

Remlinger Farms 1Remlinger Farms 3I’m reading… The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling (wait a minute, did you just do a double take!?!? You should have!). Yes, the book is by the J.K. Rowling of the Harry Potter fame! I’m only on chapter 6, as I just started it, but so far, it is excellent. It is a murder mystery that takes place in an English village. I wouldn’t go so far as to call the book a cozy, as there is a bit too much sex and profanity for that, but it is heading in a cozy-ish direction. It’s definitely a book for adults, not children or tweens (perhaps teens???).

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What We’ve Been Reading Wednesday–Autumn and Halloween Books

We’ve been reading several books about fall and Halloween over the last few weeks, but only a few have really stood out to us as being excellent books. Our favorite book has been Pumpkin Jack. I was a little worried that the image on the cover would scare Dora and she was a bit apprehensive about the book, but as we read the book and learned that Jack’s face was the result of him decaying, the illustration no longer scared her. What we liked about this book was that it showed how a boy’s favorite pumpkin could bring new pumpkins the following year, via the life cycle of a pumpkin. Now Dora is very excited to plant the seeds from the pumpkin that she grew this year, to grow even more pumpkins next year.

The next book that we really enjoyed was Count Down to Fall, written by Frank Hawk and Illustrated by Sherry Neidigh. The illustrations in this book are amazing. We didn’t really focus on the counting aspect of the book. Instead, we loved reading about the different trees and their leaves. I also loved the way the book used short poems to discuss the trees, as I am trying to use more poetry to Dora. Since reading the book, we’ve gone on leaf hunts, trying to find all of the types of the leaves and trees that the book discussed. Thus far, we have only found three of the trees, but it has been raining really hard here, so we haven’t been able to spend as much time looking as we’d have liked.

Finally, we enjoyed a book by Don Freeman, which was published posthumously, Earl the Squirrel. Earl is a squirrel who is friends with a girl named Jill. When Earl’s mother decides that it is time for Earl to start finding acorns on his own, Earl has no idea how to go about doing this. So he turns to his friend Jill, who gives him an acorn and a nut cracker. This does not go over well with Earl’s mother, who insists that he return the nutcracker. When Earl returns the nutcracker to Jill, she gives Earl a red scarf, which also does not go over well with Earl’s mother. Finally, Earl uses the scarf in an unexpected way to find some of the best tasting acorns that his mother has ever eaten and she is quite proud of him.

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Our October Seasonal Nature Shelf

Fall Nature Table

As I mentioned last week, I have been looking into including some of the Charlotte Mason approach into our homeschool. Last week, I started reading Charlotte Mason’s Original Homeschool Series, which is hosted on the Ambleside Online website. The thing that most attracts me to the Charlotte Mason approach is the emphasis on nature study and spending lots of time outdoors. I find that, as I get older, I feel a greater compulsion to spend more and more time outdoors. I don’t know if this is a natural part of aging or just an evolution of my personality, but it has helped a lot that Dora greatly enjoys the outdoors. I would probably go insane if she did not.

Of course, the Charlotte Mason approach is not the only educational approach to emphasize nature study. Living Montessori Now has an excellent post on Montessori nature trays and tables, where she also provides plenty of links to Waldorf nature and seasonal tables.

For our seasonal nature “table”, I commandeered our language arts mental insets shelf, which was not being used at all, since Dora currently refuses to work with metal insets. The shelf actually has made a perfect seasonal nature shelf for us. The top shelf houses some of our seasonally-themed books, as well as a basket full of preserved autumn leaves. The second shelf contains seasonal wooden Waldorf toys that Dora incorporates into various imaginary games that she is playing. The third shelf contains some of Dora’s nature finds. Finally, the bottom shelf contains a seasonal jigsaw puzzle, a magnifying glass, a pair of tweezers, and for right now, a bowl of acorns (a mixture of real and wooden acorns).

What about you, do you have a nature table? If so, do you consider it to be mostly influenced by Charlotte Mason, Montessori, Waldorf, or none of these educators? I’d love it if you included a link to your nature table in the comments below, as I’m still looking for more inspiration.

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Montessori Monday–Sowing Grass Seeds and Other Montessori-Inspired Activities

Sowing Grass Seed

Early last week, I finally read in the news what I should have read weeks ago, rain was coming to Seattle, real rain. It was finally time to over seed the lawn! Not only had much of our lawn met an untimely demise, due to this summer’s lack of rain, but I’m trying to slowly replace all our lawn with Ecolawn. Ecolawn is a drought resistant grass, requiring very little watering during the summer months, and grows much slower, so only needs to be mowed a couple of times a year. I’ve grown a few test patches and love the stuff, so I had a couple of bags that I wanted to use once I knew rain was on the way. As usual, Dora wanted to be where I was, doing what I was doing, so she got to learn how to sow grass seed! She greatly enjoyed the activity, though ended up accidentally throwing grass seed at me, which caused me to break out in hives all over.

We also received a book in the mail that I had been debating buying for some time, the SENSEsational Alphabet Multi Sensory Book. It teaches the alphabet by using multiple senses, but is quite expensive. Dora has really hated the Montessori sandpaper letters and letter baskets, so I finally broke down and bought the book. It is a great book! First of all, the child can press the letter and hear the letter and key word pronounced. Then each key word has a tactile or olfactory aspect to it (the zipper for the letter “Z” can be zipped, the feather for the letter “F” can be touched, the apple for the letter “A” is a scratch and sniff, etc.). In addition, each letter and key word is written in braille and the accompanying ASL (American Sign Language) sign is shown. The company now also makes SENSEsational Alphabet Touch and Feel Picture Cards, which are much cheaper, but I opted for the book, because I wanted Dora to be able to hear the letters pronounced. Another item that came in the mail was Beleduc’s Flower Power Game, which teaches how to use primary colors to make secondary colors. In order to win, the child must use red/magenta, blue, and yellow colored disks to make a green, orange, and purple flower. As I mentioned previously, Dora is very focused on color mixing right now and this game seemed to be the final element that she needed in order to be able to remember how to make secondary colors.

Matching Brown Stairs to Cards

Then Dora continued or her “surprise mom” whirl wind, by getting out the brown stairs control cards, laying them out in a random order, and matching every brown stair to its corresponding card. I’d had long given up on getting her interested in the control cards for the brown stairs or pink tower, so was completely shocked when she did this!

Power of Two Cube

Finally, she brought out and completed the Power of Two Cube all by herself! 

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Labels: Language Arts, Montessori, Phonics and Reading, Summer, This and That
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