Friday, March 18, 2011

Officer D!

This month we've been reading books included in the "community helpers" kit from our library.  D is obsessed with this book:

Without any initiation on my part, she built a radio and gun from her trio blocks, used her belt, flute (as baton), toy keys and became "Officer D!".  This is huge because this is the first time she has built meaningful stuff with her blocks.  Check her out!

Items on her belt (L to R): Gun, Radio, Baton and her car keys!  This kept her entertained today for a couple of hours.  Love imaginative play!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Karen Tyler's Montessori program

I've enrolled in the FAST Track version of Karen Tyler's Montessori program.  So far I am loving it!  Her albums are extremely detailed and this would sure help me put out more work for D using proper Montessori techniques.  Going through the albums has given me more knowledge than what I could gain by just reading through the various books and blogs.  I am also looking forward to interacting with all my fellow classmates and discuss the various materials!  I am all excited now and I wait every day for the uninterrupted"me" time that I get for my studying!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

March Sensory Tub

Here is our March/Spring sensory tub.  I know we are a little early, but we are ready to be done with winter, hence this one!  I just love how colorful and spring-like this tub is.  Another plus with this one is that my 10 month old can play too and she has been having a blast with her sister.  She can mouth the easter eggs all she wants!  She somehow does not eat the paper just manipulates it with her hands, putting it over her head and generally empties it from the bin!  It is so pleasing that I've been playing with it too!

These are the items that I added to the tub.  I got everything from the dollar store, and spent less than 8 bucks!
  • Green Easter Grass
  • Half a packet of the colorful Easter Grass
  • An easter bucket
  • Easter Eggs
  • Bunny Egg Dipper
  • Some flowers and leaves
  • A shovel and a small jug

March Poetry

With spring on the horizon this month's poetry basket is one of my all time favorites.  Wordsworth's "Daffodils".  It is slightly longer then what D is used to, but I thought I'd give it a try as she enjoys her poetry trays so much and memorizing is never an issue with her.  There aren't any props with this one as of now, I am not sure if I would have any later on.  I just googled the poem and added some google images.  I printed this out and added dots below each line, so she could point to the words as she recites the poem.

Edited to add:

I added a bunch of artificial daffodils that I found at the dollar store to this tray.  We've already recited this poem quite a few times today.  D loves it!  I was initially a little bit worried at the length, but it doesn't seem to bother her at all!