Monday, February 8, 2016

Oldies But Goodies

This post is linked up with Living montessori now, Montessori Monday. 
Nova Scotia is getting hit with a major storm today so I kept little G home from Preschool to be safe. To keep him busy I put together some old trays that his sister has enjoyed in the past. 

Pin poking inside a heart on Styrofoam
Filling in the hearts and letter H with pink and red buttons. Pages are from Making learning Fun

Pulling out facecloths
Organizing hearts by colour
And our new light table a DIY project I did over the weekend
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Pin poking tray work

Thanks to living Montessori now who posted about pin poking on her blog I decided to give it a try with G.

Thanks to Living Montessori Now for her post about pin poking I decided to give it a try with G.  I don't have the proper pin poke and tried to find one in Canada but couldn't find any, I decided to give a toothpick and a cork a try.  In the future I think I will just use a thumb tack or a super sized thumb tack. I searched Pinterest and that seems to be what a lot of people are using for this lesson. So the goal of this activity is to poke holes along the black lines close together so the shape will break away from the paper.

He enjoyed this activity a lot until the toothpick broke, so we didn't get to the final stage of actually releasing the heart from the paper.  I will pick up some new thumb tacks tonight so we can finish tonight.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Egg peeling practical life tray

Anyone else have a kid obsessed with eating eggs? Not just any eggs, has to be hard boiled eggs with nothing on them.
"You crack them open like this!"

Lately it seems little G doesn't want to do basic tasks for himself so I put together this tray to encourage more self control and patience.  Peeling eggs is a skill I know he can do but has never tried because "mommy you do it". Funny how putting things on a tray can change their attitude to "mommy I do it"
Gage is speech delayed as he was legally def for over a year so he's playing catch up. Putting together trays has really opened him up to using more vocabulary he wouldn't normally use such as crack and peel. 
We had to have egg sandwiches after he finished his tray. Thanks for looking and I appreciate your comments 

Monday, February 1, 2016

3 little pigs sensory bin

Sensory bins are a favourite in our classroom. Lately we have been story telling and the 3 little pigs is requested over and over again. After trying to track down all of our little people pigs and failing I decided to just make my own. I'm no artist but the children don't seem to mind. I used sticks from our yard, stale spaghetti noodles to represent straw and pearler beads to represent bricks. I threw in other noodles and lentils I had in the craft cupboard. Oh and the big bad wolf of course. It's a great extension of our story telling activities and hours of play.

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Buddha board tray work

My daughter has dyslexia and adhd and that means lots and lots of dr appointments.  One of her favourite things to play with at the dr's is the Buddha board. They have the large one at the office but I found the mini at chapters on sale for $17. I thought Gage would love it too so I put together a tray for him

He did really well with it respecting it for about 5 min then he dumped the whole container of water over it. Hey, I tried right. My hope is that as time goes on he will show more respect for our trays. The package reads: Buddha board mini is inspired by the Zen idea of living in the moment. You simply paint the surface with water and your creation will come to life in bold design. Then, as the water slowly evaporates, your art magically disappear leaving you with a clean state and clear mind-ready to create a whole new masterpiece. 'Master the art of letting go"
This is a great activity for calming little bodies. You paint on water and the surface turns black. Then you watch the board turn back to white and start all over again. It's a great investment for my family

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Our Classroom part 2

I posted Part One of our classroom tour yesterday. Today I will show you some not so great pics thanks to the weather being so over cast today. 
First is our entrance I didn't take pictures of our door or the hooks for each child but here are some pics from standing at the doorway.  We used to have a really cute rug here for our reading/manipulates/puzzle area but the dog peed on it!  
I added a full length mirror to the wall sideways so the little ones could see themselves and explore. Lately they have enjoyed making faces, and trying on dress up clothes especially the capes and masks and looking in this mirror. Mirror is mounted with gorilla glue. The children can take the trays (Green Bins) to the table in front of sofa or use anywhere within this room. I try my best to keep the toys in each room to teach them where things belong. 
We also have a small heart shaped shelf with our sensory bottles. Mostly water beads but these are rotated weekly or as needed with eye spy bottles and more water beads etc. We also have sensory bags but that is a whole other post.
As my husband has that crazy big t.v. mounted down here and spends his evenings here I wanted this area to look more like a home than a daycare centre. Children should feel like they are in their home away from home and I think i am on my way of capturing that feeling.

Here you can see the hallway. It leads to the bathroom on the right, Stairs (gated) to go to our upstairs home on the left, my daughters room on the right and at last the lunch/nap/science and dramatic play room on the left. At first I was concerned that the two major rooms were not directly accessible but surprisingly it has worked really well. 
We have direct access to the side and backyard and tons of natural light. A huge bonus as we only had two windows at our last home and they were situated under the deck so no natural light at all. 
Overall i am happy with our new layout but want to slowly get rid of the the plastic toys and go for more natural materials. 
We also have a wood burning stove in this room that is gated in with a proper gate. In 1.5 years we have never had any problems with anyone getting hurt. Only downside is it van get very hot in this room but we open the windows when this happens. 

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Our classrooms part 1

wow we moved 1.5 years ago and I'm just now writing a post about our news classrooms. we finally have natural light and lots of it and more space. I have divided our space in the most functional way possible. 
First up is our art/lunch/nap/science/dramatic play room. I now have lots of storage to change out our activities. 
our classroom has changed a lot since moving here but this is what it looks like currently. I have gone through a lot of different styles of tables and chairs and i think we finally got what works best for us and our wide range of ages.

Storage is so much more accessible now and way more organized than its ever been.

This side of the room is obviously the dramatic play area. Its always changing and always a mess. Looking for more solutions as to how to get toddlers to put things back where they belong. Behind the curtains is where I store our sensory bins and tray work that rotated daily. What you don't see in these pics is a narrow part of our room (picture a L shaped room) that's where our beds ad cribs are stored. 
 This is probably my favourite feature of this room. I used chalkboard paint on the wall then cut our a frame and nailed it to the wall and stained it. 
I fought these cuties off guard haha. 
On monday I will post pics of our other classroom stay tuned

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