Half way through the third week of June. B (almost 27 months) and I have been enjoying new activities together. As described in my last two posts, I’m striving for a balance between structure and exploration type learning. The free-form exploration type learning seems to be winning out. For example, we are working on basic phonics and early reading. I am following a simple phonics book called “First Reader” by Phyllis Schlafly. You can find it on Amazon. We used this book first as another tool for learning letters and now we are working on putting two letters together. The first exercise is placing “M” in front on the vowels. B thinks it’s fun and seems excited to read. The fun went to a whole new level when I added wooden tile letters and let him take “MA” on a ride in his excavator. He wanted to do it with all the vowels and made the sounds on his own without me asking. You can see some of the pictures of this activity below.
In my first picture B is chasing bubbles. We played with small and big bubbles at school and made tornados in soda bottles filled with colored water. You just spin the bottle around really fast and it makes a tornado in the water. We are having fun with simple science projects such as these this summer. We have also transferred water between cups in a straw like a hummingbird would sip nectar from a flower. Yesterday we picked a maple leaf and placed it in a glass of water with red food coloring. We are now watching the food dye transfer into the leaf. B also likes to discuss how water moves from the sky, into the ground, and up into trees. I think he gets it. Maybe.
You can see some other Montessori inspired shelf work ideas below. Also, I am doing a video each week and posting it on my YouTube account. You should be able to find them simply by searching for Adrienne Gilman on YouTube but here is a link anyway to my last video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnqdSX3uXm0