Monday, September 29, 2014

Letter N Montessori Tot School

And our weekly trays are back! We stopped co-op in the spring with the letter M, so after a welcome back week, we started up with the letter N. 

Henry has fun with these trays but didn't choose to work with them as much. There is so much work in the classroom now that he has a lot of other choices. 

The first tray for letter N week was a net activity. One large bowl was filled with water and some foam blocks . The children would use a small fishing net to transfer the blocks from one bowl to the next. 


This was by far the most popular work this week. 

The second tray was a build a nest tray. I had done a similar tray last time we did the letter N too. This time I added a small wooden bird and some more grass. This was another big hit, and some beautiful nests were actually built!



The third tray was a set of name cards on lined paper. Many of the kids are ready to write their names and this helps them do it in a straight line and on a smaller scale. {Do you want personalized name recognition activities for your child? Visit my Etsy shop!} These will be a permanent feature in the classroom this year. 


Our fourth tray was a nature sort and count tray. In this tray, I included varying amounts of natural items and some number cards. The children had to then sort the items, count them and match to the correct number. I thought this tray turned out really beautiful and was a great challenge for the kids.



Other things we did this week included: 

Nuts and Bolts Tray: this was a repeat from last time, and Henry was sad to see it go. 


Number Wheel: another repeat. I didn't see this one get that much use this year.


Magnet Sheet



Letter N salt tray


Beginning Sound Basket: This tray was a review of all the sounds we worked on during the first half of this year (A-M). It included a basket with a couple objects matching each letter and a corresponding uppercase sandpaper letter. I left this out for two weeks and think those that tried did a good job remembering the sounds!



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Friday, September 26, 2014

Apples and Perfection

I fully admit it this -- Morgan and I aren't the easiest to please when it comes to crowds. Most of the time we're low on patience and high on the hangries. We still go plenty of places where we have to fight crowds, we do live in the city after all, but it's nice on those rare occasions when we find perfect places for us. 


It's officially fall in Minnesota, hot afternoons follow chilly mornings. The leaves are changing and the days are rapidly getting shorter. To celebrate Morgan and I recently went to pick apples. 


Perfection.

We found a lovely little farm -- Whistling Well Farm -- and had a blast. As we wandered around we actually got to pick {and eat} apples! We didn't have to fight for parking or feel guilty about sitting in the car as our two children both napped {a miracle!} 


They had chickens, turkeys, dogs and donkeys to see and pet! All for free! Then,  I got to eat the best apple I've ever had in my life with the 3 people I love most in this world. 


Perfection.

We have very few days just as a family of four, so these times are special. We finished off the day with a walk along the Mississippi River watching barges haul goods. 


The evening ended with a cold rain, a hard cider, and, just one more apple. 

Perfection.

{This post is not sponsored in any way. The fine folks at Whistling Well Farm have no idea who I am or that I have eaten most of the pumpkin butter I've purchased while there.}

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Free Montessori Inspired Fall Printables

I can't believe that summer is over! It was a quick one! Today, I wanted to share the printables I made for tot school fall theme last fall.



We will be using some of these again soon! I hope you enjoy them as much as we have.

Find the printable here!



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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Nora 3-months-old



"The days are long, but the weeks are short." This pretty much sums up how I feel about life lately. A constant mix of my work is never done, and everything is moving to fast.



Nora is growing and changing right before our eyes. It's amazing the difference a month can make. At 3-months-old, Nora is so happy and easy-going. I don't have any growth stats, but she is mostly in 3-6 month clothes and size 2 diapers. Her eyes are still very light blue and she has very light spikey hair.



She's getting bigger and has completely lost the newborn baby look. She's more alert and responsive. Nora coos, tries to copy sounds and faces, laughs and squeals. She's hardly ever super crabby and rarely really screams.



Nora is still nursing a ton! Usually 12-17 times a day. I feel lucky if we make it an hour or more without nursing during the day. I'm trying to accept that she's just a snacker.



This month Nora has slept much better during the day. I moved her into her room to nap and let her have a lovie. Those changes seemed to really have helped. So we are getting usually 40+ minute naps a few times a day. Her nighttime sleep is still pretty good. Although, she's had more nights were she's up 2 or 3 times lately, she is still mostly doing 5-7 hour stretches before waking.



Nora loves Henry now. She loves watching him, she loves when he talks to her, and when he plays with her. She is also starting to get into toys -- her favorites are her Owl Lovie, her winkle, and her dog rattle. She still loves to look at herself in her mirror. Her favorite thing to do it have a conversation with people.



However, I think Nora gets easily stimulated by too many people and can cry more frequently with crowds. She was baptized this month and screamed the whole way through it. She's also still not a huge fan of tummy time, but this is getting better. Babywearing can also be a challenge if she is not in the mood -- Nora likes to be held outward almost all of the time. She's not rolling yet, but she is getting her hips off the ground when playing on her back, and getting better about sitting in the bumbo.



My new favorite thing is the epic pout face she makes when she is sad or scared -- she must be learning from the best! I'm just so excited for life with this little girl, and I so wish we could slow down time. 



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