The Montessori horse that is.
Today I placed 3 orders to get us started moving in the right direction with school supplies. Most of what I ordered was basic such as new work rugs, aprons, some infant & toddler activities, and a few other miscelaneous accessories. I was originally going to wait until we moved to buy any of this stuff but I had a few realizations. One is that if I wait until August 1st to move, then by the time I get things in order around our new house it will be at least mid-month before I am ready to order materials and then its the first of September or later before I actually have the materials in hand to start school. I still don't think I'm going to get everything yet, and I'm definitely plan to leave a lot in the boxes, but at least I will have a start.
I found a really nice toddler daycare quality shelf at a thrift store for $25 on Sunday, so I think I probably will unpack some of the shape puzzles, imbucure boxes (I only bought one of them), and other toddler activities I purchased. Some of the fine motor and shape activities will be nice for Kylee to use now. The shelf is even in our kitchen (for lack of a better place right now) so she can do *school* while the boys do.
Bookwork is going ok, but no one enjoys it as much as our more open work period. Tim and I are dreaming big while we design our new work space for fall and plan to splurge on a few things and to give the kids a real Montessori environment. Our old work room was so small that it served more as a Montessori closet and even then we couldn't keep out many levels of the same materials. The challange now is to make it a comfortable family space that can still serve multiple purposes. I think the blog reveal will be exciting, even though it is still many months away!