Weekly Homeschool Highlight Reel

Infants and Toddlers

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Knobbed Cylinders are not a work for this age, but Lucie seems to enjoy trying to figure out where the pieces go.  We started with one piece and now I usually give her one small, one medium, and one large.
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Lucie repeated taking out and putting away this puzzle for about 15 minutes one day this week.
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Very proud!
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Another example of not really infant/toddler, but the big kids give her the pieces in the correct order and she stacks them.  Stacking blocks is a major developmental skill/milestone at this age and I'm a little surprised that we don't see more un-official work incorporated to that effect.  We know Montessori didn't follow traditional milestone skills or need to pay attention to standardized assessments, but I've also seen every one of my children at this age seek out anything that looks like a block for stacking.  I have an old picture of Kylee about the same age stacking all the pieces of the trinomial cube.   My inner early childhood teacher can't ignore years of observation of this specific skill at this specific age!!
Practical Life

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A little green "Christmas" water can refresh interest on the last day before break!
Still gotta work on that pointer finger...
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Collage for Scissors Practice


Science

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Living/Not Living Collage
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I made a 3 ring binder experiment book with simple experiments for exploring properties of water and air.
Most activities came straight out of my primary albums, but this allows the older kids to work with the experiments independently.

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Discovered that this was an interesting way to "pour out" a gas
Math

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Putting Daddy to work again.... using electric tape to make one side of the red rods the red and black rods.
A little bit cheater, but a lot of space savings :)

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Geography & Culture

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Aidan is interested in & researching Origami this week

2 comments :

Abbie said...

I just love the mixed ages in your "classroom". And that is a great red rod transformation! Did you say in your post where you got your experiment pages? I am always looking for more activities to go with our lesson topics.
Hope you and your family have a merry Christmas!

Heidi said...

The experiment pages came out of my primary science album :)