BOOK OF THE WEEK:
Retold and illustrated by Jan Brett
"Love others as your would like to be loved."
NEW!!! MONTESSORI-INSPIRED CHANGES
Eating Time Drawer:
I cleaned out one of the cupboards in our kitchen that was at the girls' height and in it placed the girls' plates, bowls, cups, silverware and napkins. Now at our eating times, they are responsible for setting the table. They take great ownership in this task and it has increased their independence in our space.
(Montessori encourages using, whenever it is safe and possible, real objects for the children to learn to take care of, such as real glasses and dishware. I am not at the point yet...)
Less is More
Montessori encourages limiting, organizing and rotating toys. She states, "Having order in the environment creates a feeling of security for the child and trust in the environment." Thus, a massive reorganization process began. I got a beautiful, wooden hutch from Craigslist that I could not only use to organize all my supplies, but also stow away some of the new educational, self-directed learning toys we had gotten for Christmas. I also went through all our bins of toys and moved many of the toys the girls have outgrown or haven't shown much interest in to the basement. I will rotate some of these toys back into the space every month or so. I also limited the number of bins in the room and put a few toys out on display. Lastly, I added labels to the bins with words and pictures of what was in each bin. June Bug absolutely loves these labels. (She takes after her Type A Mama.)
By limiting the number of toys readily available to the girls, it makes remembering where toys go and clean up much more manageable. Since our set up is new, I have been trying to model how I would like things organized and put away in the space. By modeling carefully and slowly how to put things away, the girls watch, learn, and according to Montessori, will eventually desire to model the behavior. (I'll keep you posted on how that plays out in our home space!) I also try to make a game out of "putting away" instead of making it seem like a dreaded chore. While we clean up we often sing silly clean-up songs. June Bug especially loves to clean up and trying to remember where things go. Leila especially likes to sing the songs! :-)
Sorting by Size Activity Basket
Dress the Bears Basket
(I saw this cute idea at the
blog, Let's Explore!)
LETTER OF THE WEEK: P
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground Teddy bear, teddy bear, reach up high
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the sky
Teddy bear, teddy bear, bend down low
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch your toes
Teddy bear, teddy bear, go upstairs
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say your prayers
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn out the light Teddy bear, teddy bear, say goodnight
Love One Another
Love one another, God says, "Love one another."
God says, "Love one another as I have loved you."
Be nice, share, forgive and "hug it out."
God says, "Love one another, as I have loved you!"
Click below to hear this song:
DRAMATIC PLAY: The Story Time Box
Homemade Pizza with Broccoli and Chicken
Banana Cocoa Porridge
Chocolate Bear Cupcakes
Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 muffin
tins with paper.
2. In a large bowl, sift together cocoa, flour,
sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
Whisk in eggs, water, milk, oil and vanilla.
3. Pour into muffin tins. Bake for 20-25
4. Cool on a rack before frosting.