Spring does not seem to come soon unfortunately (at least in Poland) which means we have a lot of bird guests for breakfasts here. A few days ago I set up a real life matching activity for my boys and the younger one (almost 2 years old) got it instantly. He is learning to speak at this moment and each opportunity to name something is interesting for him.
I recently ordered a set of Usborne birds cards from Amazon and it was perfect for this purpose. It contains 30 beautiful illustrations of birds living in UK (I guess), but many of them are the same as in Poland. Illustrations are detailed and accurate as well as really beautiful. I chose 6 birds which are our frequent guests: house sparrow, 2 species of doves, great tit, magpie and a sea gull and just placed them on a wall with washi tape near the window where the birds are coming for breakfast. My son got it in a moment and started to point and name pigeons as soon as they came for breakfast – in fact this is the first thing he does in the morning everyday now.
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Today I’d like to start a new series: What’s on our bookshelves. Along with books we love and highly recommend I’ll also write about ones which were a little or big disappointment – it may be useful for those of you who come here via search engines looking for a specific title review. I’ll include them at the end of each post if there are any.
Child of the World – Montessori, Global Education for Age 3-12+
Susan Mayclin Stephenson
I bought this book basing on Kylie’s from How We Montessori recommendation. Many Montessori books are really intimidating for me despite I know the topic a little bit. I don’t know whether it’s because of language (English isn’t my mother tongue) or the amount of information they include – I feel overwhelmed and finally they gather dust. This book is totally different! It’s small, easy to read and keep Montessori simple. After reading it Montessori seems very easy and obvious way of life. This book was a great surprise for me, I highly recommend it especially for those of you who are quite new to Montessori.
Nature Guide Rocks and Minerals (DK Nature Guide)
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley
This book was featured by Kate from An Everyday Story here and I immediately bought it as I love rocks, stones and minerals like anything else. I must admit my 3,5 years son didn’t pay any attention to it but I really, really love it (it is rather book for adults or older children I think). It contains general introduction and a bit of information about each mineral. The photos are beautiful, quality of the book, paper, cover and everything is very high. I recommend it to anyone who loves stones as I do and I’ll check other books from this publisher for sure.
Montessori: Number Work
Bobby and June George
This book is very well done in many aspects – it is thick and sturdy, the numbers are textured (a little bit), it has simple, yet beautiful, images. But the idea is to “introduce the numbers 1 to 10 first as quantities to count before showing them as numerals” (description from Amazon) which means there are for example two owls on the right page and when you turn the page you can see number “2” on the left page. But then on the right page you have three cars which is totally confusing. I must admit when I first opened this book and saw number “2” and three cars I thought “OMG, I must be tired if I cannot count to 2!”. That’s why I do not recommend this book and didn’t even give it to my son in order not to mess with his mind.
I get the idea of introducing pictures with quantities at first, but it should be done on flash cards for example. In this way it makes more mess than teaches numbers IMO.
My son’s age: 3 years and 5 months
If your children are like mine they probably love gardening. Especially watering with garden hose – it’s such a powerful, dangerous tool!
The problem with standard attachment for the end of the hose is the little child cannot open it (it’s not so bad) and close it (much worse) independently. In result watering sometimes ends up with putting hose on the lawn (unpredictable results, brrrr!) or crying “Mom, I can’t stop watering !!!”…
Fortunately, my brother bought something very simple, yet wonderful for little gardeners – spray pistol for a garden hose. Water goes as long as you keep a holder (or however it’s called – see the photo below). When you release it/put it on the lawn, it stops watering. Simple. No wet children, no cry :) I cannot recommend it enough for little gardeners!
PS Did you notice my ski jacket on the photo? It was taken three weeks ago – it how summer looks like in Europe ;)
Note to my readers:
This blog is mainly about ART but on Tuesday I’ll post about CHILDREN related topics – Montessori inspirations, diy, books and art for children. If you don’t have little children and/or are not interested in these topics just skip Tuesday posts and see you on Wednesday!
We’ve been on vacations last week. Visiting our friends in their beautiful home in the country, being lazy and doing nothing… As you probably guess lazy vacations are best vacations for children – in fact, they are the most creative and full or work ones :) Here are some photos:
M. is 14 months old, L. is 3 years and 5 months old.
1. M is walking up and down stairs – is there something like sensitive period for stairs? He literally does it all day round.
2. New toys – this one captured M.’s interest immediately
3. Hammering – I didn’t realize L. is able to hammer nails quite well!
4. More hammering…
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Child’s age: 14 months
Here is a very simple activity I’ve prepared for my 14 months old son. It is inspired by Montessori practical life exercises.
My son currently loves to open & close boxes, bottles and any other containers he can find + I was preparing for a few hours drive for our holiday – the result are these bottles with bound nuts so he won’t lose them somewhere in the car.
All you need are a few clean, empty bottles with nuts, a piece of lace/string and a sharp knife.
– make o hole in the middle of a nut
– put a string there and make a knot, so the string won’t move away
– do the same in the bottle with the second end of string (don’t leave too long string)
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