As I've mentioned, our theme for this month is weather. I was tempted to do a St. Patrick's theme like we did last year
, but I thought we'd try something different instead. :) Note not all the activities below are theme related.Practical Life
Lacing. I found this image of a sun and a cloud on Google, which I printed off and laminated. Then I used a hole puncher to turn them into a lacing card. (The laces are in the little straw basket.)
Pouring Water. I used just a bit of blue food coloring to make the water easier to see. James loves this small, lightweight glass pitcher - it's perfect for little hands. I found it at Montessori Services
, but I see it's no longer listed on their site.
Spooning Pasta. This tiny pasta is shaped like little suns (I dyed it yellow)
. Spooning into the funnel is a fun challenge - you have to be careful to spoon in just a little at a time.
Pushing Umbrellas into Styrofoam. This one was a favorite when we did it for our beach theme
Table Washing. We've done this before and it was a huge hit. The spray bottle has just a bit of soap in it, which James will spray onto our little table. He'll then use the sponge to wipe it clean and he'll wring the sponge out into the bowl. Voila - a clean table! :)
Still on our shelves
Open & Close Basket. I always try to include a variety of containers with different closures (e.g. zipper, snap, screw top)
. There's a little trinket inside each container - James loves
: Dressing Basket
Still on our shelves
Build-A-Kite. Sorry, I can't recall where I found this as I printed it off months ago. If anyone knows, please feel free to leave a link in the comment section - thanks!
: Geometric Solids, Knobbed & Knobless Cylinders w/ extensions, and the Pink Tower.Language
Weather Matching. This activity involves matching seasonal clothing to three weather cards (rainy, sunny, snowy)
. I found this on Kidsoup.
Worksheets. I believe I found these sheets on abcteach. I made a fun flower pencil for James to use with this activity. :)
See & Spell. This is from Melissa & Doug - we love it!
. We've moved on to the green series. James can read quite well now and has no problems reading Hop On Pop straight through. A few blends (like au, ie)
still trip him up though, so it's timely we're focusing on those now.
Books. We have a good selection this month and all have at least a little
something to do with weather:How To Build A Rainbow
by Eric CarleSpring
by Nuria RocaCloudy With A Chance of Meatballs
by Judi BarrettLittle Cloud
by Eric CarleSnowballs
by Lois EhlertHurry Home Little Kittens (one of our Kindermusik books)The Snowy Day
by Ezra Jack KeatsWe're Going On A Bear Hunt
by Michael RosenStill on our shelves
: The Moveable AlphabetMath
Skip Counting. I made these little clouds and numbered them 2-20. James will need to put them in order and then use the snowflake beads as counters.
Rainbow Game. I created this rainbow mat which James will use along with the dice and place markers. This is a great addition/subtraction game!
Math Puzzle. I found this at our local teacher's supply store.
Counting "Raindrops". I'm eager to see how James will like this activity. It's interactive in that I'll clap a certain number of times and James will place that number of raindrops (clear beads)
on the cloud. Thanks, Kidsoup, for another fun idea!
I also created a few dot to dot sheets.Still on our shelves
: Number Rods and Sandpaper Letters.Culture & ScienceSouth America Continent Bag
. Well, just a few pieces of it. :) I like to put it out a little at a time - much easier to look through that way.
Types of Weather 3-Part Cards. I also have Types of Clouds cards, too, but I see I forgot to photograph them. Both are from Montessori For Everyone
I have LOTS of fun science experiments and projects planned for this theme and I'll try to blog about them as we go. We'll be having plenty of outdoor school this month!Still on our shelves
: Continent Globe & Puzzle.Art & Music
Composer of the Month: Vivaldi. I chose Vivaldi because of his beautiful Four Seasons concertos.
Every month I gather (from the internet)
a selection of short, theme related songs for us to sing during circle time. Click here
for the link to download this month's songs.
Art Basket. I have to confess, the whole art basket idea didn't go over as well as I had hoped. Sigh. But, it wasn't a total
flop so I'm trying again. :)
I have a few art projects planned as well and hope to share them throughout the month.Still on our shelves
: Instrument Nomenclature Cards