We started Monster School with “A,” naturally. Through some of what I know of Montessori ideas, we are starting with lower case letters and I am introducing them with their sounds, rather than the names. The idea is that it makes more sense to introduce the concrete first (this is “ah”), rather than introduce the abstract first and later teach the sound (this is “A” it says “ah”). Since Grace is not even two yet, and we have plenty of time to work another way if necessary, I thought it was worth a try.
As we are both new to this, we are starting pretty slowly and loosely. Three mornings of the week, we work on line and letter “writing.” The other mornings we go right into projects or trays. (Oh, yeah, I’m trying hard, here).
Here is Grace’s writing practice:
She wrote those all by herself. I hold her hand to model the idea the first time, then I let her do her thing. Some mornings it looks like above, others, she just has fun scribbling. Oh, well.
Exploding Sidewalk Chalk Apple Prints
I found this project on Pinterest. We have worked with the liquid sidewalk chalk before (here), so I thought this would be a hit. Unfortunately, I mixed up the chalk wrong and it didn’t make the prints like I had hoped. Grace had fun anyway.
I also brought sponge brushes with us to add to the fun/mess.
When the chalk really stopped working (the cornstarch and baking soda started to settle in the bottom of the plates), we resorted to just dumping out anything left and smushing it around with our hands, or feet, in Grace’s case.
These were the best of the actual apple prints that I was able to get.
But then, the real fun started. I had filled two squirt bottles with vinegar to make the “exploding” part of the project. Grace really enjoyed making the “fizzies.”
This project took two days – one day for the apple printing, the next for the cookie cutter painting.
Animals at the Zoo
The week ended up with a trip to the zoo.