"All I have learned, I learned from books."
- Abraham Lincoln

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

"A Montessori Morning" Video

by Lindsay Palmer Photography: http://www.lindsaypalmer.ca

This is perfect environment for young children. Uninterrupted, independent work. I love to watch this video. It makes me want to do more montessori activities :-)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

My First Logic Puzzle-Set I

My First Logic Puzzle I created in pdf format even though we already own the wooden version of that kind of puzzle. But I thought about YOU, wherever you are, maybe you are in need for something like that.

Other true reason is that both my boys love that puzzle and I like to share materials that work with my children.

We had that set on our shelves several times in the past few months but Nathaniel never was interested until now. He is doing it almost every day and he is so proud of himself after putting that puzzle together. I love to see smile after work is completed.

Sorry for being half naked;-) We live in Hawaii and boys are always without T-shirts
Can you see how Nathaniel acts on the video? He pretty much constantly acts and pretends and this is a big reason why life with him is full of laugh and joy! 

Dowload your "MY FIRST LOGIC PUZZLE" here.

Second set of My FIRST LOGIC PUZZLE is coming soon!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween Trick or Treat

This year for Halloween we took our boys for Trick or Treating around Hilo town. I can't describe how excited boys were about getting candies.

First two houses Eaton visited with a distance. He wasn't sure how to approach people and ask for candies. But after that he was a leader. He looked around and he saw other kids doing the same thing. Asking for candies wasn't so difficult after all.

They kept looking into each other's basket to see what they got

It got dark pretty quick as we started to walk about 5:30 pm. It started to rain pretty hard but that didn't bother anyone. We were all wet: costumes, our clothes, boys had water in their baskets. But as I sat down comfortably in my seat I saw very tired but happy faces. They just were so happy that someone gave them so many candies and they were allowed to eat them!
It was good evening.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Creating Numbers 11-20 Free Printouts

Recently Nathaniel started to work with me more often. Or maybe I should say the other way around ;-) I wasn't active with my boys like I used to and I'm slowly coming back on my track. We do some stuff that Eaton already knows but it is great repetition for him, and it's good to see them observing each other's work like Maria Montessori was emphasizing in her books.

Nathaniel worked on creating numbers using yellow blocks we previously purchased. 

When I saw similar sheet on Mrs. Swanson's site and when I couldn't find any freebie I decided to create my own sheets especially that it is not so hard to do it and it's not time consuming. 

So, I created few sheets and I've already present it to my boys. 
Here is a short video of Nathaniel working with numbers. 
I like to see him realized that one ten block is a representation of 10 small units even though I presented to him Units Tens and Hundreds before. Every lesson is deeper in understanding.

You can print your FREE Creating Number sheets HERE!

You have 2 versions. 1st where you have exact number of blocks given so the younger one can practice counting and 2nd version where he/she is given 20 blocks under each number so the child will need to provide correct amount.

Have a good day!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Construction Vehicle Magnifying Match Game-Free Printables

This is simple activity and really enjoyable by my younger boy -3 years old. I took a short video of him working on the matching game.

I found this game on Teachers Pay Teachers site and it was created by Erin Horn. Thank you for creating that game.

You can visit Erin's store and download FREE product HERE.

Enjoy your day!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Buttefly Symmetry Activity-Free Printables

I would like to share one activity I prepared pretty long time ago for Eaton. I never shared that on my blog and I would like to do that because I use it now with my 3.5 years old Nathaniel. It's pretty easy activity for young children. 

Just print 3 butterfly sheets and shapes. Cut out the shapes for each butterfly sheet and enjoy it!

In the first 2 sheets your child follows the butterfly pattern. Third sheet is blank butterfly outline so you can play with your child. You go first putting shapes on the left side and your child follows your pattern on the right side or vice versa for fun.
I did laminate all of the sheets so it would last longer. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tropical Storm Iselle

I need to admit that we didn't take hurricane Iselle seriously. In the last 9 years we live here we had many hurricane warnings and nothing serious happened to us.
This time was the same until Iselle hit pretty hard. It was night and scary I need to say. We lost electricity before Iselle hit.

It started with the heavy rain and wind that started to accelerate overnight. The wind and the rain blew hard all night, on and off. We have metal roof that made noisy sound. I was sure it would blow the roof away.
Kids fallen asleep in their bedroom and didn't wake up at all. I'm glad they made it through a night sleeping and not knowing what was really happening. They were little scared before their bed time but they fallen asleep with no problem.

This is a fallen tree on our property
More of our yard

Owner of this house was in the process of rebuilding his old house. He lost a roof.
 Luckily he didn't live there.

Street we live on

This picture was made the next morning after hurricane. It was pouring and we stopped driving because we couldn' t go through the road that was blocked by a tree. The wind took the whole tree with roots out. My husband's company Aloha Broadband (internet service company), has an access point at this place. Antennas were damaged and now he is working with other people to cut and remove all the debris to have access to the house and the equipment. It's nice to see that people come together when the tragedy happens.

Macy's store covered the whole window entrance

More fallen trees at the front of Home Depot store

Grocery store after hurricane
 Here is the link to the news about hurricane Iselle 
and 2 of my videos on our way around Puna

And.. back to Paradise again :-) Calm and beautiful morning in Hilo
Homeschooling wasn't on my priority list those days:-)