As my mom is visiting us after-schooling has taken a back burner. Bear, J-jo and my mom have been spending enormous amounts of time outside in the very warm Fall weather.
Bear and I have been devouring books and have now finished all the Little House books. I read The First Four Years alone, deciding that Bear could wait a few years yet to learn of all the hardships Laura and Almanzo endured the first four years. I now feel incredibly grateful for all I have even if it is not all I want.
We take turns reading pages of her other books at night. She still feels overwhelmed by too much text even though she is capable of reading it. Co-reading takes the pressure off.
Bear has been creating her own stencils to trace. Here she cut out the pumpkin craft I had tried to get J-jo to do and used the negative space as the stencil. She has been writing notes and ideas down too.
Bear has been choosing bead stairs and working with the teens board a lot at school. We haven’t done much at home.
Inspired by Godly Play and Bear’s current affinity to Jonah and the Fish, I set up the items she needed to retell that particular story. She is loving doing this for J-jo.
We started writing leaves for our Thankful Tree.
Bear had an international day at school.
We completed the pumpkin lifecycle that I had hoped we would do in October. The idea and printout are from My Montessori Journey. We put a twist on it by using the pumpkin craft that J-jo started (and I finished) instead of a paper plate, and by making the ribbon curl back to the pumpkin to show how a lifecycle is cyclical. It ended up making a nice necklace.
I really wish Bear could be in My Montessori Journey’s classroom. I incorporated yet another of her ideas (the poetry basket) into our day and school room. Bear has been enjoying this one as well. We sing most of the songs from there as well, in addition to the songs I downloaded from 1+1+1=1.
Our poem is one by Ralph Waldo Emerson. It came from the Ambleside Online poetry list.