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Letter P • 🔠Letter Series • Letter Hunt • Montessori Language

Today, we are exploring letter P. So, during our letter hunt, Adrian would walk around the house and collect all the objects that begin with the sound "p". DSC_0050

P is for popcorn, plate, plus (sing), pop/soda can, Pocahontas, princesses, pumpkin, puzzle, picture, pond, park, piano, pregnant, penny, pencil, pen, pig, parrot, pit, pin, puppy, pees, potato,  Pluto dog (Mickey's friend), pink, purple and a peg, puppet. And "p" is for a puffin, polar bear, panda, and a penguin. 

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"P" is also for pom-poms and pincer grip. So, we made this DIY letter P from bottle caps (simply glue caps with a glue gun to the piece of recycled card box). I then offered Adrian to fill each cap with different color pom poms using tongs while remembering the proper tracing direction. 

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"P" is for a pin and pin poking

DSC_0226"P" is for play dough

DSC_0226We used these botanical paints to color our play dough. See here the recipe for our No-Cook Homemade 🌈 Play Dough. For more play dough, see here  🎄Holiday Inspired No-Cook 🏡Homemade 🍩Play Dough.

Read our Letter Series post here, where you will also find an introduction to Montessori Language curriculum, as well as other letters we have been exploring.

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Invitation To 🌾🌿 Create a Nest • 🐦Bird Unit Study

We see and hear birds everywhere! We also enjoy a sight of intricately build nests and occasional chicks. We actually raised two years in a row a family of house finches, each time hatching four baby chicks.

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So, inspired by all the sights of bird nests, today, we are learning more about this amazing skill of nest building by reading Nature Anatomy book and setting up this invitation to build a nest using 🌿🌾nature finds we collected during our nature walks and 🏡 homemade chocolate 🍫 rosemary play dough. (See recipe link below.)

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Julia and Adrian were invited to choose one bird, research what material that bird is using for nest-building and bring it to life. But first, they had to go and collect the necessary items. (We are using these birds to make this study more hands-on.)

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We take nature or "listening walks" at least once a day, and Adrian always finds a little flower, leaves or twigs that catch his attention. Today though, Adrian had a mission ~ he was a Blue Bird, on a search for materials for his nest.

 DSC_0196We learned that Blue Bird would use grass, twigs, and cotton or wool to build its nest.
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The nest in the middle is actually a real nest built by a house finch which she abandoned before laying any eggs. We decorated it with some eggs and flowers.

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To learn more about birds children had chosen, we read National Geographic Kids Bird Guide of North America (buy here), and (top-left)  Stokes Beginner's Guide to Birds: Eastern Region (buy here).

DSC_0010-2There was a lot of weaving and twig layering and the making of a "fluffy bed" for the chicks. And, finally, Adrian's Blue Bird nest is ready (on the right)!


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For more on Birds, read our "🐦 Bird Unit Study - Books and Materials" here

DSC_0231  To find out our play dough recipe, see here No-Cook Homemade 🌈 Play Dough Recipe. 

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For more Spring Inspired activities, see here 🌸Spring Inspired Themed Unit Study.

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Pom Pom DIY 🌼Flower Craft • 📌Pin Poking 🐝Bee 💃🏻Dance

We are beginning our 🐝Bee Study to defy any misconceptions and fear of these amazing insects (closely related to wasps and ants). Bees are very important pollinators for flowers, fruits, and vegetables. They transfer pollen between the male and female parts of the same flower, thus allowing a plant to grow seeds and eventually fruit! Without pollination, the flowering plant will not produce a fruit!  And the best-known bee species, the European honey bee, produce sweet honey we all love and beeswax. 

DSC_0074 bee copy 2We love to read and then bring books to life with hands-on activities, which is more effective for us in exploring the subject than passive reading.

DSC_0004After reading the Nature Anatomy book, which explains the common nectar sources for bees, we made from pom-poms 🌼flowers (left to right): Dandelion, Yellow Sweet Clover, White Dutch Clover, and Goldenrod to resemble those nectar sources. To make this hands-on presentation, all you need is some cardstock, pom poms, and a glue gun.

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We also read The Bee (My First Discoveries) book, which offers captivatingly detailed illustrations revealing how these insects gather nectar and make honey, how they communicate with each other, build their hives and keep them clean, how they reproduce and rear their young and form new hives. And such reading prompted us to 📌pin-poke the dance of the 🐝bee explaining the direction of the found nectar. Just place a sponge or we are using a white packing styrofoam block as a cushion so that the pin does not poke your table. 

DSC_0017Once finished poking, offer your child to hold the paper against the light.

DSC_0009The round dance tells the forager bees that flowers are nearby. Bees: A Honeyed History book.

DSC_0011During this Entomology lesson, Adrian got to express his creativity and practice fine motor control by 📌pin-poking! And, most importantly, he had fun!

 To see the entire Bee Unit roundup, see here 🐝Bees Unit Study.

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💐Mothers Day 🎁Flowers ✂️DIY 🌼Daffodil Bouquet Tissue Paper Craft

This DIY Daffodils tissue paper💐bouquet can be a perfect Mother's Day gift! All you need to make these awesome 🌼flowers is tissue paper and pipe cleaners. 

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To make this craft, we are referring to a Tissue Paper Flowers Craft book (buy here), which features incredibly simple-to-make tissue paper flowers that look good enough to fool the bees.

DSC_0182-2The book has clear and easy to follow instructions, and it comes with 75 sheets of brilliantly colored tissue paper and variety of green pipe cleaners for stems.

DSC_0188How to make this Daffodile bouquet Craft: ✂️🔸📌poke 🔸slide 🔸

  • layer paper at least four-fold and cut out a shape as shown in the book above,
  • poke one end of a pipe cleaner and slide the cut-out papers,
  • roll a bead the other end of the pipe cleaner and make a knot to  resemble a"male" or pollen-bearing part called the stamen,
  • slide all the papers towards the nub and slightly scrunch.

DSC_0188The book offers various ways you can make your Daffodils.

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Use color-combinations and shades of yellow, and some white to have your Daffoldiels look as real as possible. 

DSC_0185I personally do not like fresh cut-flowers (the entire demise process in front of my eyes is kind of depressing). I prefer orchids in a pot, but these Daffodils made by little hands with love would brighten my days for many more years to come!

DSC_0020-001 We do like going on nature walks and enjoy all the glory Spring has for us.

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You can always cut a bunch of Daffodils as a Mother's Day gift, but harvesting hand-made Daffodil flowers that will defy nature's cycle makes them even a better gift!  

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Daffodils And Men ~ Poem by David Taylor

Daffodils dance upon the breeze with such sweet scented ease, 
as men walk past with minded cares not seeing dancing everywhere.
They walk, but do not know how to dance as the daffodils they bend and bow, 
they dance to life with no furrowed brows and need no one to tell them how. 

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This flower craft is very similar to the one 🌻 below, which Adrian made when he was 3 yo ~ same process ~ ✂️🔸📌poke 🔸slide 🔸🌼crunch!  

See details and links to materials and books we used here  in a post "   🎨Van Gogh Inspired 12 🌻Sunflowers Tissue Paper ♻️ Cardboard Roll Paper Mache ✂️Craft."

DSC_0159This purple 💐bouquet of flowers Adrian made using the same technique as in Van Gogh Inspired 12 🌻Sunflowers craft.  Again: all you need is tissue paper, pipe cleaners and a sprinkle of creativity! We also knotted a bead in the middle of the flower to resemble a"male" or pollen-bearing part called the stamen.

 DSC_0097Another gorgeous 💐bouquet we made! See here 🖌Markers ☕Coffee Filters 🌈Rainbow Walking 💦Water ⌛️Timelapse Kids ⚗️Science Capillary Action.

 DSC_0049-3See here ♻️Recycled ✂️DIY 🌸Spring Flower Craft. 

DSC_0521For more Spring Inspired activities, see here 🌸Spring Inspired Themed Unit Study.

I hope you enjoyed our Mother's Day inspired themed unit. Please, leave a comment, which craft was your favorite! And, do share ~ sharing means caring!

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DIY ☀️Solar 🌎System Craft From ❌♨️No-Cook Natural 🏡Homemade Play Dough 

As a tribute to National 🚀Space Day, which is held annually on the first Friday in May, we are making a DIY Solar System craft from homemade no-cook natural play dough.

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 To explore our solar system and the planets, we read National Geographic Kids First Big Book of Space which is kids' absolute favorite Space book with colorful illustrations and simple text, explaining basic concepts of the universe as well as its wonders!
DSC_0122First, to resemble Space, Adrian made black play dough. ( See the recipe and details on how to make this natural play dough here ~in a post "No-Cook Homemade 🌈 Play Dough Recipe.")
DSC_0122Next, apply glue to a large cardboard piece and spread the black playdough over it.
DSC_0122Leave empty the space for the sun as it will be easier to glue the Sun to the cardboard rather than over the play dough. 
DSC_0122To resemble our universe and the sparkling twinkling stars, galaxies, and supernovas, we are adding glitter to our black play dough.

DSC_0134 We are using this iridescent and this chunky-holographic glitter.
DSC_0134Did you know that stars come in different colors and sizes? From blue to orange to red!

DSC_0134Making the Sun from our natural no-cook play dough. 
DSC_0134Yellow glitter adds shine and sparkle to our yellow Star.

DSC_0134Next, trace planets on a cardboard. We are using this book for size-reference.

DSC_0134Glue the Sun to the part of cardboard that has no play dough. 

 Earth Play DoughMake each planet (by spreading the play dough over the cutout cardboard piece) according to planet's characteristics, such as size, color, surface.

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Finally, arrange the planets in order: 1) Mercury, 2) Venus, 3) Earth, 4) Mars, 5) Jupiter, 6) Saturn, 7) Uranius, 8) Neptune. Discuss the four terrestrial planets, separated by the asteroid belt from the four gas giants. Bring child's attention to any distinguishable planetary detail: such as The Great Red Spot on Jupiter (a huge storm raging on for hundreds of years) or Neptune's The Great Dark Spot (a huge spinning storm in the southern atmosphere of Neptune which was about the size of the entire Earth). 

DSC_0160You can also discuss the solar flares and winds and how the Earth's magnetic field interacts with the solar wind and acts as a shield to protect Earth from damaging solar particles.  See a video from NOVA’s Sun Lab here

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We also watched an amazing series NOVA - Origins which presented some startling new answers to questions such as "Has the universe always existed? How did it become a place that could harbor life? Are we alone, or are there alien worlds waiting to be discovered?" Both, Julia ( 8 yo)  and Adrian (4 yo) were absolutely intrigued and engulfed in this miniseries ~an absolute must-have DVD for any inquisitive child (or an adult)!

Please, see our entire Space and Universe round up here ~ in a post "🌌Cosmos 🚀Space ☄️Universe Inspired Themed Unit Study."

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