Posts with tag montessori

oceans and ocean animals 3-part cards

we are continuing our geography journey with oceans… here comes oceans and ocean animals 3 -part cards in latvian language:


 

 
english version you can download here

animals around the world 3 – part cards

last week i finished our fabric world map and now we are slowly inhabiting it … girls are so exited to explore the animals of the planet. we started our journey with little animal toys. girls were searching all around the house what kind of animals do they have and in which area they are living.
 
yeah we still to have to buy more of them, otherwise it looks like in our world lives just Europe’s and Africa’s animals…:) Until we fix this (maybe with DIY project), we are exploring animal books, encyclopedias and world animal three part cards, which you can download here:
 
continent and animal cards


 
these cards are in Latvian language (as we are still developing our latvian language), English version u can find here
 

letter school printables: letter / burts t

Letter/ burts T (toddler / 2-3 gadi)


Letter / burts T (preschooler / 4 -5 gadi

letter school printables: letter / burts p

happy tuesday folks :)
as u might have noticed a couple of weeks ago we (me and my husband tristaps) started to work with worksheets and printables for latvian letters.
here comes the next one – letter p (download previous here here).
 
Letter/ burts p (toddler / 2-3 gadi)


 

Letter / burts p (preschooler / 4 -5 gadi

letter school – k

Few month back we learned letter K (k for Katrina).
We made Katrina’s name out of paper – we cut out the letters and decorated them with different materials and techniques: ribbon lace, fabric, little rolled up newspaper balls, dried flowers, stickers, etc.
 
Girls sticked the letters on an A3 paper (Katrina had another task to organise them in the right order) and placed it on the wall above their table. Every time Katrina wanted to sign her work she had the name in front of her.
 
It worked perfectly. Now, after three months, Katrina can write her name not only in capitals, but also in written letters (after a month I changed the example to written letters). Yesterday, for the first time, she wrote her name without any help.
Another victory…
 
Lo is always happy to participate in writing activities, yet still not interested to write her name on her own (sometimes just the first letter).
 

 

 

 
As always we had a game of Secret box with the letter of the week (read more about this activity here, and the usual writing, colouring, and a letter finding activity (download printables here).
 

 
Another great educational activity templates for children, u can find here (for example, k for king template).
 

 
We also had fine motor skill activities: yarn ball winding (k for latvian kamols / yarn ball); origami ship folding (k for latvian kuģis / ship) and floating it in the bath. This was the first time that Katrina and Lo tried to make origami. It wasn’t easy but, with dad supervising, they enjoyed it and therefore would love to do it again.
 

 

 

origami boat instructions

letter school printables: letter / burts K

Here comes first cooking poetry printables for toddlers and preschoolers, letter K: coloring, writing, letter
k finding and sand paper template. Learning with fun :)

 
Cooking Poetry burtu skolā jauni mācību materiāli drukāšanai, mācīties prieks:)
 

Letter/ Burts K (toddler / 2-3 gadi)


 

Letter / Burts K (preschooler / 4 -5 gadi

letter school – z

Finally, winter in The Hague :) We couldn’t resist skipping school and staying outside almost all day long enjoying the snow and filling our lungs with fresh winter air …

We started already at 8 a.m., when the night was still behind the window and at the end of the day it wasn’t easy to get them in, at least to drink some hot tea before becoming real ice girls.

 

 

This week I chose to teach the letter z (ziema – winter) to celebrate the Dutch two weeks winter :)

We did a lot of interesting activities.

 

 

 

 

Sorting peas with chopsticks, spoons and hands at the end… LO is always about tasting :) Good practical activity to improve fine motor skils.

 

 

One of the funniest is our secret box exercise of z, in which u put all things u can find in the house, that are related to the letter z. Then, you put on a blindfold and grab one item out of the box and guess: what is it?

Use all your senses to find out what is in your hands. In time, you will see how they’ll (your senses) improve.

 

 

 

letter school – č – sssneaks

after moving to the hague, i had three big challenges:

 

1. to learn dutch. so far so good, thus we are trying to spend as much time as possible playing in parks and playgrounds with local kids. we are also attending dance classes and watching a lot of cartoons in dutch. we are learning english too – local environment is quite international ☺

 

2. to choose our daughters education path. katrina is currently attending john f. kennedy School, and Lo, 4x a week, prinsehaghe preschool. both are based on the montessori teaching methods.

 

3. and quite obviously to keep learning latvian. based on montessori principles and my creative journey, i’ve started our home letter school.

 

every week we pick a letter to be learned. we have already learned h, u, l, k, ķ, r (pictures coming up).

 

last week’s letter was “č” – čūska (snake), čiekuri (fir cones)