Sunday, December 30, 2007

Plans for the new year.....

1. More art projects
2. Composer study
3. More fun~can it be possible?
4. More nature walks
5. More tea parties

We do field trips too!

Here are some photos of our great field trip to a local
bakery that I mentioned. I think the parents learned just as much as the kids. There is nothing quite like bread when it comes out of the oven is there?

Friday, December 28, 2007

Reflections on Christmas & New Year

We have been having such a nice time this season. We have read lots and lots of Tomie dePaola books in preparation for Christmas, and following up with lots of crafts. Our educational plan has sort of shifted into holiday mode, which has been good.

Christmas was very blessed with my dad here. The girls had a wonderful day!
They both got American Girl doll clothes and beds. Just what they told Santa about. So perfect.
We spent about 4 days here in the rain, cooking and making merry.

I have had lots of relaxing time over the holidays to evaluate or plans for the new year. I am looking forward to our work starting with the beads. They are just beautiful.
And we both have been having so much fun with her globe that we have sort of dove into geography up a bit more. We will continue with First Language Lessons, and Story of the World, and trying to mix in the Montessori wherever I can.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The education (& the tamales) are happening~

I have been overhauling the office/schoolroom this week while everyone has been down with various sicknesses. It has been great for me to re-vamp.
I am trying to get things sort of all together again, instead of that stuff completely all over the house method. I would like to actually start using the dining room table again for~eating. Since I have decided to incorporate mas Montessori, I have noticed my needs have changed. Of course I need more shelving, but I will tell Santa about that.

We have really been having a good time celebrating the Advent season this year. Lots of crafts and feasts. We made Guadalupe grottos for our altar. Anything that requires glitter & sequins in a hit around here. A very nice morning....

During the weekend, we prepared tamales. The girls really got into it. So adorable. It was an all day project.

I remember how much I loved making tamales with my grandma. I would try my best to study everything she cooked~prepare the masa....if it floats, it is good to go. Then the big job of spreading the masa on the husk, placing the meat, folding them, steaming them... Little packets of fun and goodness.

Ok, back to modern day...Lucy had such a good time helping, and Sophia really did some great ones!! We read Too many Tamales
and went to bed.

For some info on Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Hispanic Fun
check out this