Thursday, January 19, 2012

Getting Organized

In one of my latest posts I talked about how we had decided to start working more with Macy and doing more educational driven playtime. Instead of me just taking pictures of her running around the house and texting them to Josh. SO we have actually kept it going and I have been making/buying more items to help with hand eye coordination, language development, and early writing development. 

I know that sentence sounded super mom bloggish.

HOWEVER, she is saying "Mommy" now. 
And nothing beats that sound!

I got several messages asking about the Montessori method and what books I had read to start teaching Macy. So here's some of them:
A Montessori Mother by Dorothy Canfield Fisher is one of the first I read. It's available for free to download online. Easier to read than the one by Maria Montessori.

The Montessori Method by Maria Montessori is one of the best. IF you can force yourself to read it all. It's also available for free to download online.

Teaching Montessori in the Home: The Preschool Years by Elizabeth Hainstock is available for around $6 used on Amazon. This helps with lesson planning! She also has one for The School Years that I have ordered but not yet received. Also available on Amazon. has lots of free downloads, cutouts, puzzles, memory matching games, science experiment tips, etc. for free. As well as links to other blogs. has lots of great montessori activities that are usually discounted.

I have purchased a few items for second graders for Maddi  to start doing some lessons with her during the Summer. Can you believe SECOND grade?? Anyways, I showed her the lesson plans that I have printed and put in a small binder and she lit up and said she couldn't wait! I think that goes for both of us. 

This morning Josh had to leave early to go to a seminar in Tyler and both girls were up and ready to play at 6:30. AM. We all got ready, made Maddi some breakfast, me some coffee, and took Maddi to school. This is usually Josh's duty- to drop her off at school before he heads to work. But I so enjoyed it today. All 10 minutes of it. Singing in the car, laughing at how silly Macy looks dancing, praying with her, encouraging her. Thinking what a blessing she truly is. Those are some of my favorite moments with her. 

When Macy and I got home, I made her her favorite grits and then grabbed the camera. She's feeding herself so well and out of her highchair. She's growing up so quick.
Remember this? The first time she ate baby food!

And this- the first time she ate her own blueberry muffin all by herself!

And her favorite. Malt-O-Meal

Stringing beads. She had a lot of trouble at first.

She mastered it. Taking a while to do it just right. So proud of her.

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