We're having a bit of a problem getting back into a groove again. While we made it through the holidays without getting sick, a couple of colds hit hard after New Year's. Last week was a run-down sort of week. Nobody had very much energy, although I doubt you would have thought that had you peeked in my windows and watched my little boys brandishing light sabers and chasing each other round and round the living room. Anyway, here's a taste of what did happen around here last week.
Some Montessorians out there just flinched. Yes, those are pieces of the Pink Tower and the Brown Stair Chipmunk is loading into Andy's boots. They are only some of the many things we find in our boots these days. Chipmunk is a spatial kid, and there is nothing he likes more than testing open containers (or boots) for fit. His next favorite activity is pushing chairs around so he can climb on them and loot the high shelves meant for the bigger kids. Therefore, I have very little in the way of Montessori out on any shelves, and I've also had to scale back on our nature area. (He broke the Our Lady of Grace statue on the china cabinet this morning, so I have to find a new home for our religious display, too.) I do, however, give Chipmunk some Montessori-ish activities to do in a very relaxed manner. Some of the things he enjoys (other than loading up people's boots):
- putting craft sticks into containers with different sized necks, such as spice bottles and cornstarch containers
- matching lids to different containers
- pouring and spooning cheerios
- putting on and taking off play silks knotted into capes
- pushing carts, walkers, etc
In addition to normal toddler chaos, the twins gained access to one of my Montessori storage closets, which could have been Very Bad. Fortunately I was right there and could set them up with the knobbed cylinders before they dragged every single thing out into the hallway. (I would have the knobbed cylinders out, but I don't have anywhere to put them where Chipmunk won't leave pieces scattered all over the place... or attempt to choke himself on one of the small pieces.) Chipmunk joined in with the knobbed cylinders (of a safe size) and did quite well:
The twins were both able to do two blocks at once. The challenge held their interest longer.
In this picture, Farmerboy is using Katamino to build 3-D structures, Katydid was making patterns using Pattern Play blocks, Pip and Pop were trading blocks and the Rush Hour game (they just like arranging the cars and trucks on the grid, but here's a neat online version, which is also very addictive), and Chipmunk was sorting fish and transportation counters... after a fashion.
And while we're focusing on Chipmunk for a change, he had another first this week:
His first hair cut!