“Baby Name of the Week” was an idea launched by Thee Baby Lady on 3/28/10 for a year’s worth of baby names. Here is the collection of the baby names selected (mostly in 2010) and then posted on Facebook. Working my way through the alphabet, I picked a name each week for a year. One girl name, then one boy name for 52 weeks. 26 girl names, 26 boy names. When March came around for 2011, we started over again. The name is posted on Wednesdays, with a chance for fans to “guess” the preselected name on Tuesdays.
Baby name of the week: “Alexandra” ~ Defender Of The People
Baby name of the week: “Austin” ~ Great
Baby name of the week: “Beth” ~ God is my oath
Baby name of the week: “Benjamin” ~ Son of my right hand
Baby name of the week: “Claire” ~ Clear, Bright, Illustrious
Baby name of the week: “Chad” ~ Protector, Defender Continue reading A Year’s Worth of Baby Names
Plan a little extra time for patience on Monday after the holidays. You might run into tears and clinginess as babies are re-separated from parents after all this “together time” of the holidays. Lay out clothes, pack day bags, lunches, etc. before you move into the weekly routine. Last minute Monday morning can then be used for quality time with baby to ease the transition.
Here are some of my favorite Montessori toys/activities and how I use them.
Chunky puzzles – wooden shapes with large knobs for handles that make it easy for baby hands to grasp. Repeat the movement to teach baby to do it.
Blocks – wooden blocks in bold colors. Stack blocks for baby and then give baby a turn to participate. Sort blocks by color and say the color aloud. Give baby a turn. Drop blocks into a container or basket. Give baby a turn. As baby ages, place a shape sorter on top of the container. Sort blocks through a paper towel tube. Naturally, they tend to dump everything out too so let them play!
Stacking cups – Stacking cups can be used in many ways like building a tower or pouring water in the bathtub. You can also use them outdoors to pour water in a controlled setting, in a pool, in a sandbox. Continue reading Montessori Part 2: Toys and Activities
I recently had some queries regarding Montessori & thought I’d post some links. The Montessori Method is described here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montessori_method
I love this book for ages birth through 3 years old (0-3):
Melissa & Doug have great toys for Montessori that last very well.http://www.melissaanddoug.com
Babies 3 months and up can benefit from these wooden beads:http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=39554693
Or a wonderful 5 piece set of objects:
This link sorts toys for 1 year olds through Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Montessori-Homeschool-Supplies-Year-Old/lm/R36CWRAMDEIRJR
Some of my favorite toys and activities will be shared in Part 2.