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« Reply #15 on: February 10, 2012, 06:06:11 AM »

Aangeles,
Where do you find Montessori EK cards? Thanks.

I got my Montessori materials from Montessori Print Shop: http://www.shop.montessoriprintshop.com/Deluxe-CD-Rom-Collection-CD-Deluxe.htm
and Montessori for Everyone: http://www.montessoriforeveryone.com/ They are not, strictly speaking, EK bit cards so they would be too small to use with babies.

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« Reply #16 on: May 04, 2012, 07:10:33 AM »

I got so discouraged with the EK cards I assumed I couldn’t do them until I found LR.  Less time making all those reading word cards = more for other things.  Now that I make most of my Bits on LR it seems to go so much faster.  Even if I print them out there is no cutting and pasting and I don’t have to waste ink on pictures that appear one size on the screen but print differently.

For POIs I have two methods.  For some things, like many wild animals, I have found it easy to find a national geographic article or something similar and print the whole thing and highlight my 10 facts.  That way the facts are clear and easy to remember and when she gets older she can read it as an article which I assume will be a more interesting format.  The articles for kids are great because they are full of interesting concrete facts but I don’t have to adjust the wording. 

For bits that require more research I am cutting and pasting separate facts from various websites or copying them from books.  I am only bothering to change the wording of the first few facts.  I then file the fact sheets in the order I plan to do them and will add facts to my bit cards as we go through them.  That way I can adjust them at the time to be appropriate for my daughters development but I don’t have to go through all the grunt work every time.   Also if I don’t find all ten facts I don’t worry, just as long as we can keep moving forward.

I haven’t decided yet exactly how to go about adding all the POIs to the sets of BOIs that I don’t print as I don’t plan to print most of them, at least not right away.   

I love the idea of a thorough and tailored education made by and specific to the interests of the family.  I’m aiming to do the full program but I gave myself the goal of 50 sets to begin with instead of 100.  So far I’m at about 35 sets of 5-10 BOIs and about 200 separate facts (again only possible for me with the help of LR).  I feel like I’m getting somewhere but I have a long way to go to get to the ultimate goal of10,000 facts!  I just keep telling myself something is better than nothing.  And I keep hoping that I can keep refining to process to make it more doable and efficient. 

And one more thing- I’ve put the Doman flash cards and LR products on every wish list for every relative ex employer and close friend!  They could buy a stuffed animal for $20 or they could buy 100 brain building facts for $20.  (So far I have one set of Doman cards- still, that’s 100 facts I don’t have to do!)



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« Reply #17 on: May 04, 2012, 11:04:05 AM »

In LR, you can record all the facts for a specific animal for example linked to that animal, you can put also different pictures to go with the facts ( which is real fun) and then every time you play your animal category your kid would hear a new fact about each animal, or whatever topic you teach. It works the fastest for us. We also use National Geographic facts.

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« Reply #18 on: May 05, 2012, 09:00:02 AM »

Skylark I had never thaught to do that! I actually wondered today why LR doesn't have more BOI in it, I know it has some but "don't draw on the wall" although valuable, doesn't count as EK! You have opened my mind to the possibilities smile
Gindy, yes keep thinking that..something is better than nothing. And thanks for sending us to national goegrahic, havnt used it in digital format always just magazines. You are doing a comendable job!

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« Reply #19 on: May 05, 2012, 08:30:04 PM »

Thanks Skylark!
That is a fantastic idea! Alex loves LR but isn't really learning new words, but does quote the 'one-liners' frequently...what a great way to slip in some additional EK and extend the LR capabilities even more.

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« Reply #20 on: May 05, 2012, 10:09:49 PM »

That's what Jaykob does! He jumps in halfway throughout he sent ace and finishes them off! Which is precisely why I thought it would be good to slip in some more useful information smile I mean yes the motorcycle may go faster than the bicycle, something my son knows as he rides both, but what else could he learn?


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« Reply #21 on: May 07, 2012, 04:50:05 PM »

Skylark thank you!  I can’t wait to try it! 

Do you record all the facts (and pictures to with those facts) in the same “new category”, or do you have to make a new one for each POI level? And if so, is there a way to play each one sequentially if a certain fact goes with a certain picture.   I hope that makes sense, sorry if it’s an obvious question- I’m not great with computer stuff.

Thank you!

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