Wednesday, March 28, 2012
You can't see from this picture but the house came with two lots! This means we will have our own outside play space for the first time ever. I am planning to make the entire front lawn into raised vegetable beds year round and a zen garden along the side. Oh, the possibilities are endless. I will post the progress as it is unfolding.
Monday, March 26, 2012
The last few years, I have been working on making these continent boxes to compliment our collection of maps. I've been very lucky as we have been given many tiny, lovely small things that tell their own story and live in the boxes. My Asia box is incredible and we were super lucky to have a fantastic set of grandparents traveling and thinking of us.
Montessori or not, anyone can make continent boxes and take their students away. Bon Voyage!!
Friday, March 23, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
‘There is a great sense of community within the Montessori classroom, where children of differing ages work together in an atmosphere of cooperation rather than competitiveness. There is respect for the environment and for the individuals within it, which comes through experience of freedom within the community.’
Dr Maria Montessori (cited in Elizabeth Hainstock, 1986, p. 81 - The Essential Montessori)
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
I found an old cd rack at the thrift store and it worked perfectly to organize and set up our new project books.
My thinking is that the children need to learn about the tools and how to use them before we can actually start the many woodworking projects I have ready to go.
I also, have a few more tiny things I need to get before that space is completely ready.
Sorry, I just couldn't resist it. It makes such a pretty rainbow.
Monday, March 12, 2012
"Children Can Build" it was purchased through Montessori Services a long time ago. We are working on assembling the many small projects in the book so it is ready to go after March Break.
Niki Jabbour's book, "The Year-round Vegetable Gardener". So look out because I can smell cold frames and more poly tunnels. I am so committed to having our children know about the food we eat and why we need to grow it.
Halifax Seed is loving me and my wallet this week! How is your March Break shaping up? Do you have some great plans and ideas you want to share?
Monday, March 5, 2012
I decided to make my own reading cards for our reading boxes and was able to locate a great Montessori font here. It was free to download and printed up beautifully on blue card stock.
The tricky part was cutting it all out the right size which was largely dictated by my box size and then laminating and cutting again. I LOVE these smart snap boxes available at Staples. I know, they are plastic :( but really they are so durable and pretty. Given how much action these little reading boxes are seeing these days, I really needed something durable. Our small blue paper boxes were just not cutting it anymore.
You are in for such a treat at parent teacher tonight! Your children are doing such amazing things. They are reading and writing and have evolved so much in the last year.
I am so happy making new things for our shelves. I know I make my husband crazy when I work late into the night or on weekends but he gets it now and understands my need to make things. Please try not to notice the state of my desk tonight! I've got better things to do then clean it up and I have so many projects waiting to go out on the shelves.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Monkey Show shop. Just in time for Easter is my thinking on this one.
I love the concept of this product. The monkey and bunny kits are made from socks and mittens and everything you need to make the monkey or bunny with comes in the box.
Given how many little sewers we have at the school I know this will be a big hit. hmmmm..... maybe the Easter bunny will drop into our house and leave one.
Oh, and fyi they offer birthday parties at their shop on Queen Street. Check them out some time and don't for get to pop in and leave your comment for a chance to win a bunny kit!