Monday, July 18, 2016

Writing Prompts


Dundee Montessori has a huge writing curriculum with many enticing exercises for children to love!
Here children sound out the label, match it to the object and then make a list of words. These children have not been to kindergarten yet and already do this beautifully. 



Tiny objects are in bottles so they don't get lost and are sorted by initial sound and then drawn.





I Spy With My Little Eye game is done with a tube held to the eye and initial sounds are matched to objects.








Color object matching and a Japanese language page is added. 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

"So cute it hurts to look at them!", I was told.


A grandma crafter is looking down from heaven in wonder at her sewing turned into this counting work! Everything in this post is from this one grandma's estate sale. Thank you for making our classroom so darling!



My only vice is going to estate sales. What to do with one of a kind finds? I love to figure it out! Is it Montessori? Is it Reggio?  Who cares! They are darling and they get the concept across and hold children's attention and make them gasp with delight to do these works. 



A bag of life size plastic ants!  Get the tweezers out! 




Another bag of plastic flies?  Build a road to the stars! 
I know it is a bit weird but the boys love it!




Vinyl floor mat with movable stars !





When one pinches the jaws of these sewn heads the mouths open!  The kids love these! Pretty beads are dropped in and out.





Vinyl floor mat and many movable objects create this darling neighborhood!




Ooh la la! The pink poodle! 


I faint from cuteness! 
But it is not Montessori!
We work with children and children LOVE this!




Natural object frame on a vinyl floor mat. 
Grandma provided the sewing. 

International Doll Unit

 Another of my many collections that are shared with the classroom. 
Estate sales are a good place to find world dolls and nearly every sale I go to has at least one. 





These were given to me from Mongolia!







Also, I have traveled all over the world and pick things up as I go.







Saturday, January 30, 2016

Small Wooden Sorting


These wooden cutouts from Hobby Lobby will pique any child's curiosity and desire to handle lovely woodland objects and sort them according to like-kind. It is pre-math, development of concentration and small motor skills and fun.




Animal Designs on Trays


These natural wood cutouts are so small and delicate that a child must work with great care to handle the pieces and create this charming woodland scene. Thank you, Hobby Lobby online store.



These wooden birds can to matched and decorated with stars.



A garden delight for any child to organize and admire.

A Scene in the Woods


Hobby Lobby online store offers so many small wooden cutouts that I have been so intrigued with putting all the choices together into new darling tray activities. I love doing this! Who wouldn't? This teaches design, focus, gentle handling of delicate objects, woodland animals, building and most importantly fun! 


A Touch of Waldorf


Etsy's Montessori Restore is to thank for these appealing new works in sorting and addition and subtraction. Love, love these new work trays!










Fun With Oysters


A free form design with sorting and admiring of the beauty of the sea.




Thank you, Hobby Lobby online store, for these wooden animals to nestle in pretty oyster homes.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Nature Boxes


If you visit my science posts you will see I collect all things great and small. 
Here is how a few things will be displayed for study.












Sunday, June 7, 2015

Over-The-Top Montessori


Montessori purists hold on to your hat!

I allow children to mix materials when it is done with the flair 
of an artist as demonstrated here.

Our job as Montessori educators is to encourage creative thinkers so why would we shake in our boots when all our shelves hold works to do just that.

Montessori police in our heads be gone!

Let the beauty begin!





Only here in our classrooms will a child experience such heart fluttering combinations of design, color and shapes. Was this child proud and satisfied after this long, well-thought-out masterpiece?  The smiles! 




I have a shelf of Reggio loose parts for free form design and they came to visit the knobless cylinders.









Glittering like the sun!





The zing to make it ring!







Oh my!  I have seen real caterpillars this fancy in my tomatoes.





A Garden of Delight for any child.





Drawing the Brown Stairs?  
When it becomes a work of art that is the next logical extension.





This is the student who started it all. Her designs were big and beautiful and I never reined her in. All morning was spent at her work, just like any artist spends in their art studio. This is pure creativity and only Montessori materials can offer an experience like this.  Let's rejoice in the possibilities!