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!

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Virtual Walk in the Woods

Here are works that remind us of a day in the woods discovering owls. My Montessori school offers Reggio Loose Parts activities as shown here.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Decorating Halloween Place Mats

The addition of creepy crawlers, plastic leaves and tiny Halloween cupcake liners change this spider web place mat into a fun holiday activity that even two year old children love to do! 

Such a variety of delightful Halloween tray works! 
The place mats all came from Goodwill. 

This is the time of year I get my skeleton unit out.
Children learn not to fear Halloween but to name the parts of the skeleton.

Decorating Halloween Flags

Have a holiday flag? 
Have the children decorate it with appropriate items to jazz it up!

Objects were gotten from the dollar bins at Target.