This blog has shared curriculum of my school over the last 27 years of operation. I have blogged for the purpose of passing on information but mainly as a way to record, for myself, what I have accomplished as a teacher.
Google made it mandatory to attach a google+ account to my blog. I never wanted another site to maintain and began deleting photos from google+ for the sake of my school's privacy. I fully closed down a second google+ account that they created for the school seeing that a lot of men were joining it, which seemed seedy. That action automatically destroyed this blog. I emailed Google repeatedly thinking my blog got hacked. They never answered me. In research I found many other outraged bloggers who had also simply wanted to delete photos from their google+ sites and who, like me, were horrified to see all their blog photos were decimated. Apparently, Google stores our photos on Picasa and if one deletes a photo it deletes that photo from all google sites connected to you. There was a warning about this, but it never stated that it would mean obliteration of your blog. Also, I certainly did not delete every photo or my banner. So, thank you, Google, for ruining years of blogging for me and many others simply because we did not want to be included in your forced google+ product.
I may replace photos slowly. I am old enough to know that all things come and go and where there is a beginning there is an end, and not to hold on to things.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Friday, November 21, 2014
Friday, October 10, 2014
|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!|
|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.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
A mix on classical Montessori geography and Reggio Loose Parts? Oh, no!
Oh, yes! It is way cool. In the past I have used the common three bottles filled with dirt, water and air and the matching animal cards. And with this I do give the traditional intro using the globe to describe the land, ocean and being surrounded by air.
But then I deviate using cut paper, a painted shell on canvas and a Lego cave ( horrors to a purist ) simply laid on a large floor mat
Then we lay out the land part which is rocks, the ocean part which are shells and the air part which is cotton ball clouds. Labels for land, air and water are added.
The animals come next.
Last the vehicles cards are talked about and added.
The old way is classic, but this way is so interactive and takes much thought and consideration in placing all the objects.
I love it.
Monday, August 11, 2014
Estate sale doilies.
No one wants them. No one buys them.
I look at them and see potential and fun ahead!
Twenty-five cents each is also a good reason to find a use for these handmade items from times gone by.
Paint them up, flip them over and press them on paper.
Simple and so pretty!
We thought that the print would transfer easily by rolling with a brayer. We found the children were not strong enough to do that well.
We found the best way to transfer the print was to place newspaper on top and rub hard.
This would make Grandma proud! Lovely prints bring new life to the old, unloved doily! And we do appreciate the handmade labor of love from women of the past who made these lovely doilies that once brightened their home.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Kids don’t need perfection, beauty or big bucks spent to place a successful, intriguing work before them.
Stuff around the house can be put together in surprising ways for small hands to use.
My staff says I need to go to estate sale rehab. Years of bringing back random, strange objects has always paid off in the creation of a huge variety of manipulatives that are truly unique.
My box of unmatched items grew empty so off I went bargain hunting again. 25 cents an item or for the whole bag! I always pair each activity up with a 50 cent tray and a 10 cent spoon and my imagination. This week they are not so pretty, but I know the kids will love doing them.
My students inhale practical life works and I rotate them often. The bargain works are created and then bagged up, often with the appropriate 50 cent tray, for quick finding and easy rotation. I know I have over 100 practical life works bagged to switch out. Almost all objects are discount finds from Goodwill, Salvation Army, garage or estate sales.
See my other estate sale posts for more ideas!
|These unloved objects have been at the bottom of my unmatched items box for over 15 years. I never thought I could find a use for them until I found wooden eggs at an estate sale. Then, presto! |
Their hidden potential was finally made visible.
|Our toddlers love this and will do it over and over! Open ended free choice matching of base to wooden eggs. |
|I have been saving juice lids and must come up with more |
ways to use them all!
|Estate sale bonanza. The odd parts fall together to make |
this sweet activity for very young children.
|This would make a church grandma proud. Church bazaar craft of felt mittens with a hair clip inside is a perfect pinch open and shut work for my students.|
|This tall bread tin makes the perfect down the chute |
work with styrofoam balls.
|Ask grandma for her ribbons!|
|Where else but at an estate sale can one find such odd items.|
|We needed simple hand work for the toddlers |
and this did the trick.
|This is so elementary that I hesitated to put it out. The twos and threes did this non-stop all afternoon!|
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Saturday, June 28, 2014
I sorted two boxes of wooden fraction blocks found in the basement of an estate sale that match the Geometric Solids !
Oklahoma barite rose rocks and a weird ball were in the boxes!
Found dates in boxes from 1979.
I am sure the past owner, who was an early childhood educator,
is smiling down from heaven!
Every which way to divide a cube.
It boggles my mind!
Rectangular Prism Extension
What a lesson this will be!
The rest of the family now have all wooden classification matches.
I had used a basket of found objects of various shapes before.
Flat wooden shapes hold a future of design wonderful to behold!
I have bagged the rest of the shapes for exploration in math
and Reggio loose parts!
My old way of classification has been upgraded!