Monday, October 21, 2013

Pearls and Clams

My eyes hurt because this is so beautiful!

Observing my class doing these Reggio inspired free form design works I see concentration, choice making, pride and delight
 in doing a task that is satisfying.
Every adult that sees them says they want to do it as well.
It is peaceful, calming and creative work that is boundless.
I love adding it to my curriculum.

Beautiful!  And so fun for any age person.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

"S" Table

Object box extension
I call this 'web paper" and we use it in many ways.
Usually, I make a master that fits the subject at hand and the kids copy it along with the 
Montessori lesson involved.
Works so very well. Please try it.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Fall Invitation to Play

Foam numbers get tiny foam pumpkins counted on top next to Norman Rockwell's darling painting

A variety of small objects create this fall design.

On a large vinyl floor mat haunted houses are built with craft sticks and swizzle sticks and then decorated with foam Halloween images. 

Those foam stickers from Target make a fine Halloween display. 
We keep the paper on the back so they can be used over and over.
The children love the endless possibilities!

Ocean Designs

An old 1970's wall hanging has found new life as the sea background for this Ocean Design Layout.

Real starfish and shells are used as well as a few plastic models.

The centerpiece will be a baby shark in a jar from Florida.
His plastic brother sits on top.

A second layout is ocean creatures in the waves blowing bubbles!