Thursday, December 16, 2010


Some children have such a smooth flow of activities throughout the day. After performing several tasks requiring thought in math and practicing new skills in writing, she quietly put on the apron and began painting. An educationally productive break in the Montessori style, where just changing activities rests the mind.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Hope your Thanksgiving was delicious, and that your break was energizing.
If you're still in the mood, here are some goodies on Native Americans:

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

We've reviewed materials with each child and introduced new ones. The class hums with activity from morning until afternoon. We love working toward milestones with words, shapes, numbers, movement and our inter personal relationships, but we also can't forget one of our favorite holidays.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Sunday, August 22, 2010

always busy

Well, here is someone who spent a seriously productive summer!

Although I believe that anything a child does, except watching the you-know-what all day, is seriously productive.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

sea shells in the sand

This simple beachy craft can be done right on the sand. At home, school or take a box of plaster of paris along to the beach. Form about a 3 X 3 inch square about 1 1/2 inches deep in damp sand. Use petroleum jelly to grease up the inside ridges of a scallop shell. Press the outside of it into the sand in the bottom of your square. If the sand has bits of shells and seaweed in it, that's fine. It'll make an interesting surface. Now fill the sand "box" with plaster of paris. Let it sit for an hour, then carefully remove the block of plaster of paris. Let it sit for several more hours to fully harden. Pull off the shell to see the cast underneath.

If you use a clam shell, grease the outside of it where it has ridges. Then put it in the sand hole with that side toward you (up). You can use a ruffled, rough oyster shell this way, also.

Scratching in the child's name and date makes a nice memento.

Friday, June 25, 2010

painting flowers

Except during the winter, there is always something blooming around our school. Narrow gardens border the building, the edges of our small parking areas and the corners of each playground. Perennials are mixed with vegetables and tomato plants. Often, upon bringing in a fresh bloom, one of us will demonstrate painting the flower. We talk about the shapes we see in the flower, the part of it we choose to paint first, the thickness of the brush we choose and the colors we see. Upon completion, the demonstration painting is set to dry away from view. The bloom is left in its vase, close to the easel. The children go back to their work. Those who choose to paint the bloom use what they have learned to help them record their observations. The interpretations always vary. Unlike many Montessori schools, we take pride in displaying everyone's work. We encourage the reluctant artist and easily find beauty in all of the results. We feel it is important to take advantage of this age before children decide they "can" or "cannot" draw.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

The past nine months have flown by. But while circumstances took me out of state, the classroom buzzed on. The children grew intellectually and socially. The school's founder had her 89th birthday this past spring. And as she blew out a candle on her cake, a seasoned first grader silently exclaimed, "Whew, eighty-nine, and she can still blow out a candle!"