It’s officially spring now in the northern hemisphere, and officially autumn in the southern. This means lots of changes are afoot in nature. So what better time to get out and listen for nature’s whispers, seeks nature’s signs, and learn to read the book of nature. It offers so much information about our local world!
Today 2/13, at 1pm est, I’m live on the Montessori Foundation Tuesday Webcast talking Bringing Nature from Home to School in the Elementary Years! This talk is the 4th I’ve done in their program “Montessori Family Life: A Series of Weekly Talks For Parents Tuesdays at 1 PM” It’s a short 30 chat
A couple weeks ago I was visiting my good friend in NYC. Her kids are nearly aging out of average playgrounds, but I had heard about a special spot on Governors Island. Riding the Ferry adds to the adventure! It’s an adventure playground – not your average swings and slides by any
Maria Montessori lived in Italy and Europe through 2 world wars, including a Fascist regime. She knew a thing or 20 about tough times – politically, culturally, and environmentally speaking. Those challenging life experiences drove her to keep working, teaching, and striving for peace through education until her death in 1952, at age 82.
If I’ve said it once to my students, I’ve said it a hundred times – growing and eating a rainbow is fun! Back when I was a teacher, I even developed a complete elementary nutrition curriculum based on eating a rainbow! This week I’m pleased to present the second guest post in our summer guest post series
Are you totally confused as to what this bizarre blog title has to do with May? Or maybe you think I’ve finally lost it. I wouldn’t blame you! But hang with me and I think you’ll have some fun this month. I discovered a list of so many quirky celebration days in the month
Happy New Year! Let's kick it off right, with a giveaway!! If you've ever been in a Montessori classroom, one of the first things you notice is the prepared environment. This is no accident. We teachers, spend hours upon hours carefully cultivating the environment to perfectly meet the developmental needs of the children. The environment
It’s week 3 of the Summer Fun Series and this week we’re taking a look at some fun stuff! I use the word stuff because it’s a mix of different fun things for which the summer slow down affords time. And sometimes on a hot lazy afternoon, pulling out a new little surprise is just
Happy June!! This post kicks off a little summer fun series, so what better start than a summer read? Have y’all seen the new book Whatever the Weather: Science Experiments and Art Activities that Explore the Wonders of Weather by Annie Riechmann and Dawn Suzette Smith? You may recognize their names from me mentioning their Mud Puddles to
It’s time to seed and plant spring gardens pretty much everywhere in the northern hemisphere and in many places in the southern, you can still plant fall crops too. So this month we are making seed tapes! It is cheap to do, easy to prepare, and fun for all! I’ve been doing this project in my