Thursday, December 11, 2008


pictures are in reverse order from this morning to last night. The kids had a lot of fun, it is probably the most snow they will ever see here.
We even had a little bit of a "snow day" - their school had a late start at 10am (so I got to go into work late too)

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Autumn decorating

this morning we made this wreath, the kids had lots of fun helping. I was going to buy one but all the ones I liked at Hobby Lobby were 40 - 70$! I bought the plain wreath for only $2 (50% off), and the fall color leaves and berries I had at home (and they were all from the dollar store).

There are some real pine cones and things in there too the kids found outside.

Happy Halloween

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Busy at work

caution, picture heavy post. Lots of pictures from school. My class ranges in age from 2 years, 10 months to 4 years, 7 months. We are not quite the traditional Montessori "3-6" class because this is a new class of children new to the school, or they have moved up from the toddler class. There is a wide range of interests and abilities, but there is always a lot going on and they stay very busy working.

working with the color tablets - box#2


using little tongs to pick up marbles

painting with cue tips

counting glass beads

a creative variation

pouring work - in the big clear bowl (it's a heavy plastic) Inside there is colored (white) sand and colored (orange) rice. They love this activity!

animals from different continents, I downloaded 2 copies from here

language work

science - sink and float

practical life - "bubble making" using a whisk

building with the knobless cylinders

the slightly leaning pink tower (built by one of our 2 year olds)

sorting objects - what belongs in Air, Land and Water. I made these cards from download at this website
another activity from the practical life area - "nesting owls"
play doh - always a favorite

counting shells

working with sandpaper letters and matching objects (we introduce the sounds in groups of 3)

playing the wooden xylophone (my 99c goodwill find I wrote about here )

working with color box 1

drawing on the chalk board

To see more ideas for anyone wanting to plan Montessori activities, 2 of the blogs I visit often:

Montessori Free fall

My Montessori Journey

I will take some pictures of the classroom layout and how the work is arranged on the shelves soon. I cropped all these pictures to protect the privacy of the little ones in my class

If you're reading please leave a comment and if you have any questions about the activities let me know :)

Thursday, September 18, 2008

San Antonio

Some pictures from our few days away in San Antonio, post hurricane.

At the Guenther house

riding the train by the zoo

boat ride on the river