Wednesday, August 31, 2011

It's all about COLOR

She's aware that she's funny....she found her favorite color!  What a goof, it's a good thing I allow exploration of all kinds (within reason).  She cracks herself up.

What a ham....ready for a color box lesson!

Twins in action, matching color box 2.

Bean explores with her new markers.

Bean does color box 3

Hurricane spin art,  on display (was a Melisssa & Doug kit, used just before Irene!)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I have to share this amazing Montessori Video about Observation

At our school's first staff meeting, we watched this video.  Not only was it funny, but made me think!

If you can find the time, watch it (and then watch the children).  Grab some coffee, it's worth it!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Food Allergy Walk & Peanut Allergy Children's Book Giveaway

Hello Readers,

I'm so proud to announce that my 3 year old Iris and I, (known here as Peanut, an ironic nickname) are planning to walk in the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Walk in Boston, MA.  We are going together to create some positive memories out of challenging food allergies.  Iris is an epi-pen carrier, and learning to ask FOR EVERY SINGLE SNACK AND EVENT if the food is safe.

If you can, please visit the link below to make a donation.  Even $1 is a valuable donation, especially since she can see your messages on her site.

Thank you, dear bloggers :)

Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Walk

(Event closed on 9/1/11 at 8pm)  I'm also running a giveaway for the adorable children's book called, Allie The Allergic Elephant.  It's very cute, and the illustrations are friendly.  My girls read it all the time, I feel it's helping prepare for school.  I can see a classroom or family enjoying this book.  I bought one for her preschool classroom, so she can share this information.

In order to win, all you need to do is leave a comment below.  I'd also love it if you follow the blog or make a small donation, but a comment is all you need to enter.  Please leave your email address in the comment, so I can announce the winner with ease.  Open to US recipients only.  The giveaway will close on September 1st, 2011 at 8pm.  The winner will be posted here, and also emailed.

The winner of the book is Sean Patrick and Emma Jane!  Congrats to you :)  And thank you everyone.  

Monday, August 8, 2011

Big Flower Arranging Day

Today we went to our local farm and picked our own flowers!  It was so hot, but very fun.  The girls got to choose their own flowers, straight from the Earth, to create their own arrangements.  Most of them were given to our neighbor for her birthday, but we did make one for our living room.  

Our Flower Arranging Activity on the shelf.  Tray, scissors, long and uncut fresh flowers.  Off to the side we have a collection of vases and vessels for arranging.  We picked so many today, some of our pouring vessels were used for flowers :)

This arrangement was made by Peanut, age 3.  It really cheers our living room up!

Be sure to check out our flower pressing activity, an extension on flower arranging, at Mommy Moment  

Funny Cartoon, "I believe that's a Montessori School"

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Glue Batik- Outdoor Open Art

Last weekend the girls and I were so very busy!  We were deep into a 3 step project, and boy it was fun.

First, we used blue Elmers glue to decorate a white sheet (any white cloth will work, even tshirts).  White glue does not work as well, make sure to use blue.  

Once it really dry, say 12 hours or overnight, its time to paint!

We used 50/50 water and acrylic paints.  It took a while to wash off, even in a pool.  Hey, it's worth it.

Wash the glue off by soaking it in warm/hot water for a few hours.  I actually ran mine in the washing machine, which saved me a ton of time.  Now that they are dry, I may just make our playroom some curtains!

Sandpaper Numeral Display

The girls were jumping up and down!  Happy to have a pretty way to show off our Montessori work in our playroom.  The shelves are Ribba from IKEA.  They are also perfect for the Sandpaper Letters, you would need 4 of them for all the letters.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Monday's Montessori Moment & My Montessori Journey!

A busy Monday!  This week's Mommy Moment post features a few ways to use the Movable Alphabet material for letter recognition and initial sounds, called First Exposures to the Movable Alphabet.

Today I posted my Montessori Journey at Montessori Candy.  Please visit to see just how I got here!  Jessie's Journey