Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A Bunny Birthday Party, She's SIX!

"What we need is a world full of miracles, like the miracle of seeing the young child seeking work and independence, and manifesting a wealth of enthusiasm and love."

- Dr. Montessori 
Peace and Education, p. 51

Although I can barely believe it, I've been a mother for six years!  Miss Madeline just turned six, and we celebrated in a bunny theme.  We did 6 walks around the sun first thing in the morning, reminiscing about each year with a Montessori Birthday Walk.  We also spent a lot of the day looking at pictures.  I can see now that she's so very proud of her growth, and we are tickled to have this little lady in our lives.  Happy Birthday, bunny.

Bunny Cakes
Bunny Snacks
The birthday girl in her glory
She cannot believe her eyes!

Sarah holding her very first bunny.  A proud moment!
Bunny hop races, GO!

Outdoor decorations

Baby Bunny, 4 weeks old!

Handmade favors!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Summer Fun!

This summer has been filled with day trips to some great places.  Today, we went to our local zoo to see the newest exhibit.  It has a large outdoor area, all for self-exploration and discovery.  Music, art, and nature were strong themes.  If you find yourself in New England, take a trip to the Roger Williams Park Zoo.  What a great way to spend a day with my little ones!

Inside the tent they built with silks!

By turning the wheels, gears spun the leaf images kaleidoscopic!

Up in a tree house, a music station!
Madeline goes on a nature scavenger hunt, all in a tree house.

Sarah builds a tower with natural materials.  We spend A LOT of time here!
Fishing with bamboo and experimenting with water flow

Madeline is working with the chalkboard, practicing some lowercase letters.  She's feeling nostalgic these days with the materials.  Her time at Montessori was very special.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Candyland Party with Shake Your Own Icecream!

 Iris and Sarah turned four in June, and we celebrated with a party themed after their favorite game- CANDYLAND.  We had a candy buffet, cake, and made our own ice cream!

Candy Land Cake!  Yum!

A birthday pose!
(The dresses are from Little Tickles on Etsy)

We sang for each child, and they blew out their candles separately.  

Making ICE CREAM!!!  We added blueberries and raspberries today.

In a small bag mix together:

1/2 cup cream or half & half
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

(for allergic children, soy or rice milk can be used.
Try vanilla flavor and omit the extract)

Shake!  Place the little bag into a larger zipper bag
halfway full of ice and 6 tablespoons salt.
Shake for 5 minutes and serve immediately.
Note:  Don't do this over grass,
the salt burnt ours.  Oops!