Today was the last day of school for our Montessori program. To mark the occasion, I interviewed and photographed each child and put their answers and photos together, along with a couple of my favorite group shots. I finished the project just in time for today, so that we could read it together during our last group time. I sent a digital copy to each family so that they could print and enjoy the book over the summer, or just read it on their computers. I can’t post the whole thing, of course, but I thought I’d share Annabelle’s page.
This idea is especially good for our bunch, since the majority of us will be back together for fall classes. Next year, we can create a similar keepsake, and we’ll be able to compare each child’s pictures and thoughts from this first year. It will be neat to watch them grow in this way.
Do you have any favorite ideas for marking the end of a school year or another special milestone? I’d love to hear them!
As I was finishing up last week’s update post, Annabelle, who had been immersed in an art activity in the kitchen, walked into the office and told me, “I just wanted my hair to be a little bit shorter.” I turned around and, sure enough, her hair was a little bit shorter. At least part of it, anyway. She gave herself some bangs, and me a laugh. I evened things out a bit, and a few days later we went to our favorite stylist to perfect the look Annabelle was going for. It’s adorable, really. Continue reading
I’ve been so eager to show you the rest of our home-based classroom, but with a toddling, almost-ten-months-old in the house, I’m not able to leave it set up outside of class time. I’m usually putting Elliot in the sling and getting trays on shelves just before the first preschoolers arrive, and by the time I’ve finished, I’m greeting them and getting on with the day – no time for photos! By the end of class, my two are very ready for lunch, and so photos have not been taken. Fortunately, however, I had a productive late night preparing for our school week, and also learned a thing or two about my camera. The shelves were set up early (or late, rather), and I managed to take pictures that aren’t dark and awful, even with no natural light. They are a bit too bright, but I’m pretty proud of myself all the same ;) Continue reading
After a gorgeous weekend, complete with walks to the farmer’s market and our neighborhood nursery school’s truck touch, stroller naps, and many hours in the back yard, we’ve been hit with days of rainy weather. Of course this is wonderful for our garden, but I’m so very ready for another back yard afternoon or two. Continue reading
What a busy semester it has been! I had tons of fun setting up our community classroom in January, and thanks to a bit of water damage, I got to set it up all over again at our house a couple of weeks ago. There’s something extra special about being at home that I never really anticipated. I tend to be an introvert and very big on having my own space, and Andrew and Annabelle are the same, so I never even dreamed of having class here, but it’s actually working wonderfully. We still have our afternoons for recovery through quiet and alone time, so the balance is not too hard to maintain.
Anyway, I wanted to show you all what the classroom in our home looks like. The area that houses most of the shelves, and that we use for work at rugs, group time, and the like, is what was our dining room. Fortunately springtime is our favorite time for picnic table dining, so we were happy to move our dining table into the garage temporarily. I’ll share about the kitchen area of the classroom, where most of the practical life and art work is kept, in another post.