Montessori Monday: Winter Has Arrived!
… even if there is no such thing as winter here at 14 degrees north of the equator.
When I was teaching, I always loved the first day back to school after Thanksgiving. We teachers would have put away any and all fall related work and decorated the classroom to correspond with the season. It was such fun to see the awe and excitement on the children’s faces when they arrived to see their classroom transformed.
Now that Annabelle is a bit older, I was able to do something similar with our home. On the day after Thanksgiving, I put her to bed and then busily went about the decorating, putting up the tree, switching out the books in her baskets, and changing out the activities on her shelves. I had far more fun than you can imagine, giggling with excitement all the way as my husband sat and wondered what he had gotten himself into. Below are a few photos to show what Annabelle has been working on since winter arrived in our house.
I also thought to use stockings as modified stereognostic bags and hang them from the side of her shelf, but I don’t have much in the way of suitable objects, so I’m placing some small items on order and hoping they’ll arrive before it’s too late.
We’re hoping to travel to Japan around the holiday to give Annabelle a bit of context in which to place all of the snow-related books in her basket. In any case, she seems to be enjoying reading them.
Have you put up your decorations yet? What do your children think? Any great holiday book suggestions, or ideas for other activities? I’d love to hear from you!