Remember when I said I had a few review posts this month? I don’t plan to make a habit of doing so many, and this is my last for the foreseeable future, but I just could not resist the great opportunities that came up recently. Hopefully the products I’ve been sharing do spark an interest for many of you. If you missed the other two, you can look back at my post on Kids Yoga Stories and Montessori Services from last week.
My girl loves her some yoga, as evidenced by many of our weekly update posts, like this one, this one, this one, and this one. While we do watch some yoga videos, we also have very minimal screen time in our house, so I’ve looked for tools to encourage Annabelle’s love of yoga without necessarily relying on a live video. We tried yoga cards, and those were fun, but didn’t excite quite so much as I had hoped. I have offered her a book of poses from a class I took years ago, and have also attempted to lead her through a series of poses on my own. Both were fun, but Annabelle’s interest was short lived. Reluctantly, I had to admit that nothing quite compared to the videos. That is, until I discovered Giselle Shardlow’s clever, unique, and engaging Kids Yoga Stories. Continue reading
I was thrilled when, in the middle of my Montessori Early Math and Language Series, I learned of two new board books from Bobby and June George, founders of Baan Dek Montessori. Montessori: Letter Work and Montessori: Number Work meet a need that I have felt for many years. I only wish they had been around when I was still in the classroom! Continue reading
Each year, the American Montessori Society names a “Living Legacy” in what they describe as “an annual tribute to an individual whose dedication and leadership has made a lasting impact on the AMS community.” Last year, that Living Legacy was Sonnie McFarland. As a fellow Coloradoan, I know Sonnie by reputation and had the privilege of attending one of her conferences on peace education in Denver some years ago. I was both impressed and inspired by her passion for helping adults recognize, honor, and encourage the growth of the spirit of love that exists in every child. Continue reading
I am a huge believer in the value of books as a help to child life in general, but especially during difficult times and transitions. As a parent, it’s incredibly difficult to find the balance between preparing Annabelle, helping her to process the things she’s dealing with, and just plain talking too much. I’m sure the excess talking doesn’t hurt in the long run, but after a point, it becomes little more than noise. Continue reading