It’s the first day for most of the preschoolers in our area today, and Annabelle, Elliot, and I are going to start our routine, too. We’re not able to have friends in to join us until we finish one more inspection and a bit more waiting, but I figure we’ll get ourselves into the swing of things and work out some of the kinks in our own routine now. Annabelle is always eager to work with the Montessori materials, too, so it will be nice to spend some regular time in the classroom space again. To celebrate the arrival of fall for homeschoolers, unschoolers, and outside-of-home schoolers alike, I thought I’d start offering up some of the giveaways I’ve been working on for you all. Right now, the Back to [Home]School Giveaway Series is slated to last the month of September, with one giveaway each Tuesday, but I just might see if I can’t pull together a few things for October, too. Continue reading
If you’ve been reading here for awhile, you already know about Montessori Services, a company I’m an affiliate for. I rely on Montessori Services for many of the materials we use in our Montessori community classroom, as well as much of what we use in our home. As a small company started by a Montessori teacher, Montessori Services offers a wide range of materials, many of which are otherwise hard to find, for preparing an environment that fosters self-confidence and independence. Child-sized kitchen utensils, tools for cleaning up, or for tending to the garden, and everything you need to prepare virtually any Practical Life exercise can be found in their catalog. There’s much more to their offerings, too, including a number of carefully prepared, shelf-ready activities, like the Boards of Education, which Montessori Services recently sent for me to try out with the children in my classroom and review for all of you here. Continue reading
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.
As most of my regular readers already know, I love Montessori Services – almost as much as I love their companion company, For Small Hands. It doesn’t get much better than a small business started by a mom and Montessori teacher. They’re just the kind of company I like to support, and the wonderful range of products they carry makes it hard to resist showing that support often. You can see my post on their Montessori language objects, as well as this review of the Deep Into the Forest Game offered by For Small Hands for examples of the great things they offer. Continue reading
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