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Review and Giveaway: A Merry Montessori Christmas

A Merry Montessori Christmas by Aubrey Hargis: Review by Vibrant WanderingsHave all of the ideas shared in the Montessori Holiday Hop gotten you inspired? There’s still a bit more time in this holiday season, and I have the ultimate source of holiday-themed, or specifically Christmas-themed Montessori goodness for you! If you haven’t heard, the wonderful Aubrey of Montessori Mischief has created an ebook, A Merry Montessori Christmas. I cannot say enough good things about this beautiful resource. Here’s the testimonial I shared with Aubrey for her site: Continue reading

Montessori Holiday Hop: 2013 Edition

Montessori Bloggers Network Holiday Hop: via Vibrant WanderingsIn a Montessori blogging network I’m honored to be a part of, we were recently chatting about how much things have changed for Montessorians in the past decade or so. I remember scouring the web for Montessori discussions and ideas during my training and internship years ago, and coming up mostly empty-handed. The few Montessori focused blogs I found could not update often enough to please me. I lived for the next post on each of them!

Now, there are so many Montessori blogs that I doubt I even know about half of them. With a quick search on Pinterest, you can find specific ideas in any subject area and based on virtually any special theme. There is so much at our fingertips, and I get chills thinking about how much the Montessori internet’s collective creativity enriches lives. It’s truly awesome, and I’m honored to be a small part of it all. Continue reading

Montessori for the Holidays

I spent much of our Thanksgiving break sprinkling our classroom with holiday cheer, and I thought I’d share a few scenes from our space, in case they should inspire you in any sprinkling you’re doing in your home or classroom.

I love decorating the classroom at least as much as I love decorating my home – in fact, the tree, however small, went up here before one went up in our living room. I love this little, live tree, which has temporarily replaced the Umbrella Tree that normally graces our reading corner. Between it and the wreath on the door, it smells of evergreen throughout the whole room. Originally, I thought I’d leave the decorations for this tree in a basket so that the children could decorate it themselves over and over, but I found that the process was not exactly pleasant, due to the very sharp little needles on this particular tree, so it stays decorated to make the classroom more beautiful, and another, smaller tree is available on the shelf for the children to decorate and redecorate as much as they’d like.

Classroom Christmas Tree: Vibrant Wanderings Continue reading

A Resource: Record Keeping in the Montessori Primary Classroom

Tea and a quick records update

Tea and a quick records update

There are so many different ways to keep a record of the work individual children are doing in the Montessori classroom. I have seen a number of systems, and they all seem to be working well for the teachers using them, which is what counts, really. In my training, we were given a model for record keeping, referred to as an Individual Learning Plan. This plan is a spreadsheet which includes the materials typically found in the classroom, with space to make dated comments about the work each child does with these materials. In the past, I have simply reproduced this spreadsheet and used it for my record-keeping. It is a wonderfully useful document, but it does not perfectly reflect what is in my classroom, however, nor is it perfectly set up for me to include the information I like to record. Continue reading

Conferences

You have probably learned, if you’ve been around here for any length of time, not to count on it when I say I plan to have a specific post up. You’d think I would have learned by now not to make promises. I thought for sure I’d finish up my post sharing our favorite books for the autumn leaf theme in our classroom this past week, but, well, I didn’t. Between the silly morning afternoon and evening sickness, and all the business of life, I just have not gotten it done, but I haven’t forgotten either!

I had a wonderful training this weekend that was not at all Montessori-related, but was worth every bit of my Saturday and Sunday – a fortunate thing since it filled up both of them. I’ll be looking forward to sharing a bit of what I learned as, even though it’s not related to Montessori, it’s important to anyone who works with or cares for children.

And now, I’m preparing for my parent-teacher conferences, which will be taking place today, and which I’m sure will also be worth every bit of the time I’ve put into them. So I’m here, I’m doing things and they’ll even make for good blog fodder. Leaf books are coming, and more is on the way, too!

Hope you all are well!

xoxo


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