Recently, our peace curriculum has moved into the study of peace with others after learning about having peace within ourselves. A perfect book to introduce this concept is called: How Full is Your Bucket?. This book uses the analogy of an empty and full bucket to explain how our actions and words can affect the feelings of others. As the story explains (told by a kindly grandfather to a young grandson), everyone has a bucket that can by filled or emptied depending on your ow
Five pink boxes appeared on one of the language shelves. Inside, an assortment of objects can be found with a piece of colorful felt. Five letters adorn the outside of the box, indicating the beginning letter sounds that the objects represent. One child chose the box with “smtda” on the label. She spread out the felt on the table. She looked at each letter at the top of the felt and made the sound that letter makes: “sss”, “mmm”, “ttt”, “dd”, “aaa, apple”. She reached int
Typically at this time of year we begin to see more activity in the classroom with the moveable alphabet from the Language area. This material is very versatile and can be used many different ways for children at all different levels. Currently, many of the children have been very enthusiastic about a particular letter sound game. This game includes the moveable alphabet, a basket of objects (one to correspond with each of the 26 letters in the alphabet) and a toy dump truck.
Excerpts from The Montessori Toddler by Simone Davies When they don’t want to get dressed Be prepared for times when they won’t want to do it by themselves. It can be frustrating for the parent to see our child refuse to put their own shoe on when it seemed just yesterday they were so pleased to have accomplished this on their own. Remember, we don’t want to cook dinner everyday either. Be prepared to help, offering, “Would you like some help with your shoe today?” Remember