Early Girl tomato plants are blossoming in our yard! We water these plants on dry days with water harvested from our rain barrels. I'm on the lookout for Mr. Squirrel. He likes to take our tomatoes and run away! 🐿
Creating an area for your toddler to change into and out of their shoes encourages them to pursue the skills necessary to master this task independently. This little chair is located in the transition area at Joyful Day Montessori and has a seat that's 6 inches from the ground. It was easy to convert to a toddler-friendly height. I had 4 inches cut off each leg. Can a toddler put on their shoes without the help of an adult or friend? Yes! We just need to create an environment where they are able to succeed.
This is the toddler classroom at Joyful Day Montessori. I wanted to create an authentic Montessori experience in a loving home environment. Since the home is every child's first classroom I'm converting our school website to include resources for parents and caregivers interested in creating authentic and enriching learning experiences in their own homes. Our reimagined website will be available the last week of June.
We inherited these beautiful flowers when we purchased our home. They're growing along our fence line. Living in our space this past year has given us the opportunity to observe the ebb and flow of the nature in our yard throughout the change of seasons. Mr. Joyful Day and I then are able to make more thoughtful design decisions.
We're putting this Irish Moss near the base of our rain barrels and under the eaves where grass is having a difficult time growing. Irish Moss is beautiful, fun to walk on (Yes, you can walk on it!), loves moisture and doesn't need direct sunlight. It blooms these little sweet flowers twice a year too! We purchased ours at Empowering Gardens in Forest Park. Empowering Gardens is a great nonprofit that sells beautiful plants to benefit people with disabilities. Sale on perennials this weekend too!
The little rain coat that could. It's super cute on. All organic cotton. Made in the USA ('Merica!). Manufactured in Seattle.
The woman-owned and socially conscious @manoucheshop is hosting a @beautycounter Pop-up Shop today from 12-5pm. I'll be there too! Purchases of Beautycounter products at this event will benefit @sarahsinnoakpark. This is a great way to stock up on safer sun protection & learn how to push the needle toward positive social change through the #saferbeauty and #slowfashion movements.
The toddlers discovered this little sweetie amongst the grass this morning. There is tremendous joy in discovery! Children that have opportunities to observe and spend time in nature are able to cultivate a respect for life around them. It's never too early (or late) to learn good stewardship.