This is a simple fun activity to do w/ your early reader at home or in a small group at school. Swipe left! Action, sight words help children build confidence in reading & by adding a physical activity we are increasing the child’s reading connection.
It may be summer but when learning is fun...why stop?!? We’ve been spending more time outdoors & adding fun summer activities to our routine but it’s wonderful to see how many of the children are still drawn to the Montessori materials day after day. #montessori #buginarug #montessorireading #moveablealphabet #pinklevel #missionviejo #montessorilanguage
Shaving cream, messy-sensory play w/ our young toddlers! This is a perfect independent activity for keeping young toddlers engaged & busy for a (moderately) extended period of time. Some children take time to adjust to being messy but they generally love to spread it around the table, swirl it w/ their hands or toys, paint w/ it (you can even add food coloring). Sensory activities encourage manipulation, strengthen fine motor skills & build on confidence & concentration. Are you open to kids getting messy? If so... What are your favorite sensory activities?
“Their minds were not built to sit and be taught. They were built to explore, play & learn.” Layla Gordon Ju June gloom mornings are perfect for outdoor gardening. Even the smallest children can enjoy planting & caring for a garden. When we involve them in the process & allow them to feel purposeful in the activity there is so much to gain 💚💚💚
Eureka!! These hard working gold rush prospectors struck it rich today!! We’ve been learning all about our beautiful state of California & today we went panning for gold. 💰 💰#Montessori #summer #earlychildhood #pioneerdays #love #lovelearning #playiswork #montessoritoddler #montessoriinfant
Mercy Watson books are some of our favorites! They read like chapter books which is wonderful for young readers who are ready for that “chapter book challenge” but they are also beautifully illustrated & engaging for group story times. The best part was enjoying Mercy’s favorite treat, hot buttered toast at the end.
Guess who? Swipe to see 😷 This one is for our little friends!!! Initially seeing adults wearing masks could make children wary but they very quickly adapt. TBH, I have been so pleasantly surprised at how little of an issue seeing teachers in masks has been for our returning children. On the first day one of our little friends commented to me “Ms. Sara why you wearing you mask?” & then burst out laughing 😂 & that’s pretty much been the only remark I’ve heard!! Above is one of our lovely teachers doing her part 💚.
It’s felt good to be moving forward this week. We’re spending more time outdoors & we continue to make additional modifications as we go. Some of our children were a bit hesitant their first day back. Who could blame them? A new drop-off procedure, teachers wearing masks & being home for 2 months+??But today is Friday & everyone is all smiles!! I’m thankful for such a supportive community of staff, families & Montessorians. We’re in this together ♥️
Hello friends! We welcomed back a small group of staff & students this week for our soft opening. Our official summer program begins 6/8th!! We have made many adjustments to our daily routines & will continue to do so as we closely adhere to the agenda for best practices. It’s pretty amazing how quickly our students have adapted so far. Children truly are resilient & I think they are just so happy to be w/ friends again. We have truly missed them & are looking forward to our next phase in a few short weeks.
Let’s see... what day is it again?? Back in the office & I guess it’s time to switch my calendar. #timeflies #60daysquarantine #thecruiseiscancelled #easteregghuntcancelled #springbreakcancelled #11thanniversarycancelled #ivemissedthis #montessorischool #covid19 #staysafe #stayhealthy
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!! Sending so much love & gratitude to MM teachers & ALL educators around the world. 🌎🌎🌎. Love this little photo collage put together by one of our fabulous room moms!! If you appreciate your teachers let them know 🥰😍😘
May day, May Day!! Can you believe we’re entering our 3rd month in quarantine?! 😔 Sending so much love to all of our May birthday friends🍦 🌧 🌸 🌈 Another year around the sun. What a gift!! 🌎 ☀️ You are loved, celebrated & missed. #quarantinebirthday #montessori #montessoribirthday #celebrationoflife #artworkbymsveronica @mrstapia117 💜
It is much too quiet here... I miss your sweet voices, I miss your laughter, I miss you bounding out to the playground to greet your friends, I miss observing your concentration when you’re focused & completely unaware of others around you. I just miss you. All of you 🤍
Wishing these friends a very happy birthday month 💐💐 We love & miss you!!!
Did you know that our local food pantries are in dire need of donations & volunteers? I donned my protective gear, texted my friends & started collecting. We’ve set boxes in front of the school where you can safely drop off non-perishable food, diapers & formula. You can also stay home & make a donation online. Link in profile!
Love grows here 💚 it really does. *Do not repost our pictures w/o permission.
“Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower.” – John Harrigan. Flower arranging is an opportunity for little hands to contribute to the beauty of their own environment & to then share that gift w/ others.
Children love the act of pouring real things. Her activity is given purpose because carrying breakable dishes on a tray requires concentration & transferring delicate items w/o spilling requires focus. One principle behind this is called control of error. She is learning to self-correct w/o an adult pointing out mistakes. By using breakable objects she understands she must walk slowly & carry things w/ two hands. By pouring small objects such as rice or lentils she is independently building concentration. And if she does spill she knows there are small brooms & dustpans available nearby.