Thursday, October 9, 2014

Feeling Thankful

Such an Incredible Painting.  It just screams HAPPY!
 I can not believe we are at Thanksgiving weekend already!  My goodness the time is flying by so quickly.  Things have really settled down in our classrooms and we are into the beautiful day to day of our Montessori work.  In amongst all of that though we have taken some time to talk about the holiday and what it means to be thankful.  We have kept it simple and uncomplicated. 

I love this leaf garland.  I was buying some hand towels for the school and happened upon them in the dish section.  I wasn't entirely sure what we would use them for but I knew I had to buy them.  They are brilliant for games, tracing, rubbing work and well they make our classroom really lovely right now.  The children have commented on how beautiful our classroom is.  It's like bringing the outside inside right now.
Leaf Garland made with place mats

 These wax paper leaves were made with squeeze bottles of paint and lots of wax paper.  Each and every leaf is unique.

 Lastly, the Thankful Tree.  It is a simple thing we have been doing the last few years and the chidlren really enjoy telling us what they feel thankful for.  I have included in this post just a few of their thoughts that we recorded on some leaves.  I hope you get a chance to read some of them and appreciate how very sweet and sincere their words are.

The Maple Tree Turkey Hat!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Catching Up

 I fell like we stepped out of the slow pace of summer and started going full steam ahead into September.  To be honest September feels like a bit of a blur for me.  I know we all dropped into bed exhausted each and every night.  I have such big ideas and plans for the children and each and everything requires so much thought and planning and extra work after hours.  My energies have been spent this last month getting to know all our new children and settling each and everyone into their own unique routine at the school.  So here are a few snippets and projects from the last few weeks!
Terry Fox Run!

Water Station Stop

Ah, Yoga

 We have been mixing paint and exploring fall colours.  I love how these trees turned out at the art Tables!

Apple Life Cycle Work

Thursday, September 25, 2014

This Moment

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Sweetest Days

Cylinder Block Work

Pink Tower Perfectionist
 Ah Orientation Days are here.  These are pictures from my last two days at Cork Street.  They really are the sweetest days.  The children are so excited and want to do everything and want so much to impress you with what they already know.  They are some of the easiest and most enjoyable conversations I ever have.  So easy it is to make friends with these new children.
Screw Driver Board Work

I get so excited by all the potential just sitting there ready to be moulded and so eager to learn from you.  We are off to a fantastic start!
Water Play

Every Girl's Dream...Sweet Boys know how to do the dishes!

More Water play

Exploring the marbles

Fine Motor work with Tweezers

More Transfer work

Knobless Cylinder Work

The Fine Art of Negotiation 

Cylinder Block Work

Friday, August 15, 2014

New Cosy Corner

The Quinpool Campus just got a whole lot more cosy with the revamp of our cosy corner.  I especially love the fake wood burning fire!  Just have to add the small rug!  A cosy space for two!  

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Still talking about Mermaids

That sweet girl who drew the inspiration for our mermaid door is still feeling inspired by her.  Such a beautiful drawing~we had to share it with you!

A Week of Fairy Tales

Our first week if Fairytale camp went really quickly.  Here are some
of the highlights.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Crafty Moment

I had one of those aha moments today when I was working on the Quinpool classroom.  I have had the map of the world in cork for about a year or so.  Thinking it would be cool in my office.  I never got around to putting it up and I wasn't sure where I wanted it to go.  Today, as I moved the box around and then my very ordinary classroom bulletin board around trying to decide where it should hang the idea clicked.  
I grabbed my blue acrylic paint and watered it down and then brushed it on my plain cork board.  After it dried I stuck down the continents!  It's lovely and now I have a very cool cork board suitable for flag pinning and pinning exciting places that our children travel to.  The blue paint was brilliant and really looks like water.  I am sure I bought the cork board map at deserres.  The other cork board is an inexpensive one from walmart I think.