Friday, November 21, 2014

This Moment













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{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.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Waxing about Bees Wax

 Some times I get the strangest gifts.  A couple of months ago I bumped into a friend at the Farmers Market.  My friend,  said he had some bees wax he thought I might be crafty enough to do something with it.  Not knowing anything about bees wax really other than I love the smell of it,  I said sure why not!  It's funny how things work out.  Anyway,  I carted in two of the five buckets of bees wax I had been given and I melted the wax down slowly.  It took a long time and you need to do it in a double boiler so you don't burn the wax.  My wax was super dark and I thought I had heated it too high but then I discoverd that once it started to cool it was that beautiful golden color.


 So we dipped tiny pinecones in the bees wax and used super fine glitter  to embellish the pine cones.   They are so beautiful.

We were super careful with the hot wax.  It was tricky to use in that it does start to cool down very quickly.

I think if I were to do this again I would set up a hot water bath in the crock pot so the wax never got a change to cool down.  After I had about five or six children dip pine cones I had to reheat the wax up.




 So this morning as I was walking to work I picked up a tree branch on Kline Street and carried it to the school.  Such funny looks a got!  But I just couldn't leave the branch as it was so perfect and beautiful.  I wasn't sure what I would do with it but I knew I needed it.  It really is funny how things come together.  I had no idea that I was going to use that branch today to hold all those beautiful pine cones.
Bees wax as I was melting it

before I started to melt it

I started to strain the wax in this cheese cloth but I soon abandoned that as it became really difficult and I knew we were not pouring it into moulds so it was ok that I had bit of wood in it.  For me the simpler the better.   Also, I used bought an old pot from the thrift store to use for this project.  you wouldn't want to use a good one.



Monday, November 17, 2014

So much work, so little time...

Water Play and Pouring

Puzzling

Parts of the Seed

Parts of the Fish

Color Sorting

Opening and Closing Basket

Marble Work

Leaf Stamping

Friday, November 14, 2014

This Moment


{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, November 11, 2014

So In-Love with Sewing Right Now


I am really loving the hand sewing that has been happening in the classroom the last few weeks.  It is such a fun and rewarding thing to do not only for me, but the children.  Their finished product is so beautiful and they are so proud of themselves when they are done.

It's no secret that I love to sew but I haven't had any time for that in my personal life for a long time now.  So sitting with my little friends and taking that time is really fill me up and taking care of that need for me right now.

Below you will see a small clip of one of my friends sewing.  What is extraordinary about this clip is that she pulled her wool off the needle by accident but she didn't ask me to fix it for her she did it herself!  I was video taping her so I could show her mom some of her stitching work but then this happened and I got to see it for myself.  Anyway, isn't it great when children know how to sew?  I once had a young boy come to school one morning with a hole in his sock and e told his mom at the door not to worry he could sew it up himself right after he had some refreshment!  ~m


video

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Freaky for Flubber

Today our Practicum  Student made Flubber with the Children.  They had so much fun.  It is so important to make sure children get sensory time.  I like to think of it as a time to hit the reset button on the day.  Such wonderful conversation happens in these moments and such joy.

what you need:
3/4 cup cold water
1 cup Elmer’s glue
liquid food coloring
1/2 cup hot water
1 teaspoon borax (you can find this in a box in the laundry aisle)
directions:
step 1: in bowl 1 – mix together the cold water, glue, and food coloring. set aside.
step 2: in bowl 2 – mix together the hot water and borax, until the borax is completely dissolved.
step 3: slowly add glue mixture to borax mixture. mix well. pour off excess water.

If you want to read more about making Flubber you can check it out here at this link: 
http://www.livecrafteat.com/craft/homemade-flubber-for-kids/

Happy Halloween Everyone!



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!