Friday, May 26, 2017
Monday, May 15, 2017
I number of years ago, I found a recipe on the internet from Martha Stewart for Mom's to be Foot Soak. I love this recipe. It works beautifully, it requires very few ingredients and smells so uplifting. In the past we have used different Essential Oils like lavender with lemon. This year I stuck to spearmint and lemon for oils and we added grated lemon zest for extra smell and sensory experience. It definitely kicked it up a notch!
To package up the foot soak we used 8oz coffee bags. These were the perfect package option for this gift. The children used a funnel to measure the foot soak into the bag. Coffee bags were purchased locally and were very cost effective.
Lemon Essential Oil
Spearmint Essential Oil
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Last Saturday in that crazy snow storm we loaded up the Van with the donations for the SPCA and our family that we sponsored and I delivered those gifts. It was the last of the things I needed to do before starting my break. Even in a storm I was happy to do it. It felt extra Christmasy driving around in that snow.
We first dropped off all the gifts to our family. It was anonymous so it was a relief to find them not home. Our intention was to surprise them and I didn't want this to be awkward for them. We left huge boxes of gifts for them and their children on their front porch and over $850.00 dollars in gift cards in their mailbox. I personally know these gifts were received as my source said the Dad was wiping away tears as he talked of the kindness they found in their mailbox and on their front porch! Wow, that felt amazing! Amazing to be apart of such ca fantastic community of parents and children at Maple Tree. I asked and everyone gave and gave from the heart. Please know it made such a difference for this family.
|String Star Ornament|
|Crayon Glass Ball Ornament|
|Popcorn and Cranberries|
|Water Colour Painting|
Friday, December 9, 2016
|Ms. Lynn's Dad|
We never really know how much the children absorb when we talk about an idea or event until it presents itself to us. This past month we had two children that Remembrance day made a big impact on. One of our children drew pictures and the other one acted out a moment with her parents doing her own version of circle time where she told her parents ,"children, I am going to show you something very precious and special to me." She was pretending to unwrap the photo of Ms. Lynn's Dad. This little girl then went on to talk about his medals and what he did in the war. It was very sweet to hear about this and clearly this story made a big impression on this little girl.
The following is from Ms. Lynn.
This past month I had a wonderful experience discussing Remembrance Day with some of the children. I took the opportunity to share a loved one, my father, who served in WWII. I showed them a photo of my father dressed wearing his 11 medals. The children were so interested to hear that my father played a very important role in the medical division, and helped many injured soldiers. It brought tears to my eyes when one of the children came to school the next day, and so proudly told me that he had drawn a picture at home of my father and his medals. Your children are beautiful individuals, and bring joy into my heart!
|Ms. Lynn's Dad|
|Tissue Paper Poppies|
Friday, November 4, 2016
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
This spring we planted alot of things that would go to seed. I wanted to be able to teach the children about what happens to the plant at the end of it's life cycle and why things are yellow and going to seed. I talked about how our garden is getting ready to go to sleep for the winter and what we can do to help that along.
|Sunflower Seed heads|
|Lily Seed pod with tiny black seeds in Michelle's hand.|
|We tasted nasturtiums and talked about how some people really enjoy those in their salad as they have a peppery taste.|
Both Melanie and I took this opportunity to do some nature journaling with our second year children. Her children worked in their project books to record their work and my group are making nature journals. I want to have a space where children can continue to draw and record their observations of their natural environment.
|Nature Journaling (Tomato plant)|
|Nature Table Collection|
|Classroom Nature Table|
|Parts of the Leaf|
|Parts of the Leaf|
|Parts of an Apple|
Friday, September 9, 2016
Before the leaves begin their transition to vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow. Before the morning air gets fresh and crisp. Before the urban gardeners are shuttling potted Borghese Plum, Sungold, and Brandywine tomato plants from patio to porch to avoid the frost, the sounds of eager and excited children can be heard as they head back to school.
For some parents, the hugs, kisses, and tears of their child’s first day at elementary school is still a couple of years away. Some of these parents may be dealing with the separation anxiety (their children’s and their own) of the first day of pre-school.
The scene at Maple Tree Montessori, the first week of September is equal parts calm and angst-ridden. There’s excitement and trepidation, reticence and effusiveness, shock and comfort.
Transitions to new situations are always tricky, especially for developmentally-sensitive pre-schoolers but a Montessori school is a warm, inviting, and a natural environment that allows space for children to acclimate rather quickly.
Upon entering Maple Tree Montessori, the first thing most people notice is the natural wood – not just the shelving, but the tables, chairs, and learning materials. You won’t find much in the way of plastic or other synthetic materials in a Montessori school.
Montessori schools are named after Dr. Maria Montessori, the first female doctor in Italy. She was a physician, philosopher, educator, feminist, and humanitarian. She was a deeply spiritual person. Dr. Montessori was also nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Her method, based on years of observation and research, led her to develop a child-centered, alternative educational philosophy that aims to tailor the children’s environment to their developmental levels. The goal is develop a child that is a “complete human being, oriented to the environment, and adapted to his or her time, place and culture.”
The children are introduced to self-correcting Montessori-specific materials that present learning concepts and develop skills in a number of areas, including practical life, sensorial, language, math and so on. Teachers in a Montessori school observe children and watch for signs that new material can be introduced.
The key to the Montessori method is that the children’s learning is self-directed. They choose their work from a well-structured and well-stocked classroom. Montessori students learn on their own, and are encouraged to help and teach each other.
Each day at Maple Tree Montessori, you’ll find several children setting the tables for lunch. The plates, glasses, and cutlery are set on top of tablecloths and napkins that have been recycled from thrift-store bed linens and men’s dress shirts. A few children will arrange some flowers in small vases and place them on each table. A few other children will help serve lunch, which is made fresh in the Maple Tree kitchen every day. After the mid-day meal, more children will help clear and wash the dishes in the sink custom-made at the children’s height.
A Montessori classroom is the children’s house – literally. Dr. Montessori called her pre-school the Casa dei Bambini. Everything in a Montessori classroom is child-sized to promote competence and confidence – to create a small children’s world that they can negotiate with self-assurance.
When the leaves do change colour and cover the sidewalk with their abounding tapestry in autumnal hues, the young pre-school students from Maple Tree Montessori may be found walking outdoors gathering this natural harvest, along with a recently vacated bird’s nest, and a nearly-hollowed tree branch. These will join some seashells, fossils, and feathers on the science and nature tray in the classroom, where the children will peruse and inspect their treasures with a magnifying glass and their naked eye.