weekend inspiration





After a parent workshop 2 weeks ago, we adorned the wall space outside of our classroom with representational drawings and paintings our families made for their children (as well as photos of them doing the activity). The kids were enthralled with the display, and ran to the provocation to make their own artwork, which we posted near their parents’.

Have you seen this Slate article about the importance of exploration (versus explicit instruction) in preschool?

I liked this post on a Montessori school’s blog about helping children deal with “mean” children.

Also love re-reading this older (but still so relevant) post about the effect of preschool model on later school success.

I’m in awe of her kindergarten project of wonder project.


weekend inspiration


Happy Mothers’ Day (especially to all of the fabulous mamas of the kiddos in my class)! Here are some of my favorite links from around cyberspace this week:

– We just opened up a Post Office in our art center, and I love the way montessori works organized her letter-writing tray in this post.

– High on my wish list: a Montessori wooden moveable alphabet box (this one is pretty cheap, considering)

-Did you know that NAEYC’s magazine, Teaching Young Children, is now available online in Spanish (Tesores y Colores, la revista de NAEYC está disponible aqui: http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/Spanish_TYC_V6N4.pdf).

Directions to make a worm farm.

– Some fabulous pins: number activities, geography and art, and bubble painting hydrangeas.

weekend inspiration


Sorry for my lack of posting; I have been coming down with something, and trying to fight it off these past few days with afternoon naps and early bed times. Here are some great links I found around the internet this week for some weekend inspiration:

This playroom over at Fun at Home with Kids is to die for, and actually, I fell in love with her whole blog. How many amazing are the gross motor opportunities in that play room (the DIY climbing wall and swing)?!

Play as an effective strategy for assessment on Ed Weekly (duh! (:)

– I really want to read this book, It’s Not a Bird Yet, about using drawing with young children to play with ideas.

– How cool is this super-sized marble painting?!

– Some fabulous pins: DIY sensory boards, life size Lincoln Logs made out of pool noodles,  and growing seedlings in recycled containers (completely kid friendly!).