Tuesday, March 3, 2009

in like a lion...

There are few things I love more than setting up new lessons in the classroom, even if it's just changing a tray or trying out a new pair of tongs. Seriously! It's right up there with chocolate, skiing, and snuggling with Rosie C.W. Here are some of the new practical life lessons I set up for March. Enjoy!
The idea for this rainbow-making lesson came from
My Montessori Journey.
The white half-spheres are just a styrofoam ball cut in half.
The child sticks one end of a pipe cleaner
into the first piece of styrofoam,
pushes on a few pony beads,
and sticks the other end into the second piece of styrofoam.
Here it is in action.
The styrofoam almost looks like clouds... almost. :)
We haven't had locks and keys out for awhile,
so the children were eager to see it again.
The keys are in that little green box, btw.
The child fills the bowl with water to the red line...
the red line says, "stop don't go over me!"
She can baste the water back and forth
as many times as she'd like.
This lesson is especially popular with 3-year-olds.

pouring water into a goblet
Once the child has filled the pitcher,
there's enough water to fill the goblet three times.
He carries the goblet to the sink with great care,
fingers around the stem, hand under the base,
and pours the water out.

pouring water into tiny glasses
If you're over thrifting (is that possible?),
you can buy this set here.
This is the first time I've tried this lesson,
so I'll have to tell you how it goes!
The scoop and the colored beans
add some new flavor to an old favorite.
Like the scoop? Find it here.
The child uses the tongs to transfer
yellow gems between the two pots.
Find these tongs here.
tweezing sparkly puffs
The child uses the tweezers
to transfer the puffs onto the leaf.
Last, but not least, Rosie C.W.
(Cuddle Wumpkins, if you're wondering),
my little herding friend.
Isn't she precious?!

Oh! Another funny thing:
All my links for materials in this post are to Montessori Services.
Yesterday afternoon, we got a package from them...
the UPS man said, "It's from Mon-tiss-er-ie Services!"
He pronounced Montessori like it rhymed with rotisserie!
I'm still laughing! :)


  1. that rainbow activity looks like fun!

  2. Love these ideas ta. And yes I get a buzz out of putting out lessons etc - even at home. which has me thinking about learning to be a proper teacher when I return to paid work. The love and enthusiasm you demonstrate in all your posts is infectious!

  3. Thanks so much for the links to the dog stories! Those were so great! Maybe my little scooby will show up :) I love your site! I borrow your ideas often to use with my 6 year old!


  4. Thanks for being such an inspiration to all of us who visit your site, as well as to all of us who are fortunate to know you personally!

  5. I'm a mom just starting to learn about Montessori. This post was very helpful and informative...can't wait to try some of these with my kids! I have a typical 3 1/2-year-old and a 5-year-old with autism and I think they both would love all of these activites! Thanks.

  6. The basting ... great idea! I've never thought to do that with my tots.

  7. Missing you!!!!!!!!!


  8. Are you alright?
    I've missed to always smile while reading your posts. Hope life treats you well and you come back as soon as you feel comfortable with it (I hope it does happens soon). Kisses, Miri

  9. Hey Itty Bitty! Missing you and hoping all going well in your busy Montessori life.

  10. Now that spring has rolled around, I love to go outside with my littler ones outside with these MO-tisserree, stations. :)Gave me a good chuckle.

  11. i miss your beautiful posts. ehere did you go?

  12. I love how beautiful you make these activities for the children.

  13. I must say that I am a little bit worried about you. I hope this is alright with you. Just wanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts. I've missed you. Warmly, Miri

  14. Hi

    Just found your website and want to say yay! Love your ideas, I am going to set up some for my home schooled kids right now ready for tomorrow morning.

    Thank you :)

  15. I don't usually leave a comment but you left without a word. I really hope you are ok?

  16. Oh, those are all so beautiful! I can always use a little inspiration for new Practical Life work. Thanks for sharing your photos!

  17. Thinking of you lots. Are you ok? Not blog-stalking you, but just hoping all good in your world. I have to show you my new sewing project!!

  18. Thank you. I needed some practical life inspiration, and I certainly got it from this post. Great job.


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