Feb 8, 2008


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"Dressing-up", an extension of her work with the dressing frames, done in front of a mirror.

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A puppet made at home, from an old sock. Love the holes for her fingers.

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Singing while doing the movements with the "Song Cards" work. Also, notice that one of my children has made me a cup of tea in the background.

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Drawing on a window in the outdoor environment.

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The Five Senses definition stages

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I don't know how he does this. I can barely do it.

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Que tengan un buen fin de semana!
(Have a good weekend!)



Snippety Gibbet said...

Thanks for sharing the photos of your "babies." I teach elementary art in public school, which is a pretty good thing, but I aspire to teach Montessori. You are so lucky.

carla said...

suas fotos são linds, parabéns como sempre

Lucy said...

I always love to see pictures of your school. Montessori schools were a dream of mine and I tried to impliment what I could of them in my home with my own children.

amy t sharp said...

beautiful shots

Dharmadog said...

Gorgeous photos! Just beautiful! I especially like the one of the young man looking at the map he's completed. I shared your blog address with the staff at our last school meeting and any other Montessori teachers I see...you are such an inspiration, especially to those of us just getting handy with a sewing machine......as one Montessorian to another, please keep doing what you are doing!!

maltagirl said...

as a home school mama I really love to see how you have set up the children's space. Thanks so much for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Your photos of the children in your school are always inspiring. As a public school teacher, it's easy for me to forget the reason I'm there in the hustle and bustle of our days. Thank you so much for chronicling your experiences in a lovely place with those beautiful faces that you see every day.

Anonymous said...

so lovely - the pictures and the children. may i please know where you got the africa puzzle?

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Anna said...

Okay, that sock puppet is just priceless.

Nicki said...

I really love the photos from your classroom. You are so lucky to have such a wonderfully fulfilling job.

ta said...

These photos are wonderful. They capture the joy of learning. I also love to see what's in your classroom. Thanks for sharing.

Bethany Hissong said...

Brings back good memories... my "babies" are in the last years of elementary school already...and still using their Montessori knowledge!!!

Lisa said...

Sorry, totally off topic, but I got my Emmeline pattern in the mail today!!! I can't wait to start working on it! Hopefully, this week.

Amy A. said...

Your blog is so enjoyable. I found it via your apron. So very cute!

I'm wondering about the children in aprons. They are very adorable. You mentioned in a post that Montessori learners/teachers love their aprons. Would you share why that is? Is there something more about it than just keeping their clothing clean?

Amy said...

I would love having a source for the Africa puzzle too. My son loves puzzles and has been asking about Africa a lot lately. That would be perfect!

Meg McElwee said...

Elizabeth and Amy - the puzzles are from a Montessori supplier, Nienhuis

Amy A. - Wearing an apron for a special activity makes the child feel like the "work" he/she is about to do is important! Also, having an apron that they can get in/out of themselves is so much fun, as they are fascinated with "dressing" themselves at this age. It's also just plain fun, and I think they like aprons for the same reason we do - isn't cooking more fun in a cute apron? :)

Thanks to all for your uplifting comments!


Rita said...

Hello, Meg. My name is Rita, I am living in Dubai and this new country led me to an assistant teacher role in a Montessori classroom. That's why I found your blog, I was looking for something in Montessori that would show me its essence, and I have been reading it ever since. Thank you for the inspiration that you have given me. Rita.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the reply on the puzzle! :> Sadly, it's a bit out of my range. Thanks again.

Skychio said...

Hi Meg,
I'm just wondering, how can I get access ti download files from you Box.Net?

Sandra said...

If the pictures you've posted are of your school I would love to work for you! Well done! :)

Zeinab said...

Dear Meg,

I am from Kazakhstan, Central Asia and just yesterday I came across your blog. I work at a Montessori preschool. You have got a very inspiring blog with a lots of great ideas and colorful pictures!!!! Thanks for sharing, inspiration and for your time!

Warmly, Zeinab

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