Outdoor Rules to Live & to Teach

outdoor rules to live by

“The earth has music for those who listen.” ~ George Santayana Go Outside Every Day Yes, every day. Better yet begin and end the day with fresh air. The best way to wake up and to unwind from the day. Do Not be Afraid Get dirty. Be welcoming of critters. When I heard one of my [Read On]

Engineering Books for Children


As I ponder more about my children and their education, I continue coming back to Project Based Learning where children imagine, build, and create in their learning. The most basic way to think about this type of learning is to think about basic survival skills. Are you self sufficient? Would you know how to orient [Read On]

Montessori Practical Life: Card Sewing


Invite child, have child retrieve rug and take basket to the rug. Identify & remove materials from the basket: “Scissors. Sewing Card. Yarn. Needle.” Have child measure yarn using edge of the rug. Cut yarn. Thread the needle slowly and carefully. Make sure the child is watching closely. Let the child know that he may [Read On]

Montessori Practical Life: Refined Tweezing


The Lesson Ask child if he would like to try something new with tweezing today and bring him to the shelf to remove the tray. Identify the items on the tray. “This is a pitcher. This is a pitcher. This is a bowl with stones.” “This is a huller.” Fingers on one side and thumb [Read On]

The Importance of Gross Motor Development


“Movement, or physical activity, is thus an essential factor in intellectual growth, which depends upon the impressions received from outside. Through movement we come in contact with external reality, and it is through these contacts that we eventually acquire even abstract ideas.” ~ Dr. Maria Montessori, The Secret of Childhood Why is developing gross (or [Read On]

Montessori Practical Life: Basting


  The Lesson Remove tray from shelf. Apron procedure. Identify items on tray. “This is a sponge.” “This is a glass with water. This glass is empty. This is a baster.” “Neck.” “Hole.” “Bulb.” Using 3-finger grip, demonstrate squeezing bulb. (Two fists if necessary.) Place back on tray and offer the child a chance to [Read On]