Monday, May 30, 2011

Sewing with Kids

Deborah Moebes, author of Stitch By Stitch: Learning to Sew One Project at a Time, has a wonderful series on sewing with kids. The projects in the series include:
As soon as I saw these I thought they would be the perfect addition to the Montessori practical life section of any school or home classroom. Go check out these projects and more at Deborah's blog, Whipstitch.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Land Art for Kids

www.landartforkids.com

Land art is made by using found objects in nature. My children love making land art with seashells, twigs, flowers petals, stones, pine cones, the list goes on and on! Want to know more about land art? Here are a few blogs to get you started:
Land Art for Kids
Smiling Like Sunshine
Artful Adventures


No time to read, just want to get started? Challenge your kids to make a smiley face with rocks, stones, and anything else found outdoors. They'll probably want to make one and keep going. See what else they can come up with and enjoy!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Wikisori.org

I'm back in town now, unfortunately minus my I Pad  :(
It was stolen at the library of all places while visiting family. I'm missing the I Pad, but grateful that we are all in good health and that no one was hurt.

Have you ever checked out Wikisori? Their goal is to collaborate to become a one stop free resource for all things Montessori. Check out their video below to learn more:

Friday, May 13, 2011

Catholic Montessori Album Sale!

Well, we are still out of town in the country, and have been enjoying the days outside when the weather has been nice. The children are enjoying country life as a change to city life. Collecting eggs, running away from baby chickens, feeding hay to the horses, and playing soccer with their cousins in the evenings has sure been a lot of fun for the kids. I'll be back to posting more often once we get back home, and will share some pictures as well.

For the short time that I do have Internet access, I want to let you know that Elizabeth Papandrea's Catholic Montessori Album is on sale! I am so excited to share this news with you, and hope that this drop in price will make Elizabeth's wonderful Album more easily available to all of you. Please feel free to click on the link at the right top sidebar of the blog for more information, or to make your purchase.

I hope you are all doing well! I look forward to be back blogging soon!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Age Appropriate Chores

Hello! I hope everyone had a great Easter week! I've been very blessed to be able to visit my mother and family these past two weeks, and unexpectedly got back to my home town of Chicago! It turns out that I will be helping my mother out for a couple of more weeks than I had anticipated. I am very happy to be able to spend time with her, especially since my fathers passing last summer, but this will also mean limited access to the Internet. Nonetheless, I will do my best to schedule some posts while at my sisters house down the road from my mom.

I wish I could post some pictures, because it is just absolutely lovely out here in the countryside! If I only had my mothers green thumb! Her flowers are so beautiful and thriving! I am going to try to take advantage and learn what I can from her while I have near. So far I've learned how to make a yummy chicken mole sauce out of ground up roasted pumpkin seeds. Mmmmm,Mmmm, good! The children have also been learning a lot and helping around the house. Yesterday the children helped to water the tomato plants and today they'll go help water the flowers and grass at the cemetary.

Homeschooling will continue with the language and math we've brought along, as well as with a lot of real life experiences here in the country.

Before I go, I want to share a couple of resources I found listing age appropriate chores for children. The lists span from toddler to teen, so I hope you find them useful!

Age appropriate chores: Link 1

Age appropriate chores: Link 2