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Geography is a big part if the curriculum in our Montessori class.  We love talking and learning about the different continents and cultures around the world.   I have been looking for resources to learn more about the country we live in- the United States- and I was absolutely thrilled when I came across the collection of printables made by Jill, from The Enchanted Homeschooling Mom.

Around the USA

Jill has an entire series of FREE (yes, free) printables for every state in the USA.  Each pack includes

  • Creative Writing (Make a Travel Brochure)
  • Door Hanger (Completion Certificate)
  • Handwriting Practice
  • Puzzles
  • Research Project
  • State Bird
  • State Capital
  • State Flag
  • State Flag Wall Card
  • State Flower
  • State Location
  • State Landmarks
  • State Wall Card

She also has a free introductory pack to help you and your students keep track of all you are learning about the different states. I’d also suggest grabbing her Christmas Around the USA pack for some extra fun (Available to EHM members).

Want more ideas?  Jill has collected other resources to help you round out your studies of the United States in her USA State Studies for the 2012-2013 School Year post.

Introductory Pack ~ Regions Pack ~ Alabama ~ Alaska ~ Arizona ~ Arkansas ~ California ~ Colorado ~ Connecticut ~Delaware ~ Florida ~ Georgia ~ Hawaii ~ Idaho ~ Illinois ~ Indiana ~ Iowa ~ Kansas ~Kentucky ~ Louisiana ~ Maine ~ Maryland ~ Massachusetts ~ Michigan ~ Minnesota ~ Mississippi ~ Missouri ~Montana ~ Nebraska ~ Nevada ~ New Hampshire ~ New Jersey ~ New Mexico ~ New York ~ North Carolina ~ North Dakota ~ Ohio ~ Oklahoma ~ Oregon ~ Pennsylvania ~ Rhode Island ~ South Carolina ~ South Dakota ~Tennessee ~ Texas ~ Utah ~ Vermont ~ Virginia ~ Washington ~ West Virginia ~ Wisconsin ~ Wyoming

A few bloggers have gotten together to highlight the amazing resources available on The Enchanted Homeschooling Mom.  Please be sure to check them out!

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom blog hop

Not Back-to-School Picnic Ideas – Stir the Wonder

10 Fun Gross Motor Ideas – 3 Dinosaurs

Sensory Bins – Brain Power Boy

Space Activities – Preschool Powol Packets

Storybook Activities – Growing Book by Book

Spring Crafts for Preschool – Kidz Activities

Around the USA – Trillium Montessori

Disney Themed Crafts – Life with Moore Babies

10 Free Coloring Packs – Sunny Day Family

Disney Printables – In The Playroom

10 Simple Science Printables for Kids – Look! We’re Learning!

Pray Species – Fall Crafts and Activities

Superhero Activity Sheets – Crafts on Sea

Kids Activities to Prepare for a Disney World Trip – Mess for Less

Enchanted Preschool Printables – Itsy Bitsy Fun

Literature-Based Dinosaur Activities for Preschoolers – Living Montessori Now

Sensory Bins Based on Children’s Books – Mom Inspired Life

Science Ideas to Start the School Year – Capri + 3

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Classroom Showcase Pinterest Edition

I love looking at how teachers have set up their Montessori Shelves.  I’ve collected photos from around the web onto my Pinterest boards.  I hope you enjoy these as much I do!  I will be adding to them as time goes on so be sure to follow the boards to keep up.

See more posts in the Classroom Showcase Series here.  If you would like to contribute to the series, please read the instructions here.

(If you’re getting this in an email and can’t see the boards, please click here)

Click “See on Pinterest” to go to the board for a closer look.

Practical Life

Follow Seemi @ Trillium Montessori’s board Montessori Shelves: Practical Life on Pinterest.

Sensorial

Follow Seemi @ Trillium Montessori’s board Montessori Shelves: Sensorial on Pinterest.

 

Language

Follow Seemi @ Trillium Montessori’s board Montessori Shelves: Language on Pinterest.

 

Math

Follow Seemi @ Trillium Montessori’s board Montessori Shelves: Math on Pinterest.

 

Cultural/Cosmic: Science

Follow Seemi @ Trillium Montessori’s board Montessori Shelves: Science on Pinterest.

       

Cultural/Cosmic: Geograpahy

Follow Seemi @ Trillium Montessori’s board Montessori Shelves: Geography on Pinterest.

 

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Montessori Classroom Showcase

I’m delighted to introduce you to my friend Beth Bitts on this week’s Classroom Showcase.  You can find more information about Beth on her blog, Simply Sewn, and check out some of her lovely materials in her Simply Sewn Etsy store.

We’d love to feature YOU on the Montessori Classroom Showcase too!  Find all the details here.

About Beth

Beth Bitts

I have a BA in Social Work and an AMS Montessori Certification. I came to Montessori as a second career after working in child welfare with children in foster care. I also spent years homeschooling my two boys (who are now grown men!). My eldest son was diagnosed with autism at three and so I spent most of his years in school learning how to serve his needs. This background of social work, homeschool and disability was the best precursor to becoming a Montessori teacher. I have a special place in my heart for children who learn differently and I enjoy helping them succeed in the classroom.

Beth’s Classroom

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Practical Life

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Montessori Classroom Showcase Beth Bitts Clean up shelf

This is our ‘clean up’ area. I do not put sponges on my P.L. trays but instead if there is a spill, the children must go get the spill tray (middle shelf). The large towels on the bottom are for floor spills and the small towels on the middle shelf are for tables. The dust pans on the top shelf are for table crumbs. We have a LOT of lunch friends, thus the number of dust pans.

Montessori Classroom Showcase Beth Bitts Art and Sewing

This is our art and sewing shelf. It isn’t set up completely because of summer break but you get the idea!

Sensorial

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Math

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Language

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At the end of the year we give all our  writing materials (pencils, markers, colored pencils, etc) to the summer camp and start fresh the next year. That’s why the pencil boxes are empty!

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Top tray is our sound tray. Our school has a sound of the week. The children can bring an item from home that begins with the sound or find one in the classroom and place it on the tray.

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I included our little library in the language section because of our little mail box. The children LOVE writing letters and mailing them. One person has the mail job per week and gets to deliver the mail. Again, the library is not set up because the photo was taken during summer break. Our hermit crab is also usually located in this area.

Cultural

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The geography shelf is set up for the beginning of the year. I try to cover each of the continents throughout the year. Luckily I have quite a few works from Seemi!

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The science shelf ready for the beginning of the year. I do a three year cycle with science (botany, zoology and earth science/astronomy) but usually start the year with the basics you see above. The nature tray stays on the shelf all year long and the children love to see what is on it (I change it depending on the season) and they also bring things from outside or home to share with the class. We even had a WHOLE squished baby snake once!

Montessori Classroom Showcase Beth Bitts Continent Drawers

I spent last summer going to garage sales and flea markets to find items for my continent drawers. The children were very excited to have this new work in the classroom this past school year. Above it is our job chart….without the jobs!

Music

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I just moved the clock, seasons and calendar work away from the Math shelf over to this little music corner. We’ll see how it works. The children love having the piano in the classroom! I start the year with one bell to remind the returning children and teach the new children how to hold and play the bell. By the end of the year we will have all the bells on the shelf.

Garden

Montessori Classroom Showcase Beth Bitts garden

This is our little garden. Each classroom has their own. Looks like the weeds are taking over now that we are out for the summer! The tube in the middle is our worm compost.

 

 





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Montessori Classroom Showcase

This week’s Classroom Showcase post is not a tour of a classroom but the (brief) story of how I had to set up my space in under 48 hours when we moved to our current location.  These pictures are from 2010.

How to set up a classroom in 48 hours

Step 1:   Get Some Efficient Movers

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Friday Aug 20th 7pm (in the garage)

We had the classroom materials and furniture stored in my cousin’s garage over the summer.  I was afraid it would take all day to move that stuff but our movers were able to get it done in just a couple of hours.. phew!

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Friday 8pm

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Step 2: Bring in Reinforcements

This is not a job for one person.

(Where are the pictures of my fabulous helpers?!!)

I am so grateful to

~my sisters for coming in from out of town and working non-stop~

~my cousin and his kids for assembling all the furniture and doing the heavy lifting~

~my staff for putting out the materials on the shelves~

I feel SO lucky!

Step 3:  Assemble Furniture

Saturday 10am

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Step 4: Unpack

(Make Sure You Have a Good Organization System For Your Stuff.. and Sisters Who Know How You Think)

Saturday 12pm

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Step 5: Arrange the Furniture

MUST set up the office first!

Saturday 2pm

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Step 6: Put out the Materials

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Saturday 4pm

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Saturday 6pm

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Step 7:  Decorate

Sunday 12pm

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Stickers help make the sterile bathroom a little more welcoming

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Plants, rugs, and a little art work

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Step 8: Personalize

Gotta get those name tags done!

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We got our Certificate of Occupancy on Friday evening and were ready for our students by Monday morning!

Do you have a crazy classroom set up story or pictures of your room to share?  We’d love to feature you here at Trillium Montessori.  Get all the details here.




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Summer is a great time for Montessori parents and teachers alike to prepare for their ongoing work of educating the human potential, but it is also important to engage in activities that rejuvenate the adult’s wonder and inspiration. In this spirit of balance and Montessori’s emphasis on adult preparation I am excited to be part of the Wings, Worms, and Wonder Bundle Up for Summer Blog Hop!!  Read on for details about a freebie and a giveaway.

You may recognize the name Wings, Worms, and Wonder from the post Big Nature Connections, Small Spaces Kelly created last December. She is a Montessori teacher dedicated to creatively connecting children, and the adults who guide them, to nature, so what more relaxing way to build your creative connections this summer than with Kelly’s new Self-paced eCourse Bundle!

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The Connecting with Color and Draw Yourself Back to Nature eCourses, build on each other and are developed to guide the adult through their own art based nature connecting, for health, happiness, and relaxation, while also providing them with a wealth of resources to then modify what they are learning for the developmental needs of the child!

Best of all – no previous art experience necessary!! Kelly taught art in her Montessori School for 10 years, and with an emphasis on process over product, so she is well versed at guiding beginning and experienced, child and adult, artists through art techniques and creative nature experiences.

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The course’s modules provide a combination of video art tutorials, history, theory, guided nature connection technique audios, resources, and extensions that guide you through the process of using art and nature journaling to inspire sense of wonder and nature connections with the everyday nature just out the back door. There is also an active online community where you can share your creative nature explorations and ask questions!

Both courses are self-paced, focus on slowing down, and you have access to them for the life of the courses, so relax into creative nature connecting and progress through them completely at your lazy summer leisure!

Because many nature journalers may not have a background in formal art, Kelly bundled the Connecting with Color and Draw Yourself Back to Nature eCourses at a special price so you get the foundation of color theory and paint mixing in Connecting with Color on which to sprout your Draw Yourself Back to Nature journaling and connection experiences.

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Montessori believed “beauty could be found in nature and that nature itself should be and is the most infinite source of creative inspiration.” ~Turner, Art and Montessori

To get your colorful connections sprouting, and as a special Bundle Up for Summer Blog Hop treat, Kelly provided us a Rainbow Nature Sketch Hunt printable that you can use both yourself and with the children in your life!  Click the image to download the PDF.

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All you need is a clipboard, colored pencils, to print it off, and head out the back door to seek the colors of nature’s rainbow in your nearby environment! Find that wonder, beauty, relaxation, and inspiration that Montessori knew was so good for us and Mother Nature provides endlessly if we slow down to notice!!

Be sure to Follow the hop all week and comment because Wings, Worms, and Wonder is giving away 2 FREE course registrations!!!

 1 Connecting with Color course registration will be randomly drawn from comments on Friday’s Wings, Worms, and Wonder Blog Hop post
&
1 Draw Yourself Back to Nature & Connecting with Color bundle will be drawn from the people who comment everyday on every post of the Bundle Up for Summer Blog Hop!!! So be sure to follow all week!!
Winners will be announced on the Wings, Worms, and Wonder blog Tuesday 6/30!!!!

Registration for the Connecting with Color and Draw Yourself Back to Nature eCourses and Bundle opens this Friday, June 26, so get registered and make this summer all about creative nature connections that you can use with the children at home and in the classroom!!

Learn more about the Connecting with Color eCourse here.

Learn more about Draw Yourself Back to Nature here.

Learn more about the course bundle here.

Then be sure to check out Rob from The Garden at Oswegatchie School’s Blog Hop post tomorrow and comment to be in the drawings to win!!

Join the Fun and stay updated on all the Wings, Worms, and Wonder creative nature connection resources and free monthly Wonder Wednesday Montessori inspired lessons! Subscribe today!

 


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Montessori Classroom Showcase

Welcome to Part 2 of the tour of Lauren’s class at Creo Montessori in Arizona.  Last week we saw pictures of her outdoor environment.  Today, we get to see the inside!  Thank you, Lauren, for sharing your lovely space with the rest of us.

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Sensorial

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Language

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Math

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Cultural

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About Lauren Marques

Lauren

My name is Lauren Marques. I am an AMI certified Children’s House guide at Creo Montessori School in Gilbert, Arizona. As an undergraduate, I studied Psychology at Arizona State University. I am also a student in the AMI Inclusive Education Course. Colleagues in Arizona may also recognize me as the co-founder/co-chair of AMIAA (AMI Arizona Alumni Association).

I strive to present each child the best opportunity for success, to develop a love of learning, respect, open-mindedness and passionate interest with the world. I encourage students to take their curiosity into their own hands, and provide them tools to find answers to their own questions. It is my destiny to aid the creation of an inclusive and developmentally supportive world based in social cohesion, creativity and harmony

About Creo Montessori

Creo is a new AMI accredited school. After opening our doors in September 2014, we are wrapping up our first school year. We currently serve children 15 months-12 years. As Creo continues to grow, we will be building another facility with plans to continue expanding our Montessori community to encompass environments toddler through High School. Visit www.creoschool.org – follow us on facebook and Instagram @Creoschool.

 

 


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Montessori Classroom Showcase

For this week’s Montessori Classroom Showcase Series, it is my pleasure to introduce you to Lauren Marques from the Creo School in Arizona.   I have been admiring her photographs in the Montessori teachers Facebook group for the past year and I am so happy that she has agreed to share them on our blog!

Lauren has been gracious enough to provide a ton of photos and we’re going to split them up into two posts.  You can see photos of the interior of her classroom here.   This first post will focus on her outdoor environment.  Her space is so lovely, I’m just going to let you take it in without saying a word!

About Lauren Marques

Lauren

My name is Lauren Marques. I am an AMI certified Children’s House guide at Creo Montessori School in Gilbert, Arizona. As an undergraduate, I studied Psychology at Arizona State University. I am also a student in the AMI Inclusive Education Course. Colleagues in Arizona may also recognize me as the co-founder/co-chair of AMIAA (AMI Arizona Alumni Association).

I strive to present each child the best opportunity for success, to develop a love of learning, respect, open-mindedness and passionate interest with the world. I encourage students to take their curiosity into their own hands, and provide them tools to find answers to their own questions. It is my destiny to aid the creation of an inclusive and developmentally supportive world based in social cohesion, creativity and harmony

About Creo Montessori

Creo is a new AMI accredited school. After opening our doors in September 2014, we are wrapping up our first school year. We currently serve children 15 months-12 years. As Creo continues to grow, we will be building another facility with plans to continue expanding our Montessori community to encompass environments toddler through High School. Visit www.creoschool.org – follow us on facebook and Instagram @Creoschool.

Lauren’s Montessori Outdoor Environment

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Interior Photos

Click the image below to see more interior photos.

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