February 22, 2019

Recently I had a student teacher observing in my class.  We had a hectic day and the clean up at the end did not go well at all.  When the children had left I walked around and was horrified at the state they had left the environment in.  I really didn’t want the obser...

February 9, 2019

One of that many wonderful things about the Montessori method is that it celebrates the interconnections of life, nature and the universe.  When my friend Anna suggested I look into the story of the Beaker People, she said it would be a good migration story.  But it is...

January 25, 2019

I'm getting ready to start the new school year and will be telling The Story of the History of Wool to my new children next week.  The story mentions removing the wool from the sheep but does not go into much detail so this is an area the children can continue to explo...

January 12, 2019

 It's still the summer holidays down here in New Zealand.  It's been a scorcher and I have been off enjoying life with my family and neglecting to write blog posts. I'd like to think some of you noticed, but I'd actually prefer that you were all enjoying some family ti...

December 9, 2018

One of my students is working on a project on the history of writing implements.  She plans to write up each piece of research using the tool that it is about.  We have found an old typewriter, dipping pens, pencils and clay for cuneiform but she has had to make her ow...

November 17, 2018

There is so much curriculum-centred handwork going on in my class at the moment, it feels like there has been some kind of explosion!  Looking around this morning I saw one child making an embroidered book of geometry nomenclature, another cross-stitching the periodic...

November 2, 2018

We made soap!  This has caused great excitement in our class this week.  Soap is one of those things that we rarely stop to think about but has a rich history in nearly every culture.  

There is a fairly comprehensive history of soap here which opens the...

October 19, 2018

Whenever I am working with a new fibre with my students, I get them to think about the science and history that goes with it.  Wool holds a myriad of opportunities for

the children to further their scientific explorations.  

As well as the lesson below, c...

October 5, 2018

As children move into the third plane of development - usually around the age of twelve - they begin to show an interest in participating in the economic activity of society.  To meet this need Montessori adolescent programs run small businesses called 'micro-economies...

September 23, 2018

'The Workings of a Work of Wool workshop'. My inner grammarian is a little bit excited about managing to include the same root word three times in one sentence without it actually constituting tautology. 

Last weekend I facilitated my second Work of Wool Workshop and I...

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