ttp://www.mumzine.com/2010/06/02/benefits-of-meditation-for-children/. The photo is from a children's meditation garden in Wimbledon, London. They are a Buddhist club, but I think it would be lovely to develop meditation gardens in our Montessori schools, complete with a labyrinth! I know I would love to spend a portion of each day there.
Friday, March 25, 2011
I had to post this beautiful poem by Sara Kay, as hands are the cornerstone of our Montessori work. Montessori says, "The hands are the instruments of man's intelligence," and "The human hand allows the mind to reveal itself." In a myriad of ways, our hands create lasting expressions of life, both concrete and abstract. For more Sara Kay, see the TED website.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Can you stand the cuteness! Marley, our rabbit, is going on five years. He is a Mini-Rex and their lifespan is 5-7 years. Get ready for the tears when the big day comes! I hope he takes a cue from our guinea pig Robby and lives much longer than predicted. Robby lived to be 9 or 10, which is extremely long for a guinea pig. Cross your fingers for Marley--he turns 5 on July 4!
Sunday, March 13, 2011
There has been a lot of tea work in our room lately. It is a lovely activity. We use herbal tea and have an airpot of warm water. The children prepare the tea, and while it is steeping, they may invite a friend to share teatime with them. After they prepare the tea table, they clean up their work, bring the tea to the table, and enjoy the time with a friend. The sort of crumbly cheese snack in the middle photo is a quesadilla, which is another activity in our room.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Martenitsa (Bulgarian: мартеница /ˈmar.tɛ.ni.ʦa/, plural мартеници, martenitsi) is a small piece of adornment, made of white and red yarn and worn from March 1st until the 22nd March (or the first time an individual sees a stork, swallow or budding tree). The name of the holiday is Baba Marta. "Baba" (баба) is the Bulgarian word for "grandmother" and Mart (март) is the Bulgarian word for the month of March. Baba Marta is a Bulgarian tradition related to welcoming the upcoming spring. The month of March, according to Bulgarian folklore, marks the beginning of springtime. Therefore, the first day of March is a traditional holiday associated with sending off winter and welcoming spring.
We made our own martenitsas in our room, and welcomed the first day of March, which was sunny and warm. Hopefully, spring is on the way soon!