November 29, 2010
Aside from a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with my family, I pretty much spent the remainder of the weekend on the couch in a sick stupor. No fun whatsoever, but at least I had this snooze hound and a wonderful husband to take care of me. Seriously, you know your hubby's a keeper when he's happy to rub your back while your head is half way in the toilet. I'm feeling better and am ready to take this week on. Tomorrow I'm back in the classroom :) Have a great week!
November 24, 2010
via Hip Hip Hooray via Southern Living Magazine, via The Ritzy Bee and now featured on Coffee in the Classroom :) You see how many folks are gaga over this set up!? It's incredibly cute and simple yet adds so much to your thanksgiving decor. I've been googley eyed over party garlands for quiet some time now and this name garland over the chair is perfection. I also adore the what i've eaten check list. Every detail l I just love. Oh, and the vintage chairs- i die.
Happy Thanksgiving, all!
November 15, 2010
An old frame and some paint goes a long way, eh? I painted the gold frame a fun, vibrant yellow and spray painted the glass with chalkboard spray paint. Thats it. So simple, yet amazingly vibrant. We have a nice little space by the front door to hang this cute new home addition. You could also hang this in your classroom for a fun little job chart, or something of the like :)
November 11, 2010
photo credit: Good.Is
Via Good.Is "School systems give short shrift to the physical needs of their students in other ways—they use school buses without seatbelts, send backpacks home filled with weighty textbooks, cut gym class to the bone, run jocks through sometimes life-threatening football drills, and serve junk food as part of the federal nutrition program. So it's not surprising that few districts have bothered to improve their furniture, but it's dismaying. "We've seen in adults that if you put them in the right chair, their performance increases," says Jack Dennerlein, a senior lecturer on ergonomics and safety at Harvard University."
I honestly believe this theory. And yes, it's partly because of my Montessori classroom experience. Lets face it, Montessori classrooms are supposed to be beautiful. It's part of the philosophy, really! In the classrooms I have observed that look somewhat messy, the class itself seems more chaotic and unorganized. The classrooms i've seen that are simple, well organized, clean and just plain pretty tend to create a calm and productive environment. Unfortunately it's just not in a lot of schools budgets to enhance the appearance of their classrooms but by just doing a few simple things as teachers, the appearance and energy of our classrooms can be completely transformed:
1. Have a pretty vase of flowers somewhere in your classroom always. (ask a parent volunteer every two weeks) Or some form of plant life. It really brings something wonderful to the classroom!
2. Take down the posters, charts etc hanging all over your walls. Instead, hang one or two pieces of artwork.
3. Don't clutter your shelves, desk, etc with papers and supplies.
4. If you teach in a traditional classroom, arrange desks more like tables instead of rows. It will give the room a more "at home" feel.
5. Create a well organized, comfy reading area. a nice oversized chair, couch or a rug with throw pillows will make your classroom feel inviting and comfortable.
What do you all do to your classrooms? I'd love to know!
November 9, 2010
The packaging and fragrance alone were enough to draw me into the shampoo's and conditioners from Organix, but after a couple times use and a statistic I read about how much of what we put on our body is absorbed into our bodies I wanted to really know what's in the products. So here's my question- Is Organix truly organic? Yes, i've read the ingredients. This is why i'm confused- there are SO MANY ingredients that 1. I can't even pronounce and 2. just sound like a chemical to me. Whats the deal? Anyone?
ps. love the tag- "beauty, pure and simple."
November 4, 2010
As if I hadn't already been struck by baby fever, with my nephew snuggled up i'm struck by the love I feel for him and can't wait until i'm snuggling my own baby.
Truly is nothing better than the weight of a baby in your arms. It's pure bliss...
I've been away from the Montessori classroom now for about 5 months and for whatever reason, these past few days, i've been craving the environment terribly. I found some images of wonderfully organized, functional classrooms.
Ah, Montessori classrooms -they're so dang pretty!