DIY Solar System Map

Seriously, who doesn’t love Astronomy? I’ve never met a kid who wasn’t fascinated with planets, stars, and the idea of outer space. This lesson has always been a huge hit in my classrooms, especially when we’re studying Cosmology – the first Great Lesson in a Montessori lower elementary classroom. This map was super easy to …

Gnome Division

Once upon a time there was a small village of gnomes who loved eating mushroom soup for breakfast. Winter was coming, so harvesting their prized, red and white mushrooms was necessary for their survival. The gnomes, donned in their purple and light blue capes and pointy hats, thrived on playing games to prepare themselves for …

Monster Burgers! Ahhh!

Who doesn’t love to eat monsters?? Especially around Halloween when you may find them lurking around your kitchen.  These monster burgers were so very simple, and even though the kids might not be interested in eating the eyeballs the rest of the burgers are a total treat! Even better, they’re miniature so they fit in …

How Waldorfish Helped Me To Be A Better Human

(This article is based on my own personal experience with Waldorfish Beginner’s Art Classes. I am not receiving compensation from my opinion.) I watched as the watercolor paper swayed back and forth, deeper into the shallow, water-filled bin. The water looked clear, cool, and so refreshing. The paper resisted at first, but then I could …

CLOSED – Montessori Services $50 Summer Giveaway!

What’s almost better than summer vacation? Another $50 Montessori Services/ For Small Hands Giveaway! Montessori Services – and their sister-site For Small Hands – has always been one of my favorite companies for educational and child-size materials for my classrooms and my own two kiddos. Remember my posts on the Zen Garden? The Banana Slicer? … …

Croaky! A Frog Dissection

The last days of school brought our restlessness to science by considering what make animals tick… internally and anatomically speaking. Home Science Tools has an awesome Intermediate Dissection Kit that gives several easily dissectible animals to complement lessons on vertebrates and invertebrates, anatomy and physiology, or just good ole’ fashioned curiosity to our natural world. The kit also …

Punkee Says: Fish Girl

Fish Girl By: David Wiesner & Donna Jo Napoli A young mermaid, called Fish Girl, in a boardwalk aquarium, has a chance encounter with an ordinary girl. Their growing friendship inspires Fish Girl’s longing for freedom, independence, and a life beyond the aquarium tank. Sparkling with humor and brilliantly visualized, Fish Girl’s story will resonate …

Eww, Bacteria!

It never fails. Science can be really, super gross. It can be an eye-opener. And boy, is it oh… SO… fascinating. Take our bacteria experiments for example. I love doing this with kids of all levels because the reactions are totally classic, especially when looking at the bacteria colonies under the microscope: “EWW GROSS!” (Wait …