metalworking at brentwood arts exchange

even at 12 the montessori mantra of
“teach me to do it myself”
rings true.
yeah, you can buy the perfect pair of earrings at a local store,
but you can also take a class to learn how to make your own.
radianceGirl took a kids metalworking workshop
at brentwood arts exchange
and learned small metalworking techniques
including torch work and cold manipulation.
she came home with some new experiences
and three very unique jewelry pieces
made by her own hands and infused with her spirit.


happy birthday, maria!

Google celebrated the 142nd anniversary of Maria Montessori’s birthday
with this creative Google Doodle.
Montessori (August 31, 1870 – May 6, 1952) was an Italian physician and educator,
a noted humanitarian and devout Catholic
best known for the philosophy of education that bears her name.
Her educational method is used in public, private
and home schools throughout the world.

i remember crying from awe while reading The Absorbent Mind.
i remember a huge surge of emotion when I visited my first Montessori classroom,
thinking EVERY child should have the opportunity to learn using all of their senses,
with freedom of choice combined with responsibility, with joy!

share her story with your favorite child:
Mammolina: A Story About Maria Montessori, by Barbara O’Connor

and share her gift to the world with an adult friend
who may be just beginning their journey in parenthood (the first teachers)
or the teaching profession:

montessori geometry

when introducing new topics
even at the level of 6-9 years
when math is getting increasing more abstract,
it still helps to learn through all the senses:
the hand leads the eye.
the voice penetrates the ear.
eye and ear connect in the mind.
amazing, subhanAllah! glory be to God!

using the geometry sticks to explore polygons, focusing on all types of triangles and quadrilaterals.

three-prize giveaway at living montessori now

living montessori now has teamed up with alison’s montessori to give away some high-quality montessori tools: a land and water form cabinet, a leaf cabinet and a geometric cabinet.

just click here
see the quality wood tools that would definitely be a hit in your homeschool toolkit.

if i had my choice i’d pick the leaf cabinet described as “A mahogany finish cabinet with 3 drawers containing 14 leaf shaped insets in green and red.” ooooh.

hurry because the giveaway closes 10:01pm MST on Tuesday, November 29.