Saturday, April 30, 2011

May Day Celebrations!

If your child was here at school yesterday (Friday April 29th) then you know about one of my favorite days of the year: May Day!
Yesterday we made May Day baskets and cut flowers to put in them.  Your work as parents is to continue with the plan when you return home....I'm quit sure your preschoolers will NOT let you forget!
The way it works is your child hangs their May basket on the door knob of a neighbor or friend, rings the doorbell and runs and hides.  We play acted this out at school yesterday and the kiddos were very excited to participate with you all at home.
To make a May Basket of your own:
Cut a large paper circle in half, use the half circle to form a cone shape (overlapping the straight side of the cut circle) next staple or glue your edges together, attach a handle by either again stapling or gluing or punch holes and thread a piece of string, ribbon or a pipe cleaner through to create a handle.  To see how click here:
May Day basket making

In a past Montessori Mama post I created a list of ways to enjoy May Day.  I thought you might like reading them.  Just click on the words: May Day Celebration List and it should open up.   

Enjoy your May Day friends, especially you Barlow!  Happy Birthday Little Guy.

Spring Eggs!

Paper mache eggs I discovered how to do online, more fun to paint then to create. 

Look what Sam found!  The kids have LOVED finding and hiding plastic eggs around the playground!  This never gets old apparently.  The Friday before Easter Max hid the eggs for the kids to find and ever since then the eggs seem to be part of the playground.  I love watching the older children help their younger friends find eggs; it's very sweet.  

 Seed catalogs seem to arrive every day and what beautiful photos they have in them!  Perfect for spring flower collages.  This craft was simple and quick to pull together:
flower pictures to cut out
a marker to draw stems and leaves with
glue sticks
and a big piece of paper
When these beauties are finished I plan to mat them and hang them at our new school!

PEACE friends,

Thursday, April 21, 2011


Even though I am presently wearing a sweater, I'm thinking ahead to warmer days. Below are this summer's week long themes.  A child does not have to sign up for all five days to attend and the cost is the same per day as it is now. If you know of a family who might be interested in Helping Hands Family School, please send them my way.

1.) June 20th ~ June 24th Construction Week                                   
2.) June 27th ~ July 1st Outside the Cardboard Box
3.) July 5th ~ July 8th Dinosaur Week                                          
4.) July 11th ~ July 15th Once Upon a Time Week
5.) July 18th ~ July 22nd A Bugs Life Week                                     
6.) July 25th ~ July 29th Wonder Land Week
7.) Aug 1st ~ Aug 5th Under the Big Top Week                           
8.) Aug 8th ~ Aug 12th Let’s Splash Week
9.) Aug 15th ~ Aug 19th Space is the Place Week                        

August 22nd ~ Sept. 5th CLOSED
2011~2012 School Year Begins Sept. 6th

For more information about our program please email Jennifer at

Saturday, April 2, 2011

World Map Making

Two happy friends completed their continent maps this Friday!
This is a very big job indeed.  It takes much focus and concentration to complete and many breaks are needed.  Throughout the completion of these maps, days passed and many other activities were enjoyed. More photos of this process can be found, here:
Montessori Mama.  Enjoy~ Jennifer