I’ve shared before how much we have loved This is How We Do it. You can read all about our review of it here. So when the author Matt La Mothe contacted us and asked to send us the new workbook we were thrilled.
We love that just like the picture book, the workbook gives information about families around the world, and that families can look many different ways.
Quentin loves that new regions are featured in the workbook and the illustrations are gorgeously detailed.
One of the most important features of this book is its showcasing of how much similarity we have with people in different cultures and regions even on the other side of the world. We love picking out commonalities in games we play, food we eat, and how we live.
This addition of favourite books fascinated both Quentin and I and we have been looking for copies to read here.
Montessori education has at its heart Peace Education. The easiest way to foster that is to showcase the similarities found amongst perfect strangers, and spark interest in wanting to know more about different cultures. This workbook is perfect for that.
This new book has quickly become a favourite. We have paired it with our nature based crafts, baking and slow living days curled up next to the fire under a cosy blanket.
Of course we love Carson Ellis artwork and this new book is no exception. The muted tones are perfect for Winter Solstice.
It tells a simple story of the history of the Winter Solstice, one that is easy for the youngest for readers to understand. It also connects the traditions of the past, with the traditions found in other celebrations like Christmas.
There are so few good Yule books out there for kids and we couldn’t be more please with this one. I’ll post our December bookshelf in its entirety on our Instagram page, later this week.
The seasons are changing here. Autumn is definitely fleeting and Winter has crept in. It is the perfect time for family and friends and reflection.
This new book Birdsong from Greystone Books is a beautiful story of a child that moves to their new home with their mother and meets their new neighbour, an elderly woman who loves nature and art as much as they do.
It highlights each season beginning with their arrival at the new house and how things are different.
We loved how the complexity of the intergenerational friendship is highlighted but in a gentle way focusing on how the child must navigate this and ultimately finds a connection with their elderly neighbour in art.
We absolutely love this book and were thrilled that it made the Globe and Mail’s “100 Books of 2019”! If you are looking for a beautiful “own voices” story this will definitely be a favourite for years to come.
“If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein
This book has been on our wish list for a while as its such an important topic to explore with children. The idea that everyone has something important to contribute and that unfortunately, the world does not often recognize all the different gifts and abilities of people.
We love the retro colours and overall look of it. But mostly we love the message it brings to the small people being read to.
“Smart is kindness when there’s crying.” Was one that we as a Montessori family hovered over for a while because this is something that is so often overlooked.
I also appreciate that the pages reflect a variety of children without drawing attention to it. It’s so very important at all children see themselves represented in the books that they are reading, without the book specifically touching on their differences (although books that do that are incredibly important too).
We are so grateful for Scribble Kids Books for sending us this that we are giving TWO copies away!! Follow this link to our Instagram Page to enter.
Have you ever had a children’s book speak to you deeply? One where the illustrations and message grab you and immediately you want to put that book into the hands of everyone you know?
That’s this book for us.
The first time I saw the cover I immediately knew it was that type of book and so when Compendium offered to send one I over I was thrilled.
“Your life is yours” it begins. If that was all of the message, mixed with the illustrations that would be enough for me to love it forever, but there was more.
“Wherever you go, take your hopes, pack your dreams and never forget – it is on journeys that discoveries are made”.
“Do everything with love. Follow your heart and see where it leads you.”
“Maybe you will speak up for those who can’t speak up for themselves.”
And of course because this book melds so seamlessly with the Montessori pedagogy it saves its most sage wisdom for last:
“You already have everything it takes to do big things.”
This book belongs in the hands of every child and most likely a great many adults.
This the perfect gift for new babies, children facing life changes and should be on every Montessori school’s bookshelf’s under the category of Peace Education.
We are settling into the cosy days of Autumn here. The leaves have begun changing colour, the air is a little cooler and the sun a little more golden.
I am always on the lookout for brand new Montessori compatible nature books and so when Winter Sleep – A Hibernation Story came out last week I knew I had to grab it!
It’s the sweet story of a child who visits their grandmother’s home in the summer and loves exploring nature.
The illustrations are beautiful and whimsical but also extremely detailed.
The child returns in winter and asks to see the glade where they sat in summer, but is worried when it’s covered in snow. Where are all the flowers and the animals?
What I really love about this book is the information pages at the back.
There’s so much information on how different animals survive the coldest months of the year.
There’s also a section at the end on how people can help animals through the winter.
This is such a perfect book to share with children 3-6 years old. It will be on our shelves for years to come.
When I was looking for books to bring to Africa to show the classrooms I would be teaching in my own home, the animals I see everyday and the general landscape, these two gorgeous ones immediately sold me.
A Whale’s World showcases the amazing ocean we find our tiny island home in. The photographs are stunning.
The story follows a local pod of orcas on their journey in search of food. Quentin loved showing the children here in Africa the different aspects of orca life and the many other Pacific Northwest sea animals featured.
The underwater pictures are rich and colourful and the text gives a clear and concise story filled with facts.
A Bear’s Life showcases our same beautiful part of the world but from the perspective of the forest.
The same rich beautiful pictures and engaging text take the reader on a journey through the temperate rainforest and along the beaches that border it.
The section of the Spirit Bear was particularly fascinating to the students.
These books have been a beautiful link between the classroom here in Nigeria and our home. They are perfect for children 3yrs+ who love animals or geography. For older students, they offer endless possibilities for extended self directed research projects.
This is a gorgeous new book from the best selling author of The Word Collector.
Say Something by Peter H. Reynolds was released at the end of February and it has become one of our most valuable books I use in my classroom.
It’s pages are done in the same simple style that showcase a number of powerful ways children can make their voice heard.
We love that it is easy to read and can be shared with the youngest preschooler although this is an excellent book for opening dialogue with elementary students.
This is a book that can be used both at home and in schools or communities with young children to empower those who may have trouble expressing themselves or don’t feel they belong or fit in. We especially need to show these children that they are loved, their voices matter but most importantly that they can make a difference.
We have been waiting for this book for what seems like forever!
If you have never explored this series you ought to. Based on an amazing and diverse group of powerful, world changing women the latest book in the series showcases the woman who’s teachings we have built our own lives around.
The pictures are done in the same style as the rest of the series and the text is perfect to share with children 3 years and up.
It follows Maria’s life timeline and although we wish it showcased more, we think it’s perfect for the age group it was intended for.
Perhaps the best part of the book is this time line in the back with more facts for the adult or older child reader. This timeline pairs perfectly with this set from Diamond Montessori!
This week as we prepare to partake in Canada’s Pink Shirt Day, we are continuing our book list of anti-bullying books that we love!
My Secret Bully by Trudy Ludwig is an important book for not only elementary children but also their caregivers.
Often we recognize bullying as loud, in your face, and clearly mean. But this isn’t always the case. Far too often relational aggression is at play with the consequences being just as harmful for the target.
This book is perfect for reading at home or with students in the classroom. The watercolour illustrations compliment the story without taking over. The text is clear, easy to understand and empathize with for children beginning at 6 years of age.
It focuses on the emotions felt by the target and the importance of a child listening to their body. It also touches on the importance of a target seeking help from a trusted caregiver and the important role the caregiver plays in ending the bullying.
Books like this are perhaps difficult for an adult to read to a child, but children will often enjoy listening to them and love forming discussion groups about the topics portrayed in the pages. These are often the easiest way to reach out to children on both sides of bullying. The conversations that can be built on after reading these kinds of books hold within them a value that will last a lifetime.
Listed in the end pages of this book are some excellent American organizations, global websites, and recommended readings for adults and children that all focus on relational aggression.
During this upcoming week of Anti-Bullying we will continue to showcase books and activities that focus on empathy, acceptance and friendship.
If you have a particular favourite resource please share it in the comments. We would love to feature it here or on our social media.