We are always on the hunt for books that encourage kids to go beyond simply reading them. So when we were approached to review this book I was intrigued.
I grew up reading Choose Your Own Adventure books and this one is a modern day one that focus on a young boy named Danny. The concept here is that a child has the ultimate super power: the power of choice. Such an important message not just for children but for everyone.
This book allows a child to make the choices of Danny’s behaviour and to find out that one positive choice has the power to change the entire day of not only oneself but of others. It’s a great book for groups, and children have fun making the choices and finding what happens next.
We have enjoyed it so much that we are giving away two copies of the book on our Instagram feed found here. Follow the link to enter. If you have ideas of ways to empower children with the power of choice we would love for you to share them. Leave a comment and we will share some of them in an upcoming post.
It’s hard to believe I started this little book club two years ago. There have been so many amazing books over the years and 2017 was no different.
One of our very favourites was Here We Are. We are madly in love with Oliver Jeffers children’s books.
The artwork asks the audience to stop and take a closer look, something that’s important to me. So many books miss this critical aspect of a good children’s book.
Then there’s the written message. Does it speak to you and the child who is absorbing the story? This book speaks to us very very much.
If you haven’t had a chance to read this one, go and see it out. You won’t be disappointed.
Thanks for joining us on this journey of seeking out well written, gorgeously illustrated, diverse books.
We will be back early in the new year with our latest finds.
We have so many favourite Montessori compatible Winter books and were going to post them today, but we have been patiently waiting for someone (anyone really) in the Montessori social media world to post this book as it is one of the very few traditional Christmas themed books that is truly compatible with Montessori.
It’s not that it’s a new book, it’s just I suppose a little less popular than others.
We all have our favourites from our own childhoods or ones with beautiful art, but when we are looking for a truly Montessori compatible book for teaching the traditional message of Christmas, just as we do with all other books we seek for our children what are we looking for? What are we choosing?
Are we choosing books that are reality based or are we choosing books with a very whitewashed version of a humble family of Middle Eastern decent looking for shelter in Bethlehem?
Above all, are the books we choose broadcasting a strong message of inclusivity, love, hope, and peace for everyone?
This one does.
Originally read by Angelou herself at the White House Christmas tree lighting in 2005, it is a stunning book.
Focusing on the traditional message of Christmas, it brings together Christians, Muslim’s, Jews, Atheists and many more by acknowledging that whatever our differences, we can come together.
We can do what Maria Montessori asked of us.
We can build peace not only in ourselves but in the world.
This is education, understood as a help to life; an education from birth, which feeds a peaceful revolution and unites all in a common aim, attracting them as to a single centre…This is the bright new hope for mankind.” – Maria Montessori
Montessori Peace Education is at the forefront of my approach to the pedagogy and so when I was asked on our Instagram account last weekend to host a theme on another site, Peace Education is what I chose.
These are some of the materials use at home and in my Montessori 3-6 classroom. It is a simple exercise kept in a basket or tray that children can choose freely in the same way they would choose any other work.
The Emotions and Mindfulness cards are from Diamond Montessori and can be found here.
They are 3 Part Cards so there is an accompanying set of solo picture cards and also a set of solo word cards to match. They can be used with even the youngest of toddlers by simply exploring the different faces each child is making and we love that there is a wide range of ethnic diversity in them.
Our Love Light house. Both in my classroom and at home we use the concept of a love light, an internal light that can either shine brightly from each person or can be extinguished with nothing more than a little hot air. The concept comes from this book and we adapt many activities found in it to suit our needs.
This little dish was a gift from a dear Montessori friend and teacher. It is a beautiful pottery piece made by a local First Nations artist. We keep it in our Peace Tray and we fill it with freshly ground lavender when Quentin wants to. Sitting with it on a work mat a child can choose to smell the sweet and calming smell.
This book is a new addition and couldn’t have arrived at a better time. We have been anxiously awaiting it as it is absolutely perfect for a 3-6 year old child to actively engage with.
The pictures are simple and so is the text but the message is a powerful one.
Each of these activities and many many more are so easy to take the time to do with children. The sense of calm they can invoke in a child is remarkable and will help a child with so many important social emotional aspects.
The air was crisp and the skies sunny today.
We spent it quietly together.
We spent all Summer growing this sweet pie pumpkin in our garden and it was perfectly ready for harvesting this weekend.
Scooping out a pumpkin whether for a jack o’ lantern or for a pie is a favourite Practical Life work around here.
This process is so amazingly rewarding because the child is a part of it right from the beginning months ago.
There have been many Nature walks in the forest lately but today was about leaf gathering to compliment our newest book on the bookshelf.
We loved finding many of the leaves found in the gorgeous book Fall Walk.
It is a beautiful poem of a family out enjoying an Autumn day and the information regarding so many different leaves is fascinating and easily could be used for many years to come both at home and in the school classroom.
As we Canadians sit down with our extended families over a meal this holiday weekend we wish all of you much happiness and we are so extremely grateful to have you all following along here and our other media outlets.
As October ushers itself in today I thought I would share one of our favourite Autumnal books.
Goodbye Summer Hello Autumn is the perfect story for a 3-6 child of a girl exploring her neighbourhood, taking in all the sights and sounds of the seasons changing.
Today we chose to pack it into Quentin’s backpack and head out in search of our own changing seasons.
All of a sudden we find ourselves back in jeans and layers. Walking through the forest on the way down to the Pacific Ocean, the air was cool and we noticed many of the leaves had already started to fall.
We love taking books with us outdoors! Such an easy way to expand on the story.
Happy October everyone!
Grandparents whether real or honorary are so often a gift to children.
I wouldn’t be the person I am today without my Grandparents and their constant, loving place in my life. I’m also grateful that our boys have their Grandparents and that same loving, nurturing relationship. So in honour of this celebration we are sharing one of our favourite Grandparent books.
When Grandad was a Penguin is sweet, and funny and just a favourite. We read it over and over here as both penguins and Grandads are a loved treasure in this house.
We also mentioned another of our favourite Grandparent books here. The love of spending time together and seeing the seasons change always brings up excellent conversations here at home and in my 3-6 Montessori classroom.
For more excellent and diverse stories about all kinds of different Grandparents, head over to Diamond Montessori. They have some great books featured that centre around different ways Grandparents fill the lives of children.