Tod City Flannel Felt Story Board Set: In The Jungle #Giveaway Ends 11/17 @deliciouslysavv

Have you ever used felt stories in your classroom? A few of my schools had some that I could use and I do remember them from when I was a Montessori kid. Not only are they great for acting out the stories you’re sharing, but they’re also a great way to inspire creativity and storytelling in the children! Check out this one!

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Nat Geo Kids Books Fall Prize Pack #Giveaway Ends 10/31 @NGKidsBks @HomeJobsByMom

You know how much I love the Nat Geo books and that I always had them in my classroom. They’re so great for kids (and adults!) of all ages! We would page through them and read them over and over again. I found another giveaway for you! These are the same books as in the other giveaway I am sharing, but it is a different giveaway. So a second chance to win! Check them out and then enter to win this great prize pack. Best of luck to you! Continue reading “Nat Geo Kids Books Fall Prize Pack #Giveaway Ends 10/31 @NGKidsBks @HomeJobsByMom”

Nat Geo Kids Fall Favorites #Giveaway Ends 11/2

I’ve mentioned many times that the Nat Geo books have always been popular in my classroom. I know a lot of my students also had some at home. Check out all of these fun titles that you can enter to win for yourself or to donate! Good luck!  Continue reading “Nat Geo Kids Fall Favorites #Giveaway Ends 11/2”

#FreeRead In the Sky by Rachelle Nones October 1

I love finding new books to inspire learning in children. Even better when you can get them for free! Take advantage of this free Kindle deal on October 1 to inspire some skywatching in your kids!

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#99cents #Sale! Living Green: A Story About Planet Earth, Environmental Preservation, Respect and Friendship by Florian Bushy

If you want to teach kids about preservation of the environment, use this story as a launchpad! And grab it quickly, because it’s currently on sale for just $0.99, usually $2.99. Read more about Living Green: A Story About Planet Earth, Environmental Preservation, Respect and Friendship by Florian Bushy and take a sneak peek inside!

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Montessori Takeaways from a Conversation with Temple Grandin

Several weeks ago, I had the honor of participating in an online discussion with Temple Grandin. She is a woman I greatly admire who has taught me a lot when it comes to working with neurodiverse individuals. I first saw her speak and then get to meet her one-on-one at a critical point in my teaching career.

As I sat there listening to her speak, I kept reflecting on how so much of what she was saying perfectly fits into the Montessori method. My hand cramped up as I scribbled dozens of notes. But I wanted to share with you some takeaways from the talk.

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UBC: What is your why?

Throughout my blog networking and sharing, I came across something called the Ultimate Blog Challenge for the month of August. The topic of the day was “Why do you do what you do?” Well, let me share my why.

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National Geographic Kids Shark-tastic Prize Pack #Giveaway Ends 9/1 @MarksvilleandMe

The National Geographic Kids series of books are a staple in my classrooms. They are chock full of scientific information and engaging photographs that keep the children glued to the pages and wanting to learn even more. In this giveaway, you can win a set of six to keep at home or to use in a classroom. Best of luck entering!
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Thank you, Mom, for my Montessori life

So yesterday was the three-year anniversary of my mother’s passing. I found myself thinking about how I’ve just completed a three-year cycle, just like we have in Montessori education. In a way, I almost found some comfort in that thought, on what is usually a really difficult day.

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Why Montessorians Need to Read Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: The Remix by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

As educators, it is our responsibility to teach the children in our care to the best of our knowledge and ability. In order to do that, we need to continue to educate ourselves. There have been advances in science since most of us have been in school. We keep up on that and teach it. And even history gets new pieces added to it. For example, in April 2021, they found the home of Ben Ross, Harriet Tubman’s father. Who knows how much more of her story we will learn now?

Plus a lot of history that we learned in school was only part of the story. Figures who were painted as saints often had some major flaws that also need to be acknowledged. If we want to teach the truth. We need to be aware of the narrative that we are passing on.

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