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Gardening Lessons for Children

I have decided to share with you some gardening ideas from the past that you can perhaps use with children. Children are naturally drawn to plants and gardens. Maria Montessori said, “There must be provision for the child to have contact with nature, to understand and appreciate the order, the harmony and the beauty in nature… so that the child may better understand and participate in the marvelous things which civilization creates.”

In the beginning we start with introducing children to types of seeds, parts of a seed, kinds of plants, parts of a plant, and continue in this progression with Botany lessons leading up to the planting of a garden. So here are some pictures of some of these lessons. Botany lessons can be found throughout the Cultural part of the curriculum. Hope the following pictures and captions are descriptive enough. Enjoy!

Seed Lesson
Seed Lesson
Seed Explore (finding the tiny plant waiting to grow)
Seed Wheel Art
Planting Seeds
Planting a Garden
Caring for the Garden
Caring for the Garden

Started Adding Video to Online Curriculum

So, this past week was a milestone for me, because I finally started to think about how videos can help with teaching, especially if you are now transitioning to online classes. Covid-19 may have started us having to learn about how to teach online, but I was part of a Zoom conference call last week where a San Francisco school is really taking it to another level! I was really impressed by this school, they really worked together, cared for one another, and were even willing to help veteran teachers like me learn more about online teaching – video being a huge part.

So here was a video I quickly put together (well, my husband did the editing) which I added to the Cultural Curriculum Week 31 Day 2. Check it out…

Take Note!

I’m still offering FREE access for Covid-19 stay-at-home teachers and parents, but once the Curriculum is Membership only you’ll need to be a member to see this. I do have it on my channel on YouTube, so you cane see the video without the curriculum content (plus I’ll leave it here in the blog).

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JustMontessori Introduction Video

This was the first video my husband created for JustMontessori years ago. It was always such a peaceful video for me… something about the growth of the flower and a child’s mind growing resonated with me. Plus, I always liked the metaphor for how my Cultural Curriculum goal was to grow, “…the absorbent mind” in my children. It’s so true, plant the Montessori methods, water them with encouragement, and watch as their little minds grow!

I hope you enjoy it!

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Adding Previous & Next navigation to over 200 pages. Yikes!

As I was going through making changes to the Cultural Curriculum, I noticed it was a real pain having to go back to the main curriculum page to navigate to the previous or next day. I’m so sorry, this must be as frustrating for you as it is for me! So, I am meticulously going through each page again (over 200) and adding arrows to the Previous page and the Next page, based on which day you’re looking at. I am placing i at the bottom of the page because once you’ve reviewed a particular day, this is the most intuituve spot. I am also adding the PDF curriculum link for that set of Weeks/Days, so if you get really tired of the online version, you can buy the PDF version and have it on your device or computer all the time.

Next, you can see how the navigation will look, big and bold!

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Seed Sprouting Jars for Botany

Even as the school year is coming to a close in the Northern Hemisphere (as I write this), I am already preparing for the next school year. Seeds are such a great illustration of Botany, reproduction, and education. I took pictures of the seeds I have in jars so the children can see how the seeds sprout and grow. This is great, especially now when you can share your screen, if using Zoom, to teach. If you are able to be in the classroom, then you will need to start the seeds a week or so before so the children can see them sprouting.

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