Thank you so much for sticking with us through such a period of adjustment! This morning, the recycle trucks came by and took away the last of our moving boxes, and we are settling in well. I’m looking forward to spending more time on some fun projects that you’ll see on here over the next couple of months. Now onto the links!
If you’re not the “summer bucket list” type, I highly recommend this list over at What do We Do All Day.
I did a 21 Day Sugar Detox awhile ago, and while I’m not sure that I want to do one during ice cream season, I’m thankful for this list of 21 sugar-free drinks for the summer.
I appreciate Angie’s list of education truths, which will hopefully allow some people to worry less about the choices they are making in institutional and homeschool educations, as nothing will ever be the perfect choice.
I just bought this water table, so I’m excited to see this list of great ideas for water table play from Asia at Fun at Home with Kids! This post from Katie at Playing with Words 365 shares the educational benefits of water tables, specifically in regards to early speech and language development.
This is an older post by Amanda over at Not Just Cute, but I don’t think it will ever stop being relevant! A great perspective of the value of both arts and crafts in preschool; in Montessori, we can be too easily dismissive of crafts, but the opposite is generally true in many preschool programs, even those claiming to follow the Emergent (Reggio-inspired) curriculum, which focus too heavily on end-result crafts rather than process-driven arts. I’m sure I’ll be writing more on this soon!
I found Anne’s musings over at Modern Mrs. Darcy inspiring, and in a sense, chilling. I’ve tried to reflect daily on the little blessings and things that I’m appreciative for, but there’s always something that gets overlooked, and it is such a human affliction to not get serious until we lose something we want.
I will definitely be writing more on this video in the future, but I had to share it with you this week!
A Montessori Morning by Linda Palmer is a time lapse video of a typical (ideal) Montessori 3 hour work cycle. There is so much that is perfect about this video, and it speaks to so many reasons why I love Montessori.
On Thursday I mentioned that Ella loves Dinosaur Train, and one of my favourite things is that half of the shows end with Dr. Scott the Paleontologist saying, “Get into nature and make your own discoveries.” I LOVE this piece by Angela Hanscom which makes some great arguments for not just sensory-seeking in nature, but occupational therapy in nature!
This piece goes from a personal horror story to a great exposition of our society’s elevating sense of panic in relation to our children and the increasing belief that parents need to be supervising them at all times.
I found this tribute to Maya Angelou to be my favourite of the week. Maya’s work was always beautiful, but the depth that her personal wisdom lent it was what set it apart. She lived well and blessed the world with her now immortalized words, that may give us insights into living our own truths.
Happy reading and have a great weekend!