Saturday, January 7, 2012

Working in a Winter Wonderland!

While the snow outside has melted, we have much in the way of winter in our classroom these days!  The children have returned from our Christmas break and are relishing the new activities out on the shelves:

Making felt snowflakes.

Winter-inspired art with oil pastels on black paper.

Mittens and Snowflakes counting.

Fun with 'Snowdough!'

Painting with a snowflake stamp.
Yay!  The first lessons of the Collective Exercises - Static Addition with the Golden Beads.
Playing the Memory Game of Numbers with snowflakes.
Opening and Closing variation.
Reading practice with the Phonetic Object Box.  I recently changed the objects which generated a renewed interest in the lesson.
Refinement of writing skills with the Metal Insets.  This child had the lesson of using three shape and three colors.
Playing the "Winter Tree" game which is described here.

Gluing snowflakes.
Parts of a Flower Puzzle and collage...

...which is remarkably similar to our amaryllis plant which bloomed this week!

Pink Tower

Using the Sandpaper Letter booklet (from the post here) to practice writing letters in cornmeal.
Let's hope the Mother Nature will take some cues from our classroom and send us some snow! :-)


  1. Genevieve BillingsJanuary 7, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    Wonderful visions of snow. Could you share your recipe for the snow dough?

  2. Oh how I wish I could be in your classroom! Everything is so well put together. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Hi Genevieve!
    I just used a basic playdough recipe (no coloring...)and added glitter - so simple and the kids have loved it!
    Take care,

  4. Thank you Discovering Montessori - always a pleasure to share what is going on and I very much enjoy keeping up with your classroom too! :)

  5. Oh,I am so glad to have found you. We are in the middle of our winter unit and I now have so many new ideas from you! Thanks!

  6. Amie, Thank you so much - I'm so glad to have found you too! I just love the ideas you share on your blog. Thanks for writing - so happy that you found some new ideas...! :)