Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori

Friday, October 29, 2010

Trick or Treat!

Halloween is so close we can barely stand it! 
The past few days of school have been filled with Halloween activities with special visitors.

Hilary and Shelby visited to make these skeletal masterpieces.  The kids had to work very carefully to create a perfect skeleton. 

Kell and Carson showing off their fine motor skills!

Thanks to all the parents who helped out this week!  

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Today we had the spookiest treats ever! 
Hannah and her mom Anne were so kind to bring these tasty (and...shhh...HEALTHY) Halloween treats.  
They were such a hit we had to ask for the recipe.  Anne says they are surprisingly easy to make even though Hannah thought the process was just a bit too sticky.

Anne and Hannah's 
Banana Coconut Ghost Pops
Bananas: Cut in half
Vanilla Yogurt
Shredded Coconut
Dried Blue Berries
Popsicle Sticks

How to do it:
1. Put your halved banana on a Popsicle stick (with the rounded side up for the ghosties head)
2. Dip the Banana in yogurt
3. Place your Banana on a plate or cookie sheet
4. Sprinkle with Coconut and make a Ghost face with Blueberries
5. Place ghosts in the freezer to harden
6.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


After playing outside on Wednesday afternoons, the children have been enjoying a yoga lesson led by Eli's mom, Rebekah.  This half hour of games, poses, and relaxation rejuvenates us all - physically and mentally!

Cole balances a ball between his feet and introduces himself,
"I'm Cole, and I like cheetahs!"

 Carson carefully blows on a feather...
too much air will make the tiny piece of fluff blow away.

 Are those kids really licking their toes?!!!
No, they're just bears eating honey!
Rebekah tells a story, 
and the children act it out through fun yoga poses.

The class winds down with a wiggle test 
{The children let their arms and legs go limp and we wiggle them.}
and a massage.

I bet you wish someone would give YOU a massage during the middle of your day!  ;)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Signs of Halloween

Can you spot the signs of Halloween?  We have been busy as bees getting ready for one of our favorite holidays.  Our school has transformed to a spooky place of learning; with spiders, pumpkins, witches, ghosts and much more. Take a look!

Pirate Meow Meow Spooky Face

Hi Morgan!

Black Light Party!

Lizzie and Tommy's Mom teaches the kids how to make a Jack o Lantern Mask

We found a sign of Halloween!
Spooky Rings!

Making Mosaics

Sawyer's Spider
Quinnell and her mom work on an art project

One of our favorite Halloween songs goes like this:

5 little pumpkins sitting on a fence,
A witch came flying by!
I'll take you and make some pumpkin pie!

(Then there were 4, 3, 2, 1, etc...)
0 pumpkins sitting on a fence,
a witch came flying by!
Eating pumpkin pie!

Batty Finger Puppets
Upstairs Spookiness
Halloween Crafting

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Rocky Creek Farm

Alex taking in the view from the tractor ride

 It sure is starting to feel like fall (good bye 70 degree weather) and there is no better way to get ready for the season than visiting a pumpkin patch.  Rocky Creek Farm, located just east of Bozeman, is a beautiful working farm where you can pick and press apples, hunt for pumpkins, and find the best real apple cider in town.  Many of us have fond memories of visiting pumpkin patches and apple orchards in our youth.  The beautiful fruits, vegetables, pumpkins and gourds, the smells, and of course the delicious apple cider and other harvest treats.  We had a great field trip to the farm, and I hope that all of the kids hold on to the memories of our visit.  

Alicia and Amelia!

Making our own cider

How many preschoolers does it take to fill a tractor?

Piggy watching

Can we keep them? Please?

Pumpkin Patch!

Suzanne and Talia came too!  Check out Talia's beautiful hat...

 Just have to include a close up of the tractor

Prepare to be amazed

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Thank You Friends!

"Dear Megan,
    Sorry about your dog.  We have some ideas on how to find him.  You could call to him, you could make a trail of treats for him to follow, you could make a dog calling machine, or even a toy mouse for him to follow. Good luck and we'll keep our eyes open for him!
                                                                                   Charlie, Liza, and Hadley"

  This is the postcard (complete with a picture of an Egyptian goddess on the front, of course) I received today.  You may have heard that I was not at school on Monday because my dog Henry went missing.  (We found him, he is fine, don't worry!)  We are so lucky to have such genuinely caring children.  It means so much when the children go out of their way to take care of their teachers.  I want to say thank you to the kids for thinking of me and Henry during our stressful time!

Friday, October 8, 2010

the itsy bitsy spider...

Landon, I think you have a spider on your head.

Anne, Christy, Becky and the downstairs classroom have been getting into the Halloween spirit.  They have dedicated each week leading up to Halloween to some spooky theme.  This past week's theme was spiders.  The creepy crawlers have been spotted all over the place in the downstairs classroom; in the form of arts and crafts, games, songs, and obstacle courses.      

Anne and Kale admire the spider


Ronan navigates a spider web

Bring a Parent Night

Finally! Some pictures from the BIG NIGHT!  The kids love bring a parent night because they get to bring their families to school and teach them lessons.  There is a lot to say about Bring a Parent Night, but let's let the pictures do the talking...
A room full of dads!

What would you like to see on our blog?

We have been working out all the technology kinks this past week.  You may have noticed that you could not leave comments on our blog.  We have remedied this problem - we think!  Lets test it out - Please leave a comment answering the question;  What would you like to see on our blog?