Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Poetry Baskets: Fall

Last year one of the ideas I found while looking around online was setting up poetry baskets in my classroom - something I have never done before.  What is in a poetry basket, you may ask?  Well, inside a poetry basket you will find:

1) A poem, typed or neatly written, with pictures/graphics to go along with key ideas in the poem.
2) Objects that match the pictures/graphics on the typed poem.
3) A pointer to point to the words in each poem.

There are several blogs that have pictures and ideas for poetry baskets online:

Living Montessori Now

My Montessori Journey

Chasing Cheerios

Counting Coconuts

So, this is what I have been working on the last couple of days - finding poems, typing poems, and adding pictures to the poems.  I decided to do poems by month - so one new poem each month.  The September and October poems are the same as those used at the My Montessori Journey blog and found at the CanTeach website.  For the November poem, however, I went with a different poem, also found at the CanTeach website.  Below are links to all of the poems with pictures that I have made using Microsoft Word:




I have not yet found objects to go with each of the poems.  Once I finish finding, typing, and adding pictures to poems for the whole school year (through May), I will post pictures of the poems with the objects that will go with them.  Until then, sorry, I do not have any pictures.  However, if you visit the blogs listed above, you will find some great pictures of the objects others have used to go along with the poems.

That's it for today!  I will post the remainder of the monthly poems as I complete them!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Resale/Yard Sale Finds: Part 2

I know I said I would post the rest of my yard sale finds last week, but I just didn't have a chance.  So, I'll play catch up this week!

Aren't these neat tongs?  There are so many things that the kids could use these to pick up for a practical life work!

A simple small metal pitcher.  I don't have any metal pitchers yet, so this will be a great addition to my practical life pitcher collection!

Isn't this a neat tray for sorting!  I think it will be great for a Fall math, sensorial, or practical life work!

Look at this collection of small vases I found!  I thought they would be great for pouring work or even for flower arranging with really small fake flowers!

I bought these specifically to use as smelling jars.  I am planning on painting the outside of three of them blue and the other three red, like the kind you buy from a Montessori supply store.  Or, I might cover them with blue and red fabric, we'll see...

This is for pouring work.  I think the little lid will add another interesting aspect.

I love the natural appeal of these wooden bowls!  There were actually a lot more that I could have bought, but I decided I needed to limit how many, so I went with just four.  These have so many uses!

I bought these to use as pencil holders.  My daughters Montessori school has little glass containers like these at the easel, etc. as pencil holders.  I thought this was a great idea, so when I found these, I thought they would work perfectly!

Simple plastic tongs.

A child-size wisk.

Two bags of tiny sea shells.  These have so many uses - art, math, practical life, sensorial (sorting), etc.

These are just cheap foam number puzzles.  I bought them so that I could use the numbers for numeral and counter math work.

I looked all over for this exact thing last school year around Valentine's Day and couldn't find it.

Great little set for pouring work.  There are actually three cups in the set, but I missed one when I took the picture.

A simple ladle spoon.

Well, that's it for my resale/yard sale finds so far this Summer.  I plan to do more shopping throughout the Summer!  One of my favorite things to do is shop at resale stores and yard sales!

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Resale/Yard Sale Finds: Part 1

I know I have not blogged in a couple weeks.  I am amazed at how busy I am over the Summer when I am not working!  Between a family vacation and my daughters 3'rd birthday, I just have not had any time to sit down and write for a while.

During my family vacation, I hit some resale stores and some yard sales - and came back home with a LOT more than I left home with!  Some stuff is just stuff for my family, like luggage, clothes, dishes, etc.  But, most of what I found is for school!  So, I thought I'd share some of my awesome school finds with you all!

This is a kaleidoscope that can be changed according to themes, seasons, etc.!  I was so excited to find it!  I have not looked at it very closely yet, but it looks like you can fill the end with small objects as well as change out the outside of the scope.  I thought this would be great for a seasonal basket or table - which I'd like to incorporate into my classroom this coming school year!

Ok, this may not seem so awesome, but for me it is!  Every year I do a unit on the 5 senses and this is the book I like to read when we talk about the sense of sight.  But, I did not have the book and always found myself looking for it at the library at the very last minute.  Now, I have it!

I found this book about the human body.  But, I did not buy it for the book, I bought it for the inserts on the inside of the book of the human skeleton and the human organ systems - with all parts labeled.

These are just old calendars I found - I decided to start collecting them so that I can use them for photographs of different subjects, etc. in my classroom.

This is just a Children's Picture Atlas.  I thought I could use it when we do geography lessons.

I thought this would make a good work for the beginning of the school year.

These are small fabric flowers that I thought could either be used for art, practical life, or even counting.

Anyone remember this from school?  I sure do!  Every math teacher I had, had one of these for drawing different size circles & angles on the chalkboard.  I am always trying to find the right size circular container, etc. to trace to get the size circle that I need - now I can just use this to make any size circle that I want!

Well, that's it for today!  I will post more of my school finds in the next couple days or so.

I am linking up with Montessori Monday via Living Montessori Now!

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