Supermoon Lunar Eclipse

Did you know that Wednesday morning’s lunar eclipse was the first blue moon total lunar eclipse in the U.S. since March 1866? That’s around when the Civil War ended! To mark the occasion, we decided to wake up super early on my hubby’s birthday and go out on the boat. It was a frigid 32…

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Tour of Our Evolving Homeschool Classroom

So I was sharing some pictures of our homeschooling classroom (our sunporch), and I figured after spending so much time flipping through albums trying to find them, I really ought to share some in one post.   Our space is constantly evolving with materials and as my kids age and their needs change. But every…

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Montessori Kids at Christmas in Epcot

One of the areas of learning in Montessori education is cultural work. While there are continent boxes and pin maps to work with, what’s really fun as Montessori-at-home-schoolers is hitting the road for a little real life exploration. We are very fortunate as Florida natives to have Walt Disney World in our backyard, so to…

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Great Lessons Montessori Co-Op

We started a small Montessori Great Lessons co-op with friends this school year. In a Montessori elementary classroom, these are presented to the group as a jumping off place for all kinds of science explorations. Because the lower elementary plane is based on cooperative work, it’s great to be able to share our lessons together! Here’s…

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October Science Shelves

Here’s a quick peek at our science shelves for October. We’re still covering the first Great Lesson, and this is largely a space unit: Solar system, cosmic address, stars and constellations, phases of the moon and the seasons.

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Field Tripping Vol 1: the Solar Eclipse in NC

We started the school year off with a field trip to the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina! We visited family, went apple picking, saw the total eclipse of the sun, camped out, visited a hands-on children’s museum, got stuck in really bad traffic, and even exhaled! Quite the exciting weekend! Before we left I…

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How to Make a Solar System Mat

Confession time — No. 1: I am no seamstress. I don’t have much experience with a needle and thread. No 2: My husband stepped on a needle in the process of making this mat because someone, whom shall remain nameless, may or may not have left a needle on the floor. In the nameless person’s…

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Review: Moon Phases Puzzle

Yesterday I received the most beautiful, wooden phases of the moon puzzle in the mail. It is just gorgeous y’all.   I’m almost done with our shelf work prep for the solar system, then I’ll share a peek at our two science shelves this month. In the meantime, we can’t keep our hands off of…

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Solar System Stackers Review: SensoryPlay

Oh, I am over the moon (and sun, and Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune) for my sweet, little solar system stackers by SensoryPlay on Etsy. About a month ago, I saw a for sale post in the Montessori Materials for Sale group on Facebook for a lovely, wooden sun stacker. With our upcoming…

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