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Leah
Albany, NY
I am a mother of two girls ages 6 and 9. I am an AMS certified Montessori teacher for ages 2 1/2-6..
Interests: knitting, singing, chocolate, dancing, costuming, puppets, making lists, camping, eating, reading, playing with kids, stripes, picking at my toes, converse sneakers, children's theatre, period pieces of forbidden love, rolling change, pudding, baking...and on and on
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In July I had the pleasure of teaching two summer camp sessions at the Montessori school where I teach during the school year. My first session was an art camp with 3-6 year olds which I unfortunately didn't really document. We spent our days with acrylic paint, oil pastels, clay,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2015 at Color Box 3
Beautiful shop filled with such treasures!
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At the beginning of the summer I purchased a scrumptious bag of wool roving for needle felting and this became my handwork of choice on our travels. It takes up very little space in the luggage, it is easy to pick up and put down, is versatile, welcomes my girls... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Color Box 3
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After a wild and wooly winter, I am emerging along with the buds. This winter blew in strong and brought along with it hardships beyond expected. I found myself creating a fair amount of materials through those cold days. I am constantly reminded how handwork can calm a troubled mind... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2014 at Color Box 3
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We have finished up our mini unit of horses in the classroom and last week I finally got around to snapping a few photos. I thought I would share a few things we did. I made this Horse Game to reinforce the names of the body parts of these beautiful... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2013 at Color Box 3
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We have started this school year with a mini unit on horses to go along with the traditional theme of apples. On the shelf we have had a wooden stable, fence, horses, farmer, and fruit trees to gently introduce them. The children have been enjoying setting up the scene and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2013 at Color Box 3
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Here is a fresh stack of newly made nap bags for our three year olds. Though this isn't the most exciting of topics, I feel like it is still worthy of sharing, especially for those of you out there who are teachers. A few years ago my colleague Nancy came... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2013 at Color Box 3
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Well, the new school year has begun! It feels wonderful to be back in the classroom and so exciting to meet all of our new students. September is so refreshing. I am not a fan of New Year in January. September is a new year for me and it is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2013 at Color Box 3
Just yesterday I passed on a Silk Oak dress that my youngest outgrew. Beautiful clothing!
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Thank you Nancy. I have a few more projects planned before we go back!
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I am so happy to have finished this project. I have wanted to do it for well over a year and have been holding onto the supplies waiting for the opportune time. Over the past couple of weeks, in many small chunks of time, I was able to get it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2013 at Color Box 3
My evening crafting these days happens with Call the Midwife (streaming on Netflix). Loving it.
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I am a Montessori teacher and love making materials with felt for my students. This stack certainly gives me many ideas!
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There are so many perks of my job but today I speak about coffee. Get it? Perks. Waa waa. Remember all of that coffee grinding we were doing in the classroom? I ended up bringing a couple cups of course ground coffee beans home and it was so perfect for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2013 at Color Box 3
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I was a child who collected things. I collected erasers, pencils, porcelain dolls, polished rocks, business cards, travel sized toiletries, and a number of other doodads. My mom recently gave me back my eraser collection that she has kept for many years and it got me thinking about some of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2013 at Color Box 3
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I officially ended my school year yesterday. The classroom is packed up and cleaned and will sit quietly awaiting the fall. Today began my summer with the girls. Although my house was in desparate need of hours of love, I knew that the three of us needed a little something... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2013 at Color Box 3
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This art project may very well be my favorite and perhaps the most successful to date. As you know my unit study for training was on South America. I learned about arpilleras and quickly decided we needed to make one as a class. Arpilleras are three dimensional fabric collages made... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2013 at Color Box 3
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 As of Sunday...I am an officially certified Montessori teacher for children ages 2.6-6! This has been an incredibly rewarding year. It challenged me in ways I wasn't sure I could overcome and fed me in ways I wasn't expecting. I made lifelong friends and got to study under the... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2013 at Color Box 3
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As part of our study of South America, the teacher that I work with wanted to do a unit on the rainforest. I knew I wasn't going to contribute a ton to this aspect of the continent because I had other ideas to focus on. However, I had the idea... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2013 at Color Box 3
Start a blog! You know...in all of your spare time!
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As a treat, sometimes I make my students muffins. I love to bake them and they love to eat them. It made sense to make banana muffins this week to go along with our mini study of the delicious yellow fruit. I have adapted this recipe from a number of... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2013 at Color Box 3
Oh Kate and I want my girls to be in YOUR class!
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With our study of South America come a few lessons about two very important plants that grow there. First we have...bananas! I made this book with photos from online and wrote a very simple book to tell the story of bananas. After reading this to the class one student said,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2013 at Color Box 3
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During my Montessori training, my practical life teacher called baby dressing, washing, and care the "most important work in the classroom." Upon hearing this my heart melted, I took a deep breath and thought "Oh yes of course. Babydolls are Montessori and they belong in every classroom." Teaching children how... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2013 at Color Box 3