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Monday, June 15, 2015

Step by Step Montessori Series (our classroom)

I've been hesitant to post too much about our classroom area, because I don't think it's very "Pinterest-worthy."  It's also not a good example of Montessori, since my storage area is set up more for storage than child-driven activities.  Since I started this "Step by Step Montessori" series, I've gotten the courage to blog about our learning set-up.  Here's the breakdown:

1- craft supply storage area
2- theme binders
3- books
4- random storage
5- cookie cutters and sensory materials
6- our work trays
7- microwave and coffeemaker
8- school supplies
9- sewing machine/supplies

As you can see, my "classroom" storage shelves reflect the eclectic nature of our "apple room."  It's our eating place, our mud room, our storage area, our office, and our home school classroom.  This is another reason why I didn't want to show *anyone* this picture.





 The Safari Toobs are stored in the bin labeled "invitation to play" with each set in it's own Crystal Lite container.  The shoe box above the bin holds all the loose sensory materials.

The 3-drawer cart is my version of a Montessori shelf of activity trays.  Because of my kids' ages (still all under 4), I chose the kids' activities.  The kids always sit in their high chairs/booster seats for school time, but, eventually, I'd like to teach them to use "the rug."

 These are our themed binders.  Last year, I crammed everything into two binders, but this year I expanded to eight.  I'm preparing a separate post about the contents of these folders and how I set up all my printed materials.
The two bins next to the mixer are filled with more school supplies.  The one on the right is full of our "tools."  It has trays, bowls, ice cube trays, and kitchen implements.  The one of the left looks disorganized, but it has smaller containers inside it with our tiny counters, life cycle sets, and random other themed stuff.  Office-type school supplies are stored in a plastic shoe box in my bedroom.

This is the "teaching wall" of our classroom (sorry about the glare).
1- Days of the Week calendar with picture reminders
2- themed pictures to introduce our topics (this was during Space week)
3- build-a-letter representation of our letter of the week
3- sign language poster for the letter of the week
6- coat closet area for the kids' coats

We're linked up:
Christian Montessori Network

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