We’ve really enjoyed exploring the other side of Frozen these past two weeks, and surprisingly, engaging in Frozen-inspired preschool activities has reduced the number of times I’ve been asked to put the movie on!
We used some Reggio and Montessori approaches in developing our mini Frozen-inspired preschool unit study, and used the children’s natural interest in the movie to inspire an appreciation for Scandinavian culture, re-ignite some interest in two of our Montessori works, and engage in some wonderful hands-on provocations and sensory activities.
Recently, I engaged in a conversation with a Montessori teacher about child restraints – specifically, can child leashes be used in positive parenting? Is there ever a just reason for using a child leash?
While personally, I don’t think any issue can be cut and dry, I do think it is important to explore the reasons why parents use child leashes and consider alternatives.
In 2013, Sheryl Sandberg released “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” to great and varied response.
The pivotal point in her book was that freshly educated women needed to lean in to their careers and prioritize their professional success in a culture that often sees women holding themselves back. Check out her TED talk, for a quick run-down.
She discussed the ways women self-sabotage, or undervalue their own worth. While Sheryl touched on home life — specifically, making a marriage a true partnership — her focus is on the business world. She didn’t seem to see that some of these women are not just “leaning away” from their careers. They are leaning in to motherhood.
We love sensory play, and it’s even better when that sensory play incorporates as many of the senses as possible!
We recently made this awesome Frozen slime, and after playing with it on a tray for a bit (and assuring myself that it would not stick) we decided to try it out on the light table — and I’m so glad that we did!
I recently shared two gift guides (One You Want, One You Need, One You Wear, One You Read and Kids Kitchen Tools), but a recent question about what the “best Montessori gift you have given your child” prompted me to think, it’s not so much what I have given, but what I haven’t given that has made the biggest impact.