Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Blogging Mamas

It's been a while since I blogged here at Montessori Mama...I miss connecting with you all.  I am a very busy mama, but then again what mama isn't right?

So tonight (inspired by the lovely mamas below) I am going to pledge to post more frequently on this beloved blog of mine!

Here are a few of my personal favorite Mamas for you to visit.  Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!

Wonder Parenting
Maine Adventure Mom
Morning Glory Garden


Friday, April 6, 2012

Hoppy Easter!

How lucky are we to have a Rabbit in the family school?
Today was a great Spring day.  One of my little friends shared her pet rabbit with us.
The other children bravely took turns to pet the rabbit and offered her carrots from snack.  Too cute!
Happy Easter to all of you.
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Friday, March 30, 2012

Paddington Bear


 The Playhouse Children's Theater presents "Paddington Bear's Adventures," adapted from the stories of Michael Bond and directed by Mary Weaver, in final performances by a cast of 15 children ages 5 to 13 at The Playhouse in Belfast on Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31 and April 6 and 7, at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee performance on Sunday, April 1, at 4 p.m. The play is recommended for ages five and up.

The Playhouse is located at 107 Church Street in Belfast. Tickets are $5 at the door. Seating is limited; call 338-5777 for reservations.
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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Celebrating Seuss!

I know there are dozens of Dr. Seuss posts out there but I MUST share.  This past week we celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday! There is something magical about re-introducing young children to a familiar friend.  The Cat in the Hat is an old family friend to most children, they take pride and joy in knowing the stories and the characters.

 In celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday this past week, we grew as a community.  It was very sweet to over-hear comments like, "I have that book at home!" and "You do? So do I!" said with excitement and joy over the connection to a friend.
Children develop independence by first separating from their parent to their teacher, then from the teacher to a peer/friend...this natural progression is not always an easy task for all to do.  The work of the preschool teacher is to nurture friendships between the children.   When was the last time you shared with a parent, about who their child plays with at school?  Suggesting play-dates is a great way to foster preschool friendships.  Some parents will ask but other parents may be shy or may not feel comfortable asking. 
Happy Reading everyone!  ~MM


Monday, January 9, 2012

To Do List

There are so many things on my "To Do List"!  One of the items is to pay more attention to this blog of mine.  I used to post descriptions and insight. Now I post mostly photos. I used to post weekly sometimes even daily.  Now I'm lucky if I post once a month! It's not that I don't enjoy blogging, because I DO.  It's just there never seems to be time any more to "do it right" you know what I mean?  And, if I'm being completely honest, I have to tell you all something.  I used to think I was typing to strangers, sharing with people I would most likely never cross paths with.  I used to believe I wrote for other Montessori teachers and parents who wanted or needed ideas.   Now, 500 followers later, I know this is not the case.  In fact, I've met a good many of my readers and I'm told regularly that my blog helped a handful of parents in my local community, survive "the toddler years".

In one way it's flattering and encouraging to know your reaching people, helping people, comforting people.  In another way it's intimidating.  And there is something un-nerving about revealing so much of one's life that people you hardly know feel comfortable coming up to you at say.... the library story hour and asking you about your birth story or your spirited child's diet??  True story people. 

Then there is the fact that I left a job I loved, working for a wonderful Montessori school, to start my own in home preschool.  I've been given the impression that some people in my community (who sniff out drama) think there is MORE to this story than there really is.  That, since I'm being completely open here, is fricking exhausting! Look: People resign from their places of employment and start somewhere new every day.  There is no big dramatic story to tell.  If you want to know more because you care about me then ask ME, don't troll my blog for dirt.  Okay, there I said it. 

So, moving on.  I love this blog, I'm really proud of it.  When I started it years ago, blogging was new.  I was one of a handful of Montessori teachers blogging and it felt so exciting to be part of something important.  I really felt that way.  Also, I had a toddler and if I didn't write to all of you, I think like many moms of toddlers, I would have gone a little batty.  Connecting with other moms was paramount to my existence. 

And so I feel like I need to share all this and see if folks still want me to share?   Is anyone reading this blog of mine?
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