Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy

Have you ever heard the expression easy peasy lemon squeezy?  I know a whole group of three to six year olds who absolutely adore this expression!  If you spend time at our little yellow school, you are bound to hear it at some point.  What does it mean and why do the children find it so appealing?

A Montessori environment is filled with materials and activities that meet the unique interests, academic levels and developmental needs of the children within it.   These are introduced to the child sequentially, enabling the child to explore and learn independently.

A Three Year Old Using a Screwdriver

A Three Year Old Using a Plant/Animal Classification Chart

A Four Year Old Solving Addition Sums

A Three Year Old Working With The Pink Object Boxes

A Reading Comprehension Exercise for Children Aged 4+

At the core of the Montessori Method is the belief that through exploration, trial and error and repetition comes mastery.  There is nothing quite like the joy of hearing a happy child exclaim "I did it!"  Once a child at our little yellow school has mastered a concept, it is not unusual to hear them say 'That was so easy peasy lemon squeezy!' and everyone will know exactly what they mean.  It is also very fun to say.

Imagine my surprise when I came across the following item while out grocery shopping during the summer. 

easy peasy lemon squeezy reusable shopping bag from Longo's

I knew the children would be interested in seeing my find.  Just look how excited they are!

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Our Potato Harvest 2015

Last May, the children planted seed potatoes in our back garden.  The potato plants grew all summer long and were ready to be harvested in September.  During our second week of school, all of the children at our little yellow school came together to harvest the potatoes.  Here are some pictures from the harvest.





Thank you to A.'s mom for sending us photos of A. preparing and eating her potatoes.

Washing the Potatoes

Cooking the Potatoes