Saturday, February 21, 2009

More Moons...

We made a larger version of our moon work to hang in our classroom. The "moons" are made from the cardboard packaging from precooked pizza crusts from our grocery store. The oil left from the bread on the cardboard made a crater-like effect for a more realistic moon. The blue shadows were made from left over wallpaper. The children enjoy laying on the floor staring up at the moons or reflecting from our breathing room loft with a great view of the moons.

A family in our school gave us this calendar. The calendar comes in four sheets and is broken up by seasons. The stars, cycles of the moon, and ecological highlights of the seasons are emphasized along with marking for traditional days and months. The calendars are beautiful. I think every Montessori classroom should have one.

Since my picture really doesn't do it justice check out their website at

Happy Lunar New Year!

Here are some pictures from our Lunar New Year celebration. The children made the dragon head from a cardboard box, tissue paper, and found objects (the eyes are detergent bottle tops and dog show ribbons!). The body is a table cloth.

Gung Hay Fat Choy!
Here are some more Lunar new Year themed cutting works out in our art area...

For the year of the ox a great printable from

A simple three dimensional star. Just draw two stars of the same size. I made a template and ran off a bunch on my printer. I find cardstock works best. After cutting out the outline of the stars, make one cut from the valley between two points to the center of the star. Do the same for the second star. Join the stars at the place where you made the cuts by sliding them together.