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Carolyn Hadsell
Inspired Montessori and Arts
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Doily on a Red Tray
 Hobby Lobby has bags of wooden objects like these stars, hearts and laser cut discs. Then, the old lady earrings are from a garage sale as well as the unknown golden twisted objects. A paper doily is the center of attraction with beauties orbiting. My eyes...

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So I find these things at estate sales and Goodwill for pennies. I bring them back to my "Loose Parts" storage room.  I have a lot! I play around with the items and make a theme or subject sometimes like apples and gingerbread boys. I do it. Looks good. It ...

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Circle Straw Mat Design
 It is looking a little like Reggio Emilia around here.   The lesson is repetition, direction of line, harmony and grace.    The lesson is making beauty.   The lesson works by engaging the child to make choices in calm concentration. 

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The Blue Necklace Design Tray
This free form design tray for young children, although I love doing it as well, is highlighted by a simple necklace and bobbles of another necklace I took apart. The wooden cylinders, thread bobbins and discs were all found in a 25 cent bag at an estate sa...

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Writing Prompts
Dundee Montessori has a huge writing curriculum with many enticing exercises for children to love! Here children sound out the label, match it to the object and then make a list of words. These children have not been to kindergarten yet and already do this ...

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Pink Tower/ Brown Tower Extensions
As an art teacher / Montessori teacher I am always looking for new ways to use materials.  I feel comfortable allowing children to stretch the boundaries of creative experimentation with material.  Here are a few from this week.

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"So cute it hurts to look at them!", I was told.
A grandma crafter is looking down from heaven in wonder at her sewing turned into this counting work! Everything in this post is from this one grandma's estate sale. Thank you for making our classroom so darling! My only vice is going to estate sales. What ...

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International Doll Unit
 Another of my many collections that are shared with the classroom.  Estate sales are a good place to find world dolls and nearly every sale I go to has at least one.  These were given to me from Mongolia! Also, I have traveled all over the world and pick t...

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Small Wooden Sorting
These wooden cutouts from Hobby Lobby will pique any child's curiosity and desire to handle lovely woodland objects and sort them according to like kind.  It is pre-math, development of concentration and small motor skills and fun.
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