Here Comes Peter Cottontail…

We celebrated Easter last week by participating in fun, traditional holiday celebrations. Our friends decorated eggs, traced and painted drawings of eggs, pin-pricked paper eggs and decorated them with assorted craft supplies, dyed Easter eggs, and ended the week with our annual HBMH Easter Egg Hunt! 

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Of course, Floppy had to make a photo appearance. Our very own Easter bunny!

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All of the Easter eggs were donated from our families — thank you for making this event special!

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This friend decided to trace an egg at the light box, then painted it his colors of choice.

This friend decided to trace an egg at the light box, then painted it his colors of choice.

These colorful, pin-pricked eggs adorned our walls all throughout the week.

These colorful, pin-pricked eggs adorned our walls all throughout the week.

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Hand dyeing hard boiled eggs for our friends to enjoy for snack.

Busy fingers peel the hard boiled eggs for snack time.

Busy fingers peel the hard boiled eggs for snack time.

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We hope everyone had a wonderful and happy Easter!

 

Easter & Spring in the Montessori Classroom

There are so many different ways to incorporate this spring holiday into the Montessori classroom, the most traditional being egg decorating. I came across a blog provided by the North American Montessori Center, focusing on how to incorporate Ukranian Easter Eggs in your classroom’s culture and science curriculum. Very interesting!

Ukranian Easter Eggs

http://montessoritraining.blogspot.com/2013/03/montessori-easter-activities-ukrainian-eggs-pysanky.html#.VRxpevnF9Bg

I would also encourage you to peruse our HBMH Easter-Inspired Montessori board on pinterest for more ideas on how you can introduce this holiday and generally the spring season to your children’s daily routine.

Our primary community is currently enjoying  a variety of spring-themed works such as the life cycle of the butterfly (including parts of the butterfly), tracing flowers, leaves,  and butterflies at the light box, pin-pricking/cutting shapes and outlines of flowers and butterflies and several different weather patterns such as rain, thunderstorms, clouds, etc. There are so many ways that you can introduce the concept of spring. You can even make spring sensorial boxes filled with flowers, branches, and other items from outside, go on nature walks and discuss the many seasonal changes currently taking place outside, plant flowers and vegetables in your gardens, and so forth. There are so many creative things that you can do to help introduce the new season to your students!

Tomorrow, we will be hosting our Annual HBMH Easter Egg Hunt (photos will be shared afterwards, of course). Everyone is busy with excitement as we welcome this new spring month of April!

Happy Easter!