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The Tiny Wish Book (Our ๐Ÿ’Ž Gem ๐Ÿ“šBooks Collection)

When I asked my children what is their favorite spring-inspired book, they unanimously replied that it is The Tiny Wish (buy here), where Anja, an enchanting girl from Norway, experiences an extraordinary adventure with her animal friends. 

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Lori Evert, the New York Times bestseller author, created The Tiny Wish book together with her husband, Per Breiehagen, who is an award-winning internationally acclaimed photographer from Norway. Per's images for The Tiny Wish Book are inspired by his daughter, Anja's  love of animals, nature, fairytales and adventure.

DSC_0002Anja's adventure takes place against a backdrop of breathtaking Scandinavian mountains.
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"It was spring, and the snow had melted in all but the highest places, so Anja reluctantly put her skies away..."

DSC_0002When Anja wishes to be tiny to win a game of hide-and-seek with her cousins, her wish comes true! 
DSC_0002Just a few inches tall, Anja must find her way home with the help of some new animal friends. 

Illustrated with the most beautiful and vibrant digitized photographs, the book transcends the boundary of real and imaginary. Lori Evert poignantly portrays how different the world seems to Anja, who sees grass as trees, and who gets to soar on the back of a bird, and who can drift sailing in a boat made out of a sliver of the tree bark.


DSC_0002Tiered from her journey, Anja lays on a soft patch of moth, while a mother rabbit tenderly covers her with cotton grass.

The extraordinary photography and this enchanting story left my children bewildered,โ€œDid that really happen?โ€ when Anja, has woken up in the morning, her normal size, to see that her bed to her amazement was covered with tufts of cotton grass and flowers: "Maybe it wasn't a dream!" she said to herself. 

What do you think?

See here a post about another gem by Lori Evert, "The Christmas Wish Book", which my children loved reading over and over during past Christmas holiday.  


Our ๐ŸŒธSpring Inspired Learning Space

As seasons change, from winter to spring, Adrian is becoming more and more aware of the surrounding environment, and awareness leads to questionsโ“ Why do seasons change? Are seasons ever late? When will it be ๐ŸŒจwinter again? So, I dedicated a shelf to ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ‚โ˜ƒ๏ธ seasons, where Adrian can observe nature and reflect on it hands on. 

"How does the child assimilate his environment? It begins with a knowledge of his surroundings... This is an intense and specialized sensitiveness in consequence of which the things about him awaken so much interest and so much enthusiasm that they become incorporated in his very existence. The child absorbs these impressions not with his mind, but with his life itself." (The Absorbent Mind, p. 22.)

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To represent the current season - Spring, I found this beautiful Wall Art Canvas Claude Monet reproduction: Irises in Monet's Garden 16 x 12  for $13 (see here, they have different sizes). I intend to change these reproductions every season. For the summer, I am considering the Water Lilies by Claude Monet Oil Painting reproduction (see here).

DSC_0102I laminated Seasons Cards, so that Adrian can do seasonal matching activity.

DSC_0102To the message board on the left (see similar here), Adrian can pin the current season's card.

"From the age of three till six, being able now to tackle his environment deliberately and consciously, [the child] begins a period of real constructiveness." (Dr. Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind, p.  152.) 

Below is our geography area, (cherry-color shelves buy here), where I organized animals by their continental habitat, according to Montessori continent color-coding.


DSC_0038On the bottom shelf, we also have the Language Tower and some sensorial materials. 

DSC_0032Tigers live only in Asia.

Tigers are an endangered animal. Larger subspecies, such as the Siberian tiger, tend to live in northern, colder areas, such as eastern Russia and northeastern China. Smaller subspecies live in southern, warmer countries, such as India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan,Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia. India has more tigers than any other country in the world.

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Here, we have South America tray, Europe and forest animals (see post here), and Land-Air-Water Activity.

DSC_0040Giraffe is one of Adrian's favorite animals. (See a post about ๐Ÿ’šAfrican Savanna Animals here.) 

DSC_0035North America and Farm Animals (see a post here) and U.S. Landmarks๐Ÿ—ฝ (see a post here).

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The "prepared environment" is Maria Montessori's concept that the environment should be designed with the child in mind. Montessoriโ€™s idea of such environment was that everything the child comes in contact with would facilitate maximum independent learning and exploration by the child. A thoughtful, inviting and well-ordered environment would give the child an opportunity to experience a combination of freedom and self-discipline, where a child is free to choose and work on activities at his/her own pace.  โ€œThe child can only develop fully by means of experience in his environment.  We call such experience โ€˜workโ€™.โ€  (The Absorbent Mind, Chapter 7, p. 88.)


Epcot International ๐ŸŒธFlower & Garden Festival

Spring is celebrated in Epcot with brilliant blooms, vibrant gardens, flower towers, wildlife habitats, walkways and interactive playgrounds.

DSC_0003The park boasts with more than 70 world-renowned Disney-themed topiaries.
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DSC_0221Interactive playgrounds are build just for this event.
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I had never seen such a breathtaking display of flowers and gardens. This was our most favorite time of the year to visit Epcot!


Unexpected ๐ŸŒจSnow in ๐ŸŒผMarch

When Adrian woke up this morning, he recited a part of his Winter Poem: "Snowflakes dance throughout the night, when I open my eyes, the world is white!" (See a post here.) And indeed it was:) We usually do not get snow in March, and to see all the buds plump and red, as well as bright yellow daffodils covered by few inches of snow, was quite unexpected!  

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Utilizing our Senses with Peony Flowers in our Backyard

Today, we are utilizing some of our traditionally recognized methods of perception, or sense:

The Sense of Smell, Sight, and Touch.

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Kids could not believe the aroma peony flowers diffuse! They could not smell them enough :)

 

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Looking, observing, exploring ... finding an ant! 


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Feeling the texture, the smoothness, the fragility ...


DSC_0156-Both looking Flower smelling PRINT 8x10Sense of being Present - in the Now!