Monthly archives "April 2015"

Montessori 3 period lesson

In the Montessori classroom we introduce new lessons to children when we have assessed their knowledge and readiness to move on the next lesson, and the best way to introduce and “test” the child’s knowledge is by doing a 3 period lesson.

Always do a 3 period lesson when introducing new material, is the Montessori way to introduce a new lesson and engage the child in the acquiring of new concepts. The 3 period lesson is very simple to preform but you most follow all the steps to make it successful. I usually start the lesson with just a few items or picture cards, like the “Geometric solid” lesson, only start with 5 shapes at a time. If is something like “Household items” lessons, then add a few more than 5 because the child is more likely to be familiar with a few of the items; the point of the lesson is to introduce new material and make it challenging.

Before you start the lesson be sure to have all the materials required ready, and always consider the readiness of the child. The 3 period lesson involves 3 easy steps:

The first step is called the Naming period. This period is short and simple, just give a name to each object or picture card you are working with and point at it. Start with the first one Ex: the picture of a dog, say: “Dog, and point to the dog” be sure to repeat it several times slowly and clear. Once you have named all the objects or picture cards one at a time, review them one last time by saying each name and pointing at it.

Over time I have read that we tend to remember items at the beginning and end of lists, I have tested this theory and is true :D, so I recommend to place the objects or picture cards you think your child is familiar with at the beginning or end, and the new ones in the middle.

The second period is called Recognition and Association. This period is much longer than the first one because of the rearranging of the objects or picture cards. The involvement of movement helps to solidify the child’s recognition and makes the lesson more interactive which will make it succesful for the child. Let’s pretend we are talking about a lesson with animal cards:

  1.  rearrange the cards and ask the child to show you a specific card “Please show me the dog”
    • Repeat this step until you have asked the child for all the animal cards.

Get creative! Ask the child to grab the object or picture card for you, to make the sound of the animal, or to place it somewhere else in the rug.

The third period is called Recall. This is the “testing” period where you have a chance to know if the child successfully learn and achieved the objective of the lesson.  Place the objects or picture cards in front of the child and ask “what is this?” and repeat with all of them.

If the child cannot recall the names just say them again and very casually end the lesson, ask the child to help you clean up, or put it back in the shelf. Be sure to not let the child know he wan’t successful or that you just preformed a test.  Also, practice by yourself giving a 3 period lesson before you do it with a child, and remember the child will do everything you showed, so placing of objects/lesson and wording are extremely important.

our DIY tying the knot save the dates


The joy in having a DIY wedding is being able to create everything you wish to your own taste and to match your budget. For my wedding I wanted this beautiful glamorous room with channelers, marble floors, and really high ceilings; but when the day came and we started looking for a place I realized it wasn’t possible for the budget we set in mind. It took some time to reanalyze things and search for new ideas, it took some compromising from both sides but we did it!

We found a beautiful ranch and the great thing about it is that it gives us the flexibility to DIY and save money by incorporating our own ideas. We have save a lot of money by doing a lot of simple details ourselves, like a chandelier and save the dates.  We DIY our save the dates based on a few ideas we had seen and here they are…

PicMonkey Collage

We made 50 save the dates for less than $50, now days is a bargain because some plain save the dates on vista print are roughly $50 for the same amount. don’t get me wrong, I like vista print I actually have gotten a few things from them, they have quality products for reasonable price. but for my save the dates i wanted them to be unique and represent us and go with the ranch ambiance.

The most expensive part were the sticker books, for $22 including taxes and shipping we got 252 stickers (2 books with 126 stickers each). A stack of brown card stock $2.50, printing at Fedex $2.75, twine to make the knot $3.00, Raffia ribbon $5.00, pack of 50 A2 brown envelopes $5.00. Pretty much everything we got from the craft store, and you can save $2.75 if you print them yourself!

The assembling was fun because we all got together and each person took charge on a task

PicMonkey Collage




We have gotten so many comments from friends and family about how unique and fun our save the dates are, we are really happy and the count down has officially started, 168 days from today! I can’t wait to marry the love of my life.