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froggie on the playground!

  • "My heart is biggest but I like your heart, too.
  • "I can run faster than any human."



  • "She's my best friend."
  • ​"Is it cake pop day?"
  • "I will share with you."

  • "You're like a grandma." (Spoken to a teacher whom the child thought was being bossy.)
  • "Look what I've got! Shorts!! Underneath my pants!!!"
  • "Heather, you look GOOD!"
  • "There's no more blocks missing like sometimes I probably stole them."
  • "I need to sit. I'm tired of standing up."


  • "I'll bet you can skate on it's rings." (After learning that Saturn has rings made of ice.)


  • Child 1: "We are going to play outside for 100  minutes." Child 2: "100 minutes isn't even a thing!"
  • "We ALL have zippers on our fleeces."
  • "If you want to be a scientist, listen to me!"

chemist in the making?

  • Child 1: "My brother is 100." Child 2: "Brothers can't be 100. Dads can be 100."
  • "My dad is 14 years old. Maybe even more."
  • Child 1: "God is dead." Child 2: "No he's not." Child 1: "Yes he is. He died." Child 2: "God has 10 lives and when he dies he comes back to life, right?"
  • "I'm an architect."





     Last week, the preschool and Kindergarten children from the Catalpa Class learned about the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and they discussed what peace means to them. Here are some of their thoughts:

  • When you can choose what you want to do
  • Being respectful
  • No hitting
  • Doing what you are supposed to do
  • People thinking about you
  • No spitting
  • Quiet
  • No throwing things
  • Being nice
  • No hurting
  • Sharing toys
  • Making friends
  • No kicking
  • Keeping germs to yourself
  • When people are not selfish
  • All people can go to the same places
  • Smiles


“The only language men ever speak perfectly is the one they learn in babyhood, when no one can teach them anything!" - Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind

The Spinosaurus

     Perhaps you like listening to and collecting phrases like I do. Our Montessori classrooms are great theaters for listening. Three, four, and five-year-olds are intensely thoughtful and they tell us so much about themselves just by talking with their friends. 

     This week I had the pleasure of working in the Willow, River Birch, and Canoe Birch classes and I collected as many fabulous phrases from the children as I could. The words are theirs, the spelling is mine.

On being the first to arrive... "The only time I'm not first is when Mommy brings me. Daddy is faster than Mommy."

"Frogs lay eggs, right? Butterflies lay eggs, right?"

"I had my birthday before my brother's."

"Our grandpa makes a Donald Duck sound."

While drawing dinosaurs with friends... "It's a Spinosaurus. It's the biggest carnivore on land and it's name means lizard. It reaches in the water just a little bit and snatches a fish with it's crocodile long snout."

"A drobeosaurus has toe claws and it goes 25 miles an hour."

A different dinosaur friend... "It runs 100 and 90 hours. He has a bunch of blood in his body. It's called Spinadoctora Hundreds."

"At my house I have five lipsticks. No, six."

A child was looking for a bike to ride on the playground. I asked, "I see that blue bike is available. Would you like to ride that one?"  "No! he said. "I just fell off that one."

"I'm trying to sing Let it Go, in German, but it's too hard." (The children in one class burst into singing "Let it Go" from the movie Frozen at least six times in one morning:)

"Being in the sun is so much fun."

"Will you do something interesting?"

I like to listen to teachers, as well. I overheard a few of them talking about the possibility of having a couple of chickens at school and which type might be best suited to be Montessori chickens.

"They're good egg layers, the Wyandotte's. "And they're peaceful."

"I am concerned about them getting upset and flying up into the pine tree."

"There is a 100% chance of them getting upset."

Wyandotte chick

      May all your chickens be peaceful as you enjoy some fun in the sun this holiday weekend.

     ~ Heather


Somdatta and Felicia of the Canoe Birch Class and Cathy and Mary of the All-Day Program invited the children to tell who and what they are thankful for and then wrote their answers on leaves. Each class has a paper tree by the door displaying the children's gratitude. As this Thanksgiving Day draws to a close I thought it would be nice to share the gratitude of these 3, 4, and 5-year-olds with all of you. 

































Enjoy your holiday weekend!





First, I will start with what I saw this week. This was my favorite moment. 

 “Trees are much like human beings and enjoy each other's company. Only a few love to be alone.” - Jens Jensen, Siftings, 1939


Another photo. If you are familiar with Humans of New York, the book and website by Brandon Stanton, then I know you can relate. If not, I know you can relate.


This week in microfashion. Did she choose the paint or did the paint choose her?


Children dress so fabulously and so beautifully because they have not yet learned that other people are judging their choices. They wear what they like. I want to wear what I like but I feel childish. How old will I grow before I truly understand that being childish is the truest way to be?



And, one more photo.

 What does it feel like the moment just before your mom wraps her arms around you?




And now, for what I heard.   


1. I erroneously asked a child how she was enjoying her Kindergarten year at MSGL. She responded, "I'm not IN Kindergarten. That's why I'm HERE!"


2. "That's a small story."


3. A friend was reading me a note from his lunch box. "Look! Look it! It says I'm going to my grandma's house. And I think I'm gonna get a Spiderman hat when we go to the store."


4. "Yeah. Let's do our maps."


5. "Where's the damn lizard?"


 File photo.

Rest easy. That darned lizard was found. 

What did you hear this week at MSGL? We hope you'll tell us.
Have a terrific weekend!