I love the concept of Sunprints and have given them as gifts many times but until now have never used them myself. I ordered the Super Sunprint Kit and was surprised at the size, these sheets are around A4 size.
Caspar and I did this together although once he is famiilar with the process he could do it independently. After assembling the kit we place our items on the blue paper and place in the sunlight.
Once the paper fades almost to white we remove the items, rinse and leave to dry.
It's like our Polaroid - the fun part is watching the image develop.
It really is a lot of fun and slightly addictive. They make an interesting display.
Our strawberry crop is still going strong. This activity reminds me of this day.
Wishing you a lovely weekend!
If you are wondering why you haven't seen this book before it's because it's a new release. Published in 2013 I suggest this is already a Montessori classic. Books of this calibre don't come along very often. I ordered it immediately knowing Susan's other publications The Joyful Child and Child of the World (Michael Olaf's Essential Montessori Series). This book is essential for all Montessori school and parent education libraries. Even for those well versed in Montessori this is a must read because it contains so much of Susan's personal experiences (from around the world) and her valuable insight.
Child of the World is divided into four parts; Age 3-6, Age 6-12, Age 0-24 (Stages of Development) and Parents and Teachers. I found Part One, Age 3-6 the most valuable. It contains so much practical information for school and home. I love this section and I took pages of notes. I particularly appreciate the information on selecting toys, activity suggestions and the discussion on screen time.
Part Two, Age 6-12 is less about what to do at home and more about the 6-12 Montessori school environment. I found this very useful as the mother of a five year old and knowing very little about the next cycle. If you have a child in or approaching 6-12, at a Montessori school, this section is extremely valuable.
I felt a little lost in Part Three. This section contains Montessori theory about the stages of development. It was so refreshing to read about Montessori adolescence and even adulthood, so rarely mentioned in other texts. Perhaps I'll be more engaged when my own children near this age.
Part Four, Parents and Teachers is too brief. This section provides some background to Montessori education, covers the basics and it a nice way to finish what is an excellent resource.
Child of the World is perfect for all parents including those new to Montessori, although it is quite different (in a good way) from existing books. It's not at all prescriptive but if you read the entire book you will have all the information needed to create a Montessori home environment. I would recommend this book to parents of children from the toddler years up. It is a strength of this book that it covers such a wide age range. After reading Child of the World I have fresh ideas and am inspired to make changes to our home!
Those pages of notes I mentioned, I thought I'd share some of them with you!
Child of the World is a complete resource for Montessori in the home for ages three and up.
Have you read it yet? What are your thoughts?
Expecting a baby? Having a baby shower? Attending a baby shower? Here are a few Montessori-ish baby gift ideas. This post contains some affiliate links.
Understanding the Human Being. A great Montessori book for pregnancy through to the first year. The best price I have found is via NAMTA.
Montessori mobiles. This is a Bell on a Ribbon.
Baby Hair Brush. This one has a waxed beech handle with soft goat hair bristles.
Bodysuits that open at the front.
Baby Blankets, wraps and wipes.
Nursing Necklace. A beautiful gift!
Books. Because newborns like a story too.
Munari Mobile. Find one online or make your own. Image from Montessori in Motion.
Walker Wagon (not really furniture I know)
What a fun list to compile! I love shopping for babies!! I would love to hear your suggestions. What do you like to give at baby showers?
Edited to add that all links should be working now!