Our Last Giveaway: Large Weaving Loom Set

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Welcome to the last giveaway between Montessori for Everyone and Alison’s Montessori! I hope you’ve been enjoying the giveaways, especially all the great comments that have been left. If you haven’t already, take a look at the holiday tradition comments, the holiday lessons comments, and the multicultural ideas.

This week’s giveaway is our grandest! The winner of this giveaway receives a $50 gift certificate from Montessori for Everyone and this lovely weaving loom from Alison’s Montessori:


To enter the giveaway, leave a comment sharing some kind of resolution you’re making for the new year when it comes to education – something you’ll do differently in the classroom or try for the first time.

For example, my resolution is to stop myself each time I’m tempted to step in and help my children right away and instead, let them figure out the issue themselves – even if it is frustrating to them and takes them some time to work out. That is really hard for me!

The guidelines:

The giveaway will close on Wednesday, December 30th at midnight CST.

The prize ships to the US only – weaving loom will be mailed, gift certificate will be emailed. If you are outside the US but have friends or family here that could get the loom to you, feel free to enter.

One entry per email address is permitted. The winner will be selected using random.org and announced on Thursday morning, December 31st.

Best of luck to everyone!

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87 Responses to “Our Last Giveaway: Large Weaving Loom Set”

  • Debi E. said at December 28th, 2009 at 8:07 pm :

    This year my resolution is to educate myself alongside my children. We will have study time where I work with them if they need help and an additional study time where I will have uninterrupted time for studying myself. I think it is important to be a living example to my children and I enjoy learning as much as they do.

  • Janet Hunt said at December 28th, 2009 at 8:17 pm :

    I homeschool my son with Downsyndrome and my resolution for the New Year is to work with him to read simple books and addition/substraction. I am proud that this school season he decided to write, not trace words or his own name. 😀 I also want to continue to learn from others about montessori, I use the ideas at home and it has helped my son in soo many ways. Happy New Year!!

  • amanda hayes said at December 28th, 2009 at 8:33 pm :

    My resolution in the classroom this year is to plan more science experiments/explorations for our first graders.. We have two in our 3-6 classroom. My PERSONAL resolution is to train for and run in a half marathon. Thank you for the wonderful giveaways.. It has been so fun to read the responses..

  • Pam Senfield said at December 28th, 2009 at 9:06 pm :

    I have two education-related resolutions this year!
    1) To purposely prepare our home environment…which to me means I need to clear out the clutter…and we all need to manage what’s left in an organized fashion.
    2) To include my 7yo and 5yo in planning our weekly and monthly educational goals and activities.

  • Darlene said at December 28th, 2009 at 9:12 pm :

    I resolve to answer the child’s call. I work with pre-K/kindergarteners. If a child shows interest in a work on a shelf, I will not tell him he is not ready for it and that he has not had a lesson on it-put the work back. Rather, I will make time to give him a lesson. If the child truly is not ready, I will show him something about the work that he is ready for such as color, numbers, letters. My resolution is not to quench the child’s interest in work.

  • Tracy said at December 28th, 2009 at 9:30 pm :

    To continue to simplify our lives…resisting the temptation to sign up for classes just because they all look so “good” and use all that reclaimed time to do what works best for us as a family…moonlight walks in snowy parks, bird watching, writing, reading, and taking the time to carve our own paths in this world.

    Thanks for another fabulous giveaway!

  • Michelle said at December 28th, 2009 at 9:35 pm :

    How truly generous your two sites have been to us this month even more so than you are every month in helping us with our children. Thank you so very much.

    A few of my resolutions with the education of my boys: have a routine in place so they know what to expect, bring in my 3 year old on longer read alouds that I think he is ready for, and most especially organization of materials so that we can all access them when needed.

    Thank you again,

  • ann said at December 28th, 2009 at 9:50 pm :

    I actually don’t currently teach anyone, but this year I’m resolving to volunteer some time to an after school program!

  • vicki said at December 28th, 2009 at 9:53 pm :

    Use my vacation time to reflect on the unique gifts and challenges of each of my students. I plan to set individual , private goals with them and organize resources, time and my wonderful team to support each of them on their path.

  • Mary said at December 28th, 2009 at 9:57 pm :

    My resolution is to do more history in the classroom, starting with personal timelines and family history. With all the family variations, I think it’s important to focus on each child’s family history.

  • Emilee N said at December 28th, 2009 at 9:58 pm :

    Wow that loom is AWESOME, how fun that would be!!!!!!! you guys have been so awesome with these giveaways.

    We are just getting started doing formal “homeschooling”, my goals are to sign up for some local hs groups/co-ops and to get my lesson plans/schedule written out and get more resources and materials. I guess more on the line of my “resolution” is that I want to be more patient and understanding and more organized. This is going to be a struggle as I have ADD and I also have a 6 month old so it’s going to be interesting…but my son is only going to be 4 in a few months, so we don’t have to do too much right now.

  • Jayne said at December 28th, 2009 at 10:41 pm :

    Thank you for this opportunity! I resolve to implement new activities:

    1. I would like to seize the chance to develop my preschoolers’ natural creativity by providing art activities throughout the week by introducing the children to famous artists and art work they can replicate. I would begin by having a ‘Weekly Artist’ that we would study together using prints of famous paintings. I believe that Reproductions of great masterpieces inspire an appreciation of beauty at any age. I will also encourage the children to explore a variety of art materials on a daily basis.

    2. As children strive for independence, I would like to display new Practical Life activities more often than I have been doing. I would like to incorporate silver and brass polishing, flower arranging as well as distributing classroom responsibilities such as children preparing and serving their own snacks to their classmates.

    3. Finish my graduate degree in early childhood education.

  • Miriam said at December 28th, 2009 at 11:01 pm :

    I’ve fallen out of the Montessori habit and into a “let’s just sit and play and watch TV all day” habit. I don’t mind an occasional day like that, but not all the time. I’d like to revamp the kitchen station and rearrange the open shelves to bring some new life to old work and figure out what isn’t being used so that I can rotate it out.

  • Sheryll said at December 29th, 2009 at 12:24 am :

    My goal is to get a prepared environment up and going for my children- ages 5, 2, and 2 months. They all have different needs, we are working on a schoolroom for the older two and a baby area for the youngest. Plus incorporating their needs into the house, we moved to a rental house this year and it has been challenging to make it all kid-friendly for them.

  • Janelle said at December 29th, 2009 at 2:45 am :

    I will work to spend more time outside as well as to bring in more activities for my 3 year old. She is so independent that I have been letting her “do her own thing” while brother is schooling but it’s time for her to have more activities (and an ever changing selection) of her own. This is what Montessori for Everyone is helping me do!

  • Amanda said at December 29th, 2009 at 6:23 am :

    Wow! You were right the last giveaway truly is grand! Thanks so much! Anyways, my resolution is to try to let go of some of my expectations and truly “follow the child” more. I want to go into the week more open to what my daughter is interested in and develop the activities around that, rather than having in my mind “we need to accomplish x, y, and z this week utilizing x, y, and z materials”.

  • Christine said at December 29th, 2009 at 6:32 am :

    I really need to sit back and observe more. I learn so much each time I just stop and watch the children working.

  • Michelle said at December 29th, 2009 at 7:52 am :

    When I go back next year, I will practice more patience and give more hugs.

  • Rebecca said at December 29th, 2009 at 7:58 am :

    My resolution is to give the children a lot more meaningful work in the kitchen. I have 4 ages 4 and under, so it is obviously easier for me to just quickly prepare meals and load the dishwasher, only leaving wiping the table for them. I have serving bowls and utensils for them, and dish pans for hand washing their dishes, now I just need to plan ahead and do it (or let them do it)!

  • Mme Kaur said at December 29th, 2009 at 10:18 am :

    After some R&R&R (rest, relaxation and re-intuning) over the holidays, I´ m resolved to respond from a space of peace and mindfulness, instead of reacting in our classroom. The children immediately recognise the shift in energy and truly we all exhale and benefit more fully and deeply. Letting go and letting good radiate and take over, thats my resolution! 🙂 Thank you for giving me a space to re-affirm my it!

  • Trish Corlew said at December 29th, 2009 at 10:50 am :

    Hey Lori! It is a beautiful giveaway! Since this is my first year homeschooling, I’m not sure what I don’t know yet 😉 So, I have a laundry list of goals:

    1. Preparation and Planning. My classroom is set up and our curriculum is solid (thanks to you, edutc.com and Alisons) but I am not so great at allocating the time to plan for the month (or even the week for that matter).
    2. Field Trips. We are on such a great plane right now, I hate to stop the flow and venture out. But, I have to figure out how to weave those outings into our curriculum!
    3. Use what we have. We have so many wonderful works, I just need to be sure they get used in our studies!
    4. Network and learn from other Montessori homeschoolers!

    I could go on for a while… but I’ll stop here 😉

  • Julie Conatzer said at December 29th, 2009 at 11:08 am :

    This year I am going to do more focusing on what I have done rather than what I have not done yet.

  • J. Coulter said at December 29th, 2009 at 11:53 am :

    My resolution is to try to put myself in the shoes of the children I guide. To take a step back and think about what they are feeling, thinking and needing at any point during the day.

  • becky said at December 29th, 2009 at 1:31 pm :

    I want to plan ahead more so that changing materials on the shelves is not such a last minute rush and I want to develop new science materials – hands-on experiments..
    Love the giveaway

  • Chantelle said at December 29th, 2009 at 2:38 pm :

    To stand back and observe more, take more outings together and stop to enjoy the sun in our hair and sand in our toes. Happy New Year!

  • Bernadette Jee said at December 29th, 2009 at 3:14 pm :

    I am going to make myself available to the children instead of being caught up in the world’s problems

  • Sheri said at December 29th, 2009 at 6:20 pm :

    What I would like to do in the New Year is to work on really paying attention to my kids and enjoying the time I spend with them instead of spending the whole time worrying about what comes next.

  • Jennifer Moreno said at December 29th, 2009 at 8:24 pm :

    I would like to work on further developing the relationships between the students in my classroom. Community building. It doesn’t come naturally to me; I need to be more aware and just do it.

  • Ravi said at December 29th, 2009 at 11:12 pm :

    This New Year, I want to make sure I ‘follow the child’ and observe them more. This way I won’t feel frustrated if they’re not working on something I think they should be working on 🙂
    I also would like to set up some basic science experiments in our classroom for my 5 yr old.

  • Amy said at December 30th, 2009 at 7:41 am :

    To give the children more diverse choices of what to do and improve reading group consistency.

  • Julie said at December 30th, 2009 at 9:20 am :

    My resolution is to continue to work on respecting my chilren’s play time without getting annoyed with the mess they make. I’m going to make it a point to love them because of their messes, not in spite of them.

  • Kelly said at December 30th, 2009 at 10:25 am :

    What a wonderful give away. My homeschooling resolution is to allow more child directed activities. My son has so many interests that I think it would be well served if I allowed him more time to persue them.

  • Monica Utsey said at December 30th, 2009 at 10:35 am :

    I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately and one of my resolutions is to really honor the things my children absolutely love. For example, my oldest loves video games and he wants me to love them too. I’d rather spend my time reading or checking e-mail, but what message does this send to him about what’s important to him? So we’ve changed the video game rules. In 2009, it was Friday and Saturday only. In 2010, I’m changing the rules to include 30 minutes of video game instruction for mom each day. The hope is that in 6 months or so, I can be a gamer too. Then we can spend time together doing something HE loves and I can take advantage of teachable moments. Besides, what joy will it give him to teach something to mom. More importantly, I want to share his joy!

  • Rae said at December 30th, 2009 at 11:35 am :

    I plan to get “educated” about Montessori so I can do a better job and help my children become more independent.

  • Jennie said at December 30th, 2009 at 3:20 pm :

    I resolve to make a daily (or at least weekly) plan for my girls and then (the hardest part) stick to it! I find that our day goes so much more smoothly when I take the time to plan. As long as I plan, I love homeschooling and feel like we could do it forever. When I don’t plan, I’m constantly frustrated, I doubt myself and our family’s decision to homeschool, and I find myself wanting to enroll my kids in school somewhere. It’s been a hard lesson, but I’ve found that the success or failure of our homeschooling efforts falls squarely on my shoulders – a big responsibility but also a privilege that I must take more seriously.

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter the drawing!

  • Meghan said at December 30th, 2009 at 5:49 pm :

    My homeschooling resolution is to spend more time following my children as they explore the world.

  • Jeanna said at December 31st, 2009 at 8:46 am :

    My resolution for my family is to simplify our life style and spend more time doing crafts and hands on learning. My resolution for me is to keep studying the Montessori method of education so that I can be better equiped to help my dd be the best she can be.