Animals in the classroom and focusing

I noticed that on the days when Oliver comes I children are more likely to focus on their work. They try to move around the classroom with more caution and keep the noise level down. They know he has sensitive ears! He comes in from time to time and our Montessori classroom transforms into a focusing environment. Just take a look at this concentrated work: multiplication with Oliver, the dog, by your side. Notice that even the dog has to follow the rules like keeping his body off the rug and avoid putting materials in his mouth!

Face painting by Ms. Oksana

Hi there,
I enjoy face painting very much and I have been told many times to start offering it to birthday parties and other fun events. I can paint any design, object or pretty much anything your kiddo desires. (No violent images or weapons please). I use non toxic paint. I am available on weekends, but please make a reservation ahead of time. 

Email me at:

Area: Chicago NWS.

Yoga heart circle

The other day the kids and I decided to build a heart circle with our yoga mats and practice in this formation. It was quite symbolic and beautiful. The best part – it was spontaneous at heart 💚👍


Meditation for rain

This week while learning about water and its cycle the kids meditated with me to send rain to California to help with the drought. And it worked!! Yesterday it rained with some thunderstorms in some parts of California!! 👍👍😎😎😊😇

It’s Teacher’s Appreciation week! 

And I am getting cards and comliments from my students. Just today, Adam, who is 6 years old, said “Ms. Oksana, you classroom is awesome!” That is the best compliment I’ve ever gotten from a 6-year old. 

Also, one of my students gave me this card. Aw, thank you so much. I do my best 🙂


End of the year parent conferences

I just finished my end of the year parent conferences and they were an absolute delight. I did something different. Instead of telling parents how their children are doing in school I asked them how they thought they were doing. Then we compared to my feedback and it was a match. It was absolutely heart warming to hear that children take pride in their work and show parents what they learned in school, particularly cued speech! I feel like a proud hen 🙂 ! 

The parents appreciated the way I update thm on their children’s progress and everybody loved the pictures I send out regularly.  I received many comliments on my classroom design. I happened to agree. Having designed my own classroom, I love coming to work every day. It’s my home away from home. My Montessori home, The Iris Room.