“Your materials tell me that you understand the importance of giving the entire literacy picture to students.”
I observed early on in my teaching practice how instinctive story is to children. It is at the core of how they learn to experience the world. Impassioned, unhurried read-alouds were common in my classroom of 22 years, and the dialogue created around those readings was the human connection I wanted with my students. Story was, for me, a means for teaching through relationships, which, I believe, is at the core of best practice in the Montessori classroom. Over the years, the addition of illustrative story extensions became a way to expand the conversation to include language concepts, structures and vocabulary used in the story; thus integrating story, art and language to give students “the entire literacy picture.”
Today our collections: Stories of the Earth, The Peaceable Farm, Picturing Peacemaking and Illustrations for Toddlers, represent the best in quality illustration for the classroom and highlight outstanding read-aloud suggestions for children. New in 2017, we’re excited to offer illustrative short stories to connect older adults and children through the read-aloud experience. Our Stories for Older Adults feature large-print text and high-contrast illustrations to ease the participation of people living with dementia.
As always, our mission is to underscore the benefits of the read-aloud with our materials, and to encourage conversation and human connection through story.
“The illustrations are incredibly beautiful! The children are so attracted to them . . .”
The talents of professional artist, Ronn Akins, bring an illustrative quality to our materials that delights and engages the young learner. Rendered with clarity and accuracy, these “small works of art” have an aesthetic appeal to both child and adult. Children will linger over good illustration with time-defying focus and concentration. This is the benchmark we use for our materials.
Illustrations are rendered in watercolor and pen and ink, and printed on papers certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Shelf-ready card sets are protected with durable 7 mil lamination.
The shores of the Chesapeake Bay provide an inspirational setting for our M’Images art studio. We are situated on 23 forested acres which have been voluntarily placed in Forest Stewardship to insure the protection of plant and animal species; and to follow a guided plan for sustainable use that includes our handcrafted Fallen Tree Wooden Trays.