Author: Lisa Good

Nutrition

Nutrition

Usually during the beginning months of the school year, I like to talk with the children about good food choices. We have lessons on our bodies, exercise, and the importance of eating healthy. This sets the tone for the school year about snacks and lunches. However, talking about the basic food groups can be included anytime of the year.

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New Year and the Four Seasons

New Year and the Four Seasons

It is going to be time to get back to school and begin the new year. I like to take a calendar and tear off each month. During a lesson on the new year, I place all the months out on the floor and discus with the children how each block on the calendar represents one day. We talk about how many days there are in the year and go over the names of the months.

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Montessori Math Materials

Montessori Math Materials

The math materials in a Montessori classroom are beautifully and uniquely designed. They allow for a child to successfully grasp mathematical concepts concretely as they progress towards abstract ones. Materials are developed from simple to complex. Process is taught first then facts.

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Trees

Trees

This is a good time of the year to begin talking about deciduous and evergreen trees. With the colors of fall beginning to fade and the leaves falling off the trees, the evergreen trees stand out. A review on the parts of a tree and why leaves change color can start off the lessons leading up to those trees that are still green. 

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Color Mixing

Color Mixing

The youngest children often come to school knowing the names of many colors or very few. Montessori color boxes are used to introduce colors to the children. A variety of activities and songs are also a fun way to help children learn colors. Hap Palmer and Frank Leto both have great songs about colors, which can be easily be found online.

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Planning Ahead…

Planning Ahead…

I like to be prepared as much as possible for upcoming unit studies. A few weeks before the next month comes along I think about any new activities as well as older ones and get started on prepping for those now. Today I am thinking about next month, and know that the next continent we will talk about is Africa. I also know the season will be changing and need to plan for that.

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Initial Sound Boxes

Initial Sound Boxes

As children begin to learn letter sounds using the Sandpaper Letters, it is important to provide other materials that reinforce the letters and sounds they are learning. Initial sound boxes are a great way to do this. These boxes help to refine auditory perception of sounds, encourage development of concentration, and prepare a child for reading.

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