Author: Lisa Good

The Paper Orchestra

The Paper Orchestra

I am excited to share the recent paper orchestra I finally finished. Beginning around the twenty first week of school we begin to talk abut the orchestra. We discuss the kinds of instruments and names of those found in an orchestra. The types of instruments are broken into different lessons such as those focusing on string or brass instruments. Then we put them all together and discover how an orchestra is arranged.

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Rain Forest Animals

Rain Forest Animals

As this month continues with the continent of South America, it is an excellent time to talk about the rain forest. I introduce biomes in the coming weeks and include rain forests as a reminder of a biome already discussed. Learning about different animals and providing a variety of art activities on some of these animals are much enjoyed by children.

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Birds

Birds

During this month vertebrates continue with lessons on birds. We learn that all birds have feathers. It is fun to discover that it is not flying that makes an animal a part of the bird vertebrate group, but it’s feathers. On different days a lesson will focus on various things about birds, such as bird songs, beaks, parts of a feather, and nests. Children can observe some bird nests on the zoology shelf using a magnifying glass as well.

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Phonetic Reading Boxes

Phonetic Reading Boxes

The Montessori Language Program is designed for children to learn phonetically. Phonics is a reading method that allows a child to learn the sounds of letters by developing an understanding of how these sounds are used individually, in groups, and whole words. Phonetic instruction is the foundation of the Montessori Language Program. Once a child has mastered the sounds associated to each letter, they are introduced to the movable alphabet, which allows them to put letters together, sounding them out to spell simple, then progressively more complex, words.

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Land Forms

Land Forms

Children enjoy working with the land form materials. Different kinds are able to be purchased on many Montessori website that sell materials. Some teachers and homeschool families make a set of their own using small foil tin trays and hardening clay. Small booklets can be made as children color the water and land parts of each landform. Small land and water animals to use along with a landform is always a popular activity in the classroom.

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South America

South America

During the first week of each month, I like to introduce a new continent is and various lessons continue with it for the remainder of the month. This month features the continent of South America. Children keep their little passports stamped with each new continent we talk about.

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Georgia O’Keefe

Georgia O’Keefe

During about the third week of school a lesson is presented on famous artist and individual artist are introduced along with lessons about things such as art mediums throughout the remainder of the year. This month we look at an artist from the country where we live, which relates to the lessons this month on North America. The artist Georgia O’Keefe is one that we learned about. We looked at some of her paintings and the children could choose to make a poppy flower. We found out she enjoyed painting big flowers and New Mexico landscapes.

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Geography Review on “Where I Live”

Geography Review on “Where I Live”

During this last week of the month it may be a good time to review some lessons from the past weeks. This is one on where we live. We sang a song having the sequence of our school’s city, our state, our country, continent, and ending with our planet. The children can choose to make a, “Where I Live” booklet. We also looked at the parts of a flag and flags of North America.

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Body Outlines

Body Outlines

During this time of the month we are usually about finished with lesson on body organs. As we read about say the brain, or the lungs children continue to add these parts to their body outlines. Lessons on the body begin with ourselves starting out as small infants and compare it to how much we have grown since. The children bring in a picture of themselves as a baby for discussion and are involved in making self-portrait pictures of how they look today. Body parts we see on the outside are highlighted followed by lessons on the five senses. This month began with lessons on the things we cannot see on the inside of our bodies including bones, muscles, and other organs. 

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Mexico and Transportation in Week 9

Mexico and Transportation in Week 9

During Week 9 we read about Mexico and North America.  We have jicama and orange slices with cinnamon as a snack choice. We also sing some Spanish songs and practice animal and color names in Spanish. We include discussions about travel and transportation.

People travel many different ways and to many different locations around the world. The children learn new ways to get around, how to use passports to travel to other countries, and even signs they may encounter traveling domestically.

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