I decided to present some lessons from the past school years. I will choose some from the weeks and days of the curriculum pages, as this school year progresses. I will also choose some pictures of children working with materials that are on classroom shelves during that month of the lesson presented. This is the lesson on the Hemisphere Map found in Week 3 Day 5 of the curriculum pages.Continue reading “Hemisphere Map – From the Archives”
Many parents (and even new teachers) can get lost in the Montessori terminology. So, I did a little research and found that there are about twenty terms searched for the most in the Montessori Glossary. These are the top twenty glossary terms asked about and searched (hope this helps):Continue reading “Top 20 Montessori Terms Defined”
We start to introduce group lessons about the middle of the second week of school. We introduced the five classes of vertebrates. On another day we read about mammals and found out how we now if an animal belongs in the mammal group. We will continue with remaining groups during the next few months.
In coming weeks, depending on when you start school, we will discuss further vertebrate groups, including amphibians. This is how I introduce Amphibians in Week 9, in case you want to use it as a template:Continue reading “Group Lessons”
It is interesting that when someone hears about Montessori Methods of teaching, they, many times, come to a wrong conclusion. Even some of my family took it as free-for-all environment where the children control the classroom. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. So I thought I would highlight the differences. I think it is important to understand that some of the most famous people in history we Montessori students: Anne Frank, Larry Page (Google), Sergey Brin (Google), Princes William and Harry, and many more. Jeff Bezos himself was a student and has 12+ Montessori schools of his own. Anyway, here you go…Continue reading “How is Montessori different from traditional education?”
Children can enjoy exploring with different kinds of soils or dirt. They can compare which soil can hold water best, what kind of living things are found in soil, or just discover what is happening in a small patch of grass in the backyard. An area can be marked off with craft sticks and yarn or rope to be explored.
Younger cildren can draw their findings and older children draw, label and/or write about their discoveries. Perhaps they can look at the patch of grass before a rain and after a rain. Different times of the day can also be recorded. However, your children have a chance get their hands in the dirt, it will be a great!Continue reading “Fun with Soil”
We read about the sun and looked at parts of the sun last week in our Science 68 second circle. Here’s what we discussed…
The weather is getting warmer outside. What shines down on the Earth to warm us up? The Sun. The sun is a middle-sized yellow star. It is a star just like the ones we see in night sky, but it is the only star we see during the daytime. The Sun is so big that you could fit more than 1 million Earths in it! it is a huge ball of hot glowing gases. How hot?Continue reading “The Sun”
I thought I would answer one of the most asked questions about Montessori. It is a great exercise to hit all the basics in a short space. So, here it goes…
The Montessori Method of teaching is an educational approach that was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician and educator. It is based on the following principles:Continue reading “Montessori Method Basics”
Just a quickie, but I wanted to share a couple of thoughts and ideas with you…
Talk with the children about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. This is a good time to also talk about money and have a Penny Polishing work in Practical Life. Lemon juice and salt work great to make pennies shine!
We read about coins and some of the presidents that can be found on them. We also looked at which president is found on the dollar bill. The children can choose to make a coin booklet.Continue reading “Coins and Presidents”
We have started talking about the invertebrate group of insects. Bees are another kind of insect. There are about 20,000 species of bees. Some of the ones we may be familiar with are honey bees, bumble bees, and sweat bees. Bees are found all continents except for Antarctica. Bees have two antenna and two pairs of wings. Bees live in colonies and may have up to 40,000 bees in them!Continue reading “Bees”
We started to look at flowers last week.
The children can choose to make a Parts of the Flower booklet. There are a variety of flower work choices on the Botany shelf, which I like to provide options. We also planted some of the sunflower seeds that the children harvested from the sunflower head in the fall. Our discussion centered around Botany 26 Lesson on our lap card. This is found in Week 27 Day 2.Continue reading “Parts of a Flower”