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.Continue reading “Georgia O’Keefe”
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.Continue reading “Geography Review on “Where I Live””
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.Continue reading “Body Outlines”
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.Continue reading “Mexico and Transportation in Week 9”
In the Sensorial area of the classroom color boxes can be found. They are a part of the visual exercises of the sensorial materials. These include three boxes with lids containing color tablets. The first box contains a pair of the primary colors. The second box contains a pair of primary colors, secondary colors, and also the colors pink, brown, black, gray, and white.Continue reading “Sensorial Color Tablets”
Fall foliage is peaking in some parts of the world around mid October. In Week 8 Day 2 of my Cultural curriculum we talk about plants and leaves, and kinds of leaves. There are a variety of activities one can do while learning about deciduous trees this time of the year. This is a good time to present the Botany Cabinet to the children and discuss why leaves change colors. Children often like to bring in a leaf they found and try to match it to one of the leaf shapes found in the Botany Cabinet.Continue reading “Autumn – Talking about Leaves with the Botany Cabinet”
Many parents that have decided to keep their child home for this school year are asking how they can continue with some of their child’s Montessori lessons. One thing that presents a challenge is providing your child with the many Montessori Apparatus Materials, all those hands-on incredible concrete learning tools that line the shelves of a Montessori classroom.Continue reading “Montessori Curriculum at Home”
I always enjoy the those great quotes by Anne Shirley from the book Anne of Green Gables. One of them is, “I am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” October is often a time filled with pumpkins throughout the classroom. I am going to share some ideas on pumpkins and a little more on the season of Fall.
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It is the end of another month. Time to review some of the lessons from the past few weeks. The five senses were introduced and then discussed individually over a four week period. Activities, art, and songs helped to enhance these lessons. An example is that of doing apple tasting as you discussed the sense of taste.
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The Language area of the Montessori environment begins for young children with exercises that involve such things as matching, classifying, and sorting. Children are often seen naturally sorting out objects. These materials develop thinking skills and build the foundation for later problem-solving skills.Continue reading “Pre-Language Activities”