Tree Review

Posted by admin on December 11, 2017

For many schools, this is likely is the last week before Winter break. Perhaps if your thinking of a lesson to present this week, it may be a good time to have a review on trees. Evergreen and diciduous. Provide the children pine needles that they can cut and pinecones for an art activity or to make bird feeders with.

 


Montessori Math - Part 2

Posted by admin on December 5, 2017

I will now give a brief discription of the Montessori math materials continued from a previous blog on math in the Montessori classroom. As was mentioned, the mathematical activities are organized into five groups. Group two involves the decimal system using the golden bead material.

 


Book on the Shelf

Posted by admin on November 28, 2017

Recently I put together another 'Book on the Shelf' idea. These are books that I like to put on the shelf as a work choice that is followed up with an activity. This would be considered a Pre-Reading Skill Exercise. I used the book, Mushroom in the Rain.


Montessori Math

Posted by admin on November 27, 2017

I thought it might be good to have a little break down of the Math area in the Montessori classroom. This can be helpful for new teachers as well as home school parents. The mathematical activities and materials are organized into five groups. Today group one will be talked about and over the next few weeks, groups 2-5 will be briefly discussed.

 


Cotton Harvest

Posted by admin on November 17, 2017

In the area where we live, the cotton harvest in under way. I was able to pick a cotton plant from the fields to use as a label matching work. This is a good time review the cotton plant and discuss why the flower and bud labels are not used at this stage. More on the cotton plant can be found in Week 20 Day 3 of the Curriculum Pages.


Letters and Art

Posted by admin on October 8, 2017

In the area where I live, the state provides a free three hour Kindergarten Ready Program. The Montessori School I was at, participated in this program. An important aspect required is to teach letters and phonetic sounds, which is already a main feature of the Montessori Language Program! To meet some of the art requirements, I decided to combine letter sound work with art using books from a series called, "My Sound Box". I had the series of books many years ago for my own children. Now I find them at the library.

 


Writing and Reading

Posted by admin on October 3, 2017

In Montessori programs, most children learn to write before they learn to read. I say most children, because one school year I had a little three year old boy that was able to read a variety of books. Reading often follows several months after writing has begun. The Montessori environment provides exercises that lead to the onset of writing. Children first engage in activities through which they practice the thumb-index finger grip needed for holding a pencil. Ths is also known as the pincer grip. The wooden


Ready for New School Year

Posted by admin on August 4, 2017

It is almost that time, the new school year! This is always a very busy time for teachers, preparing the classroom for the beginning of the year. Many things need to be considered in the Montessori Environment. It is important that everything is in its proper place and ready for the children to 'work' with. Each school has a plan for the first day or two of school. Some plan to schedule

 


Pets

Posted by admin on May 14, 2017

Last week we read about pets. The children took turns to tell us if they had any pets at home, what kind, and what are the names of their pets. We have a Book on the Shelf work about a little girl who would like a pet and discoveres that a bug is the perfect pet for her.

 


Gardens

Posted by admin on May 9, 2017

This past week we began to talk about different kinds of gardens and read about a vegetable garden. The children also enjoyed doing a clothes washing actvity outside this week. My very first job at a Montessori School was in 1984 and I was in charge of what is called the "outdoor environment". The chidlren can choose to go outside on a patio and work with various outdoor activities such as hammering, washing dishes or clothes, easel painting, tire scrubbing, etc. The children really enjoy being outside working. So I thought we could give it a try during playtime.