Monday, August 22, 2011

Remembering the Metal Insets

The Metal Insets are a series of shapes and frames designed to directly prepare the child's hand for writing.  I very much enjoy this activity in the classroom and appreciate the writing skills it helps develop specifically lightness of touch and keeping the pencil within limits.  As with other Montessori materials, a sequential order of further lessons are introduced to the child as each presentation is mastered.  This is where the little booklet I recently made comes in handy because I always forget the order!  The booklet, which displays the order of lessons for the Metal Insets, will be housed in a special location in the classroom. 

Here are the first four pages prior to assembling them together (apologies for the odd lighting...):
1.  Initial presentation;  2. Two Figures, Two Colors;  3.  Three Figures, three colors;  4.  One figure, two colors

The next four pages:
5. One shape, three positions;  6. Introduction of pastel (colored) paper;  7. Design;  8. Shading 

Here are the pages assembled with a binder ring...

...and here it is in its new home in our classroom.
Now, I have a handy reminder of the order of presentations while the children have an interesting booklet to leaf through!

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  1. Hello, as I found your blog very inspiring I decided to leave you One Lovely Blog Award on my blog
    Thank you for sharing your great ideas. I am learning so much from you!

  2. Thank you very much, Magda! I am touched that you have selected my blog for the One Lovely Blog Award. Your kind words are very meaningful to me!

  3. Sasha,
    Another lovely idea ;-) You are such a sparkle of simple and genius ideas ;-)Love your work ;-)
    I wish I had my son in your school ;-)

  4. Ewa, The highest compliment for me is to have someone say they wish their child was in my school - Thank you so very much...I am honored!

  5. I'm sad to admit I totally forgot about the order for presentation. I just ordered metal insets so this is great. Thanks for the reminder!

  6. What a great idea to keep close for refreshing and you are right, I imagine your students will enjoy looking through it as well. The booklet also almost serves as a control for what the work done correctly should look like.

  7. It's a great idea to make a booklet like you have, Sasha! I always found booklets like that a good way to keep the children interested in the materials. Thanks so much for linking up with Montessori Monday! I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page:

  8. Yes, the children are very much interested in the booklet and it has been beneficial to be able to flip through the presentations - the kids love it and it helps me so much! Thanks for all of the kind comments! Sasha

  9. I also love this and needed the inspiration!

  10. I'm glad you found it useful! Thanks for reading.

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