Saturday, December 10, 2011

More Montessori...

Another week filled with 'more Montessori' lessons and activities!  Here are just a few snapshots of our mornings:
Letter writing practice with the chalkboard.

Decimal System Cards and Golden Beads.

Food Preparation:  Slicing bananas. 

Tens Board and Beads.  Here, the child is counting from 10-99 and is on 29. 

Introduction of the Knobless Cylinders  - comparison of height.

Memory Game of Numbers with jingle bells.

More jingle bell math!

Poinsettia craft
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Seasons Timeline
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Walking the maze:  You might notice the child in this picture holding a small vase of flowers...  The children doing this activity decided walk the maze holding onto an item, similar to the Montessori 'Walking the Line' exercises.  This adds a degree of difficulty to the lesson - I'm sure you can appreciate the amount of concentration and coordination necessary to complete the maze without touching the rods while holding the flowers!  :) 

Number line of Gingerbread men...Somehow, the picture would be more complete if there was a fresh layer of snow in the background...!

Sensorial work with the Baric Tablets.  This material not only heightens the child's awareness of weight, but also gives language to their experiences, for example 'light, lighter, lightest; heavy, heavier, heaviest...'

Linear and skip counting with the Hundred Chain.

Reading practice with Farm Animal Three-Part Cards.

More reading practice:  Four-letter Phonetic Word Cards
After reading each word and using it in a sentence, this student wanted to write the words.

Binomial Cube

Practicing putting on gloves.

Exploring dimension and patterns with the Pink Tower and Brown Stair.
The children said this creation was their "dragonfly."

Matching similar works of art.  The child completing this activity took the Audubon cardinal print and found...

...his own association right in our classroom!

Labeling the Parts of a Tree puzzle.  After labeling the parts, this student decided to make her own 'parts of a tree...'

First, she traced each puzzle piece onto paper...

...then cut each piece out,

and glued them onto paper.

After over an hour of meticulous work and concentration, she was finished.  Watching this student work reminded me of one of my favorite Montessori quotes:
  "Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world."

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  1. Can I just say, WOW! You have so many great ideas in this post--each one could be an entire lesson! I'd love to invite you to share this post at Teach Me Tuesday, my new link party at Whole Child Creative Curriculum. You can link up at I hope to see you there!

    Carla @ Whole Child Creative Curriculum

  2. Thank you, Carla! I look forward to checking out your link party and being a part of it. Thanks for inviting me and my post. :)

  3. Sasha, I'm so glad you made it! Thanks for linking up at Teach Me Tuesday!! This post is really a wealth of information!