Saturday, April 5, 2014

Endless Possibilities

The collection of photos from this week in the classroom demonstrate how endless the possibilities are with the Montessori materials and lessons.  This has been especially true with the sewing activities lately - it is safe to say that our class is in the midst of a sewing frenzy (see below)!  I am looking forward to observing even more of the children's discoveries.

Making and exploring shapes with the Constructive Triangles.

"Look, this plant has a new, baby leaf!"

Letter writing practice.

A cube-puzzle to go along with South American studies.

Reading practice with the Days of the Week and their abbreviations.

Writing preparation - tracing the shapes in the Geometric Demonstration Tray.

Understanding the decimal system - counting tens to correspond with the card.

Tactile discrimination and preparation of the hand for writing with the Touch Boards.

A lovely poem inspired by one's sewing activity.  Throughout the week, this student decided to make a poem (with sewing) for each of the seasons.  

Continuation of shape exploration with Constructive Triangles.

Counting and skip counting with the Short Chain of seven.

Beginning sentence analysis work.

Another fine example of endless possibilities with our lessons!

Seasonal Cards and Counters variation.

The day the Thousand Chain came out - it always gives a big impression to the children as they watch it being utilized.

Reading practice with the Animals of South America sentences.

Static addition with the Stamp Game.

Matching words to pictures.

Seasonal matching activity.

Reading practice with Labeling the Environment cards.

Number writing lesson.

Independent sound/symbol work.

Language work:  Article Box

Addition with the Math Drawers.

Introduction to the Small Bead Frame and notation paper.

Using the US Puzzle Map with the control map to learn the names of states.

Making a booklet of South American animals.

Handwriting copy work - writing the names of the layers of the rainforest.

Filling in the missing sounds of words with the Language Step Board.

Refinement of auditory discrimination with the Sound Cylinders.


  1. Always the same pleasure to look at these pictures. Congratulations to young sewers! Did you create on your own the egg matching activity?

    1. Thanks so much. I didn't make the egg matching activity and I cannot remember where they are from! If anyone knows, please let me know and I'll link back to the source.

  2. I'm curious as to the environment labels. Is the control of error that you already have a set of the labels around the room?

    Also, I love Eveyln's rock! I assume that's to place with the work to signify she is still working with it? If that's the intended purpose, are these kept in the children's cubby?

    Another beautiful work week, Sasha! I don't know how you leads keep your mind straight in giving all of these busy children their lessons…I am wondering how I will ever be able to have enough time in the day to reach all of the children with all of the lessons! I have so much appreciation and gratitude when I see a gifted directress. It's hard to fathom that I might someday get to where you are...

  3. Hi Heather, Thank you for such kindness in your words, but I would never consider myself in the category of "gifted directress," - only one who tries to observe the children and provide just the right amount support. Believe me - I'm still (and will always be) learning!
    The reading cards for labeling the environment are usually used during a lesson or with a three period lesson - we do not already have a set of labels around the the room (but that would be a great addition!)
    The name rocks are used when someone has to leave their work for whatever reason… They are kept in a tray in a central location in the classroom and can be accessed whenever they need it. The reason they are not kept in their cubbies is because I wanted to give the children opportunities to read and find their own names (and learn the names of classmates). If the rock was already in their cubby, the child would not have to really look for or read their name or the names of others - I hope that makes sense!
    I so appreciate your comments - thank you very much for your support!

  4. I really love the name rocks idea! Placing them on a tray for additional reading practice makes complete sense. Thank you so much for the explanation.

    I have a small notebook of ideas I've learned from you that I hope to incorporate in the future, this is another one added to the list!

  5. What a great idea to gather ideas in a notebook! So glad to hear that the ideas I've shared are useful and valuable to you - thank you! :-)