Saturday, September 13, 2014

"Yay, the Pink Tower is up!"

It is always such a joy to see the scientifically designed Montessori materials in active use.  With our new and young group, we wanted to be sure the children were ready to receive the lessons for these special materials.  We were excited to see the Pink Tower being built as it is a sign of how our classroom is already progressing.

Walking slowly and carefully on the line.  (You should see how carefully they roll the ribbon afterwards!)  

Transferring with a small spoon.

Beginning sound work.

Building '-at' words with the Moveable Alphabet.

A pre-writing lesson.

Tactile discrimination with the Touch Boards.  As most of our students are new to the classroom, they have been very intrigued with this material.  

Folding Cloths.  A seemingly simple activity to the untrained eye, but I am here to let you know that this is quite the challenge for many of these young hands.

Letter sounds and symbols with the Language Step Board.

Carefully lining up the boxes for Opening/Closing practice.

More work with Sandpaper Letters.

Initial lesson with the Metal Insets.

We are witnessing a huge benefit of finger knitting -  the building of concentration!

Sponging activity - this child is saying, "Squeeze to the last drop…"

A math lesson with the Short Bead Stair.

This has been a popular activity - hanging small clothes items on the line.  The fine motor practice and concentration necessary for this activity has been wonderful to see!

Language work with Animal Matching Cards.

Pre-writing lesson:  Rock Painting.

Transferring water with a  ladle.

Pouring dry items - notice the careful placement of the hands and fingers.

Using the Parts of a Flower botany puzzle...

…and the Parts of a Bird animal puzzle.  These puzzles have been in active use this week!

Matching farm items to their cards (object to picture matching).

More Metal Inset work, concentrating on proper  hand placement and pencil grasp.

Rolling up a 'table-top mat,' which we use for smaller activities at the tables.

The Pink Tower debuted in our classroom this week!

Introducing language (color words) with the First Color Tablet Box.

Refining visual discrimination of length with the Red Rods.


  1. Working with a "pre-primary"(2 year olds) class this year, I have even more respect for the work the primary class does! The folding lesson, as you pointed out, is indeed quite a remarkable work for a 3 year old. You are going to have an amazing year, I can just tell.

    1. Thank you, Heather. I often wish our students had the opportunity to transition from a 'pre-primary' or toddler class!