Saturday, October 4, 2014

Moving Forward

Yes, we are moving right along!  Here is a collection of photos from around the classroom this week - some days I couldn't quite get to the camera, but we did our best!

Practicing fine motor skills and coordination by placing colored stones on the circles.

Preparing apple slices to share with friends.

Exploring how combining triangles make new shapes with the Constructive Triangles.

Quantity, counting, number symbol recognition, odd/even numbers with Cards and Counters.

Polishing Leather

Tracing shapes as a pre-writing and sensorial lesson - Geometric Demonstration Tray.

Opening/Closing practice with small boxes - we added small apple 'treasures.'

Transferring with a spoon.

Metal Polishing - This activity is perfect for so many reasons - building concentration, coordination, promoting order, and the sense the the classroom is truly the children's to care for.  Please read more about this and other aspects of our prepared environment HERE.

Tactile discrimination and writing preparation with the Touch Boards.  This lesson also indirectly prepares the child for reading by helping to train eye movement for left to right visual tracking.

Comparing sizes with the Knobless Cylinders.

Listening for Sound or No Sound.

Pink Tower exploration.

Reading sentences practice.

You can't see it in the picture, but the child working here was demonstrating such concentration and determination to line these Brown Stair prisms up exactly in place.

Examining acorns under a magnifying glass.

Making a collage with pin pushing materials.

Building '-en' words with the Moveable Alphabet.

Numbers 1-9 with the Short Bead Stair Hanger.

Using clothespins - fine motor practice.

Careful writing practice with the Metal Insets.

I just love the determination here to make sure all the water has been squeezed out of the sponge1

Building vocabulary with color and shape cards.

We have already celebrated several birthdays - Adults and children alike marvel at the beauty of our Birthday Celebration Mat.

Tens layout with golden beads and Tens Boards.  It is always motivating to observe the connections children make with the materials and learning concepts.   


  1. The One work with the red beads…totally going in my room. My Pre-primary kids would love to practice fine motor skills with those shiny red stones for sure! Great prep for their primary work next year!

    Found this book on Amazon and thought of your class…not sure if it's up your alley or not but thought I'd share a (nonaffiliated) link just in case:

    Not sure if my kids would sit still for it or not-maybe since it seems to have a nice cadence to it.

    1. Hi Heather,
      So glad you like the 'one' work - do you even have to guess what is coming next???!!! ;-)
      We certainly do have Jack Goes to Montessori School! I love it because it shows the cycle of work as such an exciting and fun adventure in the classroom. My kids have started referring to "Jack" during their work time: "Jack chose a new work when he was done with the first one." "Jack and his friends counted the cubes in the Pink Tower - I'll do that too!" Definitely helpful for some of my students! I also have another copy for parents to borrow - it is with the other Montessori books we have on had for that purpose. But is also give parents an idea about what happens during our "Montessori Mornings" and the book helps to demystify it.

  2. Sasha- as always, loving your entries and photo's. May I ask where you got the birthday celebration mat, or is it homemade? It's wonderful!! ~Mandy

  3. The mat and sun can be bought together from a company called waseca biomes out of Athens, Georgia, Mandy.

    Here is the link to the mat, you will find a direct link to the sun from that page. Good luck!

  4. Thanks for the link, Heather!

  5. Wonderful. Thanks for the link Heather! Will add it to my wish list ;-)

    Also, 'Jack Goes to Montessori' looks like a great book. Adding it to the wish list also. Thanks!

  6. Where did you get the mini clothes line or is it homemade?

  7. I actually won it in a blind auction! (Too much fun…) But yes, it is homemade.