Friday, October 21, 2016

It Must Be October

Our class is enjoying many October themed activities, and there is notable progress in each child's Montessori lessons.  I love how each week's collection of photos are able to indicate the time of year both through the seasonal activities, as well as the varied Montessori lessons with extension work.

The child has explored the Pink Tower and Brown Stair individually, and is now observing how they relate by working with them together.

Building hand strength through pin pushing.  We vary the shapes available for use - this month is a pumpkin shape.

This Pumpkin Craft has been enjoyed by all!

Counting by tens with the Tens Boards and beads.

Finding the missing beginning sounds with the Large Moveable Alphabet.

Constructing quantities with golden beads while understanding place value thought the use of the color-coded decimal system mat.  The children in the pictures are constructing the number 385.

Design work with the Constructive Triangles.

Practicing writing numbers with the 'Wet, Dry, Try' method.

Understanding teen numbers with the Teen Beads and Boards...

...and using that knowledge to work with the Teen Bead Hanger for variation.

More extension work with the Pink Tower and Brown Stair.

"Five Little Pumpkins" flannel board fun!

Three-part cards for the Life Cycle of a Pumpkin.

Matching the Geometric Solids to their card and reading the name of each shape.

Precision work with the Pink Tower.  Notice the all of the Sensorial work happening in the background as well!

'Jack-o-lantern' pouring - who can resist?!

Sorting images into the categories of Land, Air, and Water.

"Spooky" collage work, and practicing using gluestick.

Writing practice with Rainbow Letters.

Using the Constructive Triangles (Triangular Box) to see how various triangles form equilateral triangles.
The children have also enjoyed learning the following poem, and several volunteers have offered to recite it from memory during circle time.  What is it about children's voices and poetry?  Such a beautiful sound!

October's the month
When the smallest breeze
Gives us a shower of autumn leaves.
Bonfires and pumpkins-
Leaves sailing down,
October is red, and golden, and brown.


  1. Where did you get the beginning sound cards for the movable alphabet and rainbow letters?
    And I'm using SPL as well at home for my child but I need some advice on how you able to mix the cursive and print in your classroom? I.e. Your 3 part cards, matching pics to words. Do the children just instantly know what the letters are or did you give a lesson for them to recognize the two handwritings?

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