Friday, October 7, 2016

Steadily Moving Forward

Our class seems to be moving right along, enjoying new activities while practicing lessons already received.  It has been wonderful to observe how the children are responding to our Grace and Courtesy lessons, being sure to push in their chairs, neatly roll up their work mats, and taking care to observe others' work, and not touching other people's materials.  As with any Montessori classroom, this requires plenty of practice with much support and guidance from the adults.  We have definitely  had a successful first month of school, steadily moving forward!

Practicing writing numbers with our 'Number Windows.'

Writing practice with Metal Insets.

Working with the Parts of a Bird puzzle and learning the names of each part.

Experiencing how various triangles combine to make new shapes with the Constructive Triangles.

Sensorially learning the names of polygons while tracing their edges.

Letter writing practice with Sandpaper Letters.

Understanding quantity and number symbol (numbers 11-19) with the Teen Beads and Boards.

Writing preparation with the Touch Boards.

Using the smallest Red Rod to confirm placement of rods in order.

Pouring dry ingredients.

Washing (and hanging to dry) the classroom's polish cloths.

Reading practice with phonetic words/objects.

Cutting on the lines.
Painting with one color - we changed the color which was a new variation and point of interest for the children.

Many children are still enjoying the apple sequencing activity.

Using the Spindle Box lesson to understand the concept of zero.

A wonderful activity put together by one of our classroom assistants:  This child is carefully walking the line, holding a tray with a magnetic level  whose bubble has to remain in the middle while walking.  What a challenge!  

Using a dropper to fill up the pumpkins in the ice cube tray.

Using a the pincer grasp to place each pumpkin seed in its spot.

Some inspiring exploration of the Sensorial materials by one of our returning students.


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