Saturday, January 14, 2017

Winter Classics

Our classroom has been abuzz with lively winter activities since our return in the new year.  We also notice measurable progress within the children's Montessori lessons as they are mastering concepts, and receiving subsequent lessons.  What a delight to notice these developments because it serves as evidence of the student's comfort and ease in the classroom.  What is most rewarding, is knowing that the majority of our students were new to the environment in the fall, and now they have created a classroom culture all on their own.  Please find a few photos from around the classroom over the past two weeks:

Using a sifter to separate colored rice and flour. Here, the child is spooning the mixture into the sifter...

...and sifting the flour to separate the rice.  As you might imagine, this lesson has been in constant use!

Fine motor development with this water transfer work using a pipette.

Linear and skip counting with the Hundred Chain.

Quantity and number symbol with the Short Bead Hanger.

'Winter Trees' nuts and bolts variation to build concentration and coordination.

Making mixture to use a whisk to make bubbles.

More quantity work with the Short Bead Stair.

Saying the letter sound and finding its match on the Alphabet Roll.

Building snowflakes with few peices, following the visual cues from the cards.

Playing a distance matching game with the Brown Stair prisms and set of cards.

A fun variation:  Using clothespins to hang snowflakes on the clotheslines

Carefully pouring water into four cups.

Identifying the ending sound that is different.

Extension work with the the Second Color Tablet Box.

Linear and skip counting while comparing Short Chains.

Number writing practice on the squared chalkboard.

Here the child has created with the Pink Tower and Brown Stair, and is drawing his creation.

Rhyming mittens.

Recording work with the Teen Beads.

Naming continents with the Map of the World.

Magnetic or Non-Magnetic.

Setting up the Small Number Cards for addition with the golden beads.

Success with addition!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Cheerful Festivity

Now that the children are comfortable making independent choices, we are working throughout the work cycles to remember to "leave the work beautiful for the next person."  Using this terminology has been effective in helping to remind the children not only about classroom expectations, but also in building and maintaining a culture of care and respect toward each other.
Looking at the tables during our Montessori work times, one can't help but smile at the cheerful festivity that ensues!

Feeling various objects in the bag, and naming each one before removing it from the bag - using the stereognostic sense with the Mystery Bag.

Transferring with a spoon.

Transferring with small tongs.

'Gingerbread' play dough.

Decimal system work with the 45 Layout.

Making 'trees' with Nuts and Bolts.

Writing practice with our 'Writing Windows.'

Measuring a length of yarn and stringing bead for making necklaces.

Transferring water beads.

Using a whisk for bubble making.

Pink Tower and Brown Stair exploration.

Matching shapes (erasers) to their outlines.

Color and cut activity.

Walking the maze without touching the the sides.

Making a paper poinsettia.

Sorting buttons by color.

Lacing with gold cord.

Adding 'just enough' water using a dropper.

Reading labels and sorting pom poms by size.

Quantity and number symbol practice with the Short Bead Hanger.

Learning the names of the continent with the Puzzle Map of the World.

Preparation of the hand for writing - tracing shapes and naming them with the Geometric Presentation Tray.

Enjoying the poetry basket for our 'Christmas Wreaths' poem.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

It must be December!

The shelves are looking so festive and fun, and the children have been enjoying the December shelves.  Our assistant, who is currently completing her Montessori training and internship, was instrumental in creating the lessons currently on the shelves.  It is always so refreshing to have new ideas and variations of lessons available to the children.

Wet transfer fine motor activities for the Practical Life shelves.

Dry transfer fine motor lessons.

Threading and bead work - making necklaces and bracelets.

This art activity invites the children to make paper poinsettias.  They always turn out so beautifully, we usually have this activity out each year.  THIS post goes into more detail about how the children complete the lesson.  
We have also begun learning our 'Christmas Wreaths' poem, which is always a pleasure as the children begin to memorize and recite poetry.  It has been quite a cheerful room with all of these activities, and the children have been both intrigued and delighted with these festive additions.  We are certainly looking forward to watching their continued growth and enthusiasm as we approach the end of the calendar year and greet a new one!