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Friday, December 9, 2011

The Bead Cabinet

Maria Montessori couldn't believe the little children in San Lorenzo were stealing her rosary beads. She tried hard to imagine how they could be so disrespectful. Then one day Maria observed as 2 children took her rosary and began to count the beads, then broke the rosary apart and re strung it in sets of ten! She decided to create the bead cabinet.

The bead cabinet is made of these 4 parts:

1. Short bead chains 1-10.
The beads are strung in 1 set of 1, 2 sets of 2, 3 sets of 3...etc. mathematically they represent numbers- squared and shapes triangle through decagon

2. Numbers-squared 1-10.
If a child accordion folds a short bead chain, the result matches with a bead square. This activity can be done with children as young as 3. When bead squares are stacked 10-1, children have a concrete representation of the sum of squares (s.o.s.)

3. Long bead chains 1-10.
  These chains represent numbers cubed. 

4. Numbers-cubed 1-10.
If a child accordion folds a long bead chain, there is a concrete representation of multiple numbers-squared, all adding to numbers-cubed.

We have been working with bead chains all week. Follow up at home by making sets of numbers. start with making sets of 5  and sets of 10 using small objects such as cheerios, pennies, paperclips or marshmallows.

Happy Counting!!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Next Phase

Period 2, Language, Math, Culture 

PERIOD 2 :: LANGUAGE
Classified Pictures exercises (3) & (4)
Stage (4) of Ispy
Exercise (1) with the single-letter Sandpaper Letters
Metal Insets
Frequent speech questioning

PERIOD 2 :: MATH
Bead work
Geometry
1-1 counting
Counting by 10's

PERIOD 2 :: CULTURE
Land and Water exercises
First Maps
"Places" Classified Pictures
Preliminary work for classification by leaf
-adapted from "maybe montessori"

The Mom Song

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Becks Visit South Mountain Creamery

South Mountain Creamery 1 - What South Mountain Can Offer You!

South Mt Creamery

http://www.southmountaincreamery.com/

Children will enjoy:
  • bottle feeding calves
  • petting rabbits
  • laughing at squeeling piglets
  • chasing roosters, ducks, and chickens
  • talking with the actual farmer
  • peeking in on chicks just hatched
  • watching a mother cat teach her kittens
  • observing the milking process
  • eating fresh ice cream
  • playing on a play structure
Adults will enjoy:
  • EVERYTHING that children experience PLUS
  • all activities are open ended
  • no admittance fee to the farm
  • shady spots to sit
  • picnic tables near the play structure
  • hand sanitizer provided

*FYI:
  •  there are NO public bathrooms, however an "outhouse" type experience is offered  :)
  • This is a real working farm. It smells like a farm...you may wish to borrow a closepin from the laundry line!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Laundry Soap






Homemade Laundry Soap-what to do with those soap shavings!

1 bar of ivory soap; or 1 cup grated soap ( the kind from Montessori soap grating exercise)
1 cup Borax
1 cup Washing Soda

Grate the soap into a bowl. Add the Borax and the washing soda. Mix with a wooden spoon until a fine power forms. Pour the powder into a container. Use 1 tablespoon per medium load of laundry.
  • Arm & Hammer® liquid 100 ounce detergent – $6.79 – 32 loads = $0.21 per load
  • Tide® with Bleach powder 267 ounce detergent – $20.32 – 95 loads = $0.21 per load
       ***Homemade powder 32 ounce detergent – $2.98 – 64 loads = $0.05 per load

Monday, April 11, 2011

Montessori - Sensorial - Visual Sense - Constructive Triangles -Triangul...

April 11, 2011

Today was a nice warm day for outdoor play, sunscreen and plenty of water! We enjoyed tracking the first "hot" day on our weather calendar, and children watched the outdoor thermometer rise higher than it has risen since October.
We worked indoors this morning on the life cycle of the chicken and played a game that required counting pennies, nickles, and dimes. Some children even practiced flipping a coin.
After a nice long playtime, we came inside and did a science experiment using water and food coloring.
Then we had a visit from the guinea pig down the hall! We fed her carrots and left over bits of our lunches.  A friend shared a report about King Crabs (horseshoe crabs) and we learned many new facts.

The Horseshoe Crab:
is a bottom dweller
eats worms
is related to the spider
is used to make medicine for the treatment of burns

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Lisa Loeb and Elizabeth Mitchell - Stop and Go

April 7, 2011

This morning we had a busy circle time. We played a Spanish greeting game,  practiced sequencing, beginning middle and end, and played the "echo-march" game. Children then spent the morning tuning the instruments and building pink tower and broad stair extensions (specificially a very very tall tower).


The afternoon presented as a time for reflection and cleaning of the environment. Children helped sort through books and new works.

In the very last moments of the day we talked about ants, including the parts of the ant, and the life cycle of the ant.  Some children labeled parts of the ant charts.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Frank Leto's Ladybug Ladybug Song

April 4, 2011

Today the kindergarten friends went on a field trip to the local playhouse. While we waited for them to return, we spent time in room 2 visiting and working. We explored the parts of an airplane and assembled a model airplane as well!
This afternoon, the weather was warm and perfect for looking at signs of spring. We found ladybugs, flowers, bulbs poking up, and butterflies!

Don' forget to bid at the Pennies for Peace basket auction. ALL proceeds go to pennies for peace.

Friday, April 1, 2011

April 1, 2011

Welcome to April! We introduced the month on the calendar and talked about signs of Spring.  Late in the morning we headed out doors and traced puddles in the parking lot for a lesson on evaporation. When we revisited the puddles this afternoon many had gotten smaller in size and some even disappeared!

Our classroom museum had 3 Japanese teapots on display for admiring. Children enjoyed hearing the story about 3 cups of  tea.

Later in the day, we sang the "Itsy Bitsy Spider" and discussed the parts of the water cycle present in the song.  Finally we finished the day eating cake and visiting with friends from rooms 1 and 2 during the afternoon work cycle.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

March 31, 2011

Today we practiced American Sign Language to a Owl City song called "Fireflies". We marched and clapped to songs in 8 count and played "the uh-oh song". A friend served kiwi for grace and courtesy and we made a rain gage for the garden.

This afternoon we spent a day in Japan.  Activities included a Japanese photo story, Japanese ink painting,  making and tasting cream cheese sushi, and making origami.

Round Robin Brainstorm
My favorite part of a day in Japan was:
sushi
soybeans
masks
painting
bird pictures
paper boats

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Little Bird, Little Bird - Elizabeth Mitchell

March 30, 2011

Sabemos Opuestos! (we know opposites) by Dr Jean was a great start to our morning. Children danced as she called out opposites in English and Spanish. Next we had a group lesson on color matching and color words.

In honor of Dr Greg's journey through the mountains of Pakistan we participated in a P4P obstacle course complete with an "airplane flight" and "carrying rocks over the bridge". At the end of the course each child added a penny to the jar.

In the afternoon we counted the pennies in our classroom jar and found a total of $1.43 so far!
Finally we prepared and snacked on "ants on a log" (celery with cream cheese and raisins) and learned the parts of the guitar.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

March 29, 2011

This morning we started the day off with celery chopping and serving. Then we welcomed our new pets...sea monkeys! We sang the decimal system song and formed complex numbers.

I Like Decimals How About You?
to the tune of "skip to my lou"

I like units, how about you?
I like units how about you?
I like units how about you?
Lets all go to the bank
(children each bring a unit from the bank game)
continue as above with tens, hundreds, and thousands
This song and activity combines movement, music, and math "base 10".


As a continuation of our study of the water cycle, we focused on condensation and headed outside to observe the clouds. When we returned to the classroom, we read a book about light refraction and raindrops. Children used a glass prism to observe refraction.
Then, some children drew the water cycle on BIG paper, others drew different types of clouds, and still others glued fluffy clouds on cardboard.

Round Robin Brainstorm
Spring makes me think of:
insects
grass
calmness
butterflies
birds
flowers
frogs
the pool
fresh air
games outside

Overheard during work time:
A child was working with the life cycle of the frog. After setting out the different stages from tadpole to adult, she turned to a friend nearby and commented
"Wow this work has all different ages of frogs. Its like our classroom, the big frog is a role model for the tadpole"

Monday, March 28, 2011

Montessori Sensory Activities : Hand Bell Montessori Activity

March 28, 2011

Today learned about the water cycle. Children sang the "Water Cycle Boogie".

Water Cycle Boogie
water cycle boogie (echo) X 4
evaporation (echo)
condensation (echo)
precipitation (echo)
accumulation (echo)
water cycle boogie (echo)X2
yeah!

We made finger paint raindrops and talked about different types of precipitation. Then we attended the peace gathering with Peacemaker Puppet.  We learned all about Dr. Greg and 3 cups of tea. We sang a new song called "pennies for peace"

Pennies for Peace
(to the tune of row row row your boat)
Pennies, pennies, pennies for peace
Sipping a cup of tea.
Pennies, pennies, pennies for peace
Building a child's dream.

Upon returning to our classroom we added pennies for peace into a big jar!

In the afternoon we explored hand bells and read sheet music.  We played our new pennies for peace song on the bells!

New Works Included:
the lever
sink and float
parts of the frog
mouse and fish x-ray

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Google Founders Talk Montessori

Today's Photo Story

Rock Collection

Rice Sensory Bowl

Biome Puzzle

Baking Soda Trials

"Soda Shooter"

Nutmeg Grating

Cleanup

Snack

Map Tracing

Watercolor Map

Watercolor Map 2

Japanese Nature Art

Japanese Nature Art

March 24, 2011

Children made great use of the shortened school day. After arrival they got right to work (omitting morning circle time). We had a student teacher come and observe from 9am-10am. Her words as she left were "I wish I were a child again!"

We painted Japanese "nature art" using red and black paint and q-tips. We also tuned the guitars and polished the bells.

New works included:
parts of the fish cards
nutmeg grating
flower poem

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Natasha Bedingfield Unwritten (With Lyrics)

March 23, 2011

"Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather." - John Ruskin


What a refreshing rainy day! Children began the morning with lesson extensions on the Zen Garden. Then, a friend served strawberries as a grace and courtesy and we went to work. We opened the windows and listened to the gentle rain fall as we worked right up until lunch.


In the afternoon, we enjoyed a visit from rooms 1 and 2. They joined us for work time, and we had fun playing musical instruments, doing yoga, and visiting! 


New Works Included:
baking soda+water; baking soda+vinegar (with a shocking result)
shaving cream writing
US coin "sort and match"  

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Lisa Loeb & Elizabeth Mitchell - Catch The Moon

March 22, 2011

Today we explored many aspects of Japanese culture including the symbol of the carp fish. We learned that the carp is a symbol of strength and the human spirit. Families typically have a carp displayed for each male in the family. Children made a carp fish windsock as a reminder of this Japanese custom.

We heard a story called "The Crab and the Monkey" from the book Japanese Children's Favorite Stories. Children took turns acting as different characters in a live drama production.

After the story some children tasted cherry tomatoes as a grace and courtesy lesson, and we wrote a song about Sushi.
I Love Sushi Rolls
(to the tune of "I love Rock and Roll")
I love Sushi rolls,
take another dip in the soy sauce baby.
I love Sushi rolls
wasabi and ginger and chomp on me!

Over heard at the snack table:
Q (child age 4): "why are we having bread and butter?"
A(child age 6): "because no man can live on bread alone"

HELP WANTED
We would like to do Ikebana Flower arranging. This will work nicely if each child has a shallow dish or tray to use. Please consider donating shallow plastic containers similar to ones that hold greek yogurt, or frozen dinners. We hope to have 20 collected by next week.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Montessori Sensory Activities : The Silence Montessori Activity

March 21, 2011

Today we began with making silence.
Our group project of "Swimmy"  was revealed and hung on the bulliten board. Children were able to see thier work and respect the work of others. (see the bulliten board to admire the final project)

We examined Japanese artwork and children commented on how each piece of art made them feel.
Afterwards, children worked together to make Japanese Fukuwarai Masks. They helped one another through the entire process and many classroom leaders emerged.

New works included:
Circle designs
Fukuwarai
Botany Pin poking
Asian Animal Matching

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Montessori Mom

Montessori Moms (and Dads)

Hope everyone has enjoyed the weather over the last few days! I have spent time getting garden supplies together, and preparing for indoor planting this week.
If you would like to donate seed packets please send them in with your child. We will cultivate indoors, and transfer the plants outdoors when the time is just right.
I'd like to take a moment to introduce you to an online resource for Moms (and Dads too). 
The website is:
 http://www.montessorimom.com/

 On this site you will find articles, free downloads and instructions on how to make Montessori Materials for your child at home.

There is a fun little quiz on the site called "what type of mother hen are you" : http://www.montessorimom.com/what-type-mother-hen-are-you/

and another called "what is your child's talent":
http://www.montessorimom.com/what-your-childs-talent/

The site is filled with information... have fun :)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Jenny Jenkins

March 18, 2011

We started the day by "spring cleaning" our classroom. We opened classroom windows to let the breeze in while we scrubbed tables, chairs, and shelves. Then we headed outside and had snack together at the picnic tables. After snack, some friends played while others stood by the fence and watched the pre-primary children work in the garden.

In the afternoon, we counted from 1-10 in Japanese and explored the "parts of the butterfly".

New works included:

  • saltwater and freshwater fish
  • absorbency
  • Zen garden
  • circles and spheres
Have a great weekend!!

1-10 in Japanese
1- ichi
2- ni
3- san
4- shi
5- go
6- roku
7- shichi
8- hachi
9- kyu
10- ju

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Elizabeth Mitchell: Little Liza Jane

March 17, 2011

Today children learned the art of Irish dancing. We listened to an Irish Reel by the Chieftains, and practiced 3 steps (digs, stars, and jig). Some friends traced shamrocks and others made rainbows.

New works today included mirror crayons and a hand whisk.

We ended the day by drawing pictures of our families and enjoyed ice cream outside on a beautiful day!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Elizabeth Mitchell - Three little birds

March 16, 2011

"Swimmy" book by Leo Lionni

We received an email from Hiroko today. She told us about midnight food rations and the snow that had fallen over the region. Some children enjoyed the Japanese dolls on the Museum shelf , while others fashioned slippers and kimonos. Kindergarten students worked on headliners for our class newspaper.



Montessori Dictionary: The Sensitive Period
Sensitive Periods for learning
Birth to 3 years:The absorbent mind-the mind soaks up information like a sponge
Sensory learning and experiences: The child uses all five senses-touch, taste, feel, sight, and hearing-to understand and absorb information about his or her environment
1 ½ to 3 years:Language explosion-a child builds his or her future foundation for language at this period.
1 ½ to 4 years:Development and coordination of fine and large muscle skills, advanced developing grasp and release skill spawns an interest in any small object (usually dangerous ones on the floor).
2 to 4 years:Very mobile with greater coordination and refinement of movement, increased interest in language and communication (they love to tell stories- true or not!), aware of spatial relationships, matching, sequence and order of objects
2 ½ to 6 years:Works well incorporating all five senses for learning and adapting to environment
3 to 6 years:Interest and admiration of the adult world, they want to copy and mimic adults-such as parents and teachers. One of the few times most children are very open to their parents and other adults.
4 to 5 years:Using one’s hands and fingers in cutting, writing and art. Their tactile senses are very developed and acute.
4 ½ to 6 years:Reading and math readiness, and eventually, reading and math skills.