Another attempt at freezer paper stencilling. To make the T-shirt special I stencilled one of Little-N's favourite road signs.
Friday, 29 August 2008
Thursday, 28 August 2008
I will use all the photo's I took to make an instruction card for Little-N or the children at school to use independently.
Tuesday, 26 August 2008
This is the threading activity that I have for Little-N. He helps with sorting the beads, then I provide some elastic that perfectly fits my wrists and he makes all sorts of wonderful bracelets. This activity is addictive and the result is always beautiful. I usually wear the bracelets he makes and that encourages him to make more.
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
On the left under the curtain you can see a wooden dolls house, that's used for the grammar materials. I'll write about the other materials once I finish setting the whole language area.
Although I will be teaching in the 6-9 classroom, I still have to help with the setting up of the 3-6 class. One area that I wanted to redo was the cultural area. Previously the children were going onto the later cultural materials too early, because they were not ready for the materials they were being presented to they developed a bored attitude to learning. I decided to have a good look at the cultural sequence for materials. Many colleges follow different sequence, in the end I decided to use the sequence from my first Montessori college [MCI] and the years of experience i had. We have decided that the cultural materials will start with paring activities. On the shelves above we have pairing fruit, pairing berries, pairing flowers, pairing animals and pairing trees. The 2.5yr old will start with these and learn the names of all the fruits, plants, trees or animals. We will also add in some concrete pairing activities. Next we will have the zoology puzzles for the different parts of each animal and terminology cards that go with them. Next the child will go onto life cycles and then classification of the animal kingdom. I want the children to do all this before going onto the globes and puzzle maps. Its essential that the child has a good understanding of the world that they can see around them and experience everyday before teaching them about continents. That's all I can write about now, once the shelves are all set up I'll take pics and explain the sequence more.
Saturday, 16 August 2008
Friday, 15 August 2008
Thursday, 14 August 2008
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
This dragon is red!
In Montessori you don't really plan learning, instead you follow the child's interest and decided on suitable activities by observing the child. I designed this learning log where I note down what Little-N has been doing over the past week. The columns are for the different areas of learning and the rows are for the days of the week. Each time he does an activity I note it down in the correct box. I try to make sure that 3 days don't pass without making sure he has done something in each area [except for those days when he is obsessed with one area of learning]. If I find that he isn't learning in a particular area I look and the materials and see if there is something I can change about them to interest him. Maybe the activity is too easy, maybe he already knows this, it might be to hard or not interesting. I then play around with the 'purpose' of the activity and see if I can find another way of getting Little-N interested in that area. It is important to look at the child's holistic learning every once in a while.
I can't find a way to easily upload files on my blog so that you can download them. So if you want this Learning Log [1 page] then let me know and I'll be happy to email it.
Monday, 11 August 2008
Thread the wire through the first bead to make a circle.
Thread the wire through the 3rd bead on the ring made in step 1. This makes the first point of your star.
Continue with step 2 and 3 until you have 5 points.
Saturday, 9 August 2008
I made that pyramid to show him what he can make.He made these shapes and various others.
He then decided he had to make a house for his dragon. I helped him with the roof bit!
Thursday, 7 August 2008
To the left of this picture is the rest of the early childhood class.
Here is the class from a different view. The bottom left corner is where the door is.
There was lots of cleaning and reorganising to do. I had to remove all the early childhood materials from the shelves and then bring in the 6-9 yrs materials.
I only managed to set up the mathematics and cultural areas.
The 6-9 Mathematics area has so much materials I ran out of space !! I haven't even got the bead cabinet yet and there's no where to put it!
Here is the cultural area, its full of maps and maps and more maps. I am so excited that this year I will be teaching something new! I still have other materials to add in the cultural area but i haven't made them yet.
The curtains need changing and those stickers on the windows need removing. I decided to buy an Orchid to put on the corner shelf between the windows.
Over the next week I will be adding in a creative , sensorial, advance practical life and language areas. The nice thing about my class is that it is still attached to the early childhood class, the older children can go between classes as they wish. The younger children can come in to observe or ask for the help of the older children. More about my class later!