Tuesday, 23 September 2008
Monday, 22 September 2008
Monday, 15 September 2008
Thursday, 11 September 2008
Tuesday, 9 September 2008
Saturday, 6 September 2008
I have realised that the Elementary class is very different from the Early Childhood class mainly because the children and their needs are very different. The challenges have changed and I can already see where we will face difficulties. The older children are more independent, opinionated and daring. This year will be a big learning curve for me as I move from the environment and materials I know so well into a Elementary class that is all new and materials that are challenging even to adults. I have heard that not all Early Childhood Montessori teachers will make good Elementary teachers, I hope I have what it takes to succeed at this. I am excited I know this will be a fun year!
Monday, 1 September 2008
Here is a close up of the stationary section. The jars contain, pencils, rulers, pens, pencil colours, felt-tip pens, gel pens and crayons. The baskets contain glue sticks, rubbers, sharpeners, a stapler and staples, rubber bands, paper clips, pins and various other bits and bobs. I do not have a creative area, the children will have to go to the Early childhood class to get the creative materials they need to use.
Back to the first picture: On the next shelf [To the left] I have the Blue reading series, this shelf is pretty stuffed but I honestly don't have more space to put the materials. The shelf contains blue boxes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, blue lists, blue phrases, blue booklets and blue cards.
Below this shelf I have the capital sandpaper letters and a basket for matching small and capital letters. Next to this is the box of grammar symbols and another grammar box.
The shelf to the right has the green series materials. Many phonogram boxes, phonogram sandpaper letters, phongram lists and the small movable alphabet.
I am hoping to get throught these materials soon so that I can remove them and replace them with more advanced materials. The children I have are 5 years and are pretty much still on the Early Childhood curriculum for language.
The Orchid: A beautiful orchid that makes us smile as we work. She sits perfectly on a corner shelf where she happily watches us work.