Montessori’s idea of the prepared environment was that, everything the child came in contact with would facilitate, maximize independent learning and exploration. This calm, well ordered environment has a lot of movement and activity. Children are free to choose and work on activities at their own pace. They experience a combination of freedom and self-discipline, as guided by the environment and the teacher.
In each area children did the following activities in last two weeks.
This week'' fabric matching'' work has been introduced. The Fabric matching works are a great way for children to refine their visual discrimination of patterns and colors. As they advance, they may also be presented with the names of the fabrics, further increasing their vocabulary with familiar items! Binomial cube are also being introduced. The Binomial Cube is one of the amazing Montessori materials! It introduces abstract math's concept to children as young as 4 without them even knowing it! The early sensorial experience with the cube inspires them again at age 8 or 9 when they use the cube for algebra.
Children are practicing Metal insets by coloring inside of the outlined frame. We are reviewing our sound basket. We are talking about sharing, family, and celebration. We are making Thanksgiving arts and crafts. We have reviewed first two groups of phonetic sounds. Children are working hard to think of the words that start with first two groups of phonetic sounds. We will keep working on finding words that start with those sounds in the upcoming weeks as well. Children are learning how to rhyme the words. We are singing rhyming songs, tracing letters, reading books about fall winter and native Americans. Our older friends are working on connecting sounds and reading sight words.
In Math children are practicing spindle box, cards and counters, fifty board, colored bead stairs and ten board. They learned the concept of simple fraction. We are working on, recognizing, counting, tracing and writing numbers.
Children always enjoy practical life materials and are doing great with transferring, tonging and buttoning exercises. Lacing cards is the most popular work of the week. We are working on different manipulative skills to keep improving and learning on how to respect our friends by being gentle with each other. We are still working on using our words to express ourselves instead of actions or tears. We hope this is helpful, and we are asking the parents to continue the same at home for consistency. Children are being introduced to sorting silverware work. Practical life zipper dressing frame is also being introduced. These small exercises help children to improve their fine motor skills, concentration and hand eye coordination.
In science children learned that ''Hibernation'' is a state or condition of inactivity of many animal spending the winter in a long snooze especially for the purpose of rest. Examples are reptiles, amphibians, bees and etc. We did art project to understand how and when animals hibernate. We studied vertebrates and invertebrates. Children learned the main difference between vertebrates and invertebrates is that invertebrates, like insects and flatworms, do not have a backbone or a spinal column. Examples of vertebrates include humans, birds, and snakes.
In geography, we are still learning about North America. Children learned that North America is the third largest of the seven continents. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. North America is dominated by its three largest countries: Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Central America and the Caribbean are usually considered part of North America.
When we first hear the words “color mixing”, we automatically think art. And yes, art is a great way to explore color mixing. Children love to explore color mixing, and I am always looking for more activities that can allow them to explore new colors. Children had a lot of fun doing the color mixing activity this week. We mixed primary colors to make secondary colors. Children also mixed food colors and made new colors. We used apples for stamping.