The child seeks for independence by means of work, an independence of body and mind. Little he cares about the knowledge of others, he wants to acquire a knowledge of his own, to have experience of the world, and to perceive it by his own unaided efforts. It is just these "independent" children of ours who learn to write at the age of four and a half years, who learn to read spontaneously, and who amaze everyone by their progress in arithmetic. These children seem to be precocious in their intellectual development and they demonstrate that while working harder than other children they do so without tiring themselves. These children reveal to us the most vital need of their development, saying: 'Help me to do it alone!'" (Dr. Maria Montessori, 'From Childhood to Adolescence', Clio Press Ltd, 65)
In each area children did the following activates during last two weeks.
Green and gold are everywhere on the practical life shelves. We are spooning green split peas, using a water dropper with green water, polishing “gold” coins (really they’re just pennies!) and color sorting pom poms. Our older friends are learning beginning sewing basics like threading a needle, measuring, cutting and winding yarn and sewing a line. We are practicing fine motor skills with tonging shamrocks, spooning gold beads into pots, pouring with different size pitchers and cups. Children enjoyed flower arrangement work with fresh flowers.
Green Eggs and Ham themed color sorting and another color sorting work with birds are new on the shelf. Some children are experimenting with new red rod designs and others are learning the constructive triangle boxes. Brown stairs, pink tower, knobless cylinders are also being reviewed .
That silly leprechaun left gold coins to count and we have been enjoying a St. Patrick’s Day theme count and clip work. We will be counting beads and threading them on to chenille stems. Lots of work with 0-9 numbers for younger children and others are working on making teen numbers. We have lots of pot of gold numerical matching on the shelf and finding missing numbers in our pots of gold. Older friends are still enjoying the number 100 board, ten and teen board, addition board, learning the square of a number and skip counting.
We are learning about rhyming words, listening for the middle sound in cvc (consonant-vowel-consonant) words and learning the parts of the bird as well as naming animals that live in Europe. We are also reading books, practicing phonetic sounds and doing tracing activities.
We read Dr. Seuss’ Bartholomew and the Oobleck and made some Oobleck. Our oobleck is a cool mixture of cornstarch and water and is called a “non-Newtonian fluid. We did a science experiment with skittles and warm water. Skittles are coated with sugar and food coloring. When you add warm water to the Skittles, the sugar and food coloring start to dissolve. They have similar amounts coated on them so they dissolve at similar speeds and stay in their lanes.
Children love to do puzzle maps, and we follow the children's interests by offering puzzles of real value. Children easily "absorb" and memorize the relative sizes, the shapes, the location of continents and countries of the world in this motor-sensorial time of life. They delight in learning the names of every country and capital, the states, the rivers and mountains. These impressions are likely to stay with them forever. We are still learning about Europe. We also reviewed Asia this week. Our older friends are doing continent puzzles, learning about different countries and their cultures and languages. Younger friends are enjoying listening books, watching presentations about continents.
Lots of lucky art have been made this month! Friends have painted shamrocks and Qtip painting rainbows, made pots of gold at the ends of our rainbows, and do a dot shamrocks. Our friends made a special painting of bird and nest with acrylic paint and small brush. We made Mandala art with different colors.
Created with an image by _Alicja_ - "crocus march spring flowers"