Thursday, June 30, 2011

Planting Activities in the Montessori Preschool Classroom

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Planting Activities
Planting activities are one of my favorite things to do with preschoolers. They love being able to care for something that is real and to see firsthand the growth process! We have many budding botanists in our class this year, and they have been incredibly enthusiastic about the planting activities that we implemented in the month of May.

Here are some of the fun and exciting activities we have been working on in our Montessori Preschool classroom.

Growing a Bean Plant
Each child was given the opportunity to plant their own bean seed as well as the responsibility to care for their seed and observe the growth process. Each child chose their own little pot, filled it with soil and then planted their very own bean seed.

As much as possible, NAMC’s web blog reflects the Montessori curriculum as provided in its teacher training programs. We realize and respect that Montessori schools are unique and may vary their schedules and offerings in accordance with the needs of their individual communities. We hope that our readers will find our articles useful and inspiring as a contribution to the global Montessori community. © the North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Thursday, June 30, 2011.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Montessori Math - Preschool Academic Success

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This year long series looks at the experiences of teachers, parents, students, and Montessori education itself, as we follow a student through his first year at a Montessori Preschool. The Montessori Insights and Reflections of a Preschool Student’s First Year is a collection of useful stories, tips, and information that have arisen from one real student's Montessori journey.

Jordan’s Love for Montessori Math
It has been so rewarding to follow Jordan’s progress this year and to observe his confidence grow in each curriculum area in our Montessori preschool environment. He began the school year knowing very few phonetic sounds and numbers and is completing the school year reading Grade 1 literature and being able to add and subtract using the Montessori Golden Bead Material -- Amazing!

As much as possible, NAMC’s web blog reflects the Montessori curriculum as provided in its teacher training programs. We realize and respect that Montessori schools are unique and may vary their schedules and offerings in accordance with the needs of their individual communities. We hope that our readers will find our articles useful and inspiring as a contribution to the global Montessori community. © the North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Wednesday, June 29, 2011.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Learning About Honeybees with Fun Montessori Preschool Classroom Activities

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Learning about Honeybees, Part 2
Here are a few more Montessori Preschool activity ideas with photos to share from our study of honeybees, which I began in Part 1 of this series.

I think the cutest part of the whole theme was seeing the children “buzzing” around the garden with their cotton swab honeybees taking great care to pollinate the various flowers. They took their job very seriously and it was adorable to watch!

As much as possible, NAMC’s web blog reflects the Montessori curriculum as provided in its teacher training programs. We realize and respect that Montessori schools are unique and may vary their schedules and offerings in accordance with the needs of their individual communities. We hope that our readers will find our articles useful and inspiring as a contribution to the global Montessori community. © the North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Thursday, June 23, 2011.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Studying Honeybees in the Montessori Preschool Classroom

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Learning about Honeybees, Part 1
We are now learning about honeybees in our Montessori preschool and discovering what amazing insects they are. We have talked about the parts of a honeybee and learned some big words like “thorax”, “abdomen”, “proboscis” and “antennae”. We were able to look at different flowers with a magnifying class and identify the pistil, the stamens, the calyx and the pollen. The children have also learned that nectar is sucked up through the proboscis (the bee’s tongue), mixed with enzymes in the stomach, and carried back to the hive, where it is stored in wax cells and evaporated into honey.

We examined a real honeycomb, made several unique bee crafts and explored the bee family. The children learned that the male bees are called “drones” and that they are very lazy bees who live a life of leisure doing no work and being fed by the worker bees (female bees). The children also learned to identify the important queen bee who lays all of the eggs. Last but not least, there are the hard-working “worker bees” who are always busy. They stay very busy gathering pollen which they stick to their back legs (the pollen basket), and carry back to the hive where it is used as food. Pollen from the stamens of one flower, stick to their bodies, and is carried to another flower where it rubs off onto the pistil, resulting in cross pollination. Mankind's food supply depends greatly on crop pollination by honeybees - Amazing!

I have included a few photos in this two-part series to show you all that we've been up to, and I hope you enjoy them!

As much as possible, NAMC’s web blog reflects the Montessori curriculum as provided in its teacher training programs. We realize and respect that Montessori schools are unique and may vary their schedules and offerings in accordance with the needs of their individual communities. We hope that our readers will find our articles useful and inspiring as a contribution to the global Montessori community. © the North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Tuesday, June 21, 2011.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Montessori Sensorial Materials: The Cylinder Blocks

This year long series looks at the experiences of teachers, parents, students, and Montessori education itself, as we follow a student through his first year at a Montessori Preschool. The Montessori Insights and Reflections of a Preschool Student’s First Year is a collection of useful stories, tips, and information that have arisen from one real student's Montessori journey.

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Jordan and the Cylinder Blocks
One “work” that Jordan has consistently gravitated to throughout the Montessori preschool year is with the Cylinder Blocks. He began working with one block at time and now enjoys challenging himself by placing all four blocks in a square formation.

The material consists of four blocks, each containing 10 cylinders with knobs, with each cylinder fitting into a respective hole in the block. Each block contains cylinders that vary in one or two dimensions.

As much as possible, NAMC’s web blog reflects the Montessori curriculum as provided in its teacher training programs. We realize and respect that Montessori schools are unique and may vary their schedules and offerings in accordance with the needs of their individual communities. We hope that our readers will find our articles useful and inspiring as a contribution to the global Montessori community. © the North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Tuesday, June 14, 2011.

Montessori Community Year End Activities - Family Picnics

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It is once again that time of year when we reflect on what we have accomplished as a school community and we start thinking about arranging a few year-end activities for the children and their parents. A few activities that I have implemented in the past include:
  • A year-end concert
  • A sports day
  • A multicultural potluck
  • A year-end family picnic
  • A special field trip/going out activity
  • An end-of-the-year craft project
  • Kindergarten graduation
For the past few years, we have organized a field trip in the month of June. This year we are planning to go to the Honeybee Center as a way to enrich our study of Honeybees. Another tradition is our year-end picnic which is always enjoyed by parents and children alike! We have a beautiful park near our Montessori preschool that provides us with the perfect location for a family picnic.

As much as possible, NAMC’s web blog reflects the Montessori curriculum as provided in its teacher training programs. We realize and respect that Montessori schools are unique and may vary their schedules and offerings in accordance with the needs of their individual communities. We hope that our readers will find our articles useful and inspiring as a contribution to the global Montessori community. © the North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on .

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Exploring the Seven Wonders of the World – Montessori Classroom Activity Ideas

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When I was a child, I remember learning about the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and dreaming of the day when I could explore them first-hand. Imagine my shock to learn that only the Pyramids of Giza are still standing!

Known to the Greeks as theamata, or things that must be seen, these ancient wonders are more available to your Montessori students than ever before. While you may not be able to physically travel there, virtual field trips (vft’s) and webquests add new life to these ancient and revered sites. Studying the ancient wonders in your Montessori classroom provides a cross-curricular look into ancient cultures. Through them, topics of literature, history, math, geometry, physics, chemistry, astronomy, botany, art, and physical and cultural geometry can be studied.

As much as possible, NAMC’s web blog reflects the Montessori curriculum as provided in its teacher training programs. We realize and respect that Montessori schools are unique and may vary their schedules and offerings in accordance with the needs of their individual communities. We hope that our readers will find our articles useful and inspiring as a contribution to the global Montessori community. © the North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Thursday, June 9, 2011.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Montessori Style Vacations: Canada’s Natural Bounty

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Canada became a country on July 1, 1867 and this year marks its 144th birthday. When you think of Canada, what immediately comes to mind? Hockey? Quebec City? Niagara Falls? The rugged wilderness of the Canadian Rockies? Exploring Prince Edward Island and looking for Anne Shirley from the beloved and timeless children’s classic Anne of Green Gables? Or Chuck wagon races and steer roping at the Calgary Stampede?

Visitors and residents alike enjoy Canada’s rich cultural history and events, pursue outdoor adventures from skiing to sailing (sometimes on the same day), or communing with nature on the prairies, in the mountains, or on the water. The diverse geographical and cultural nature of Canada offers endless people, places and things to discover, explore, and enjoy.

As much as possible, NAMC’s web blog reflects the Montessori curriculum as provided in its teacher training programs. We realize and respect that Montessori schools are unique and may vary their schedules and offerings in accordance with the needs of their individual communities. We hope that our readers will find our articles useful and inspiring as a contribution to the global Montessori community. © the North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Tuesday, June 7, 2011.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Montessori Style Vacations: America’s National Parks

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Guard it well, for it is far more precious than money… once destroyed, nature’s beauty cannot be repurchased at any price. ~ Ansel Adams

A few years ago, while my family and I were exploring the scenic waterways of the North Carolina coast, we came upon a sign for the Cape Lookout Lighthouse. Ready for an adventure, we set off down the road. Maintained by the National Park Service and accessible only by boat, Cape Lookout Lighthouse was one of those hidden gems that made for a great day of exploring not only North Carolina history, but also the flora, fauna, and physical geography of the North Carolina Coast.

The United States has over 400 National Parks. Exploring them together, truly puts Maria Montessori’s idea of Cosmic Education and the interconnectedness of all living and non-living things into perspective. Montessori also believed that the outdoors was the best classroom for children. Living, breathing, and interacting with nature is the best way to help children develop environmental awareness.

As much as possible, NAMC’s web blog reflects the Montessori curriculum as provided in its teacher training programs. We realize and respect that Montessori schools are unique and may vary their schedules and offerings in accordance with the needs of their individual communities. We hope that our readers will find our articles useful and inspiring as a contribution to the global Montessori community. © the North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Wednesday, June 1, 2011.
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