Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Studying Birds in the Montessori Preschool Classroom

NAMC montessori preschool classroom studying birds feathers pictures
Birds are a wonderful theme to implement with young children, and springtime is the perfect time of year to do so. As a Montessori teacher, I understand the importance of beginning each new theme with a concrete, hands-on experience, and I decided the perfect way to do that would be to invite one of our Montessori parents for a classroom visit with her two parrots.

We were visited by Charlie, a Congo African Grey Parrot, and Horton, a Citron Crested Cockatoo. The experience definitely sparked an interest in birds in the children, and provided the perfect beginning to our theme! The owner of the parrots was extremely knowledgeable, and the children learned so much — what the parrots eat, how they eat their food, the importance of their beaks, how their wings work, and they especially enjoyed hearing the unique sounds.

Studying Birds in the Montessori Preschool Classroom

Our Montessori preschoolers were particularly interested in the fact that the bones of a bird are hollow and that they have no teeth, to help them glide and fly with ease. One child put up his hand and said, “No wonder I can’t fly — my teeth and bones are too heavy!” ... so cute! Charlie and Horton were wonderful guests, and the children are still talking about them!

NAMC montessori preschool classroom studying birds nest
In the weeks following we have examined a variety of feathers under a microscope, and explored a real bird’s nest using a magnifying glass. We have learned songs, fingerplays about birds, and have implemented a number of different bird activities to extend the theme and enrich each child’s learning experiences. A few of the extensions we have implemented in our Montessori preschool classroom are provided in Part 2 of this article.

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. Montessori Insights and Reflections of a Preschool Child’s First Year is a collection of useful stories, tips, and information that have arisen from one real student's Montessori journey.

Bree — NAMC Tutor & Graduate

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.
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Wednesday, April 20, 2011.


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