Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Photos from the Classroom

I'm sitting here on a beautiful Wednesday, organizing and putting away some of my fabulous new classroom materials. The kids are at the Farm having a wonderful time, the baby is napping, and I am happy as a clam, deciding how to store the Flags of the World material. Luckily, I already owned a Seven Tier Horiziontal Desk Organizer and so that will be perfect. One shelf for each continent! Montessori color-codes the continents (of course) and so the labels for each shelf will match that continent's color.

Children are introduced to this color-coding system with their second globe in the Primary classroom. The first globe is simply a sensory experience of land vs. water, with blue for water and brown sandpaper for all the parts of our planet which are land. The second globe shows the land masses with their continent colors. From there, you can take the children into biomes and then into political maps.

In case you are curious, here are the shelves for my Flags of the World work. Your home continent is always presented first:
    Montessori continent colors
    North America & Caribbean - orange
    South America - pink
    Europe - red
    Africa - green
    Asia - yellow
    Australia & Oceania - brown
    Antarctica - white
In case you are a parent of a child in my class and are super-curious about what Montessori materials I have (and what's on my wish list), I have a blog post about that very topic, which I update every time I make a purchase.

In the spirit of getting organized, I also wanted to post some pictures from our first three weeks of school. Enjoy!

    the blue jay feather ground up... reveals nothing but brown specks!
    blending primary colors to make secondary colors

    an older friend and a younger... enjoying an apple at the Farm

    each monarch butterfly heads for freedom (and stops to enjoy the milkweed outside our window)

    beginning math work with place value:  units, tens, hundreds, thousands
    building a beautiful construction with the golden bead material, and then calculating its value

    putting together pendulum kits for students to take home

    using the dice game to practice making numbers to the thousands place with the stamp game material

    investigating one of our simple machines:  the screw

using the Montessori grammar stencils to symbolize the parts of speech in a sentence

archery lessons at the Farm

drafting illustrations and summaries of each of our Simple Machines for the main lesson book

enjoying a visit with special guest Dav Glass from HackSI

the wheel & axle... sure makes work easier!

This post contains affiliate links to the materials I actually use for homeschooling. I hope you find them helpful. Thank you for your support!

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