Saturday, December 16, 2017

Library Workshop: Montessori Mathematics Materials Part II

I'm leading a workshop series at my local public library on progressive education. The sessions will take place on Tuesday evenings from October 3 to December 12 (not including Halloween).

Some of the sessions are on Montessori and some are on Waldorf. Here I will put a corresponding series of blog posts listing what materials I took with me, both to help out other people who may be leading similar workshops and to help me out if I do another set of workshops like these in the future!

Montessori Mathematics Materials Part II

This, the final workshop in my series of ten, was by far the simplest to set up.

This workshop included miscellanous math topics such as Fractions, Reading an Analog Clock, Algebra (coordinate graphing), and Geometry (area). I also brought materials for the Montessori Fifth Great Lesson, the Story of Numbers, which helps inspire children to choose different math lessons throughout the school year. This brought us full circle from the very first workshop in the series, the Montessori First Great Lesson. Here are photos of some of the materials, which I arranged along the long conference table.

from Nienhuis Montessori:

from Great Extensions:

from Hello Wood:

from Clocca Concepts:

I also had some math supplies arranged among the books for the Fifth Great Lesson, including a material I made to help children understand the difference between the solar calendar and the lunar calendar (which involves 12 foot long finger knitted string circle and a pile of small white buttons), a clock rubber stamp and the Thermometer Stamp from Montessori Services.

The History of Counting

by Denise Schmandt-Besserat

The Story of Clocks and Calenars

by Betsy Maestro

Twelve Years, Twelve Animals: A Japanese Folktale

by Yoshiko Samuel

The Story of Money

by Betsy Maestro

Ideas About Choosing
by John Maher and S. Stowell Symmes

How We Learned the Earth is Round

by Patricia Lauber

The Librarian Who Measured the Earth

by Kathryn Lasky

Mathematicians are People, Too: Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians, Volume 1

by Luetta & Wilbert Reimer

    John Napier
    Galileo Galilei
    Blaise Pascal
    Isaac Newton
    Leonhard Euler
    Joseph Louis Lagrange
    Sophie Germain
    Carl Friedrich Gauss
    Evariste Galois
    Emmy Noether
    Srinivasa Ramunujan

Mathematicians are People, Too: Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians, Volume 2

by Luetta & Wilbert Reimer

    Omar Khayyam
    Leonard of Pisa (Fibonacci)
    Girolamo Cardano
    Rene Descartes
    Pierre de Fermat
    Maria Agnesi
    Benjamin Banneker
    Charles Babbage
    Mary Somerville
    Neils Abel
    Ada Lovelace
    Sonya Kovalevsky
    Albert Einstein
    George Polya

Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine

by Laurie Wallmark

Agnesi to Zeno: Over 100 Vignettes from the History of Math

by Sanderson Smith

Math and Science Across Cultures: Activities and Investigations from the Exploratorium

by Maurice Bazin, et al.

The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures

by Malba Tahan

You Can Count on Monsters: The First 100 Numbers and Their Characters

by Richard Evan Schwartz (see the poster of 1 through 100, factored)

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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