Saturday, October 21, 2017

Library Workshop: Montessori Third Great Lesson

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 Third Great Lesson

Five Great Lessons binder from NAMC teacher training course

materials for demonstrations:

    fallen deer antlers

    Native American woven pine needle baskets

    dried wheat stalks

    handfuls of grain (soybean, corn, rice in husk, oats in husk)

    shell buttons

    cave art pictures

    rabbit skin

    6 foot long canopy silk in greens and yellows

display of student-made cave art (chalk pastels and charcoal on crumpled butcher paper)

series of skull tracings from Early Humans book (Australopithecus, Homo Habilis, Homo Erectus, Neandertal, Cro-Magnon and Modern Human)

series of jars of rice showing the growing capacity of the skulls

Hunters and Gatherers Simulation Game from Early Humans book

Fundamental Needs of Humans work by ETC Montessori

(I didn't bring these but the Human Evolution Card Set by Clocca Concepts would also be perfect)

Mammals Who Morph: The Universe Tells Our Evolution Story

by Jennifer Morgan

Early Humans

by Michelle Breyer

The Cave Twins

by Lucy Fitch Perkins (historical fiction)

The Memory String by Chester Osborne (historical fiction)

Now You Know about Animals of the Ice Age by Anne Neigoff

Prehistoric Animals

by Peter Zallinger

When Cave Men Painted by Norman Bate (historical fiction)
goes extremely well with the virtual tour of the caves at Lascaux

back issues of National Geographic magazine:

    September 1995 - The Dawn of Humans, with map

    January 1996 - Neandertals

    October 2011 - The New Science of the Teenage Brain
    (this is less of a direct connection, but very interesting)

homeschool organization: Becca's plan book, my plan book, box of Lyra Waldorf Selection colored pencils, Prismacolor gold and silver pencils

business materials: business cards, attendance sheet, session topic handout, book group flyers, books for Autumn book group (The Breathing Circle: Learning through the Movement of the Natural Breath for early childhood and School as a Journey: The Eight-Year Odyssey of a Waldorf Teacher and His Class for the grades)

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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