I had asked them to come to class ready to comment on their experiences.
Perception of Our Own Body
Perception of the External World
Perception of Other People
Given that we couldn't meet on Zoom last Friday, we will share about our sensory experiences in this upcoming session.
My plan for Friday's in-person time was to make a giant web of the group's prior knowledge about the human body, which we can then add to as we work on this topic throughout the summer. Now I think I'll just ask each child to make a web at home and add to it as the weeks go along. It is nicest to do this in multiple colors: a tri-color web. Write in one color for prior knowledge, a second for information learned through the class activities, and a third for information learned in independent outside reading & research.
I planned on wrapping up last Friday's session using the Montessori Sixth Great Lesson story, The Great River, as an impressionistic way to introduce the human body. I love to set this up using a long red playsilk stretched out along the floor and my set of Grimm's City and Town Blocks.
This wonderful story can be heard, for free, on the ETC Montessori website. Go to The Great River and click at the bottom of the page on "The Nation of the Great River - Narration and Music - by Lizby Dingus and Kai Engle." Here is the full text of the story (PDF) with a complete list of the analogies. Maria Montessori was big on things being presented in a way that was "impressionistic" for young children, yet always highly scientifically accurate.
Since we haven't had time as a group to discuss our sensory experiences, or The Great River, I don't want to move on to a new topic just yet. So we will spend another week on the senses ("The President's Cabinet"). I am putting together some fun activities on American Sign Language and Braille!
If your child would like to join us via Zoom on Friday afternoons for this "Flipped Classroom" Science Club model, please let me know!
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