Saturday, May 10, 2008

Photographic Album 5

The following photographs were taken over the past two weeks. The end of the year is a very busy time for teachers such as myself. I spent several recent evenings finishing the end of the year progress reports for 29 children. I also am committed to presenting a few new works before the end of the year and am busy preparing those trays. But it is at the end of the year that the transformation of the children is most obvious. Almost all of the children in my classroom now read; that may be simple, phonetic words or complex lengthy sentences. My recently turned five year olds have my head turning with the work they are producing. The six year olds have grown several inches taller and are now quoting Montessori philosophy to the younger children. It is an amazing time of the year besides being a busy one. All and all, the children have blossomed over the past nine months. Let the pictures of their work bear testimony to that statement:

A child did the binomial cube with a blindfold on.

A young cartographer illustrated a map.

A child used a ruler to draw two triangles to represent his discovery of triangles within the classroom's hourglass.

A first year student washed and hung the classroom laundry.

Another first year student carefully polished a wooden pear.

I presented a lesson to the older children that showed the relationship between the trinomial cube and the golden bead thousand cube; they are mathematically equivalent.

A student attempted to sketch all the planets so as to make a solar
system booklet. This was what he did for an entire morning.

One of my oldest students began exploring with the sensorial materials. Her work had one three year old declare, "Wow!"

Two third year students played the verb game. Each card has an action printed on it. Here you see a boy acting out swimming on the rug. What fun being able to read can be!!

Flowers were put out for dissection and study.

A second year student uses the moveable alphabet to write phonetic words. Images of the words are printed on the cards. Control of Error: On the back of the cards the single word is correctly spelled. After the child does all of the written work he turns over the cards and checks his own work.

A third year student using another set of the moveable alphabet runs out of Ts and decides to make some herself. She traced the outline of the T, colored it pink, cut several out and continued with her writing.

After a lesson on pentagons, a child independently selected a trapezoid to create a volcano.

A first year student (4 years old) leaps into creative writing. "I am not done yet. I have more to write," she said when I told her that the work period was almost over.

Nearby, a six year old copies an entire Bob book.

A boy's number scroll grows and grows.

Using cards that rhyme, an older student decides to construct sentences from the words. Here she wrote, "The snake ate the cake."

Booklets were made by several students.

Language groups were organized and given by the older students to the younger ones and to their peers. This work assists me so much in regards to classroom management. When several three or young four year olds are seen wandering, one of my five or six years will ask me if they may run a group. They put out the rugs, get out the classification cards, solicit the children and manage the group in its entirety including telling other students that have not been invited to the group, "The circle is closed," and/or asking disruptive children to leave the group. It is amazing to witness when seen for the first time by observers.

And as always, there was so much more !!!

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