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This week we started to tell the Second Great Story (Coming of Life). The children were enthralled as the Timeline of Life was slowly unrolled. Afterwards the children were inspired to take their learning further. Here are some of their
|Inspired to draw his own timeline|
|Clay model of a prehistoric scorpion|
|Making a model of a starfish after learning about its parts|
One advantage of an established Montessori classroom is that usually a large percentage of the students return to the community. Whilst other classrooms, with large numbers of new students, spend time on getting-to-know-you games and building community, Montessori classrooms can virtually pick up from where they left off. Our classroom has welcomed new students into our environment and we are amazed at how quickly the children have settled as a community.
We have had a busy term with learning in all areas of the curriculum. Here are some photos of our learning in the past few weeks:
|Beach clean up|
|Doing triple digit division|
|Finding the relationship between diameter and circumference|
Tuakana-teina is part of traditional Māori society where older experts help those who are younger or less experienced. Montessori classrooms with mixed age levels allow for such interactions spontaneously. Our classroom is no exception and as the year has progressed, it has been great to see the nurturing relationships between older and younger students. Here are some pictures of tuakana-teina in action.
I had planned to give a decimal lesson to a couple of students, however, two other students offered to do the lesson for me. I looked on in amazement at how engaged all the students were and how the child who was being given the lesson exclaimed: "I finally get decimals!"
Over the past couple of months, we have been exploring the concept of Movement in our classroom. Our focus was on the movement of the Earth around the Sun and how this is connected to life on our planet.
Younger children enjoyed learning about our calendar - where the names for the days of the week and the months of the year originated. During our weekly French lessons, they also learned the connection between French calendar names and our Anglo-Saxon calendar names.
|Making a shadow clock|
We also explored day and night as well as phases of the moon. The children made shadow clocks and we connected this with learning to tell time in the classroom. It was fun going across to the school hall to explore the aspects of light on a darkened stage.
|Demonstrating phases of the moon|
Older students were fascinated by how the human eye works and they embarked on a self-directed project to explore this further.
|A spontaneous project on how the human eye works|
|Presenting the eye project to the class|
As a class, we discussed topics such as light and shadow, reflection, refraction as well as the opacity of various objects.
|Making shadow drawings|
|Exploring opaque, transparent and translucent objects|