After all these years as a Montessori teacher I came to the understanding that the albums that one creates, studies and internalizes are after all a base to build upon.
In this particular case I am talking about upper elementary 5th or 6th grade.
If children decide to execute a study on i.e. electrical energy, renewable energy, end up with wind power and want to read, learn or study more about wind turbines, where do they start?
Well there are various factors to look upon, such as, how does the motor work, how is it set up etc. But these are technical facts. That is one side. The other side would be, where are they placed and what are the reasons for that?
I actually want to make the link to the Montessori Albums and look upon the chapter of air and wind. By simply focusing on these chapters, the children have a preliminary introduction to the source of the power, why it actually is renewable.
Along, they will see how winds function upon the planet and how the interfere around the planet, are once more introduced to the seasons, northern and southern hemisphere etc. Thanks to these facts and figures, the question of where you can mainly find wind turbines will be answered automatically and can be checked after to verify if these realizations and observations fit with the reality.
This way, the step to ask Google is taken away in the first instance and that whole process is slowed down.
We should avoid that a study is commenced with the visit of a computer. This is one example yet there are more. Especially in the science and geographical area.
Hello again, here is another sheet that I want to share with you. I have collected these facts, and used them in the class room as extension work or second period work after the children have been introduced to an atlas and how to use one. These lists are ideal to be used with the pin maps. this will give the children the opportunity to have some facts that they have to find.
They build their understanding of the world, continents or countries. FYI, it will not take away their exploration, rather add on. And they are a great point of interest and good to know. In this particular one, the 12 longest rivers of the world, the lengths are missing. A good continuation after having discoverd them on a map, to look for the lengths of each,… Interdisciplinary follow-up works can be aligned with these facts.
Ii is so important to have a basic, good understanding of geographical facts and figures. To know you way around, be able to have a visual understanding, some have it naturally, but that as well, like all other skills can be learned.
I have a couple of fun facts that are fbascinating for elementary children. They love to look them up in an atlas, find them and contemplate. Enjoy …