Geometry applied in the right way is a fantastic tool to train logical thinking. already at an early stage, children can see and understand patterns. Often it is underestimated how a young brain can already understand structures infront of him or her.
So Geometry can help to train the brain. used in the right way, children will see this as something pleasing… geometry is esthetics. The eye likes symmetry and equal parts. One feels safe when the structure is even, balanced and logic. So children of all ages have comfort within geometry and if applied and shown right, it can be and is a springboard I.e. fractions.
One should n ‘ t be scared to use metal insets and let the children explore. What are they able to create? What kind of symmetries will they make? One can halp to givr certain guidelines, like no crossing lines, the iset needs to always touch another line that was drawn, etc. The younger, of course, the simpler and for older children one can add a compass or ruler,… the options are countless.
I personally think that geometry is not given the right amount of attention in a classroom. I think as well that often the right connections, the interdisciplinary links are not made, yet one clearly does not go without the other.
I do agree that math has a very high standing and that it is important, yet when one would allow the children to dwell for longer periods of time in the geometrical realm; they will, and I mean all, profit on the long run.
This is a book that was offered to me by a friend at school. I need to say that it is a interesting and fascinating booklet. “Practical Geometrical Constructions”. Indeed the things you are shown are flabbergasting and have a solid ´WOW`effect. It is an interesting guide for Nomenclature, that you can use additional to your Nomenclature that is available in a Montessori classroom. I need to say that for a lower elementary child, the handling of a compass is often challenging enough (and that does by times last until secondary) yet this could be something that the teacher can construct, next to a small group of children, like a presentation, to show what is possible to construct.
I think it is fascinating. It could be a springboard for exploration along regular polygons, equilateral triangles etc. The designing of shapes with a compass can and is indeed a special sort of art. Plus, there is no better way to explore and learn those different names of shapes and all the additional terminologies that need to be known within the geometrical realm.
I can recommend that little book. It is a sweet little addition to your albums and other resources.
Here you can see the ISBN number in case you are interested.
Preparation of mind and hand
The preparation of writing must be, twofold. The preparation of the hand and the mind in order to be able to communicate, the mind must contain an idea being those communications and an intellectual ability to form the ideas into words. If the hand is not prepared, the ideas expressed in writing will not be understood or legible.
Hopefully written language begins in the casa. With the sandpaper letters and the movable alphabet, give the children the tools to analyze language into component sound and make them visible.
Showing the symbol raises the conscious even more. The child discovers that we have a language, which we can speak, and we can make that language visible with the sandpaper letters, movable alphabet, pencil and paper, or chalk and chalk board. Through these media we can share our ideas with other people. Using the movable alphabet allows the child to prepare the mind for writing. Even if he or she has not gains the control of a writing implement. The movable alphabet is the first mean to make a whole though visible and can be done before the child can read. It is important to go beyond three and four letter words as quickly as possible, top make a child understand that they can write any word they hear. No corrections should be made when the child is expressing him with the movable alphabet. The mistakes the children make should be your guide to what type of lesson in language you can give some other time. ex phonograms.
As soon as the child knows most of the sandpaper letters and can compose simple words, with the movable alphabet, give the children lots of practice in composing words and sentences. When a child comes to tell you something, tell her that top make it with movable alphabet instead. It is important that he children have lots of practice expressing them in this way.
The significance of the sandpaper letters in primary is that they isolate the sounds and prepare for writing through the tracing of the form. This tracing must be continuously repeated. The adult must express this through examples.
They continue touching prepares the imprint of the kinesthetic memory.
Read more on ‘Spoken Language’
Check out this site…
Some free material for Montessorians…
It’s a nice site to receive some additional material. Ideal for ‘homeschoolers’, but also nice to add to a classroom…(mainly Children’s House and Lower Elementary/Primary).
Reading and writing are the basic tools of modern living, and helping your child to read and write gives the best of all starts in life. Using the Montessori Method guarantees not only that your child will learn, but that he or she will enjoy learning.
One of the most important pioneers in the area of child development, Maria Montessori opened the first Children’s House in Rome in 1907. Today, there is a network of Montessori schools around the world. This text makes the acclaimed methods used in those schools available to all parents who wish to give their child the best possible start on the road to reading and writing. There are sections on how to create an environment which gives the best chance for language to flourish, the first steps towards reading and writing, and learning to write the letters. This book contains age-graded games and activities to aid learning, and has a resources section designed to be appropriate for different geographical regions and/or languages. It includes a reading list, resources list and suggestion for scripts.
A practical, accessible guide for parents on teaching their children to read, using the methods pioneered by Maria Montessori in the early 1900s.
With children you can do lovely things such as ‘baking bread’
It’s very simple and a lot of fun.For children under three year it is best when all the ingredients are pre-measured and put in little plastic beakers. It facilitates the pouring into the larger bowl. With older children, you can measure with them.
Ideal is to have all prepared on a little table, so any action the child will do is easy for them.
The following ingredients are needed:
- 1 kg flour (i.e. whole grain)
- 130 ml of warm water
- One cube of yeast
- One teaspoon of salt
- One tablespoonful of sugar
- Two tablespoonful of oil (i.e. sunflower oil)
And that’s how it’s done:
Ingredients: flour, oil, yeast, salt, sugar, warm water
All ingredients are purred into a large bowl.
Mix it well.
Cover the bowl with a large cloth and let rest for at least one hour.
After you put it in the oven for one hour…DONE!
Dr. Montessori talked about…
The children need to be able to imagine for themselves and reflect on these ideas. It is only in introducing the children to the universe in this way, that we are making use of the psychological characteristics in the second plane of development.
Dr. Montessori said: “We have continually repeated that the child has revealed to us in a clear and human way that there exists within human nature an impulse towards work.
And he has the shown us that upon the circumstances of this impulse depends normality.”