FIVE GREAT LESSONS: #2 THE COMING OF LIFE

FIVE GREAT LESSONS: #2 THE COMING OF LIFE

We continued our study of the Montessori Five Great Lessons with a two week exploration of the Coming of Life to Earth. The Coming of Life focuses on the historical evolution of Life from early bacteria and other single-celled organisms to the formations of plants, invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds. The lesson ends just at the advent of humans. The guide that we used strongly encouraged providing real examples of living plants and animals to compare to the…

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Five Great Lessons: #1 The Coming of the Universe

Five Great Lessons: #1 The Coming of the Universe

Montessori elementary has five signature lessons at the core of the curricula that are told each year for the six years of elementary.  The lessons generally cover the origins of all things: the beginning of the universe, the beginning of life, the beginning of humans, the beginning of writing and the beginning of numbers.  I’ve been so excited all summer, because our local enrichment program has a science class and they agreed to teach the lessons in a six week…

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Preparing for Elementary Math Work

Preparing for Elementary Math Work

As we’re beginning the Montessori Lower Elementary curriculum, the math sequence becomes even more varied than it was before. Geometry becomes a separate subject. Which is good for Danny because he still loves math and again chose it first when presented a work plan on the first day. Operations Danny has been working with 4-digit addition and subtraction for awhile but since we took the summer off from doing math, I wanted to start with some review before introducing him…

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First Day of the New Year!

First Day of the New Year!

September 11 was the first day of Danny’s Montessori Elementary experience. And it is also the first day that he would be in a kindergarten classroom if I weren’t homeschooling. It’s getting real! Transitioning from Montessori primary to elementary has been a work in progress for me all summer. In many ways Danny’s schoolwork will be more of the same. But in a couple of significant ways, there will be changes. Work Plan Unlike in primary where the child is…

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