So, today was the last day of my first whole week using the Montessori-based curriculum in my preschool classroom. The week has gone better than I could have imagined. The kids are taking interest in all of the materials I have brought into the classroom. And, they have fallen into the new routine very easily. I couldn't be happier!
I started off the week thinking that it would take the whole week just to get the routine down -- using rugs and table mats, etc. But, much to my surprise the kids caught on so quickly that I was able to start introducing materials the second day of each of my classes (3's & 4's).
I am doing the material presentations a little differently in the 3's class than the 4's class. After much contemplation I decided that in the 3's class, for now, I would need to introduce most of the materials to the whole class at the same time so that there would not be any issues with kids pulling things off the shelves that they had not yet been introduced to.
In the 4's class, however, I am introducing materials to the kids when they ask to have them introduced -- and sometimes I go around and ask kids if they would like a lesson on a specific material. I put the materials on the shelf, tell the kids at Circle Time what the new materials are and where they are located, and then wait for the kids to ask for lessons. For the most part, this is working out really well!
Here are some of the materials I introduced this week:
|Whole Hand Transfer Activity|
|Pink Tower and Brown Stairs|
|One-to-One Correspondence -- balls into egg tray|
|Classmates 3-Part Cards|
Here are some pictures of the kids using the new materials:
|Pink Tower --check out her concentration putting the last cube on the tower!|
|Pink Tower -- stair stepping the smallest cube.|
|Classmates 3-Part Cards -- I gave him a lesson, he finished it and put everything away.|
I was not able to get pictures of the Whole Hand Transfer activity. I honestly almost skipped this activity all together because I thought it might be a little to easy for this group of kids. But, there was one student I wanted to have the chance to use it, so I decided to put it out anyways. It was not a very popular activity, although a few kids did try it.
The One-To-One Correspondence with balls & the egg tray, on the other hand, was very popular. There were several kids who took turns one after another on the same rug. However, I did not manage to get a picture of anyone using it. Oh well!
During Circle Time, along with doing the calendar, weather, music & movement activity, and reading a book, I am also introducing many of the Grace and Courtesy lessons. This week we learned how to roll and unroll rugs, carry a rug, walk around a rug, roll and unroll a table mat, ask to work with another child, stand, walk, walk on the line, the Silence Game, and Walking on the Line to music (which we turned into a freeze game as well). All of these lessons went very well!
Here is a picture of the 4's class Walking on the Line to music while playing the freeze game:
|The adults you see in the picture are the assist parents that work in the classroom with me. My preschool is a cooperative, which means that the parents take turns assisting me in the classroom. I am lucky to have a wonderful group of parents!|
All in all I feel such a sense of accomplishment! All of the literally hundreds of hours of work I put into this transition have paid off in full the first week of school.
I am linking up with Living Montessori Now and One Hook Wonder for Montessori Monday!