Monday, March 19, 2012

Embracing Tradition: Traditional Montessori Work

I have posted a lot lately about some of the more progressive work we have been up to in my classroom -- in other words, work made from non-traditional Montessori materials.  I have been wanting to post about our work with the traditional Montessori materials for a while now, but just have not had a chance.  So, here goes...

Sensorial Work:

It has been interesting to see the kids interests change in this area of the classroom.  There are some days when very few sensorial materials are used and yet others when there is not enough room on the area rug by the sensorial shelf for all of the kids who want to work in this area.  Here are just a few of my most recent pictures of the kids work with the traditional Montessori sensorial materials:

Pink Tower & Brown Stair extension work.
Cylinder Blocks - using all 4 together!
Geometric Solids - exploration after first presentation.
Knobless Cylinder blocks with extension cards from Montessori Print Shop
Geometric Cabinet - circles

Math Work:

Not unlike most Montessori classrooms, I have kids working are varying levels with math materials.  Some kids are still mastering counting and numbers 0-10, some are working with teens, some are working with tens, some are working on addition, some are working with the hundred board, and a couple are even working with the golden bead material (thousands).  These are my most recent photos of what the kids have been up to - not all levels of ability are shown in these photos.

Addition with bead stairs, addition booklets from Karen Tyler's albums, and sandpaper numbers (to help with numeral formation).
Teen Bead Boards
Teen Beads with extension from Montessori Print Shop
Bead Stair extension from Montessori Print Shop

Language/Writing Work:

Other than kids reading and looking at books, there has not been a whole lot of activity in the language/writing area of the classroom lately -- most of the kids have been focusing on other areas of the classroom.  I recently ordered two of the inset tracing trays as well as the proper size paper and paper tray.  Here is a picture of one of the kids using the insets for design with one of the new tracing trays and proper size paper:

Insets for Design
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  1. There's such beauty in the traditional Montessori materials! Great photos of your students at work! Thanks so much for linking up with Montessori Monday. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page:

  2. Thanks, Deb! The traditional materials are one of the main reasons I fell in love with Montessori to begin with. There is a simple beauty about them that is difficult to describe!