Happy Spring! It has been such a treat to enjoy our playground without the ice and snow, we are looking forward to warmer days ahead! We may start outdoors some mornings but will be back in the classroom by 9:00am to start our work cycle.
We are hoping to be done with snow pants for the season, please take home any extra winter gear. Children will need rain boots for wet muddy days. Check the lost and found for any missing mittens, hats or other items of clothing.
There has been lots of amazing work happening in the classroom in recent weeks, map making, reading beginner books, addition problems, story writing, sewing, window washing and much more! I am always so impressed with how much the kids know by this time of the year. We are gearing up to start work on our Classroom 1 auction project, it’s going to be a good one! Stay tuned.
Dr. Maria Montessori believed that children naturally had mathematical minds. She created materials around this concept. The very first introduction of math concepts begins with the sensorial materials.
These material introduce children to order, sequence, grading and sorting all of which are concepts needed for future math skills. Many of the materials are grouped in sets of 10. The numbers to ten are the foundations in math. Through a variety of materials children learn the names of the numbers, as well as the idea that each quantity is a number “this says five, this is five spindles”. After learning the language for the numbers and visually seeing what the quantities look like children can learn and see the differences between odd and even numbers.
Children also learn the concept of 0 and that 0 equals nothing. Once a child has mastered the numbers from 1-10 they can move on to learn the basics of the decimal system and the power of adding 0 to single unit of 1. Concepts of addition, multiplication and subtraction begin to form through the use of the Montessori beads. Next it’s on to the teen numbers and the tens numbers. Children learn the colors of the Montessori beads equal a certain quantity and the beads are used to further skills in counting, including skip counting which is counting by 2’s, 5’s etc. Montessori math is one of my favorite areas of the classroom, children are able to easily learn concepts that are taught in public school to much older children!