During the month of December we cover the following topics:
The Continent of Europe
Flags of Europe
Chanukah ( We actually covered Chanukah in November because the holiday began in November this year.
Vincent Van Gogh
Pom Pom Transfer w/ Tweezers
Ornament Transfer w/ Tongs
Four Cup Pouring
Cream Cheese Spreading Lesson
I made three felt Christmas “puzzles” using stiff felt. I had photos of the completed puzzles so that the children would know how to put the pieces together. Here are some photos of them:
Felt Christmas Tree
Christmas Season Stamping
The kids enjoyed making their own candy canes and wreaths with pipe cleaners and beads. I put the candy canes out the first week and then the wreath lesson out the following week.
Also in art I created a reindeer craft for the class. I usually do this for each theme. I cut out simple shapes that they can glue to a sheet of construction paper. I laminate a sample of my own work to help guide them on how to arrange the shapes to form the desired picture.
Reindeer Craft from 2 Students
When we change themes, I also change out the play dough colors and utensils. During Halloween we had black play dough and black pipe cleaners, googly eyes and various other materials so that the kids could make spiders and monsters. During Christmas we had holiday cookie cutters.
I also change out a few lessons in math. Particularly the one to one correspondence lessons and the simple addition problems.
In November we began studying fall related themes such as:
We also cover the United States, USA landmarks, the American flag, volcanoes, the digestive system and the artist Georgia O’Keeffe.
Here are some photos of lessons and shelf work that related to our fall theme:
Fall Leaf Clothespins
Transfer Lesson: Spooning Leaves
Acorn Transfer Lesson
We used the peanuts from the peanut shelling lesson and the corn kernels from the tweezing corn kernel lesson to feed the squirrels outside the classroom.
Shelling Peanuts (Caution: Allergies)
Tweezing Corn Kernels
I found this idea for a pumpkin scrubbing lesson at http://www.justmontessori.com
Peanut Butter Spreading (Caution: Allergies)
USA Floor Puzzle
Scarecrow Gluing (Found at http://kidssoup.com)
Lincoln Log Cabin
When we cover the United States, we also talked about the American flag. We discuss what the stars represent and why there are 50 of them on our flag. We also talked about why our flag has 13 stripes. Montessori for Everyone has great Parts of a Flag cards and we use them for our lesson and then the kids can create their own Parts of a Flag Booklet.
This year has been very busy. I have been wanting to post photos of some shelf lessons in practical life and haven’t had a chance until now. As I’ve stated before, I change out all the lessons in practical life every three weeks as the theme that we are studying changes. I feel that this is important because it offers the children a chance to practice new skills and it enhances the theme we are studying. Here are some photos from our fish and ocean study.
Water Transfer w/ Eye Dropper
Seashell and Water Straining
Sea Animals Transfer w/ Tweezers
I was preparing to store the lesson of the sun catcher (below). The eye dropper bottles in the photo are empty. I usually have them filled with colored water and the children can decorate the sun catcher fish. This is a popular lesson.
Sun Catcher and Eye Dropper Lesson
Sponge Fish and Garlic Press Lesson
When we cover amphibians we focus on:
Differences between toads and frogs
Salamanders and newts
Differences between salamanders and lizards
During this time we also cover:
Intro to art
Fly Transfer w/ Tweezers
Downloaded pdf from http://www.2teachingmommies.com
I found this pdf download from http://.www.2teachingmommies.com and thought it would make a great Life Cycle of a Frog gluing lesson in art.
Downloaded from http://www.2teachingmommies.com
Some of the books we enjoy during our amphibians study are Little Tad Grows Up, by Giuliano Ferr and 999 Tadpoles by Ken Kimura.