Category Archives: Art

Practical Life and More: December/ Christmas

During the month of December we cover the following topics:

  • The Continent of Europe
  • Flags of Europe
  • Christmas
  • Chanukah ( We actually covered Chanukah in November because the holiday began in November this year.
  • Kwanza
  • Vincent Van Gogh
  • Electrical energy
  • Energy: conductor/insulator
Pom Pom Transfer w/ Treezers

Pom Pom Transfer w/ Tweezers

Ornament Transfer w/ Tongs

Ornament Transfer w/ Tongs

Four Cup Pouring

Four Cup Pouring

Bell Spooning

Bell Spooning

Cream Cheese Spreading Lesson

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

Felt Christmas Tree

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Felt Reindeer

Felt Reindeer

Felt Santa

Felt Santa

Christmas Season Stamping

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.

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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.

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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.

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I also change out a few lessons in math. Particularly the one to one correspondence lessons and the simple addition problems.

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Practical Life and More: Fall

In November we began studying fall related themes such as:

  • Scarecrows
  • Thanksgiving
  • Native Americans

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

Fall Leaf Clothespins

Transfer Lesson: Spooning Leaves

Transfer Lesson: Spooning Leaves

Acorn Transfer Lesson

Acorn Transfer Lesson

Basting Lesson

Basting 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)

Shelling Peanuts (Caution: Allergies)

Tweezing Corn Kernels

Tweezing Corn Kernels

Sifting Lesson

Sifting Lesson

Pumpkin Sorting

Pumpkin Sorting

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I found this idea for a pumpkin scrubbing lesson at http://www.justmontessori.com

Pumpkin Washing

Pumpkin Washing

Fall Stamping

Fall Stamping

Peanut Butter Spreading (Caution: Allergies)

Peanut Butter Spreading (Caution: Allergies)

USA Floor Puzzle

USA Floor Puzzle

Scarecrow Gluing (Found at http://kidssoup.com)

Scarecrow Gluing (Found at http://kidssoup.com)

Lincoln Log Cabin

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.

Parts of a Flag

Parts of a Flag

 

Pracitcal Life: Fish and Ocean Study & Amphibian Study

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

Water Transfer w/ Eye Dropper

Seashell and Water Straining

Seashell and Water Straining

Sea Animals Transfer w/ Tweezers

Sea Animals Transfer w/ Tweezers

Seashell Transfer

Seashell Transfer

Sponging Lesson

Sponging Lesson

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.

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Sun Catcher and Eye Dropper Lesson

Sponge Fish and Garlic Press Lesson

Sponge Fish and Garlic Press Lesson

When we cover amphibians we focus on:

  • Amphibians overview
  • Differences between toads and frogs
  • Salamanders and newts
  • Differences between salamanders and lizards

During this time we also cover:

  • Intro to art
  • Roots
  • Stems
  • North America
  • Canada
Sponging

Sponging

Fly Transfer w/ Tweezers

Fly Transfer w/ Tweezers

From http://www.2teachingmommies.com

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

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.