In December we covered electrical energy. We started by creating a simple electrical circuit. First, we labeled each part of our circuit. Then, we created a circuit with just a battery and a light bulb. Everyone had a turn to create the circuit.
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Next, we added a switch to our circuit.
The following day we discussed what objects are conductors of electricity and which are insulators. Each student had a turn to test an object and then we sorted the objects under the proper label.
Additionally in December, we covered the continent of Europe using our Montessori Continent Puzzle Map of Europe and the control chart that accompanies it. We also identified the flags of the many countries that make up Europe. I thought the students would like to take home their own Flags of Europe lesson. Wonderful pushpin maps and pushpin flags can be downloaded and printed out from www.montessoriprintshop.com. I attached a printed map of Europe to a thin piece of Styrofoam and pre-made the flags of Europe following the instructions at Montessori Print Shop. I made enough maps and flags for each student to have their own. I will admit though that for this take home lesson I chose flags from only 19 different countries in Europe.
I worked with each child individually, to help them identity each flag and to which country it belongs.
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.