One of the ways children show me how they are processing the impressionistic lesson of the formation of the Universe is by how they are interpreting the posters in our room which are used during the presentation.
First, the most immature child processes this wonderful impressionistic story very literally. I find this is often a young first year child. This vision is not wrong for where the child is developmentally. I know the child will see it from a different facet as he is older.
The second and third year child (and often the first year upper child) is wanting to show what he believes really happened at that moment on the Earth. His drawings are more “photo realistic.”
For the older Upper Elementary child, the interpretation is often back to the impression of the work. He understands the work and many of the concepts literally and is now ready to put his individual stamp on Dr. Montessori’s work.
AV and JV had become interested in creating their own God With No Hands cards.
Well not cards in the case of AV. AV wants to quilt the felt to make a soft poster.
JV has been focused on a minimalist approach. JV is using cut paper. Elegant.
I find the child’s vision is very helpful for discussions of other Montessori lessons. It provides a window into the child’s thoughts, understandings, and tendencies.
I have observed some Montessori classes shading photo copies of the charts as line art sheets and making a book. I would find this difficult for me as a directress, because the meeting of the child with the story is personal and provides such a window into her soul. I wouldn’t want to miss those clues.