Monthly Archives: March 2011

Geometry Doodling

The kids asked that I post this video.  We did it one afternoon.  We will hit more on the series of infinates but meanwhile you need to try this.


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Photos from Thursday

The kids are working on the practical things that the cultures they are studying would have created.  Oh yeah – fractions, too; it is Lent.

AV and BW are working with addition and simplification of fractions.

BR cutting azalea branches to make a neolithic indian structure

Mrs. EV shows AR how to weave palm frond mats for her home's walls.

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Photos from our Overnight to Greenville

We’ve returned from our trip to Greenville, SC. Here are a few photos from the goings on.  We forgot to take photos before the opera.  We enjoyed it.  The consensus was that Faust was not as good as Samson et Delilah.

The little guys went with Ms. ER to Restaurante Bergamo They tried caprese.  It was a little sketchy for the kids. They knew what tomatoes were and were nervous about eating them with balsamic vinegar and mozzarella. It wasn’t their favorite, but it was OK.  The mussels they had next were their favorite. Then they tried shrimp alfredo.  Alfredo sauce is a winner. Their desserts were wonderful.  BW exclaimed the next day, “If I could have licked the plate, I wanted to….The key lime pie was that good!”  They had worked so hard to get the proper table manners down.  BW held the doors and helped seat the ladies. They handled the mussel fork and the accompanying juices very well.  Being able to move from the primitive skills camp to the finest tables that a city might offer, is a skill set for which a Montessori child must strive.

They found out that new foods are worth the try.

The next morning as AV and JV slept in, every one else headed to Greenville Children’sMuseum.

When they arrived, the car building and racing section was a MESSSSSSS! Before they began building and racing their cars, they had to organize the materials! Oh yes!

Ms. JW's attack on the wind tunnel.

AV and LR in the middle of the Falls.

Ms. ER brought LR and AR to meet up with JV and AV who had picnicked at the Falls Park.  The kids found a snake, hopped rocks, and looked at the work of water all around them.

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AR and BW complete their first step and begin the second

BW finishing his practice imaginary island.

BW binding his book of land and water forms

AR working on her imaginary island flag and island (rough draft)

While AR watched a video about the Galapagos Islands she completed her pillow with a blind stitch.

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And the projects go on……

BR collecting some "tree trunks" for his neolithic structure.

LR working on his map grid.

DW doing research. In the foreground, a water transfer work for a 3 year-old visitor.

JV's drawings for his food web.

JV's final food web.


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Flower arranging never dies

One of the most loved works in the 3 to 6 class (Casa) is flower arranging. (This link shows how much thinking one must use when teaching a process.)  Our spring has come and the flowers are everywhere. The younger girls created this lovely arrangement that we have placed on our supply shelf.

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What we did today?

Older boys working

It is Lent and in the classroom, we are stopping all regular math work and working solely on fractions.  The younger group are just learning fractions and are way into them.  See their moment of AHHHHHHAAA here.

It was a really great moment to watch them work together to remember how to work out equivalencies.  The maturity in mathematical though from last year was great to see.  They didn’t need me at all.  Yey.

Today AR had the addition with like denominators lesson. We reviewed nomenclature: numerator and denominator. We also noticed that in all the problems that I had given her the denominators were the same in each problem.

She began by laying out the materials from the fraction box. She made an addition sign from adding machine tape to help her visualize the operation.   After about four problems, I asked if she could predict the answer.  She said, “no.”  I wandered off.

She soon called me back and predicted her answer.  She was correct and I asked how she had solved it. She was able to articulate that the denominator stays the same but the numerator is added together.

She we over and began to draw out the process of fractions.  She skipped to her mom and began to explain it all to her.  Then she dictated the “Law of Addition in Fractions” to me.

AR has completed her book of land and water forms and the beginning of imaginary island work – focusing on land and water forms.  She is working out binding a book by sewing it into folios and then into a cover.

The kids are meeting with me to review where they are with their projects.  Here is the expectations list.

They have struggled to understand the geology of their islands and become very focused then on the arising biology, weather patterns, migratory patterns, and water sources.  Most often children become fascinated with the culture and have to be continually focused on the “science” expectations.  This has been interesting to observe.

DW made a list of food sources to acquire needed vitamins.

AV's fertility statuary - based off of neolithic Japanese culture.




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Filed under "Coming of Man", AR, AV, Botany, BR, DW, Fractions, Geography and World Studies, Geology, JV, LR, Mathematics, Mineralogy, Oceans and their creatures, Operations, Science, Tectonics, Tides and Waves