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God With No Hands Projects – Revisited

Chart 1 showing the size relationship between the Earth and the Sun.

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.”

Volcanos spewing smoke. The sun hides herself behind a veil of ashy clouds.

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.

Our actual lesson and my charts are here.  The core text is here.



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If I had been privileged to be AMI certified (ahhh! some of you just flinched and the others said, “What? You’re not then you should ride in the back of the bus.” – I am only what I am.) I would have been required to do independent research on Dr. Montessori’s ideas.  This would be the beginning of my thesis.

More thoughts after the video.  It is about 7 minutes long and the last have has a cool factoid that any Lower or Upper teacher would be proud to know.

The “me first then you” rule in Casa (3-6) and even extending back into toddler is often presented solely as a means to teach the child self control and to show him how to do it.

This video argues in the first two minutes that the purpose of showing the child is even more fundamental.  It is to “virtually” do it.  The brain is created to learn by observation – to create neural pathways by actually observing someone else.  WOW!  this is huge.  The majority of neural pathways are formed in the brain in the first six years of life and then the brain begins to refine the ones it finds most useful. This piece of the puzzle has been used in the past to argue for the learning through observed doing before, but when you add the component of the mute teacher in the demonstration, how much more Montessori can you get.

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