Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Parts of a Stem

In the elementary years we delve a little deeper into concepts that have already been introduced at the Casa level.

After discussing the needs of plants and exploring leaves and roots we generally begin our exploration of stems.


We introduce stems by discussing their main function, creating a narrative. This is also a good opportunity to conduct experiments.

We also talk about the two types of stems, herbaceous and woody. This can be expanded upon later.


On the shelf I have parts of a stem cards for revising and reinforcing what was covered in the lessons and discussions.


As a special treat for Montessori Bloggers Network readers I have a free file of the part labels and a mute chart. You can find this free file HERE.


And as an *extra special offer* I am sharing my parts of a stem nomenclature cards for free until the end of March. You can find the file HERE.



More botany posts in the Montessori Bloggers Network Spring Series:

Work and Play, Day by Day ~ Botany, Biomes & Energy

Teaching from a Tackle Box ~ Parts of a Plant

Montessori Trails ~ Botany in Montessori

Montessori En Casa ~ Making a Herbarium 

Slow Montessori ~ Spring Botanical Art







Sunday, 19 March 2017

MontessoriLove March

It is almost March 21st, and you know what that means?! Montessori Love time! This months MontessoriLove theme is Biology Bargains!



My featured product for this sale is my Parts of a Shark pack - it includes three part nomenclature cards for 12 parts of the shark, mute and labelled charts and definition cards and a black line master.


You can see these cards in action at this post.


Some other great items that can be found during this months #MontessoriLove sale:

















Hope you find something that you love!



Monday, 6 March 2017

Impressionistic Charts {It's Elementary! #8}

A big feature of the elementary curriculum is the Impressionistic Charts. As the name suggests these charts are designed to create an impression on the child's imagination. Each chart is the visualisation of a story  - a concept. The images are not so much realistic but rather striking impressions of the concept - this is the age of the imagination, not the absorbent mind.

The charts are not necessarily factual, nor a direct teaching aid. The chart, along with its story, are designed to capture the child's imagination thus making the concept more memorable. The charts and stories are the starting point, fuelling the child's interest to learn more and start their own research.

Astronomic Zones Chart

There are a series of impressionistic charts for various learning areas (botany, geography, history, etc.) Each chart expresses a concept to be explored.

Inter-dependencies Chart 


It's Elementary!






Monday, 20 February 2017

MontessoriLove February

If you missed the announcement in January, there is something really special happening this year.

Every month on the 21st for 2017 some fantastic Montessori sellers on Teachers Pay Teachers will be spreading some MontessoriLove in the form some amazing bargains. Each month there will be a different offer - this month we're having a DOLLAR DAY! All MontessoriLove items will be reduced to $1.

How do you find these items? Simply go to the Teachers Pay Teachers site and enter "MontessoriLove" in the search field.



My featured MontessoriLove item for February is the ever popular Solar System: Who Am I? Cards


This game is a great way to enhance and consolidate the children's first knowledge of the solar system. By printing a second copy you can create a control booklet.



Also up for grabs are my Collective Nouns set and Fundamental Needs Introductory Set.


Other great MontessoriLove items this month:
(click on the images to go straight to the product)

Art Through the Ages: The Beginning

Polluted & Clean Environment Sorting Cards


Seasonal Number Quantity & Symbol Set


Golden Bead Place Value Set


Synonyms - Shades of Meaning


All of these great products are at the risk-free price of $1 for February 21st only.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

When Montessori Doesn't Work

A quick search on the internet will bring up an array of posts and articles about Montessori, both good and bad. I always find it disheartening when I come across ones that are disparaging about Montessori, especially those that are based on personal experience, whether it be as a home-schooler or from attending a Montessori school.


Here are some of the fundamental reasons why I believe Montessori may not work for some: