Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Fundamental Needs {It's Elementary! Link Up #3}

Dr Montessori was captivated by how man's needs have remained constant through time and across cultures and how man has simply changed the way these universal needs are met.

The focus of the Fundamental Needs of People work is to bring to the consciousness of the child that all human being have the same needs from early man to now. This work provides the framework for exploring the history of humans.

There are two aspects to this work:

Horizontal Study - (usually 6-9) focuses on a specific time period e.g. Stone Age, Ancient Egyptian, Middle Ages, etc

FNOP - Ancient Egypt

Vertical  Study - (usually 9-12) the focus is on researching how one need has changed over time, the progress of civilisation.

FNOP - Food

This work can provide a spring board for many discussions, not just history - I have often used it to introduce topics such as nutrition and health.

This work ties in closely with People of Climatic Zones, Timeline of Humans, The Hand Timeline, Red and White Timeline (BCE/CE), Interdependencies Chart,  and leads into work with the Migration Charts.


- creating own chart, draw or cut out from magazines images for each of the fundamental needs
- allow children to explore their interests, e.g. the history of toys, computers or bicycles
- make mud bricks or model dwellings
- red and white timeline used in conjunction with cards of a particular need (vertical study)
- write a play to perform
- create own timelines (could include diagrams, images, data)
- the possibilities are endless as the charts are a blue print for researching all aspects of history and cultures.

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Saturday, 24 September 2016

Story of Life

I have to say this book has been a HUGE hit in my tutoring studio. Whilst many of my tutoring students are not from a Montessori background I still incorporate as many aspects and principles of Montessori as I can.

I had this book on my shelf to see if it would receive any attention. For many of my students it was a magnet and I am building some of my upcoming sessions around the geological eras and the plants animals featured within each. I hope to share some successes with you in the near future!

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Monday, 5 September 2016

The Second Great Lesson {It's Elementary! Link Up #2}

The Second Great Story (aka The Coming of Life) introduces botany and zoology to the child, and provides an impression of the history of the Earth. The story is told with the aid if the Timeline of Life and is followed up with experiments, charts and stories providing the keys for the child's own research.

The work looks at the needs, functions and classification of different organisms and the hope is the child will develop a sense of the inter-dependencies of these organisms.

As we unfold the timeline we reveal each era to the children, keeping in line with the narrative.

First section of the Timeline of Life

Pinegreenwoods has some good notes about the eras.

Miss Barbara's : this link is great as it outlines everything you need to know for the Black Strip and Clock of Eras along with heaps of interesting details and ideas for follow up work.

Montessori Commons has a story outline with notes.

Check out this great extension from Every Star Is Different - which is always a favourite in the classroom.

Every Star Is Different - Timeline of Life

Discovery Moments ~ Time Line of Life

You may also be interested in these cards that complement the Safari Cambrian Toob found HERE.

This fabulous book complements the timeline beautifully or if you're homeschooling on a budget it could be useful in lieu of.

Fossils, Facts & Finds ~ The Clock of Eras

Little Schoolhouse In The Suburbs ~ Clock of Eras Cards & Timeline of Life Cards

Some further reading about the elementary child:

The Elementary Child: A Whole New Ballgame!

Montessori: Our Cosmic Education Journey

And now for the It's Elementary! link-up. I'm testing it out as a monthly linky, keeping the it open for three weeks (closes Sept 28th).

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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Blogiversary Freebie

Two years ago I started sharing some of my thoughts, lessons and materials with little expectation. Since then I have made some wonderful Montessori friends from all over the world who have been a great source of support and inspiration, as well as many messages of gratitude and encouragement from teachers and home-schoolers from all over the globe.

To mark the second anniversary of the blog I am sharing a file that I previously shared exclusively with my newsletter subscribers. I am sharing this for a limited time only (until July 31st 2016) so check it out and if you think you may have use for either of them grab them while you can.

What you will find is a labelled chart and mute chart (hand drawn by me) with a variety of land and water forms to be identified. Derived from this sketch I also created a set of three part cards for the main geographical forms.

Labelled and Mute Charts

Three Part Cards

Monday, 6 June 2016

What's been happening....

It's been a little quiet around the blog lately, those of you who follow the blog through other channels will know I have taken the year off form the classroom for health reasons. I am still seeing my tutoring students, which keeps me busy enough.


I'm having a little hiatus from the newsletter - when it returns I have a new format in mind, so stay tuned. Not into newsletters? Maybe there is a platform below you'd like to use to stay in touch...

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I have plans to get these link-ups running more regularly, they are a lot of fun and I love seeing what everyone else has to share.


If you are a Facebook user feel free to drop by my Facebook page - I like to share articles of interest pertaining to education, curriculum and child development.


I'll admit I don't tweet as much as I used to - but I do log on a few times a week and check out what people are tweeting about.


I like using Google+ as I often stumble upon things I don't see on other platforms. I really like the new interface and layout.


I LOVE Pinterest - it is a great way to get inspired and plan projects. I have an array of Montessori and other boards.

I look forward to sharing a new post with you soon!