Saturday, September 29, 2012

challenging works | New Hampton, NH kindergarten

Work time at A Lakes Region Montessori involves students choosing a challenging work to explore a variety of skills.  
This work is used for counting.
This student stacks blocks, careful to balance them in an order that will support the top weight. She also puts them in order from largest to smallest. 
This student is working on sounds of the alphabet.  First he lines up the letters in order. Then he finds an object that begins with the letters of the alphabet. For example, he places a butterfly on B.
This student is helping supervise:)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

pink tower works, red monkeys, and green lizards

The Pink Tower work is a classic Montessori work.  The student places each pink block carefully on the appropriately sized square.  The work emphasizes careful handling of the objects, using two hands whenever possible.  It also emphasizes large to small, ending with a teeny-tiny baby square.  Keeping track of that teeny-tiny baby square is taken very seriously by the students; it has yet to be lost in recent history!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

This week at ALRM... | Lakes Region Preschool and Kindergarten

This week has been full of play, new works, and outside time.  We explored:
  • how to roll a mat
  • the pink tower work
  • the tactile tray (coffee grinds, working on scent and memory) for letter formation and numerical formation
  • sensory bag (does it feel cold? smooth? rough? heavy?)
  • the continents and making globes
  • shaving cream fun for sensory exploration
Next week, we will begin the introduction to the Brown Stair work and continue our continent study.  We will also begin pumpkin sequencing.  In the next month, we will begin the apple study and the sound cylinder lessons among many other exciting lessons!  Our Be Kind, Be Courteous, Be Gentle Pom Pom jar is beginning to be filled!  When it is full, the children have decided that they would like to make playdough.