Sunday, November 3, 2013

Montessori Botany Primary Parts of Cards - Update!!!

During my new training this summer I learned so much, and have had to adjust my thinking and approach in some ways as I have been stretched.  I am so grateful to have had this opportunity to become a better educator and guide for my children.

As a result of the training I have learned more about the Parts of Cards.  My lovely and VERY knowledgable queen of a trainer, Teresa, spoke about why it is important for primary Montessori classes (3-6 years) to have the isolation of the difficulty in red.  First, our eyes are drawn to red.  This was, of course, not new information for me.  But more importantly, when a child is making their own parts of booklets and they have to keep changing pencils to color, let's say, the horse's legs in dark brown, off white, and light brown for the hooves... the child is actually paying more attention to the COLORS instead of the part they are learning about.  We also discussed which parts are appropriate to focus on for the primary class as opposed to the elementary class.  They should be more simple.  For example, when making Parts of Cards for the fish we will show all the fins together and call them just fins instead of separating them as the caudal fin, pelvic fin, pectoral fin and so forth.

The light bulb went off in my head, I understood it in my heart, and then I groaned within myself.  I knew that all the parts of cards that I have been making and posting on this blog have been geared toward ELEMENTARY and not primary!!  I also knew that I would need to remake my cards for the children's sake.  It took me a couple of weeks to really get my soul prepared... and then I went to work.

part of the fruit of my efforts are in this post.  I am actually excited now to make more.  I have been wanting to make parts of cards for tools, the house, and other things like cars, planes and trains that some of my students are fascinated with.

You will note that Botany and Zoology cards have a colored line around them.  I have considered this idea for a long time, but wasn't sure how I really felt about it.  Now I am ready to roll with it.  Another thing to note is that I have done these cards in D'nealian only.  I will not lie that it is my preferred font for parts of and nomenclature cards and I am not ready to do the print font yet.

This is a living and changing experience for me and it follows as the night the day that my blog will also change.

Botany Parts of Cards

Primary Parts of the Plant Cards - red isolation
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Primary Parts of the Tree Cards - red isolation
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Primary Parts of the Leaf Cards - red isolation
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Primary Parts of the Flower Cards - red isolation
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Primary Parts of the Fruit Cards - red isolation
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Primary Parts of the Seed Cards - red isolation
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Primary Parts of the Root Cards - red isolation
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Monday, August 12, 2013

Parts of the World Coloring Sheet

For a long time I have felt frustrated about how much it costs to be a Montessori teacher.  Some of us are very lucky and have schools that cover our costs, while others of us bear much of the expense of teaching.  I think that is the real reason that I have this blog and do what I do.

There is a principle involved here that I have never been able to think or learn away.  It is this... Maria began her work with the poorest in her country.  These children had not had much experience with beauty, grace, or loveliness in their lives.  They were poised to become a miracle in the eyes of the world BECAUSE of what they had lacked.  So many of us teach the children of well-to-do families, and we love what we do, but it is, in my experience, the children of those who struggle financially that dive into the works with abandon, who really have an inner appreciation and love for the beauty on our shelves and in our environments.

The reason for bringing it up at all is that I love what I do and want to serve children globally, if possible.  If it is my goal to lift up and free the potential of the disadvantaged child, I need a better way to do it.  If one has to outlay so much money just to get the printed materials downloaded, before printing costs, what are they not able to provide in the classroom.  This is an ethical question for me and  prompts me to action since I have it within my power to change this situation.

My blog doesn't have a huge following, but I get emails and comments every week, at least, telling me how much it means to someone in a developing country, or a small school or homeschool on a tight budget to have access to these files for free.  I am sure some Montessori minds out there dislike that there is not a tighter control on what people have access to, and may frown on my blog.  I would simply ask if they really feel they are watching out for the needs and interests of the children of our planet.

  --I actually have a reason for this post besides getting my thoughts down.  I can not find a nice and free Parts of the World Coloring Sheet.  I was sitting through my Geography part of the course this summer, saw what we were given to use as our masters and knew that I could make one in just about 1 hour that I would love to have in my geography area.  The other master would have, and has worked for others, just fine, but I really like clean lines.  The new one I have made is beautiful to me.  I believe it will be enticing to the children.

This coloring sheet is done after the children have had work with the Parts of the World Puzzle Map for a while.  This one is unlabeled so it can be used for oceans as well as continents.

Parts of the World Coloring Sheet
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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Where have you been???

I have taken a break from blogging for a few months while I have been riding the wave of change in my life.  I have changed jobs and have moved to The Dancing Moose Montessori School in Salt Lake City.  I am excited by this new location and the chance to work in an environment that is much more conducive to an authentic approach to Montessori.  This will also give me the chance to create a blog where you can see more of what happens in my classroom.  With the change of employment comes a change in location.  I am busily moving from one house to another.  My living room is littered with school materials (waiting to go into storage space at the school and on the shelves) and moving boxes.

I have also undertaken a MEPI (Montessori Education Programs International) Early Childhood certification program this summer through IGS (Institute for Guided Studies).  This course is MACTE (Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education) certified.  MACTE is the international standard setting and accrediting body for Montessori teacher education.  This training has and is changing my life as a teacher.  I have several times during the course said, "I feel like I need to erase my blog and just start over."  While I will not be starting over, I will be implementing changes immediately.  There will be posts - especially in the language area - that I WILL erase completely.  I am sorry to anyone who has printed my blue and green reading... they will be changing.  I have been, for some time, troubled about finishing my green reading work.  I understand the feeling of uneasiness now and know exactly how to proceed.  So everyone who has been waiting so patiently for more green reading, you will instead get a COMPLETE reading program beginning with Readiness Activities leading all the way through Green Reading and Purple Reading (sight words).

I look forward to the future and all it holds.  Thank you for all your support, your comments, and your love.

Cathie


Monday, March 25, 2013

New Downloads Site

I have been working on a new downloads site for this blog for a couple of months now (in all that spare time I pull out of thin air).  It is still under construction, and there are still many files to upload, but I am so thrilled with it that I wanted to put it up now and get feedback on how to make it better, and more user friendly.

Please check it out from here or from the tab at the top of the page and let me know what you think : ).

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Lakes, Waterfalls & Islands Photo Cards Sets for Early Learning

Here are three more Photo Card Sets that we have been using in our classroom along with all our learning about Land and Water Forms.

There are 18 photos in each set of both large and small islands, waterfalls and lakes.

I hope you enjoy them.

Islands Photo Cards Set
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Waterfall Photo Cards Set
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Lake Photo Cards Set
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Friday, March 22, 2013

Volcano Photo Cards Set For Early Learning

Our classroom has been learning about volcanoes.  In my experience, little children who are not yet reading are always wanting more to see (they have not usually had a lot of exposure to these great things).  They enjoy the books about volcanoes, but they are really excited to see and talk about pictures of volcanoes.  These are big forces that are awesome and a little scary to them.  This year I created this Volcano Picture Set Cards for them.  The reception by everyone in the class has been warm.  I cut them out and laminated them, then I put a hole in the top left corner so they could be on a ring.  One of the children in my class has been struggling with dry and itchy skin and how bad it gets sometimes.  She will take these cards, sit in a reading chair, and rub her itchy tummy while she peruses.  It helps her somehow.  These things are always so interesting and thought provoking for me.

Volcano Photo Cards Set
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Parts of the Volcano Nomenclature Cards

We are getting close to the time to present volcanoes again.  I wanted to make a set that I liked and one that you would enjoy as well.  I am really excited by all the new things I am learning how to do with my design tools.

With this nomenclature set you can choose print or D'nealian font.  This set includes the following:

  • volcano
  • magma chamber
  • central vent
  • side vent
  • magma
  • lava
  • crust
  • cone
  • ash cloud
  • ash layers
  • volcanic bombs
  • crater
Parts of the Volcano Nomenclature Cards - Print Font
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Friday, January 25, 2013

Geometric Solids Nomenclature Cards

These nomenclature cards are for use with the Geometric Solids.  I have included both print and D'nealian fonts.
Geometric Solids Nomenclature Cards
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Geometric Solids Nomenclature Cards D'nealian
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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Plant and Animal Cutting and Pasting Sheet

This is another cutting and pasting work that I just found in my files that I hadn't uploaded yet.  This work goes with the Plant and Animal presentation from this post.  The child cuts, sorts, and then pastes to a new sheet to complete this work.  There are two kinds of labels for you to choose which font you want to use.
Plant/Animal Cutting and Pasting Sheet
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Living Nonliving Cut and Paste Work

I have been looking around my files to see what else I have forgotten to put online.  I have found a few things.  This sheet is a companion work to the Living/Nonliving cards used in this post.  The children can cut them out, sort them, and paste them to another sheet to complete this work.

Living/Nonliving Cut and Paste Sheet
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Kinds of Shoes Cards

I was looking around in my files today and came across this set of cards for different kinds of shoes that I hadn't posted yet.  I think they are really cute and fun.  I think I am going to work on some matching outline cards for them now that I have learned to make those.  Okay... so these kinds of things get me excited :)

You could put these on the same shelf with a shoe polishing set, or any where else you could find them really fitting in your classroom.
Kinds of Shoes Cards
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