For the first two weeks I pulled out over 25 different manipulative works and had several shelves dedicated to them just to give myself a pulse on the room and where the children were. They used these works with gusto. It has really helped to have only manipulatives in retraining the children to become careful with their work, return the work ready for another child to use, walk around and not through rugs, walk in the classroom in the first place, respect when a child has already chosen a work and not to disturb them etc. This is certainly an ongoing process. It seems like it can take an entire year for some of the younger children not to walk on their neighbor's rug if something grabs their attention.
During the third week I noticed that the older children were bored with the manipulatives so I began giving lessons. Some of the record keeping was spotty so I had to test out to see where they really were in the different areas. On Thursday, this week (being the 4th week of school), we noticed that it was 2 hours into our work time before any child chose a manipulative work. YIPEE! I only have one shelf of manipulatives now, and only the ones that the children find the most interesting.
These are some images from our last week of work.
|Exploration of Metal Insets by a returning student|
|Mouse House turned into a Spanish Work. Es el raton debajo de la casa anaranjado?|
|Hanging Bead Stair|
|Writing Words using the Large Moveable Alphabet|
|Initial Sound Object Sort - This is the Pink Mat|
I am so excited to have these new mats. I handmade the set I
have been using and just got these new ones this week.
|Gluing noodles on apples work. Next week we will paint these works.|
This allows the work to be done in more than one step but still follow
the Montessori rule that art should be a shelf work.
|Parts of the Plant Nomenclature Cards. This child completed this work|
beautifully and could even tell me every part of the plant and later the
Fruit. He then made the booklets for each work.
|Rainbow Rings. My children LOVE this work. It is actually|
Wine Glass Markers that I found at a kitchen store in Park City.
|Using Clay Lesson. You can see how the little one is using|
his "watching arms" during this presentation.
|Parts of the Snail Puzzle. We wouldn't usually have this work|
out right now, but this child found a snail in the school
garden and was really interested so I pulled it out.
|Weaving with ribbons|
|Parts of the Flower Puzzle|
|Parts of the Fruit Nomenclature Cards and Magnetic Parts Puzzle|
|Baby Spooning Stars. This work is pretty challenging for this child. |
She has been with me since last year and has needed this long to
be ready for this work.
|Sandpaper Letters with Initial Sound Booklets.|
This child was successful at all the letters in the first
set and was subsequently hiding them in the
classroom to then find them again.
|Object to Object Sorting with two Space Toobs. Because I |
have so many boys I have geared some of the Pre-reading
works to pull them in. We are also beginning the year by
learning about our place in the universe.