Thursday, December 1, 2011

Loving Elementary Learning

Here is a look at what we have been working on.  I always try to make our lessons as hand on as possible while incorporating both Montessori and Charlotte Mason teaching styles.  Emry is currently 9 and Ayden is currently 7.

We started out Math this season with a unit on geometry focusing on learning the names of the geometric solids. We still need to spend time on area and perimeter.  For area and perimeter we will be using Take It To Your Seat Math Centers.

E and A are matching geometric solids with cards in order to learn the names of the shapes.

This is a Build and Learn Geometry kit from Lakeshore Learning.  The kit walked us through how to build each solid shape as well as how to identify faces, vertices and edges.  One of the shapes was enough of a challenge that I called in the "big guns" --Dad.

E and A are sorting object cards into geometric solid groups.

In language arts we have been working on punctuation and reviewing synonyms, antonyms and parts of speech.
E and A working on matching punctuation marks and their definitions.  I made these cards using the Perfect Punctuation book as my guide.

A is using the Montessori grammar shapes to label the parts of speech on his sentence strips.

A is working on some antonym review cards.

In science we studied the moon using The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons as our spine.

We made the phases of the moon using Oreo cookies and then drew them on a notebook page.

And yes, I did let them eat all of the moons when they were done drawing them.  Even the littles loved this project because of the treats--you can see K in the background with her cookies.

Creative Pursuits
A was experimenting with different colors and brush strokes which led to a great painting of a monster truck.

E using some fall leaf stamps to make notecards which we all used later as thank-you notes.


Deb Chitwood said...

Great work! I love geometric solids, and you have some wonderful activities. And I love the phases of the moon activity! I'm so glad you've linked up with Montessori Monday! I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page:

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh - that Oreo cookie/moon phases idea is the greatest thing ever! Love it! I also am working to blend Mason and Montessori, so I'm looking forward to learn from your experiences with that! (My kids are 3 and 4.)