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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Montessori Math...What's not to Love!?!

I'm gonna have to go ahead and say that my most favorite part of the Montessori Method is MATH.  I know, I know, you may be saying, NOOOOOO!!!  Curses to math! but let me tell you what, after 5 years in a Primary Montessori classroom watching kindergartners work through all 4 operations with confidence and ease, I gotta tell you there is no other way that leaves kids with a solid understanding of mathematical concepts!  
Today while I was working with one of my kiddos on adding teens it hit me that I really should share the love because even non-Montessorians can make this happen!
Without further ado...adding teens.

I have two small banks set up on our math shelves.  We have a larger bank set up in the classroom.  There is a lot of research behind the importance of giving kiddos the opportunity to walk back and forth building their numbers but in a small space, pre made banks have proved to be a great option to cut down on traffic around the room.

Included in the bank are units, 10 bars, 100 squares, a ten frame and 2 unit holders.

I write problems on our problem blanks and the kiddos get a bank and go to work.

I love these problem blanks because I am able to individualize each child's problems.  This means that I'm not expecting all kids to be able to do the same work which seems logical because rarely do all kids need the same work!

So, Olivia gathered the 10s and units needed to build the numbers in the first problem.  Once that was done she then moved all items down to add them together.

Now it is incredibly easy for Olivia to see how many ten bars (10s) and how many units (ones) there are when you add twelve and eleven together.  This is so important because all to often kids don't see that those are tens in the ten column, not ones!  The Montessori method let's them see just that!

Stay tuned for how this translates to my Lower Elementary classroom and kiddos who are working with bigger numbers!
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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Five for Friday Babeeee!!

Can't tell you how glad I am that this little gem is still going strong!  If you are new to blogging and trying to figure out where to start, this is a great spot!  It keeps you accountable and is an easy way to create content each week.  

So excited about this new addition to our classroom!  
Public Montessori kiddos occasionally need down and dirty fill in sorta stuff.  This was one of those times.  I noticed that many of my kiddos wanted to learn time and although there are many Montessori lessons that fit the bill, sometimes you need a constant reminder.  They are loving telling me time at any given moment in the day and it has become a great teaching tool as we walk out the door to various places in the school.  Follow this link and grab the freebie

Monday, January 16, 2017

A Doozie I tell ya...

Sometimes life throws you for a loop.  For me, that means a lot of God stuff.  It means I have to lean in hard to Him and trust that, in the words of my pastor, Greg Surratt (Seacoast Church), I need to "not lose faith in the end of the story."

2016 was a very rough year for my family and I.  Divorce, a move and crazy immediate family drama are all part of the storm that I have traveled through in the last 365.  It's been hard and it's been sad and it's been yucky and it's pushed me to be all in with God or hang out on the fringe.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Five for Friday...WHAT, WHAT!?!

WOW!  It's been quite a long time since I've posted and I am so sorry for that!  I've missed sharing every Friday with all my internet teacher friends!  Life has thrown me for a loop and a new school year in a brand new school with a brand new teaching adventure ahead means I'm getting my groove back!  So stinking excited about all of it!

So, let's get this party started!

Lower Elementary Montessori!  WOW!  The beauty and amazingness of kiddos who have lived and learned together for at least 3 years but for some as many as 5 years...that's a really good thing!  I started this job just a few days before teachers reported to school and hit the ground running.  I met my kiddos on Monday and the only newbie to the group was me!  These kids rolled in and sized me up and over the last 5 days have tried a few tricks but overall, we are going to have a great year!  They are brilliant and funny and energetic and I am so glad to be on a new professional adventure!!
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