Well I have decided to finish our talk about the calender this week. Bunny really isn’t that interested, but I thought that I would just keep at the theme this week and move on next! I had a brainstorm on how to help Bunny understand the value of a day, week, month, and year. I though that I would use the Montessori Bead material to help her grasp the number of days in each. So I put a unit bead for a day, and 7 bar for a week, four 7 bars for a month ( I also showed three 10 bars to show how some months have more days), and I put 3 hundred squares, six 10 bars, and a 5 bar to show the days in a year. I wasn’t sure how this would work, but she was really impressed with the how she could see the days. I don’t know if anyone else has thought of doing this for calender work, or even if that’s how you are supposed to do it, but it really seemed to help her get it! After I presented it to her, I asked if she would like to write the names of each value to go under each group on the tray, and of course she did! 🙂 Here is our time tray.
After that it was business as usual! Bunny did some work with the cylinder blocks. Then she tried to put the blue cylinders into the corresponding cylinder block. This was super challenging for her! I think that we will work more with that. I may offer her the chance to work with two different colors later on.
I was very proud of Pup today too, since she was almost able to complete a work cycle! She got out a rug, got a cylinder block (with some help since they are a little big for her), did her work, then put it back (after a small reminder) and “rolled” up her rug!
Our other big news today is, that we visited an Atrium for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and the girls LOVED it! The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a program that was designed by one of Maria Montessori’s collaborator Gianna Gobbi and Sofia Cavalletti a bible scholar. It is based on the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and Marie Montessori education principles! It is a wonderful way for the girls to experience God in a deep, hands-on way. If you want to know more about this here is a link to their national office. http://www.cgsusa.org/