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Montessori Lesson Plans

Eddie Said:

I need to make a lesson plan based off ideas from Maria Montessori?

We Answered:

The concept of Montessori activities is that the child chooses the activity and works on it as long as he would like. No timer or teacher tells him he is finished. he decided how long to do an activity, where to do an activity and when it is finished.

I just put out an activity of Making Bubbles. The child selects the activity from the shelf and carries it to the table. He puts on an apron since it is messy. He carries the little pitcher to the sink and fills it with water. He pour the water into the small vase. Then her removes the lid from the dropper bottle of dish soap and puts one dropper of soap in the vase of water. He takes the mini whisk and places it in the water. He rubs it between his hands watching the bubbles form. Then he carries the soapy water to the dirty water bucket and carefully pours it out. He returns to his table and using the sponge on the tray, cleans the vase, the whisk and the tray. He squeezes out the sponge and rinses it if necessary. He places the items back on the tray as he found it and replaces it on the shelf where he got it.

Andrew Said:

research paper on the montessori method?

We Answered:

Both answers had NOTHING to do with Montessori.

There is no real easy answer to this. Montessori is based off several hands on materials, a different structure to the classroom, and (more importantly) a philosophy of how children learn and develop. What you might want to use are:

--pictures of some of the materials. You can go through and look at the materials and explain what they are.

--Videos from youtube to show how the classroom works.

--A short discussion on some basic Montessori philosophy.

Your question is similar to asking, "How do you explain a different world view to someone in a short presentation?" There really is no easy answer. When people ask what Montessori is, I generally have to start with the person and see what he or she wants out of education; then explain it from that viewpoint. If asked just for knowledge purposes, I ask them to reflect on what their educational experience is then I explain how Montessori is very different from that.

Michele Said:

Montessori activities for pre-school?

We Answered:

A very easy math activity to put together would be what Montessori called Cards and Counters. Here is the lesson:

Numeral Cards and Counters

Purposes:
To develop the ability to sequence numerals 1-10
To associate concrete quantity with abstract numerals
To provide a visual impression of even and odd numbers
To provide a means for learning skip counting
To develop the appropriate vocabulary

Preliminary Exercises:
Work with number rods, sandpaper numerals and numeral cards
Use of spindle box
Number games

Materials:
White mat, divided into ten sections, of a size to accommodate numeral cards and counters in your environment (Sizes are not uniform among suppliers.)
Container of numeral cards with 1 through 9 in green and 10 in blue
Fifty-five green counters in a container

Procedure:
1. Invite a child to the lesson once the preliminary exercises have been done.
2. Place the cards, counters and mat on a table in front of the child who is seated on your dominant side.
3. Keeping the container in front of the child, have the child spread the mat behind the container and place the cards randomly in a row above the mat, then move the container to the non-dominant side of the mat.
4. Ask the child what comes first when counting and to find that numeral. Indicate placement in far left section of mat.
5. Have the child put one counter under the numeral one, pointing to show placement.
6. Continue by asking the child to place the next numeral to the right of the one. Indicate that counters are placed side by side. After the numeral three is placed, indicate that the third counter is centered under the first two.
Note: The teacher neither says the name of the numeral nor counts with or for the child.
7. As soon as it is apparent that the procedure is understood, leave and observe unobtrusively.

Control of Error:
Exact number of counters
Mat to ensure correct placement of numerals and counters in columns

Observations:
Handling of materials
Placement of mat and cards
Placement of counters
Child's reaction to error
Length of work time and number of repetitions
Degree of interest and concentration
Length of period of contemplation

Variations:
Once it is observed that the child understands the number- numeral concepts, a three period lesson on "odd" and "even" may be taught. There is no isolation for 1st and 3rd periods.
The teacher moves the cards for the even numbers above the mat and invites the child to read the even numbers in sequential order, then to read the odd numbers remaining on the mat in sequential order.

Vocabulary:
next next to odd even sequence counters

For a photograph of this activity go to: <>http://www.nienhuis.com/index.php>

Melvin Said:

Where can I find Montessori Lesson plans?

We Answered:

Try Jenny Yen's Montessori Albums. Not complete, but a good resource:

http://eiu.edu/~cfsjy/mts/_link.htm

Jessie Said:

for montessori teachers or students majoring in the course: can you help me with this?

We Answered:

Here's the book to get for Geography:

The World In The Palm of Her Hand: The Montessori Approach to Geography and History for the Young Child by Tim Seldin and Donna Seldin

Thomas Said:

I need to make a lesson plan based off ideas of Maria Montessori?

We Answered:

In the area of physical science you could set up an activity for children to test whether items will sink or float.

Have a bowl with a line drawn on it to indicate how much water to get. Another container would have items to test. Have two diagrams on either side of the tray with a water proof container above each diagram. Have the child choose an item, put it in the bowl of water and then place it in the appropriate container to sort by whether it sinks (diagram might be a rock under the water line) or floats (diagram might be a cork floating at the water line).

Have a small towel for the child to dry the items before returning them to the original container and a sponge to wipe up any spills.

Part of the process of any Montessori activity is cleaning it up and getting it ready for the next person.

Another similar, but less messy science related activity would be testing for magnetism.

Both these activities are available for the children in my early childhood classroom.

You could also have pictures of items that are living and non-living. The child can sort them out. There could be colored dots on the back to allow the child to check for accuracy at the end of the activity. That is another quality of Montessori activities - the ability to self correct.

Read more about Montessori at my blog:
http://home.earthlink.net/~aletaledendec…

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