Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Parts of a Stem

In the elementary years we delve a little deeper into concepts that have already been introduced at the Casa level.

After discussing the needs of plants and exploring leaves and roots we generally begin our exploration of stems.


We introduce stems by discussing their main function, creating a narrative. This is also a good opportunity to conduct experiments.

We also talk about the two types of stems, herbaceous and woody. This can be expanded upon later.


On the shelf I have parts of a stem cards for revising and reinforcing what was covered in the lessons and discussions.


As a special treat for Montessori Bloggers Network readers I have a free file of the part labels and a mute chart. You can find this free file HERE.


And as an *extra special offer* I am sharing my parts of a stem nomenclature cards for free until the end of March. You can find the file HERE.



More botany posts in the Montessori Bloggers Network Spring Series:

Work and Play, Day by Day ~ Botany, Biomes & Energy

Teaching from a Tackle Box ~ Parts of a Plant

Montessori Trails ~ Botany in Montessori

Montessori En Casa ~ Making a Herbarium 

Slow Montessori ~ Spring Botanical Art







Sunday, 19 March 2017

MontessoriLove March

It is almost March 21st, and you know what that means?! Montessori Love time! This months MontessoriLove theme is Biology Bargains!



My featured product for this sale is my Parts of a Shark pack - it includes three part nomenclature cards for 12 parts of the shark, mute and labelled charts and definition cards and a black line master.


You can see these cards in action at this post.


Some other great items that can be found during this months #MontessoriLove sale:

















Hope you find something that you love!



Monday, 6 March 2017

Impressionistic Charts {It's Elementary! #8}

A big feature of the elementary curriculum is the Impressionistic Charts. As the name suggests these charts are designed to create an impression on the child's imagination. Each chart is the visualisation of a story  - a concept. The images are not so much realistic but rather striking impressions of the concept - this is the age of the imagination, not the absorbent mind.

The charts are not necessarily factual, nor a direct teaching aid. The chart, along with its story, are designed to capture the child's imagination thus making the concept more memorable. The charts and stories are the starting point, fuelling the child's interest to learn more and start their own research.

Astronomic Zones Chart

There are a series of impressionistic charts for various learning areas (botany, geography, history, etc.) Each chart expresses a concept to be explored.

Inter-dependencies Chart 


It's Elementary!