Montessori Lessons, Part 2


American Flag

In order to improve my predegogy and art projects, I took notes after every lesson.  I learned very quickly that the students were working through the lessons as fast as they could-which is normal for the age group. I had adapted by creating more lessons with the materials I had already purchased, preparing two lessons each day we met. Some of the exercises, you will see, were building upon eachother, like the texture plates for the ant tunnels.

The first lesson was “Made-up flags,” following the theme of the two weeks.  Students looked at flags from different countries before creating their own.

Materials:

  • paper
  • markers
  • crayons
  • scissors

Student Flag

Student's Flag

Student's Flag

Student's Flag

Lesson Notes:

  • Student’s needed a lot of directions for this lesson.  In their defense, it was our first lesson together, so they were still getting to understand my teaching style. 
  • If I did this lesson again, I would focus more on the possible shapes that we could incorporate into their flags and possibly let them cut out shapes on colored construction paper, to give it more of a mixed media feel.
  • Over all thought, spend more time on shapes, and less time on color (color will be covered in later lessons)

The Folk Art American Flag Lesson I borrowed from the High Museum’s Toddler Thursday activity.  We looked at the American flag for visual aid and  inspiration. 

Materials:

  • cardboard
  • paint
  • wire
  • buttons
  • paper (some of the paper I had already punched stars into)

Student's American Folk Flag

Student's American Folk Flag

Student's American Folk Flag

Student's American Folk Flag

Lesson Notes:

  • Very messy, but fun
  • Students had a hard time understand that we didn’t need to use glue, to have the paper stick (we used the wet paint as an adhesive)
  • Next time use an even higher gage (easier to bend) wire-student’s needed help threading the buttons through the wire
  • I love how every student’s white paper strip widths were different and unique to their personalities
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~ by florriebarnett on February 13, 2010.

One Response to “Montessori Lessons, Part 2”

  1. Love the American Folk Flags! Makes me want to try one…

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