We are settling into this 2nd semester with more emphasis on physical science and language arts.
LanguageI have been sorting and organizing for weeks the Montessori grammar language cards that I got from ETC Montessori.
It has taken me a while to figure out how to sort it for one, but since I did not buy the traditional montessori many colored rectangular boxes for speech I had a hard time figuring out how to present the materials in a functional way. I did get it figured out with my friend/mentor Liza. She suggested the little drawers you get at hardware stores for screws and bolt organizing. It worked beautiful and now I can pull out a couple of lesson's at a time and rotate the material in and out till he masters it. It is the early years of elementary education for language arts but I am baffled that this material is introduced so young in the Montessori system. Seems to me very few children of 6-9 can understand language taught at this level. Perhaps a few super students but for the masses I consider the approach too advance for most children of this age. Try thinking of how to explain and definite and indefinite article to a 6 year old? I was taught the parts of speech in this detail in Jr. high and really it did not sink in until college how language all comes together. I learned Spanish as a 2nd language with a similar approach with emphasis on the part of speech rather than conversational organic learning. The organizing of the mass of manipulative cards that came with the bundle is done now and I am able to use them to teach. My student can now go and select a lesson and self direct his learning. My son rarely chooses language art anything so I usually pull it out and present it to get him to engaged in learning it. The work we are working here is the grammar boxes, where we use language cards to identify parts of speech.
|Parts of Speech Symbols|
|Grammar Box Cards|