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Monday, January 27, 2014

GRAMMAR AND MATH IN THE ELEMENTARY CLASSROOM

Learning about grammar can be fun in the Elementary Class!


Children are introduced to the function of words through a series of movement activities/games and then match each to 3-dimensional wooden symbols.
 

Sentence analysis then becomes a symbolizing activity, placing wooden symbols above words to identify nouns, adjectives, adverbs, verbs, conjunctions, prepositions, etc. 


From there, composing sentences becomes a favorite choice of many of the children. 




Enjoying Montessori Math in the Elementary classroom!


There are several materials and exercises used throughout the classroom to help with multiplication memorization.  The most familiar is the bead cabinet which houses several long and short colored bead chains in multiples of 1-10. These chains along with the numbered arrows are used to "skip count." 

The child is using the bead chains for skip counting and learning her multiplication tables.   

Concrete materials are used in Montessori Classrooms to aid in understanding the math process. This child is doing a long division problem with multi-digit divisors using the test tube division materials or "racks and tubes" as you may have heard your children mention.   This work consists of racks of test tubes, each holding colored beads in groups of ten, with green for units, blue for tens, red for hundreds, green for units of thousands......This color pattern is introduced early in Montessori with children in the 3-6 classroom. The beads are used to represent the dividend and the colored boards represent the divisors. 


The book Math Works by Michael Duffy is a great resource for a more in depth explanation of how math works in the Montessori classrooms. Please check our lending library for availability.
   


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