We just love the picture above. This low table is a popular part of our environment, and this week the three girls above enjoyed some time working together on different activities. Montessori environments are designed to allow learning to be as comfortable as possible — physically, emotionally, and socially.
And while it may seem a little chaotic, the French environment that is a part of Lower South is a space that makes learning a second language comfortable. There are a number of independent French projects being completed right now, as well as work with the other materials Sylvia has created.
This was a great scene this week as Noeleen and a small group worked with the Racks and Tubes material to practice some long division. There was laughter and smiles, and the term “division diva” was even heard. Fun, with division… Who knew?
Having the chance to work with a friend can also make multiplication work fun. The Montessori Chequerboard is a material that helps children understand the mechanics of multiplication. (It is spelled “chequerboard” as Montessori materials use the English spelling since they were developed in Europe. Sadly, it has nothing to do with the multiplication of cheques).
The best part of the picture above is the young boy’s tongue. In the midst of a line of students checking in with Noeleen on the progress of various projects and other pieces of work, the tongue is definitive evidence that focus and engagement is being maintained. Good job!
Remember, we are off on our end-of-year sleepover campout at Crieff Hills next Thursday and Friday. Please see last week’s update for details.