I read Life Doesn’t Frighten Me by Maya Angelou this winter with both the Kindergarteners and LE. The poem was illustrated with paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat. We talked about Basquiat’s style and used oil pastel, chalk pastel, and bold paint to create scary and not-so-scary creatures. You can listen to Angelou read the poem here.
Here’s some documentation of a LE winter project. We read “The Big Orange Splot” by Daniel Pinkwater – a story about expressing individuality and a diverse community – and made dream houses inspired by the story.
Click the link below to watch the video!
The beauty (and intrigue) of Montessori materials…
Yesterday, two Lower Elementary students were doing some work in the hallway outside of the kitchen. Abby was reading aloud the story of the coming of life on earth while Ella unrolled The Black Strip.
The Black strip represents the length of time it took for the earth to form and to create life to the point where it could support and sustain human life. The strip is meant to give the impression of time and to show that in comparison to the all the life on earth, man has not been around for very long
The Toddler class was in the kitchen and overheard them. They came out into the hall to see what was going on and became fascinated by the Black Strip and Abby reading the story!
It was a wonderful example of the how the older students embrace the younger ones and how the younger ones are drawn to the Montessori materials no matter what level they are at. As Melissa expressed…it plants a seed for what’s to come.
It just kind of naturally evolved…thank goodness I had my camera!