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The boys officially began the Montessori grammar sequence together. Today I presented the "noun key experience." Basically, what that means is that we played a game that taught that everything has a name and that names are important, labeled some objects with their name on a card, and finally learned that "the name of something is a noun."
I started by asking the boys to bring me various things from around the house by asking for them by name (Can you bring me a doll? Can you bring me a pillow? etc.,). After a few minutes of this I asked them to bring me something, but didn't give them its name ("Can you bring me a _____?" The blank space represents an awkward silence.). This resulted in a minute or so where they stood around bringing me nothing, followed by tentative attempts to bring me things, followed by 10 minutes of hard giggling as they brought me different things knowing I would say "NO! Not that! I need....hurry!" FINALLY one of them said "I don't know what to bring" and I was able to tell them that they didn't know what to bring because I hadn't given them a name. We talked about the fact that we all have names and so do all the things around us.
Next, I wrote the word "pen" on a card in black ink. Me Too read it to me and asked him if he could bring me one. The boys took turn doing this. Me Too was able to read "pen", "bell", and "flag". We determine that they could bring me all of these things because I told them the names. "We call these names nouns. These are all nouns."
Me Too was done at this point. Kal-El, however, is beginning a language notebook (a binder) and worked on copying the etymology for "noun" on a piece of lined paper to punch and put in his notebook.
He wrote: Noun comes from the Latin word nomen which means name. The name of something is a noun.
Later he is going to draw some pictures of objects and write the nouns in black.
I own quite a large collection of grammar albums somehow. I have Cultivating Dharma's elementary language album, the Keys of the Universe elementary language album, Montessori R&D's elementary grammar album, Montessori by Hand's primary language album, and Worldwide Montessori's primary language album. They all cover the same ground, but in slightly different ways. Somehow I wound up choosing the Cultivating Dharma album for this sequence. But, the other albums certainly have had an influence on how I understand the sequence and my grammar box materials were made from the Montessori R&D album. In addition, I've found the ongoing posts over at the blog The Broad Stair helpful in determining how to map the materials out across the three years of lower elementary.
I'll go into what I liked about the various albums in regards to the grammar sequence in another post later this week. I'll likely also talk about why I choose to start the grammar sequence now, rather than sooner with Kal-El or later with Me Too.
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