Congratulations to "Montessori Mama", the winner of the animal-themed grammar materials bundle from the Montessori Print Shop!
The giveaway winner will have a chance to use the work that Me Too completed today, "Animals and their Young."
He has sorted the adult animals and young animals into separate groups on one rug. Then he matches and pairs them on a second rug.
Kal-El was jealous because Me Too had all these pictures of cute baby animals. For this work, they both could have used the same cards. However, I had already made Kal-El a homemade version without pictures.
Once again, the list of what to put on the cards was from the Montessori R and D Elementary Language Arts, volume one. Most of you know I also have the Karen Tyler primary albums and this work can be found ready to print in her Zoology album as well. Her albums include all the printables you need to do the works. I even had it already printed as I printed those albums in full. The reason I didn't use them is that they had a control that wasn't usable for us. Here is a picture of one page of the control chart for the "animals and their young" work:
This is one of FIVE pages of the control chart for this work. It is much to intimidating and in too small a print for Kal-El to use. What it is great for is that it is a nearly comprehensive list of any animal you might ever think of, 138...perhaps double the number that are included in the R and D version of the work. So, when the day comes that Kal-El or Me Too asks me what the special name is for a young chinchilla I'll have that information at my fingertips.
This reminds me of another point. The Montessori R and D versions of the work I made for Kal-El have approximately 60 examples for each work. Kal-El started the first group we did, "animals and their homes", enthusiastically but started to lose steam. The boys know they can continue big works over several days if they wish and I didn't push him to finish. He did choose to finish the work the first day but complained that it was "too big." So, for the subsequent works I sorted the cards into three different envelopes and labeled them levels 1, 2, and 3. He was much happier doing the work over three days with a group of only 20 animals or so to match. I don't know what is normal in a regular Montessori environment...do they give the child all the materials at once? Do it in one day? Over several? Or, do they break it up into several smaller works? I have NO idea, but I wanted to let you know how we adapted it.
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