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Another name for this post could have been "Noun, Day 9: Animals and their Homes." This week we are continuing our grammar work and our zoology work with the traditional Montessori "animals and their groups", "animals and their homes", and "animals and their young" works. Where you find these works in your albums may vary. The Karen Tyler albums include these works in the Zoology album, Montessori R and D put them in the Elementary Language Arts, vol. 1.
Like many other Montessori-inspired homeschools, my children's ages are spaced in such a way that it is possible for them to do a lot of the same work if I vary the level of difficulty. If you have one primary child and one elementary child, with a little extra thought and planning, you can let them move through some of the sequences together. For example, one can do the primary verb work while the other does the elementary verb work. In math right now, Me Too worked with formation of numbers with the golden beads while Kal-El worked on formation of numbers with the stamp game. Then, Me Too started golden bead addition while Kal-El worked on stamp game addition. Me Too sensorially works with the geography puzzles while Kal-El tries to memorize the names of the countries. It all happens naturally as the little one tries to imitate the big one.
This week, as Kal-El works on the "animals and their groups", "animals and their homes", and "animals and their young" works I knew Me Too would want to "do it too" (hence the moniker) but I knew that his relatively new reading skills were not quite up to the task. Sometimes you just have to say "no," but other times there is a way to differentiate the work and make everyone happy. In this case, I realized he could do the same work if it had pictures and/or modified text.
So, this week you will see both boys working on animal young, groups, and homes but each with their own materials.
This morning they worked on "Animals and their Homes." All of these are "big works" and while both boys attacked their work with enthusiasm, the both wore out about half-way through and declared that they would leave their work out to "finish tomorrow."
Me Too accomplished the work using portions of this work (SCF-12) from the Montessori Print Shop.
I have to complement this little digital file. This could be used several different ways. I could have used all five pieces and used it with Kal-El. Me Too uses the three pieces in the first row. I left off the "word only" labels. You could also use this these without the middle piece as a reading work and just match the labels to the pictures.
This picture of Me Too working shows you just how long this work is:
The small pictures that he is matching to the sentence cards are on another rug apart from this one:
Here is a closer look at a section he had already matched:
The control cards for this work are very well done and I would have been able to use this work for Kal-El as well. As it happened, I had already made a version of this work for Kal-El prior to tracking down the MPS version with pictures for Me Too. And Kal-El's work looked like this:
He felt very mature doing the work without pictures, and the lack of pictures made him really have to read the work:
I wrote the cards by hand using the lists in the Montessori R and D manual.
After both boys finish their "big work" we will work "animal groups" (collective nouns) as well as "animals and their young." Be sure to come back to check it out as I feature those works later in the week!
One of my blog sponsors, The Montessori Print Shop, has generously agreed to give away a bundle of all of the works in this group that they sell. I will throw in the pre-reader/early reader version of "Animals and their Groups" that I made to round out the collection. Our goal is that one lucky reader will have everything they need to present this work to both a fluent reader and a pre/early-reader at the same time!
What's included in the giveaway:
From the Montessori Print Shop
Animals and their Groups: SCF-29b
Animals and their Homes: SCF-12
Animals and their Young: TodF-20
A digital file of the pre-reader/early-reader version of the "Animals and their Groups" work.
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