Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Making Materials


Above is a little sneak peek at the timeline I am making to replace the traditional timeline(s) for the Third Great Lesson.  I will give you ALL the details when I am finished.  I think tonight I will almost finish the control.  Tomorrow I will start in on the mute chart.

It has been a busy day!  I started the day by completing day 2, week EIGHT of Couch to 5k.  I picked TWO GALLONS of cherry tomatoes from our garden and a cucumber the size of my forearm (stealthy bugger).  The boys had violin lessons, soccer practice, and boy scouts.  The new Great Lesson timeline has already taken a few days, but  I was able to start and finish the BC/AD timeline in about 10 minutes and simultaneously printed charts for the Fifth Great Lesson (Story of Numbers).

Yesterday I wrapped up the History Question Charts.  There was also a fun trip to about 5 different locations to round up all the materials I needed to make the Hierarchical Material.

Last week I completed the two key Fundamental Needs Charts.  I really WANT to make/buy all eight but my albums assure me that the child should come up with/make the others.

I ordered and received all the materials I am using to replace the traditional Second Great Lesson.  Checking the front porch is really exciting this week because I am waiting to receive some fun materials to go with the 4th and 5th Great Lessons.

I am feeling so much better about the start of this year than I did the start of last year.  Last year was definitely a primary/elementary hybrid Montessori experience.  This year I really feel like I have all the big elements I need in place to make it a truly elementary experience.  I just don't know how we are going to fit it all in!

17 comments:

  1. Good work! It sounds like you're gearing up for a great year!

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    1. Thanks Kylie! We are sooo excited. I hope I can get it all done in time! (I waited way too long to get back to making materials. I think I needed a break.)

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  2. Hi MBT!!!!! Oh My God!! Im getting tired just from read you!!!LOL no no, its a Joke!!! Im just remembe me!!!LOL Im doing a lot of what you write, I worked with the AC-DC!! Time Concepts and all the extensions, I also need to make the Hierarchical Material!!!! I need to see what your are going to do!!!LOL... I LOVE LOVE your replacement time line!! You are an artist!!! Any way, love to visit you, as always and I can wait to see all the projects you have on your agenda"!!! My House Child calls me!!LOL

    Big Hugs
    Karen

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    1. I'm glad someone else knows what I am going through! I'll try to post about the new materials I made next week so that the details will be up for others who still have to make them.

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  3. Wow! Good job! Can you share how you made your BC/AD timeline when you have a chance? Thanks!

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    1. Jennifer,

      I am hoping to start getting posts up next week for the materials I've been making so that that people who still have to make them can improve on my methods!

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  4. Wow! You are a braver woman then I! I want to make the hierarchal; materials too. I just really don't know if I want them to take up all the space that they need. Plus I am still pretty shaking in my wood skills! A chalk board may be the extent of it! ;) I really cant wait to see it all! You are going to have an epic year!

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    1. Stephanie,

      I know what you mean...I have been sadly thinking about how the hierarchical materials will NOT be able to have a permanent home in the classroom. We have enough basement space to allow me to store them there and pull them out annually. I am thinking I might store them in sight of our basement play space instead of in my storage closet so that the boys will see them and keep thinking about them.

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  5. Wonderful. I am in the middle of trying to prepare timelines and charts for the great lessons as well. The size just makes them seem impossible. Im glad to see that it can be done.

    I also wanted to let you know that I have added your blog to my Favorite Blog list on my blog. Thanks for adding me to yours.
    http://expeditionmontessori.blogspot.com/

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  6. Thank you so so much!! I learn so much from reading your blog. I am so glad you share your info with the rest of us!

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  7. nothing directly related to montessori elementary but i posted it here to get your attention and make sure you see it . please pleaaaase tell us more about couch to 5km run you are doing . Essential for homeschool success to have a fit feel good in her body and mind mama , i downloaded to application to my ipod a month ago and still didn't start :( do you feel it is helpful to pay for : http://trainer.active.com/plans/coolrunning-couch-to-5k-sup-reg-sup-running-plan please if you find time in your busy schedule to tell us more how you are doign ti and if you have useful advice .
    By the way great elementary montessori post , learning so much from you xxxx
    viv

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    1. Viv,

      I replied to you via e-mail. Hope you got it!

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  8. Your timeline is beautiful! I haven't made a single material this summer - ugh! You've reminded me how much I enjoyed making materials and gathering things.

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  9. HI MBT,

    Have you perhaps reviewed History through the ages?

    http://homeschoolinthewoods.com/HTTA/timeline.htm#CtoC

    One place to get all your images through history.

    Thanks so much for your posts!

    Also, did you perhaps consider Story of the World series? Trying to sway which way to go?

    Thanks,
    Tracey

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    1. DB4U,

      I did NOT know about that one. I have links for several other places to get images (other than the source I used) but not that one. You sent it just in time to get added to tomorrow's timeline post.

      I have had the SotW sitting on our shelf for a year. THIS year I finally feel like Me Too is old enough for it and we will start it next week. One of Montessori's books (Advanced Method maybe?) said that she had the children listen to history stories during time when they were drawing and doing other art. We do that in the afternoons and I plan to replace some of the other music and stories we listen to during that time with SotW. I bought the resource to provide quick ideas if the kids latch on to any idea they listened to, but don't plan on "trying" to do the book as a mandate per se.

      I also find that we will be unable to use the "timeline of ancient civilizations" as shown in my KotU albums. Not only are the dates a problem, but it doesn't account for a worldwide flood or Babel. I will probably replace that work with parts of the Answers in Genesis "History Revealed: Ancient Civilizations and the Bible." But I don't think we'll get to it this year.

      http://www.answersingenesis.org/store/product/history-revealed-ancient-civ-bible-full-curriculum/?sku=40-1-242

      Anyway, tomorrow's post will have a bunch of ideas for timeline image sources in case you are still looking.

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    2. Thanks so much for the reply.

      Yes, me too - I love that you use Answer in Genesis. I love that you are following an young earth/Christian perspective. Really, I'm just hanging back and going to be following you anyway!! You do such marvelous research work.

      Yes, mine is 6.5 now, so need to start considering history. I think the time is coming, especially for a right brained boy.

      I love the idea of reading through art time. What a fantastic idea! Do you do art everyday? I've just been thinking about a routine for each week for afternoon down times - after school morning. I have the fairydust teaching art courses. then I'm starting handwork, like knitting and sewing, which I also need to adjust for an almost 4yo.

      Thanks again,
      Tracey

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    3. We don't do art every day. My KIDS do art every day, but some of it (a great deal of it actually) takes place at 6 a.m. or when I'm doing housework. Sometimes I'll catch it and put something on to listen to, sometimes I don't. I usually put the music or stories on during lunch and the boys transition into art on their own when they run out of food but don't want to walk away from the story. We do a "bigger" art time once a week (getting all the paints out, doing a particular project). This year I want to try Drawing with Children once a week as well. Hopefully 2-3 days a week will be enough to get through SotW v. 1 this year...42 chapters.

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