This presentation is so NOT pin-worthy. Bad photo, sloppy execution. Just plug "Venn Diagram" into Pinterest and you'll get a slew of great ideas for if you are not doing this on the fly like I was. We are still here, still spending time in the school room as the dust flies around us. Kal-El has been really enjoying word problems lately and has been burning through the cards in his Word Problem basket. One of the purposes of the store-bought story problems is that concepts crop up that either aren't in the album or that I've neglected to get to. We find that this particularly applies to graphing. Kal-El bumped into a Venn Diagram and didn't know how to read it (Although he laughed after my presentation and after going back to the story problem that the story problem had directions that explained how it worked if he had bothered to read them. He never reads directions. He's at that age where he has to learn to read direction and do careful work. It's a frustrating phase.)
I quickly hacked a piece of printer paper into a circle with some scissors and gave him that circle and one rectangular piece of paper. I also grabbed a bunch of buttons from our manipulatives drawers. I didn't explain how the diagram worked and I did not overlap the shapes. I just asked Kal-El to put the yellow buttons on the rectangle and the circles on the circle. It wasn't long before he asked, "Wait, what do I do if it is yellow AND a circle." I asked him to find a way to put the button on both. He overlapped them himself and was on his merry way.
This is not particularly impressive, but so often we make Montessori at home into such a BIG DEAL making materials and I wanted to show that it can sometimes be quite simple.
Once Kal-El has a little more practice I can feed his Star Wars obsession with this excellent Venn diagram:
From Think Geek
We are making progress in the kitchen. On Friday two young men came over and installed most of our cabinets. They are coming back tonight to finish up. The countertops will be templated on Thursday. Then we wait. The wait for countertops is the only "dead time" in our whole remodel. It will drive me nuts. I'm very "progress-focused."