Thursday, January 29, 2009

All about the big boy

I have been writing a lot about my littlest boy lately. So tonight I am dedicating a post to my older son. He is 7 1/2 and attends a private Montessori elementary school. He is really an amazing child. He has an incredible mind and is always coming up with self-initiated projects to do at home. He never ceases to astound us with his thinking. Over the past few days, he has been working on setting up his own Montessori school in his bedroom. The photo below shows the sign on his door which tells the hours the school is open as well as what ages are allowed to attend. In case you can't read it well in the photo, the school is open to ages 3-adult (anyone). He put the anyone in the parentheses. I love it!

The first area of the classroom that he developed is the "language" area. He has a list posted on the wall which tells what "works" (that is what Montessori activities are referred to in the classroom) are available in the language area. Below that list are some of the activities he developed. He cut out and labelled his own pockets to contain the cards for the activity. Additionally, he has made worksheets to go with the various activities and skills. Below you can see the "Antonyms & Synonyms" pocket, the "Suffixes & Prefixes" pocket, and the "Compound Words" pocket, along with some other materials he developed. My husband and I have both been invited to have lessons and complete work in his classroom. It is so fun to see how he is reflecting on and extending the learning he is experiencing at school.

All the language material pictured in this post was completed last night (Wednesday). I wrote a whole post on my other blog about another language activity he developed after school today. If you are interested, click over there to read about it. I explain a little more about Montessori education in that post. The photo below shows him stretched out on the floor working hard on developing his materials for the "math" area of his classroom. I am so proud of him and what a creative spirit he has. I hope that I can always do my best to nuture his many talents..........he is truly a treasure!!


Amber, That's Me! said...

Love the school idea. Do you think he would let B come over for a lesson?

Amber, That's Me! said...

I've tagged you on my blog!