What is it?

What is it? Observation and exploration in Primary II with Fran West

“Let us give the child a vision of the whole universe…for all things are part of the universe, and are connected with each other to form one whole unity.” Maria Montessori

IFish viewingn this first plane of development, the central question for the child is “What is it?”  We can see how this natural curiosity drives the child towards his understanding of the “universe.”  While very little language is given in the classical presentations in a Montessori classroom, we provide lots of nomenclature.  This month, participation in our language share time launched lessons on living and nonliving, vertebrates and invertebrates, amphibians, and parts of the fish.  We practiced observation, and noticed how objects are the same and how they are different.  These observations inspired original stories and artwork.   Thank you Mitchell, Salma, Tyler, and Isaiah for sharing with us your fish, frogs, earthworms, and katydid.

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