Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Cultural Extensions

We love cultural lessons!  I believe they are the heart and soul of the Montessori Elementary classroom.  We try to link everything possible to our cultural journey, which begins with The First Great Lesson and follows the Great Lessons through the year.  Through observation, we noticed that some students were having a hard time expanding their exploration of the lessons past doing the nomenclature layout repeatedly.  We would encourage different extensions but if a teacher wasn't available to encourage exploration the students would continue with what was comfortable. Then, we hit on an idea that allowed the students to be more independent- extension cards with ideas!  I had a concern at first that the students would think that they could ONLY do what was on the cards, so we made sure to emphasize that the cards were just ideas and that we would love to see what the students came up with.