Last night at Lennox’s school we had the Silent Journey evening. In the Montessori world, the silent journey is an evening where the parents get to explore the classroom from a child’s point of view. The parents are encouraged to try the “works”, receive lessons from the teacher and learn how their child goes through the classroom on a daily and weekly basis.
Traditionally it is very “silent” but with the teacher that Lennox has, all the parents tend to ask her questions and she gives group lessons. It really is neat to see how she would give a lesson to a child or hear how one work leads into the next and into the next. Every work is a stepping stone to something much bigger and more abstract.
The room is divided into a number of sections. You can see more examples of each section in my post about Primary Level Montessori, but to give you the quick version – here are the main sections:
- Practical Life
- Shapes / Geometry
- Spelling / Writing
- Peace / Yoga
While going around the room – I snapped a few photos (which probably is so un-montessori to have my cell phone to take a picture) of the different Montessori works.
This work about geometric shapes – I couldn’t even name all of them the proper way – but I bet you the children in this class can!
This work has a lot of different uses – from learning the letter name, sound, how to write it (tracing it with their fingers) to items that start with that letter!
This is the 100’s board. Lennox tells me she does this but I don’t think she is quite there at school yet. They have to learn how to put all the numbers together and work up to this board!
I love seeing the work that Lennox mentions from day to day (sometimes!) and also learning about everything she does know or is working on that we never even knew about! It’s amazing what 3-6 year olds can do!