Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Work. Work. Work

Creative Writing 

Younger student looking at others working on multiples while she's making a long list of nouns.
The Moveable Alphabet helps support reading and writing.
Creative Writing
Reading, Reading, Reading.
Music with the Montessori Bells.
Language work - suffixes.
Every Wednesday morning the older students run Class Meeting. This is a time for the students to review the class rules, discuss what's working well and focus on what we all need to work on.  It's also a time for students who have completed Homework Challenges to share with everyone.
When we celebrate birthdays the birthday child gets to walk the earth around the sun to symbolise how many times the earth has been around the sun since their last birthday. 
Creative Writing

Fundamental Needs of Humans.  These students decided to make their own chart for follow up work.
Creative Writing using the ipads.
Timeline of Life.
Completing Table A and B as part of the multiples lesson, reinforcing learning of the times tables.

Wow now that's a long list of nouns!
Ancient Egyptian inspired art work.

Sharing of work 

Room 15 Week 4 Term 3

Timeline of Human Beings.
Collaborative work looking at the fundamental needs of humans.

Rata and Nikau students are using Work Journals to record the work they do.  It's like keeping a diary and reinforces a valuable life skill - organisation.
The Animal Kingdom is of huge interest to this age child.  

Rm 15 has 'Whanau' groups.  Students can ask anyone for help but this gives the younger students, in particular, empowerment to be independent and work out who they can go to when they can't solve a problem by themself.
Friday's we share our finished work with the class.
Having the opportunity to present finished work teaches students valuable oral presentation skills, allows others to see what students have been working on.  It's also a wonderful chance for students listening to practice Grace and Courtesy.  Student's enjoy giving feedback and providing constructive criticism.

A group of students working on their own timeline (of animals).


Thursday, 6 August 2015

Collaborative and Independent Work this Week in Rm15

Symbolising a Poem 
Working on a Timeline of Algebra and Geometry

Exploring 3D Shapes sensorially.

Two older students, working on the floor, using the ipad to further develop their spelling skills while a younger student watches and learns too.

Working together on multiplication board 
Project work.

Exploring polygons with Geometry Sticks.

Researching on science stuff - Periodic Table, Law of Gravity, Newton, Einstein.

Follow Up work on parts of a polygon.

Multiples work to reinforce learning the times tables.

Working on a parts of a polygon follow up work.  These two asked me how many sides does a circle have?  Which lead on to some exploration, chatting and thinking about the question.

Parts of a polygon poster finished.  Yah!

Working on how to solve the measuring challenge without having the materials to be able to measure with.

Older students helping younger ones to make their own work journal. 
Children of this age love exploring the Animal Kingdom. An older student working with these two made an interesting comment when discussing classification of mammals. "A man can't be a mammal because they don't give birth."

Older students supporting younger ones to make their own work journals.
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This student is focused on checking over a younger student's spelling work to make sure it is correct. What a great way to reinforce her own spelling skills while supporting others.