We've begun our exploration into history. As I mentioned last week in a time telling post, history for Montessori 3 to 6 year old children is about the learning the passage of time and the duration of time. We ordered supplies to help us started on this journey.
Our 3.5 year old is smitten with the classic Judy Clock.
He loves the gears and is fascinated with the gears inside the clock and how the clock hands “move all by themselves”. I am so happy with his simple exploration of the clock at this point, that we haven't done any formal lesson on the clock. I am excited to see him exploring how the clock works. I think this exploring will help him develop a sense of time. We worked a bit on identifying the parts of the clock but other than that mini lesson the work has all been self-directed and hands off on my part.
This week I am introducing the “Timeline of the Day” with a few specific exercises. One is simply identifying the different points of the day. I prepared images that he could color that depict various points throughout the day. Here is the FREE Timeline of my Day coloring pages file. Please don't distribute and reserve for personal use only. Let me know if you have any issues with the file.
I plan to sit with him and talk about each scene. Once he has colored and we've talked briefly about each scene, we'll work to sequence the pages and then glue them onto a long piece of scroll paper. I prepped the final paper scroll with simple clock faces reading 8:00 am, 12 noon, etc using Montessori Print Shop's Clock Series to give him a visual.
Then we will bring in our Judy Clock to match the hour and minute hands. We also talked briefly about day and night activities. I have a day and night matching lesson that I plan to introduce to him this week. Our next activity is to create my son's very own timeline with real images from his day.
I hope you enjoyed this post. We will continue to work on these types of activities. I will be sure to share with you. Please leave a comment! I love hearing from you!