We began our history lessons this year, discussing the universe and its tumultuous beginning 13.8 billion years ago. The students were so interested in the topic that we continued to mix the subject areas of history and physics together to create our history studies for this term.
Here the students are learning about Astronomer Edwin Hubble and his work, specifically Hubble's Law. They learned about the expansion of the universe and how the further away the galaxy is frim us, the quicker it recedes. They then created their own model of the theory using balloons and marker pens and wrote their results on a table of velocity versus distance.
Maria Montessori said that the greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, “The children are now working as if I did not exist”.
It truly is wonderful when you can step back to observe children working without the help of adults. Here you can see a snapshot of a typical work cycle in the Upper Elementary classroom. The students have chosen the subjects that they would like to work on, after being given presentations from the Montessori guide. They are working in different areas of the classroom, in pairs or independently, asking for help from each other as needed. Subjects and topics consist of Hubble’s Law and the epochs of the Big Bang in astrophysics, topic sentence and paragraph writing, comprehension on the study of Biomes, punctuation reviews, and operations of negative and positive integers with algebra substitution.