I haven't been working in the Montessori classroom much this week, so that's why many of the posts have not been very Montessori-related. Don't worry.........there will be MANY more of those posts in the future. I do have one thing to show, however, that I am just getting ready for the classroom.
As I have been busy going through all my teaching stuff and deciding what will go to Montessori with me, I came across a set of flannelboard story pieces that I made MANY years ago. They are laminated and are in great shape. I am planning to use these in the classroom this fall. I think that oral retelling of stories is a very important skill for children. Being able to retell a story in correct order requires many critical skills. To do so, children must rely on auditory memory. Additionally, they must utilitze their developing oral language skills. Story retelling can help with vocabulary as well as attention to detail. My plan is to introduce these at line time using the pieces and flannelboard. I will probably repeat the story over the course of several days. Once I feel like the children have mastered it, I will put it out on the language shelf for them to choose as an independent activity.
This is the book with the folktales and patterns. It was published in 1987. I just checked, however, and you can purchase used copies on Amazon for very reasonable prices. Way back when, I copied the patterns on white cardstock, colored them and laminated them. Then I glued felt on the back of each one.
Here is a picture of one of the sets of flannelboard pieces. I purchased some plastic string-closure envelopes to store them in. I labelled each envelope with the name of the story. I will also copy and laminate the story from the book and include it with the pieces.
Well, I think I've caught the freezer paper stenciling bug. After the boys were in bed last night, I watched TV with DH for a while. Then at MIDNIGHT (!) I decided to cut out two more stencils and stencil two more shirts. It sounds crazy, I know. However, I was done with both shirts by 12:30 or so. They really are pretty quick to make.
You can totally tell I have boys, thus the shark and woolly mammoth. I have to say, these turned out great. My little guy immediately wanted to put on the shark one on the left. I really like the paint I used this time (see this post). It dried a lot softer and I only needed one coat. It is also not as smelly as the other paint was. It was also a great decision to use the round spongey brushes. I only used one coat of paint on each shirt. You can see that the white covered really well even on the dark maroon shirt.
Expect to see a few more of these tomorrow. I have one other stencil already cut and the other one traced. Then I promise to stop for a while. Otherwise, I'll have to rename the blog "My Freezer Paper Stenciling Journey".