Monday, March 2, 2009

Geometry Training Introduction

Well, I finished my Geometry Classes this past weekend. We spent approximately 28 hours between two separate weekends on Geometry! It did not feel that long. I LOVE math....I think I say that about all of the subjects, ha! I love everything but felt very comfortable in this class since I knew the concepts. I don't think I mentioned this in my Geography Training Postings but during Geography training, I kept saying "I did not know that...I did not know that...Wow... really?...". Me and half of my class! When it comes to Geography, before my training, I knew less than a 3rd grader! A Montessori 3rd grader that is.
We spent the rest of our time discussing Peace Education. I will be posting in the near future about Peace Education.

Geometry Overview from Montessori Research and Development Geometry Manual I - Elementary Level 1

Level 1 - Children's House and 1st Grade as a review - Exploration of Plane and Solid Geometric Forms
The children learn the forms in a general, sensorial way. For example, the child at this level learns that a square is a sqaure because it has a particular form: four equal sides. No nomenclature. Materials Used: Geometric Cabinet, Constructive Triangles, and Geometric Solids

Level 2 - 1st and 2nd Grade - The child begins to explore the forms and their details. The child learns the properties of forms he is familiar with from work at the previous level. For example: the square has four equal sides and four equal angles. Materials used: Geometry Stick Box, Geometric Cabinet, Constructive Triangles, Geometric Solids, and Geometry Classified Nomenclature

Level 3 - 2nd and 3rd Grade - Concepts of Congruene, Similarity, and Equivalence
Through understanding of these concepts is essential to successful transition to the next levels.
Materials Used: Metal Insets of Fractions (square, triangle), Constructive Triangels, Geometry Stick Box, and Insets of Equivalence
Level 4 - Area
Level 5 - Volume
Level 6 - Relationships

I will leave you with two pictures. This was the first time I had ever seen this material. Lovely, Lovely! It will be used in many of the lessons I will post about.















Geometry Stick Box.



















Geometry Stick Box - Relationship Between Two Lines.

2 comments:

Jennie said...

Hi Gigi,

Sorry if you've addressed this in an earlier post, but would you mind telling me where you're doing your training? I think you've mentioned that you're using the Montessori R&D manuals - is that right?

Thanks!!

Maria said...

Hi,

I have been reading your blog for quite sometime and love the way you work with your kids!
Would you mind explaining what you are doing in the second picture?
Thanks

Maria