Traditionally speaking in an Elementary Montessori Classroom my children would of already had The Five Great Lessons. In my perfect world all of my children would be attending a Montessori classroom suitable for their plane of development. My plan is different from the plans that God has for my children. Looking back on my life from past to present I am certain that he has been preparing me for my role as a homeschool mother. With that said I don't think my family fits a one size fits all model. I have researched many educational philosophies and it is clear that my way of parenting my children is inseparable to the Montessori philosophy of education.
Back to The Great Lessons.
In August I visioned that we would complete every Great Lesson in its entirety back to back. In August we did "God With No Hands" and in September we swallowed up the presentations involved in the "Timeline of Life"
Ken working on the Cenozoic Era of the Timeline of Life today.
I waited to continue more Great Lessons because this work they excitedly argued over who was going to work with it first:) The Timeline of Life is such a great and heavy work that Michelle who is 14 has plenty to learn from it. The Great Lessons stories are unique and my kids are drawn to them.
I shared the Third and the Fourth of 'The Five Great Lessons" as written by Dr. Montessori over Christmas break without the Montessori materials and they loved them! I can't express to you enough the great benefits of having good literature at your reach.
The Third Great Lesson`~ Coming of Humans led my children to the Bible.
I had no plans on adding religion to our homeschool day, again God has other plans for us.
The Fourth Great Lesson~ The Story of Writing
It went well! But these kids are excited about literature and writing anyway. Maybe I need to be more patient to see the results of the impact of this lesson., just maybe all of these Great Lessons stories will come together. Then again I noticed they love creation stories more since hearing this Great Lesson, just maybe they are on their way to creating one themselves. Right now I am playing the Waiting Game:)
The Fifth Great Lesson~The Story of Numbers
For this one I decided to wait and see what resources that I could find that would make the environment prepared for their discoveries.
I found this wonderful resource from here. It has everything I was looking for!! They will be introduced to the beauty of geometry, tricksters and legends from around the world, and the history of counting with lots of fun counting games and math concepts. This is Kit 1 Grade 4. The price was inexpensive for everything that comes with it.
Also this book from Amazon for $1.80
No Montessori materials, just the philosophy!!
I am linking this post to the History/ Geography Meme hosted by All Things Beautiful.