Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Chalkboard

The Chalkboard and Easel has already done wonders for the kids excitement towards doing their work, specifically math.

The easel I purchased for $6.00 at Hobby Lobby and the chalkboard was $7.00 brought at Hobby Lobby too. I brought these items so that the kids could have a place to properly to do Form Drawing. It is lightweight and compact in other words it is small enough that I didn't have to change the classrooms around just to add a chalkboard into the mix.                                       

These drawing are of the Double- pointed mirror form**Butterfly. The top one is mine, the bottom one is DJ's. This is considered a Form Drawing taught in First Grade. It was our first try and let me tell you it ain't easy.

This one is Sequential/transformational form **Sharp mountain peaks and valleys/ smooth , rounded hills and valleys.

Here is one that Ken did by herself.

                 Square spiral.

They have been drawing math all day!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       


  1. That is really wonderful to see you doing Form Drawing with your kids! How did you decide to start teaching this? (Since it is now usually a part of the Montessori curriculum.)

    1. I meant to say: Since it is not usually a part of the Montessori curriculum. That's what I get for typing and listening at the same time.

    2. While researching educational philosophies I found this is the one of the things that would draw me to Waldorf. It is very important to me that my kids have a great exposure to the arts. I think Form Drawing brings out a deep concentration, with a great emphasis on creativity. Another thing I hope that they will gain from learning this is the connections to mathematics that is found in the work.

      Storytelling is another component. I remember one of my favorite teachers drawing pictures on the board while telling a story. My kids loved this part the most during our Form Drawing time. We are definitely learning this together!


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