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!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

3 comments:

  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.)

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    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.

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    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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