Spring has Sprung in Peony Cottage | ‘绽放的春天’

Spring has Sprung in Peony Cottage | ‘绽放的春天’

“The child seeks for independence by means of work; an independence of body and mind.”

~‘The Absorbent mind’ – Dr. Maria Montessori.

Working hours have been louder these past weeks, although children seemed busy, but the level of noise and energy inside them was higher. I’ve heard teachers sometimes name this excitement as “Spring Fever”. Hence, we felt the need to reinforce some ground rules in the classroom like using indoor speaking voices, using walking feet and patting on the persons’ shoulder/arm when in need.

These days the sun has been shining so bright, and it’s getting warmer day by day. The weather has been very pleasant during the outside play times for our children. As children continue to observe more changes in their environment, we have more topics to discuss about, from life-cycles as new beginnings, the blossoming flowers, amazing insects and much more. Springtime is the best time for planting and children planted some seeds this week, an activity they enjoyed the most. Children will be taking care of them as they sprout and grow over the weeks.

In the classroom, everyone has been excitedly observing the silkworms growing bigger and fatter and shedding their old skin. It will surely be a great experience for us to watch them as they soon build cocoons and transform into moths. Some children were busy looking through a magnifying glass and some others worked on the lifecycle of the moth.

We have been singing many new Spring related songs and we also learnt a new poem “Five Spring Flowers”, will be sharing all the information in the Group We chat soon.

I would like to take this opportunity to share with you one of my favorite Montessori activities we engage in as a whole group, The Silence Game.

MAKING SILENCE ( The Silence Game )

Purpose: Through the creation of silence, one can learn to appreciate and discriminate surrounding sounds. We learn to “ see “ with our ears as we quiet ourselves and listen to the song of a bird, the patter of raindrops against a windowpane, or a distant laughter of children on the playground. One will also be able to turn his/her thoughts and senses inward, thus developing an awareness of each breath taken and how the body relaxes as it inhales and exhales.

It is these qualities that we wish to instill among the children, for it will help them to be so much aware of not only their surroundings but of themselves, as well.

“We are going to make silence./Keep your body still./ Keep your hands still./Sit quietly./(take a deep breath)./ Speak to no one./ Close your eyes./ Think how quiet it is./ Listen./ “

It is amazing how children have developed eventually and can sit and relax quietly for a much longer span of time than we once started. It is a special time for us to sit and relax ourselves and feel at ease during anytime of the day.

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孩子通过工作寻求独立;身心独立。

~“吸收性心智”-玛利亚 蒙特梭利

过去的几周,孩子们依旧忙碌,但是工作周期显得比以往嘈杂,好像孩子们内在的能量太充足,无处释放。我曾经听到这样一种说法来形容春天的这种状态–“春天狂热”。因此,我们重新强调了一些教室常规,例如:在教室要小声说话,慢慢走路,需要时轻拍他人的肩膀。

这段时间,阳光明媚,一天比一天温暖。天气很适合孩子们进行户外活动。当孩子们留意到大自然里越来越多的变化,我们的话题也就越来越多,我们讨论生命周期,万物复苏,讨论含苞待放的花朵和神奇的昆虫等等。春天是播种的季节,

孩子们进行了他们最喜欢的活动—种种子。在接下来的时间里,孩子们要照顾发芽长大的小种子。

在教室里,每个孩子都兴奋地观察蚕宝宝们,看它们一天天长大,蜕皮。这肯定会是个很棒的体验,因为不久我们就会看它们结茧,破茧成蛾。有些孩子忙着用放大镜观察蚕宝宝,还有些孩子忙着画蛾子的生命周期图。

我们一直在学习新的关于春天的歌曲,还学了一首新诗-“Five Spring Flowers”,很快,这些信息都会在我们的班级微信群里分享给大家。

借此机会,我想跟大家分享一个我最喜欢的蒙特梭利活动–静寂游戏,这也是我们会进行的一个班级团体活动。

创造静寂(静寂游戏)

游戏目的:通过创造静寂,人可以认识并区分周围环境中的声音。当我们渐渐静下身心,仿佛能用耳朵看见间周围世界,我们倾听小鸟的歌唱,雨滴敲打在窗玻璃上的啪嗒声,甚至远处操场上

传来的孩子们的欢笑声。通过静寂,我们还可以内化我们的想法和感官,以此来感知每一次呼吸,以及我们的身体如何在一呼一吸之间放松。

这也正是我们想灌输给孩子们的品质,它不仅能帮助孩子们敏锐地认知他们周围的世界,同时也能更好的感受他们自己。

“我们现在要创造静寂。/保持身体静止。/保持双手静止。/静静坐着。/(深呼吸)。/不发出任何声音。/闭上眼睛。/想象我们有多安静。/听。/”

孩子们现在能静坐放松的时间比我们刚刚开始这个游戏长多了,这让人觉得很惊喜。一天当中的任何时间我们都可以利用这段特别的时间静坐,放松。

 

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