Monthly Archives: March 2015
You always see a lot of joy on children’s faces on the day we have a cooking class. You also hear lot of questions – What are we cooking? Is it time yet? They show lots of curiosity on what happens next.
After all the preparation of watching lessons and working with the practical life materials, it is time now for putting them to use. The kids show excitement in their faces while watching boiling water, melting cheese, frying, baking, toasting, and breaking eggs or turning simple banana to a yummy treat. Even though they are picky eaters, they enjoy eating what they cook because they made those all by themselves. They show a lot of pride in their accomplishment.
Cooking in Montessori class involves all areas of the classroom – practical life, math, language, science, geography, history and culture, and sensorial.
Practical Life activities include Washing hands, Mixing, Rolling, Cutting, Cleaning, Peeling, Pouring, Hand and Eye Coordination, and the use of different kitchen tools such as knives, spoons, forks, egg-beaters, tongs, etc. Also, it teaches how to follow steps in a recipe, and improves fine motor skills.
Math includes activities such as Measurement, Fraction, Numbers, Time, etc.
Language activities include exposure to new words such as names of ingredients, recipes, places, etc.
Science includes activities such as differentiating between hot and cold or solid, liquid, and gas, or boiling and melting, etc.
History and Culture activities involves understanding about the holidays and festivals from different regions of the world.
Sensorial activities involve all the five senses – touch, smell, see, hear, and taste.
Primary Lead Teacher
Visit our class at 9:00 am and you will see the children getting water and getting ready to start our day… the Brain Gym way.
We begin our days outside on the playground for a bit of fresh air, socialization and playtime. Following our outdoor time, we drink water to get our neurons firing and begin Brain Gym. The children follow the teacher through a variety of mid-line movements, such as the cross-crawl, neck rolls, and lazy eights.
These mid-line movements help increase uper-lower body coordination which are necessary for both gross and fine motor skills when both the right and left hemisphere of the brain are working together.
Other movements include energy exercises such as brain buttons, hook-ups and positive points. Like electrical circuits in buildings become overloaded, our energy circuits overload at times as well. These energy exercises activate the neocortex and refocus the electrical energy back to the reasoning centers, thus regaining coordination of thought and action.
We conclude our Brain Gym time with two minutes of silent meditation followed by a time of sharing. Most children look forward to sharing their thoughts and meditations which vary from vacation experiences, to works in the classroom that they want to do, to thoughts about peace and friendship.
Please read the following articles that explain the educational kinesiology of BrainGym and to see examples of exercises you can do with your child at home. These are great exercises for all ages!