Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Roxola

Roxola said she liked to draw, that her old teacher used to draw pictures for her and she'd color them in. I asked if she wanted to tell a story and draw pictures for it, and she said yes. She picked up a red marker and paused for several minutes, deep in thought. She started drawing lines, like making a cube, then carefully colored it all in. I wanted so badly to crawl inside her mind and see what she was seeing, she was working so deliberately. Did she see a red square, or was she seeing something else altogether?

When she mentioned a coloring book, I figured that she probably drew the cube to color in herself. I think when I work with her again, I might write the story and design simple line drawings that she can color in and customize to be her own; that might be more fun for her.

Roxola kept looking around the room; clearly trying to illustrate a book wasn't striking her fancy. She went over to a shelf and picked out a tray to bring back to the table. I don't know much yet about Montessori teaching, and was curious to see what she was going to do with the tray, which had three bowls on it - one was full of baby pinecones and peach pits, and the other two were empty. Roxola picked up the accompanying chopsticks and started transferring all the pinecones into one bowl, one at a time, occasionally struggling to grip the pinecone without crunching it. When she had completed this, she started in on the peach pits. Once everything was sorted into its own bowl, she put them back together in the middle bowl, one by one.

After finishing this task, Roxola took the tray back to the shelf where it belonged, then picked another activity. This time she used tongs to transfer fake cherries from one bowl to another. These were harder to grab, since they were round and slick.

After a few attempts at transporting the cherries, Roxola started grabbing then by their tiny stems! This was much easier for her, even though there was less to grab at the stem.

Though it wasn't a real "storytelling" session, I was absolutely entranced. I had never seen Montessori lessons in action, and I loved watching Roxola do things that challenged her, yet she chose to do them. It was definitely a learning experience for me.

2 comments:

  1. This is so fascinating. I'm so excited about all your learning (and all I'm learning as I read about you learning. YAAAAY learning)

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    1. Thank you! I love that you're reading along. Hopefully I will share more Montessori stuff I'm learning outside of this project soon.

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