We invite you to join us this Fall as we discuss new ways to engage with the Cultural Subjects through the study of Biomes. On November 5th and 6th, we will explore the idea of Systems Thinking and the importance of an integrated Cultural Curriculum. We will also learn about the biospheres of the Earth and basic Biomes of the World as a way to integrate the core Cultural subjects of Zoology, Botany, History, Geography, and Physical Science in the Montessori Early Childhood Classroom. Finally, we will put this knowledge into action as we brainstorm ideas for new lessons and create new materials to be used in our classrooms.
Looking forward to learning with you!
Day 1 – Saturday, November 5th
Morning Session – Systems Thinking and Biospheres of the Earth – Our first session will be an introduction to Systems Thinking and its importance in the Montessori classroom. We will also begin conversations about the biospheres of the Earth to become familiar with the terminology we will use in the remaining sessions.
Afternoon Session – What is a Biome? In this session, we will take a closer look at the parts of the Biome, discuss the elements that support life on Earth, and compare this to our traditional studies of Geography and Life Sciences. We will also introduce new lessons including Backyard Biomes and States of Matter.
Day 2 – Sunday, November 6th
Morning Session – Life on Earth – In this session, we will take a more detailed look at the biodiversity found in each biome as we compare their similarities and differences. We will also discuss key concepts, such as interdependence and adaptation while exploring the importance of the Sun. This session will also include new lessons that can be integrated into our traditional Life and Physical Science studies of History, Botany, and Zoology.
Afternoon Session – Biomes of the World – In this session, we will explore the Biomes of the World with an emphasis on the continent of North America. We will also take time to collaborate and create new materials for the Cultural area of our Early Childhood classrooms that support our newfound knowledge of Biomes.
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