A Montessori is not a typical classroom where kids get the facts and figures ,but its a real life journey to discover things and that is how we humans learn.
Geography is a beautiful subject and we as Montessorians start the lessons from the Sand Paper Globe and goes as far as discovering each Continent and then many countries with all it's culture and traditions . So this November we choose Asia as our main discovery continent .
As we have started our project of the month that is ASIA, we picked CHINA as a main country to discover . There are lots of things to do, to learn, to investigate , but as I always follows my student's interest more when it comes to pick one thing from a list of dozen , I discovered that they were in love with the GREAT WALL OF CHINA.
So we talked about it ; how it was built ,who ordered the wall, how much time it took to build it , how many people worked for it and many more things.
For children every news is fascinating, every thing they explore is a discovery.
As we were discussing the history of China , one of child asked me," Miss Erum, why did the King order to build the wall to his people, I think this is bad to Order". I was just amazed at his thinking that children are naturally tuned towards goodness and Justice.
Then I announced ,"so what do you think , can we make our own great wall of China ?". They all shouted simultaneously,"with the cardboard". And I felt great that now my students are in love with the cardboards.