The Great Lessons begin again

posted Aug 23, 2019, 4:12 PM by Alpine Montessori   [ updated Aug 23, 2019, 4:13 PM ]
Great LessonsThe 2019-2020 school year has begun! Our elementary classroom began with the beginning, as always. 

Elementary guide Amy Ellis describes these Great Lessons, which kick off every Alpine Montessori school year: "We begin with the First Great Lesson, which talks about the Big Bang and leads to the formation of stars, galaxies, our solar system, and our Earth. It goes as far as the beginning of our atmosphere and the beginning of the water cycle starting as the Earth cools.

The "Immutable Laws of the Universe" are the laws which govern all of creation (existence, however people want to view it)—such as heavier, denser matter sinks and lighter matter rises to the top; all matter attracts matter and the more dense the matter, the greater the gravity. Solid matter that is heated enough becomes liquid and then gas. After the lesson, the children go to choose an experiment to explore these laws. We later come together to discuss what they observed.

The "Great Lessons" are impressionistic, meaning we don't intend for the students to be able to recite back all of the material presented, and inspire curiosity about chemistry, biology, history, and geography.

The next "Great Lesson" is The Coming of Life, in which we discuss the very first known organism and all of the periods of the development of life, stopping right before humans, who get the third lesson. The fourth is The History of Writing, and the last is The History of Math. Every lesson from lower to upper elementary springs from these Great Lessons."