In this post, you will see how we made a connection between the past and the present. I made matching cards on objects, one used in the past and one used in the present. This post is focusing on history about past and present in the best way possible: the Montessori way. You will love all of these cards and the many activities we did with them.
You can print these cards in color and laminate them for durability. I waited to laminate them until after the first round of presentation and extensions. You will see why. I kind of made up a step (step zero) instead of starting at step one. I figured it would help my 4-year old understand the connection a little better.
First, I decided to cut the matching cards together with the nomenclature cards attached. We set it up like this (see above). We talked about past (long ago) and present (now) and discussed the differences between the items in the past against the items in the present.
This lesson on history about the past and present the Montessori way was more than fun. She was so engaged and interested. She asked questions. She asked how the telephone from the past worked and why it has the circle with the numbers around.
She also asked about the photograph. “Why is it brown and not with colors?” She also wondered about the gramophone. Ha! That was a long explanation about the vinyl, the needle, the big horn-looking sound magnifier, etc. She, at her tender age of four, was simply fascinated that we have come a long way.
I then cut the cards to separate the past and present matching cards, but still left the nomenclature cards attached at the bottom. Out of two index cards, I made labels. On one card, I wrote “Past” and on the other, I wrote “Present.”
Placing these cards at the top of the table, she began going through the stack and sorting them. All of the cards with items from the past were placed on the left and the cards with items from present day went on the right.
The next step was for her to independently find the matching cards again, past and present and place them on the rug. She loved going back and forth, from the table to the rug and carefully placing them in order. She was so proud!
You know, she got that glow that, in m person opinion, only Montessori students get. The glow of independent knowledge, learning and success. So beautiful!
The next step was to print a second set of the cards to use them as the typical Montessori 3-part cards. With the 3-part cards, you keep one set with the nomenclature cards attached to the image, but you do cut them from the second set. In this extension, we followed the original 3-part card directions. My son joined us for the lesson, but he was a silent observer.
For this extension, he joined us because it was so much fun. In fact, we were having so much fun that I totally forgot to take pictures! This extension was to use our imagination to draw what these objects will look like in the future. I handed my children index cards that were cut in half and we set out one set of the past and present cards.
We set the cards out with matching on the rug. Each child would go to the rug and pick a pair of matching past and present cards that they liked. Then they would take the cards to the table. On the index card, they would use their imagination to draw what they think that object would look like in the future.
Imagine them trying to imagine what books will look like in the future, or toys or photographs… What about cars? Kitchens? Clothes and shoes! It was fantastic talking about this, drawing, laughing. So beautiful and fun. I definitely want to make more past and present cards, just to imagine what they will look like in the future.
Books We Read about the Past and Present
Click on the images to get more information about the book and how to order. They are brilliant.
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