During Montessori Training (forever ago, it feels!) I did a unit study on a local Native American Tribe, the Wampanoag. Below you'll see photos of recreated homes of both the English Settlers and Wampanoag. Also, feel free to use the definition cards pasted below in your classroom or home school. The lesson for Practical Life, Tweezing Corn is below as well. Happy Thanksgiving from the place that started it all!!!
|A rare photo of Montessori Parents (we are always behind a camera), Brian and I in the Wampanoag Village|
|Wampanoag Children's Toys|
|Wampanoag actor tells us that they only eat meals the size of their fists, 7x a day!|
|The girls enjoying a fire in the longhouse|
|Sarah testing out a Mishoon, a boat made from a tree, burned by fire, scraped into shape by shells.|
|An English Settler's home interior, this house had SEVEN children!|
|English Settler Village, Plimoth Plantation|
|Pulling corn off the cob|
|Dolls in the English village|
|Sarah in the museum's child room, playing Pilgrim|
|Pilgrim Dress Up|
|Cooking on the child sized Mayflower|
|Experimenting with pulleys|
|The Mayflower II interior|
|The Mayflower II masts|
|Surveying the water from Mayflower II|
Wampanoag definitions: simply print, and mount on cards and laminate. If you are interested in more Wampanoag work, comment with your email and I'll share more. Enjoy!
A Wetu is a Wampanoag home for one family.
Wampum is what the Wampanoag used for money. It is made from seashells.
A Mishoon is a boat that the Wampanoag carved out of tree trunks.
During the winter, the Wampanoag lived with several other families inside a longhouse.
The Wampanoag used animal skins for clothing.
The Wampanoag used a roaster to cook their meals outside.
The Wampanoag had to cook inside the wetu to make meals when weather was bad.
GENERAL: Practical Life
SPECIFIC: Physical Skills- Squeezing
MATERIALS: Basket, Native American corn on the cob, bowl, tweezers, vase for tweezers
DIRECT: Coordination, Concentration, Independence, Order
INDIRECT: To build fine motor skills and strength through squeezing.
PREPARATION: Squeezing activities with a larger tool
AGE: First year Montessori student
PRESENTATION OF THE LESSON:
Grasp corn with dominant hand, and transfer to sub-dominant hand
Pick up tweezers with dominant hand, and squeeze them to test the difficulty of the tweezers
Starting with the tip of the cob, choose one piece of corn to take off
Tweeze the piece of corn until it comes or falls off
Place in jar
If corn falls out of tweezers, be sure that it ends up in the jar
Repeat process until satisfied, or the corn is all off
If there is some corn left, place into basket for the next friend
If all of the corn is gone, replace it with another full cob
Return tweezers to vase
Be sure that all pieces of corn are in jar
If the bowl is full, pour it into the glass collecting jar on the nature shelf
Return material to shelf
WORK OF THE TEACHER
POINTS OF EMPHASIS:
Capturing the corn with the tweezers
Listen to the sound of the corn falling into the ceramic jar
Grip on tweezers
Opening and closing tweezers
Native American Corn
Corn on the cob
POINTS OF INTEREST:
Producing a jar full of corn
Sounds of corn
WORK OF THE CHILD
POINTS OF CONSCIOUSNESS:
Tweezers gets things off/out
All corn comes off a cob
CONTROL OF ERROR:
Tweezers can only hold one corn piece at a time
Spilled corn, or corn that isn’t coming off
Using a different color/type of corn on the cob
Using the corn they tweezed for a pouring activity
Sorting the different colors of the corn into different jars