//The Cubby is Like a Pink Tower

The Cubby is Like a Pink Tower

 

 

On Friday, Aug. 9, at the Elementary Open House, one of our teachers was overheard comparing an Elementary (ages 6-12) cubby to the Pink Tower (a material of the Primary class for ages 3-6).

 

In the cubby, as in the Pink Tower, the larger things go on the bottom.  The smaller things are on the top.  An example from that Friday:

 

Here's the inside of a cubby with the larger things on the bottom and the smaller things on the top.  Ta-dah!

Here’s the inside of a cubby with the larger things on the bottom and the smaller things on the top. Ta-dah!

 

 

Two weeks after the beginning of school, Elementary children are hard at work, deciding the direction of a project, sorting out a pile of notes, deciding which paper maps look good and are worth finishing, retrieving a list of names for a booklet.  It doesn’t exactly look like a Pink Tower, . . .

 

An example of the Pink Tower, a stack of cubes of ten centimeters up to one centimeter.

An example of the Pink Tower, a stack of cubes of ten centimeters up to one centimeter.

 

Cubbies in use.

Cubbies in use.

 

. . .as it now includes 6-12 year-old human beings!  The order which has been established is there only as a guide, now.  The children are developing an internal order and this process takes priority over the need for a neat cubby.

 

Through the surface appearance, we know where to look for each thing that belongs in the cubby. If one person can’t find the eraser, or the index card, or the crochet hook, another just might.

 

We are well on our way,  with friends and interests beginning to direct us.  Montessori compared the child’s quest to that of a person in a boat covering an unknown sea.

 

Detail from a child's painting of sailors near an island. (Photo snapped a few years ago in an art class.)

Detail from a child’s painting of sailors near an island. (Photo snapped a few years ago in an art class.)

 

What will follow that next wave? What kinds of changes are going on in your class?  In your life?  Follow the Child here and see how our year comes together.

 

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2017-11-14T22:22:45+00:00By |Early Education|