Pure magic. That's the experience of Montessori's First Great Lesson. This is the perfect time to set the impression that will drive your science, math, reading, and social studies lessons. The focus from macro to micro not only helps students to understand the big picture, but also creates humility.
The prep work that goes into this lesson takes some time. Be sure to gather the materials (making the volcano takes some time) before you present this lesson to your students or child. We have included a sheet with all of the science experiments for the Great Lesson. This will also help you to know what materials you will need.
Don't forget your script! Over the years, we have used Miss Barbara's script from www.missbarbara.net. In time, you will learn to modify the script to make it your own. Another great addition is to have moon music playing in the background. There's a 1-hour moon sounds on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2ZelCLDuy4.
The next day, since this lesson is filled with incredibly rich content, we like to follow-up with the Cosmic Rhyme and begin reading "Born with a Bang" by Jennifer Morgan. This is also a great day to add in journal writing and art activities (make a moon drawing using black paper and white crayons). Remember this lesson is repeated from lower to upper elementary. With each presentation, the students gain a deeper experience and meaning.
Once you complete the lesson, it is time to add the first five science experiments to the science shelf. Students should begin exploring the scientific method as they conduct each experiment.
We hope you enjoy watching the faces of all your sweet angels and they experience the joy and magic of the Creation Story. We would love to see your pictures!
Stephanie Stephens and Holly Fitzharris are both Montessori educators- collectively with over 30 years of experience in education.