Get a bird’s-eye view of how people lived throughout history by visiting ten historical homes around the world.
Combining Cultural Studies and Language Work
While your students are expanding their cultural studies by touring Buckingham Palace in London or the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City, give them the opportunity to practice their creative writing and grammar by prompting them to describe what they are seeing. Create a language arts series that focuses on using specific parts of speech using the tours featured in House Beautiful’s article 10 Historic Homes You Can Virtually Tour. This activity can easily be adapted for lower or elementary students. Refer to your NAMC Montessori Lower Elementary or Upper Elementary manuals for further guidance.
Here are some examples to get you started.
Language Activity 1: Adjectives
Visit the opulent Throne Room in Buckingham Palace and write two descriptive sentences that focus on color.
The beautiful dark red drapes hang from a gold cornice.
Link to the Throne Room in Buckingham Palace
Language Activity 2: Adjectives
Visit Mount Vernon in Virginia and see the home built by George Washington’s father in 1734. Write three sentences that describe the scenery/landscape around this plantation.
The freshly mown grass is green and lush.
Link to Mount Veron
Language Activity 3: Nouns
Look at the Orchidarium, a beautiful orchid garden featuring 2,000 different varieties at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, Florida. Find ten nouns in this garden and write them in your language arts journal.
Link to the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and click on Orchidarium
Visit NAMC’s website and learn more about our Montessori language curriculum for Infant/Toddler, Early Childhood, Lower Elementary, and Upper Elementary.
— NAMC Staff
© North American Montessori Center – originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Friday, March 20, 2020.