Last week was Parent/Child night at school. Last semester I paired up with Lucy and Kate with Len so this semester we switched. Both girls were very excited to show us around the classroom, heading for their favorite works.
Kate got out the multiplication board to show me how "easy" it is for her now. In case you aren't familiar with how Montessori materials work, her equation was 6x3=x? She marks the 6 at the top so she knows how many columns she needs. Next she puts the number 3 on the side so she knows how many rows she needs. Then she fills in with beads and counts how many she has to solve for x.
Kate has also started learning division. In the example below, her equation was 42/7=x? She places 7 large markers at the top and then fills in with beads until she reaches 42 beads. The answer will then be the number along the left side.
Lucy, meanwhile, got out the ribbon board. She is the only one in their class that can tie a bow (and thus, shoes!).
lăoshī led them in several Chinese songs including their favorite kung fu song.