Students Bring History to “Still Life”

The students in Upper Elementary 2 (UEII) are studying the 3 timelines that depict the story of man from early man through the last 10,000 years. As an extension activity for the first timeline, the students wrote individual journals on “A Day in the Life” of early man. They followed up these journals by creating a group visual in the form of a “still picture” called a tableau. Each tableau depicted scenes from the hunt and home setting of Homo Erectus and Neanderthal. The children are currently researching the second timeline on the evolution of “modern humans” and are busy researching cultures ranging from the Aurignacians through the Iron Age. Later in this semester they will conclude their exploration of the history of man by embarking upon a comparative study of the ancient civilizations of the Aztecs, Incas, and Mayans. It is this type of hands-on immersion into a subject that truly makes Montessori such an effective learning environment.

Early Man Tableau
Upper Elementary II students pose to form a "living" tableau.