THE THREE PERIOD LESSON
This is the technique used in teaching new words to the children. It
is only used for teaching words. The example illustrated here is the naming
of the colors:
- The teacher takes two color tablets, such as red and blue,
- from Color Box 1. She takes one red tablet and one blue one
- and puts them on the table in front of the child. She tells
- him she is going to teach him the names.
- The teacher puts the tablets to one side. The teacher makes an
- association between the quality and the name by taking up each
- tablet in turn, placing it in front of the child and saying
- several times:
- "This is red....red."
- She pauses a moment before saying "red" or "blue",
- which color she is showing) and raises her voice slightly,
- enunciating clearly.
- She repeats until she thinks the child has made the association
- between the color and the name.
- She places the colors in front of the child.
- In order to make sure that the child has understood and in order
- to help him fix his knowledge, she asks him:
- "Point to the blue."
- "Point to the red."
- She asks, again and again, sometimes mixing the tablets first,
- sometimes asking for the same one a second time in succession. The
- teacher tries to make it interesting and enjoyable. Each time the
- teacher says "red" or "blue" the child has to make
- in his mind of the name with the color. It is proof that the child
- understands if he hands the teacher the correct color. If he makes
- mistakes too often, she does not correct him but goes back to the
- first stage of the lesson.
- Now, the teacher sees if the child can remember the name for
- himself. She places the tablets to one side. Then, the teacher
- puts one of the color tablets in front of the child. She asks him:
- "What color is this?"
- She does the same for the other color tablet. She asks the child
- again several times for the name of the different colors. If the
- child has done this easily, or on another day, the teacher
- introduces the yellow color tablet. She places the yellow color
- tablet in front of the child as in the First Period and names it
- several times. Then, she uses the red, blue and yellow tablets in
- the second and third stages of the lesson.
The three period lesson can be used to teach vocabulary related to any
of the sensorial materials.
Note: When teaching positive, comparative, and superlative forms (i.e.
tall, taller, tallest)
all three objects remain in front of the child during the lesson, because
we are teaching close
comparisons. The teacher should always present and ask for these objects
- Tall - Short; Thick - Thin; Large - Small
- Deep - Shallow (with the sockets)
- Tall - Taller - Tallest; Short - Shorter - Shortest
- Thick - Thicker - Thickest
- Large - Larger - Largest; Thin - Thinner - Thinnest
- Deep - Deeper - Deepest; Small - Smaller - Smallest
- Shallow - Shallower - Shallowest
- Same as cylinders
- Large - Small
- Large - Larger - Largest
- Small - Smaller - Smallest
- Broad - Narrow
- Narrow - Narrower - Narrowest
- Broad, Broader, Broadest
- Thick - Thin; Thick - Thicker - Thickest
- Wide - Wider - Widest
- Long - Short
- Long - Longer - Longest
- Short - Shorter - Shortest
- The names of the colors
- Light - Dark (with graded box)
- Light - Lighter - Lightest
- Dark - Darker - Darkest
- Loud - Soft
- Loud - Louder - Loudest
- Soft - Softer - Softest
- Rough - Smooth
- The names of the different materials..
- Linen, Cotton, Silk, etc.
- Light - Heavy (two most contrasting boxes)
- Names of the notes
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