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Tracing a Circle ⚫ (Montessori Geometric Metal Insets Presentation 1)

Today, we are continuing our work with Montessori metal insets (buy here ). For this presentation, I use a regular wooden tray with handles (buy here). (Alternatively, you can purchase a tray specifically designed for Montessori metal insets here.) You will also need paper sized about 5.5” x 5.5" and colored pencils. Adrian loves Giotto Mega pencils (buy here) since they are extremely vibrant and comfortable due to its thick grooved core.


Below is a video of Adrian doing Presentation #1 from Metal Insets Lessons by Montessori Print Shop. (I had purchased this PDF Presentations Lessons and you may download it for your personal use here .)  

The instructions for tracing using Montessori Metal Insets are very detailed and exact:

"When tracing the inset, a child should start tracing at the bottom left hand corner of the shape, and trace clockwise around the shape and meet up to the starting point at the bottom left hand corner. Make sure that the child does not stop the tracing process until he/she has completed the shape. When coloring the shape within the frame, a child should use small strokes that move top to bottom, left to right side. Remind the child not to lift the pencil up off the paper until the pencil is at the very right of the shape, and definitely, not to change the positioning of the stroke itself." Montessori Print Shop.


We also discussed the geometric representations of a circle. A circle is a 2-dimensional perfectly round shape with no sides. It is a line that is curved so that its ends meet and every point on the line is the same. 

There is a difference between a circle and a disk. A circle is a line, without considering an area in the middle. So, when Adrian drew a "double line" - he drew a circle. However, when Adrian colored in the circle with the red pencil, he made a disk, which is a round portion of a circular outline. 

DSC_0183Adrian then gathered objects around the house that had a circular outline.

DSC_0167Read here Introduction to Montessori Geometric Metal Insets.

DSC_0030Read here Exploring a Triangle Presentation # 1.

Stay tuned for more shapes:)

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