Some readers of this blog may remember a cross-curricular learning experience that we started last school year (read about it HERE).  At that time, we began a two-year journey beginning with the colors of the Montessori Short Bead Stair as our inspiration.  Throughout the school year, the children completed a series of collaborative art pieces representative of the  colors and quantities of the numbers 1-10 in the Bead Stair.  THIS post documents the beginning of the process.

As the children worked together throughout the rest of the school year, four more pieces were created.  As a result, we now have the numbers 1-5 represented in a colorful display in a long hallway leading to our outdoor play area.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5… on the way out,
…5, 4, 3, 2, 1 on the way in!
Here is closer view of “Number 4” to show the fun textures and details of the piece.   Next to each unique canvas is a corresponding card depicting the beads from the Short Bead Stair, number word, and number symbol.  The cards can be obtained at The Helpful Garden blog.
Now, we are ready to continue with the number six – the children will be seeing plenty of purple in our classroom when they soon return.  I know they will be eager to complete the rest of these collaborative pieces and have all of the numbers from 1-10 represented on the wall.