Wheaton Montessori News
Irina, a second-grader at Wheaton Montessori school, gave Mrs. Fortun an opportunity to give herself a major pat on the back.
During a lesson on the fluidity and viscosity of liquids, Irina was able to draw upon the knowledge she acquired during previous lessons. For example, Irina already knew that:
On this particular day, we were observing that molasses is viscous (from Latin: “to cling”). As part of the lesson, Mrs. Fortun prompted her students by saying, “Let’s see what happens if we heat it up!”
Sidenote from Mrs. Mayhugh: Isn’t this is every young child’s dream? To have the “grown-ups” in charge say, “Should we add fire?” and know that you aren’t going to get in trouble?
While the molasses was heating, Irina was thinking out loud to herself, but luckily within Mrs. Fortun’s earshot. She murmured, “I suppose the particles are expanding because they are heating up… and I guess that could make more space between them… which… which would make them roll over one another more easily.”