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Learning is a Picnic! Part Two-Adventures and Activities

“The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.”  Plato

A picnic is a wonderful opportunity for both children and adults to observe and enjoy nature.  While you eat, as well as before and after your meal, it is fun to keep your eyes and ears open for wildlife, insects, changing sky conditions, and more. 

If you are new to birdwatching, or want some kid-friendly tips, please refer to Sanford R. Wilbur’s “Birdwatching with Kids” interview. http://www.amonco.org/spring1/montessori_spring1.pdf

Birdcage Press also offers a fun card game and book set, Backyard Birds, which you could use in conjunction with your birdwatching adventures. http://www.amonco.org/summer5/montessori_summer5.pdf  

For younger kids and hands-on explorers, botany might be a more rewarding pursuit than bird or wildlife watching.  You need almost no equipment, you don’t need to stay quiet, and your subjects will not fly or scamper away while you are studying them! Make sure you are familiar with poison oak, poison ivy, stinging nettle or any other plants in your area which students should not handle.  Then, get more study ideas from Sara L. Ambarian in her article, “Nurturing Budding Botanists”. http://www.amonco.org/Botanists.pdf

“Whole body learners” (for more, see http://www.amonco.org/summer5/montessori_summer5.pdf ) might really “dig” geologic explorations. Examining soil and rock formations often requires a lot of walking around and getting your hands dirty. Don’t think that you need to have a location with really dramatic geologic features like boulders or cliff faces in order to have a rewarding geology adventure. You can learn a lot from looking at variations in the color and texture of soil or gravel areas, the sizes and composition of rocks along a river bed, the shapes of surrounding hills or mountains, etc. Visit the following website from Rochester, New York, for some fun ideas to get kids started enjoying rocks and minerals. http://rochester.kidsoutandabout.com/content/getting-kids-rockhounding  

Geology enthusiasts will also enjoy the Hobby Lobby story found here: http://www.amonco.org/summer2/montessori_summer2.pdf .

Another great way to enjoy a day outside is to immortalize it in art. Before going, you might invest some time preparing with an art study program like that found in Coyote Creek’s video series “Drawing Nature”. http://www.coycreek.com/drawingnaturevol2drawinglessonsforbeginners.aspx

Other fun outdoor activities that give children an opportunity to move around and might be appropriate for your picnic location are kite-flying and beachcombing. Find lots of ideas and resources on these subjects in “Up, Up and Away—The Art and Fun of Kite Flying” and “Classified Seashell Activities and Resources”. http://www.amonco.org/summer/montessori_summer1.pdf

For learning opportunities involving weather and sky conditions, check out these informative links from the National Weather Service. http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ffc/?n=teacher

When you’re done eating and exploring, you may want to make a memento to remember the outing. This site has some fun outdoor crafts listed in their sections for “backyard”, “beach craft”, “camping and picnic”, etc. http://familycrafts.about.com/od/summercrafts/a/summermn.htm

Here are a few other selected outdoor craft ideas for students young and old: 

Tree Rubbings Collage http://www.busybeekidscrafts.com/Tree-Rubbings-Collage.html

Pretty pencil pinwheel http://crafts.kaboose.com/pretty-pencil-pinwheel.html ,

Fun Floral Straws http://www.marthastewart.com/355464/fun-floral-straws?czone=holiday/sixty-days-of-summer/party-ideas&center=276964&gallery=275330&slide=355464

Families or other groups can extend the outdoor fun, and help a good cause, too, by joining the National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Backyard Campout.  Find out more about the program at: http://www.nwf.org/Get-Outside/Great-American-Backyard-Campout.aspx

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Sizzling Summertime 2014 Lesson Planning

SUMMER KITE FLYING

Learn how to make and fly a kite in your neck of the woods.

Planning a trip to Southern California? All the fun is not necessary had at the amusement parks. Take a side trip to Seal Beach, a quaint beach town, that has much to offer. While there, you won’t want to miss the monthly Seal Beach Kite Club meetings. Click here to see what the city of Seal Beach has in store for you and your family. Then, venture to Hobby City for some additional free hands-on fun.

GO AHEAD….MAKE SOME MUSIC THIS SUMMER

Learn how to make a band in minutes. Yes, you and your children can make a coffee can drum and yogurt container shakers by following the easy instructions provided by Kidsongs.com.

Montessorian Dale Gausman will show you how to make and introduce rhythm sticks in your school and home classrooms. Click here for details.

The Blow Ye Winds , Paddle Wheeler and Erie Canal – and Wabash Cannonball are free extension activities from the guide written by Dr. Kathryn A. Short, for Kimbo’s CD release: “Songs About America,” Celebrating America Through Song.. See Kimbo for details.

Download The Number Eating Alligator from Kidsongs.com and discover how these songs can be incorporated into your ECE and elementary math and music lesson planning. Click here for details.

Marjorie Kiel Persons presents two marvelous integrated lessons for your summer music presentations. – Water Music Alla Hornpipe by George Frideric Handel. and Oh, How I Love Italy ? Music, Art, and Food seasoned with History and Geography See Click on this link to access both lesson plans.

EASY, BREEZY, SIZZLING SUMMER RECIPES

Dale Gausman, owner of the North American Montessori Center, shows how children can plan, prepare, and execute a Spring or Summer Tea. Dale’s Friendship Salad makes a perfect addition to the Spring Tea menu or any other event planned for the upcoming months. Click here for details.

Encourage children to try making some new recipes this summer! Make lunchtime interesting by including some rollie poultries and stuffed apples into your meal planning. See http://www.amonco.org/summer7/montessori_summer7.pdf

Learn how to present an authentic Montessori food unit study featuring the yummy Watermelon Blueberry Banana Split recipe.

DIanne Knesek, Montessori teacher and owner of Conceptual Learning, shares a mouth watering Summer Fruit, Cheese, and Meat Kabobs recipe. Visit this link for complete information

Planning a unit study about pirates? Try these three pirate snack ideas – Treasure Chests, Pirate Ships and Cannonballs, all of which, can be easily integrated into any pirate unit study. Click here to access the recipes.

For a festive change, create your own hot dog buffet and serve some fudge cupcakes for dessert. Then, cool down your lazy afternoon with some delicious green smoothies. http://www.amonco.org/summer7/montessori_summer7.pdf

SPECIAL MOTOR SKILLS OFFERING

Are you looking for an additional aid to help inspire good penmanship? Nan Barchowsky may have just what you need. Check out A Bit of Yarn for Good Pen Hold http://www.amonco.org/summer2/montessori_summer2.pdf by clicking here.

SUMMER SCIENCE

Begin the summer science learning adventure with hands on fun. Children will discover how to change the color of a flower and how water travels up plants by participating in the Changing a Flower’s Color activity submitted by Dale Gausman. See http://www.amonco.org/summer6/montessori_summer6.pdf for details.

John, from Exploration Education, presents an excellent, fun-filled simple and effective activity about static electricity is for children six and up. Click here for details.

Invite children to vicariously go on an animal safari! To access resources for a unit study, visit http://www.amonco.org/summer7/montessori_summer7.pdf

Children marvel at identifying the different birds that they encounter at the park, beach or even in their backyard. Find out how Backyard Birds can be incorporated into your ornithology presentations by visiting http://www.amonco.org/summer5/montessori_summer5.pdf

Rae, from Creative Process, shares a leaf print activity that combines the study of botany with art. To access this information, visit http://www.amonco.org/summer4/montessori_summer4.pdf

Richard, from the Montessori Materials LORD Company, is offering FREE reading books, and a Montessori land and water labels http://www.amonco.org/summer7/montessori_summer7.pdf

Easily create a seashell unit study. Quickly locate links to seashell classification materials and other resources by visiting http://www.amonco.org/summer/montessori_summer1.pdf

GARDENING GALORE

Summer gardening can be especially meaningful if you plan ahead. A Gardening Unit Study (With the Focus on Summer)Montessori Lessons will provide the info you need to customize your garden lesson planning. Find the gardening resources and lesson plans now, so that you embark on your summer gardening journey when late May arrives.

In Nurturing Budding Botanists – Learning and Teaching the Basics of Plant Science, author Sara L. Ambarian has provided the indepth botany lesson planning information and resources needed Click here for details.

MONTESSORI MATH

Receive some free hands-on algebra exercises designed by Dr. Henry Borenson See Hands On Equations for details. Check out DIanne Knesek’s Montessori problem solving lessons by clicking here.

GAME TIME!

What type of learner is your child? Mariaemma, from Coaching for Learning Success(tm), has the resources you need to discover the answer to this question, plus she has generously contributed her Basketball and Whole Body Memorizing Activity. Access this information, as well as The Whole Body Learner – Gifted for Moving! article by visiting Click here for details.

Stillsonworks offers more unique puzzles designed for middle school students. Try your hand at the free exercises included by clicking here Access additional FREE puzzles for children/teens by visiting http://www.amonco.org/summer7/montessori_summer7.pdf

Be sure to check out the cooperative games by Rae from Creative Process. (Click here for details.)

THIS and THAT…. Additional unique, creative lesson planning info.

Rae from Creative Process generously has provided the following free activities], articles, and lesson plans: Calendar Activity, Teacher as Curator : Setting up a School Gallery and Sharing Food, Food in Art? Access this information by clicking here

Draw Your World offers a free Draw Your World Lesson Plan. Access this information by clicking here

Are you taking your class on a literature journey? Why not start with the classics. Let Rita Arpaia of literature.com show you how. Point your browser to http://www.amonco.org/summer6/montessori_summer6.pdf Read Rita’s other articles and learn more about how literature.com’s resources for your school and homeschool libraries.

Sara Ambarian has written a two part article which will further help you with your selection of children’s books. In http://www.amonco.org/summer2/montessori_summer2.pdf Part I of her article, you will learn about the books selected by the AMC resource participants.

In http://www.amonco.org/summer4/montessori_summer4.pdf Part I read about community recommendations. This balanced article is sure to help you select just the right books for your school and homeschool classrooms.

If you would like to view the complete table of contents of the newsletter, or you have experienced any difficulties accessing the links above, please visit http://www.amonco.org/montessori_summer_handson.html

Now, with these fun activities, recipes and lessons, you are set to make this summer the best yet!

Heidi Anne Spietz

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Montessori 2011 Summer Hands On Lesson Planning is Here!!

Just released! Click on the hyperlink to view the new

2011 AMC Montessori Summer Hands On Newsletter

Table of Contents

Part I

Up, Up and Away – The Art and Fun of Kite Flying
Classified Seashell Activities and Resources
Make a Band
Coffee Can Drum
Yogurt Container Shakers
Wind Chime Keys
Math Equations Activity
IT’S A WRAP – Making Beautiful Gift Boxes
Mother’s Day in the Montessori Classroom
Discovering the Tradition of the Dragon Boat Festival
Making Rhythm Sticks
Friendship Salad
Spring Tea

Part II

Hobby City – Fun for Free This Summer
Classified Seashell Activity Exercises
Stalactites and Stalagmites
Summer Fruit, Cheese and Meat Kabobs
Inequalities – Pre Algebra Lessons
Basketball and Whole Body Memorizing Activity
Watermelon Blueberry Banana Split
A Bit of Yarn for Good Pen Hold
A Page for the Letter O
Unit Study of the Nervous System

Part III

How to Play the Kazoo
Static Charge Science Activity
Floating Needles
Invisible Leash
Art for the Garden
Recipe for Onion Pie
Activities for Celebrating ‘America Through Song’
Special Summer Food Fun – Word Puzzles for Middle Schoolers
Celebrate the Letter “B”!
Bicycle Boogie
Body Sounds – A Fun Musical Activity
A Gardening Unit Study (With the Focus on Summer)
Nurturing Budding Botanists (Learning and Teaching the Basics of Plant Science)

Part IV

Lesson Plan for the Water Music – Alla Hornpipe
Oh How I Love Italy – Music, Art, Food Seasoned with History and Geography
Notable Teachers
Leaf Print T-Shirt
Calendar Activity Ideas
Teacher as Curator – Setting Up a School Gallery
Sharing Food, Food in Art
Tree Name Word Puzzle
Draw Your World Swan Lesson Plan

Part V

Recipe and Craft from Cantemos
Chocolate Dance
Squiggly Worm/Gusanito (Finger Play and Recipe)
Octopus Napkin Holders
Great Craft Idea for Father’s Day
Cooperative Games
Vignettes ~ Stories About Renaissance and Impressionist Artists
(Botticell, Fra Angelico, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael)
Classic Nature and Outdoor Adventure for Kids and Families

Part VI

Three Recipes ~ Treasure Chests, Pirate Ships and Canonballs
Gardening Activities for the Summer Months
Gingerbread Muffins by Montessori Teacher Cathie Perolman
Changing a Flower’s Color by Montessori teacher Dale Gausman – NCME
Making a Simple Friendship Bracelet by Montessori teacher Dale Gausman – NCME
Bicycling for Education – Part I
Bicycling From Gettysburg Battlefield to Washington D.C.
A Trip to the Aleutian Islands
Article/Lesson Plan ~ Howls With Owls
Article ~ Taking your class on a literature journey?

Part VII

Working with Notations – A Math Activity
Fun With Language Links
Free Reading Activity
Cinnamon Rolls Recipe
Farm Country’s Cornbread Recipe
Green Smoothies
We’re Going Places (Literature Resources – Dr. Seuss)
For Teachers and Parents – A Must Read Article
Interdisciplinary Math and Music Activity for
ECE and Elementary Children
Middle School Word Puzzles
Let’s Go on an Animal Safari!

Enjoy!
Heidi Anne Spietz
http://www.amonco.org

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The Japan America Kite Festival is Almost Here

The annual The Japan America Kite Festival will be held on October 3rd. American Montessori Consulting is not affiliated in any way with the Kite Festival. I attended the festival two times, and I feel that everyone should attend, at least once!! :-)

To learn more abut Seal Beach, kite flying and numerous kite flying lessons and resource links, please visit www.amonco.org/summer/montessori_summer1.pdf and http://www.vckf.org/index.html

Please read below, to learn more about the special upcoming event.

Two big announcements from Janis Sabic and Glen Rothstein

Southern California’s Largest Kiting Event!

Sunday, October 3 11am – 4pm
North Side of Seal Beach Pier
Free Admission!

Come with family and friends to enjoy Japanese and international kites of all sizes and colors! Kite Workshop and games for Children, Japanese food & cultural booths, 50′ x 100′ Giant Show kites, Taiko drum performance, Kite Candy Drops for kids, Kite Battles and Stunt Kite demonstrations and much more!

Co-presented by Japan America Society of Southern California and Up Up and Away Kite Club

For all the latest information go to: http://www.kiteclub.org
For Information call: Up Up & Away Kites (562) 596-7661
As always – I hope to see you all down at the beach flying – Have a great 2010
Remember: “Imagination is the Highest Kite One Can Fly” Lauren Bacall

Lots of good wishes your way,
Janis Sabic – Your Kite Club President

PLEASE PRINT AND HAND OUT TO EVERYONE YOU CAN See http://www.amonco.org/Kite FestivalFlyer.pdf

*****Volunteers Needed on Sunday*****

October 3rd for the Kite Festival at 6:30 AM to help set up fields and everything else – Please just show up on the right side on the Seal Beach Pier in the parking lot – Thanks tons  in advance

Southern California’s Largest Kiting Event!

Sunday, October 3 11am – 4pm
North Side of Seal Beach Pier
Free Admission!

Come with family and friends to enjoy Japanese and international kites of all sizes and colors! Kite Workshop and games for Children, Japanese food & cultural booths, 50′ x 100′ Giant Show kites, Taiko drum performance, Kite Candy Drops for kids, Kite Battles and Stunt Kite demonstrations and much more!

Co-presented by Japan America Society of Southern California and Up Up and Away Kite Club

For all the latest information go to:  http://www.kiteclub.org
For Information call: Up Up &; Away Kites (562) 596-7661
As always – I hope to see you all down at the beach flying – Have a great 2010
Remember: “Imagination is the Highest Kite One Can Fly” Lauren Bacall
Lots of good wishes your way
Janis Sabic – Your Kite Club President

FROM GLEN ROTHSTEIN:

Greetings!

Glen Rothstein here.  As Master of Ceremonies of the Annual Seal Beach Japan America Kite Festival, I would like to extend an invitation to all Flyers who are able to join us on Sunday, October 3rd.  We will begin festivities for the 14th year in a row around 10am (Kite Time) and continue through 5pm.

This year, we are also looking for a few additional Demo Artists to join us on Field One to share their talents and delight the Crowds.  As with any event, volunteers are also needed for the usual Ground Crew, Kite Ambassadors, Tail Chase/Candy Drop Helpers, setup and tear down, etc.

I am also putting the REV MEGA FLY on the Schedule.

If you plan on coming up to enjoy a day at the beach and discover a kite festival, PLEASE stop by my tent and say hello.

Thanking You in Advance for your Participation, Support and Passion for Kiting.

Respectfully Submitted,

Glen E. Rothstein
SBJAKF MC
http://www.vckf.org/index.html

Enjoy!

Heidi Anne Spietz

http://www.amonco.org

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The Thrill of Making and Flying Your Own Kite

One day, in June 2007, I took a stroll down Main Street in Seal Beach, California. After spending a relaxing day there, I decided to devote an article to helping you get the most out of your Seal Beach vacation experience. Yes, if you are planning to take a vacation to Southern California this summer, The Art and Science of Kite Flying article http://www.amonco.org, is a “must” read. Museums, art galleries, kite flying, hobby stores, eateries, and more are just a few of the things that await you in a town that has managed to keep its quaintness intact.

No, you won’t find a commercial shopping mall or an amusement park. Rather, you will find a relaxing environment – complete with chirping birds, beautiful flora and families happily chattering while walking down the boulevard hand in hand. Highlights of what to do and see while in Seal Beach are featured in this article. However, the true magic doesn’t begin until you have ambled down near the pier. The article focuses on the annual Seal Beach Kite Festival, the Up Up and Away Shop and the Up Up and Away Kite Club.

By reading the article, you will learn more about the magnificent annual festival and monthly kite club meetings. You will also discover how you can make and fly a customized kite in your neck of the woods, plus learn tips about which kites to buy.Take advantage of obtaining this knowledge from the experts that I interviewed. Visit http://www.amonco.org and click on The Art and Science of Kite Flying (Original 2007 Article)

Enjoy :-)

Heidi
Visit http://www.amonco.org today!
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Montessori Summer Programs News and Resource Links

A Sampling of Montessori Schools Offering Montessori Summer Learning

Unique Montessori Summer Program in OC California

Highland Park Montessori – Summer Activities

Brooklyn Heights Montessori School Summer Programs

Waves of Wonder – Info about Summer Program

Summer Montessori Lesson Planning Ideas

From NAMC – Montessori Summer Activities: Woodworking

North American Montessori Center (NAMC): Montessori Education: Language Arts to Engage Your Students Throughout Summer

MONTESSORI LESSONS -A Summer Gardening Unit Study

AMC Montessori Summer Hands On Newsletter

Montessori Summetime Links

Enjoy!

Heidi Anne Spietz

http://www.amonco.org

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Sizzling Summertime Lesson Planning

Visit http://montessori21stcentury.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/sizzling-summertime-2012-lesson-planning/ to access the 2012 edition!

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Japan America Kite Festival – October 4th

The 2010 event will be held on Otober 3rd.

The Japan America Kite Festival will be held this coming Sunday, in Seal Beach, CA. It’s free and fabulous. Glen Rothstein, once again, will be the MC. Check out his website http://www.vckf.org/

For information about the upcoming Japan America Kite Festival please visit Kite Festival Info.

One day, in June 2007, I took a stroll down Main Street in Seal Beach, California. After spending a relaxing day there, I decided to devote an article to helping you get the most out of your Seal Beach vacation experience. Yes, if you are planning to take a vacation to Southern California this summer, The Art and Science of Kite Flying article http://www.amonco.org, is a “must” read. Museums, art galleries, kite flying, hobby stores, eateries, and more are just a few of the things that await you in a town that has managed to keep its quaintness intact.

No, you won’t find a commercial shopping mall or an amusement park. Rather, you will find a relaxing environment – complete with chirping birds, beautiful flora and families happily chattering while walking down the boulevard hand in hand. Highlights of what to do and see while in Seal Beach are featured in this article. However, the true magic doesn’t begin until you have ambled down near the pier. The article focuses on the annual Seal Beach Kite Festival, the Up Up and Away Shop and the Up Up and Away Kite Club.

By reading the article, you will learn more about the magnificent annual festival and monthly kite club meetings. You will also discover how you can make and fly a customized kite in your neck of the woods, plus learn tips about which kites to buy.Take advantage of obtaining this knowledge from the experts that I interviewed. Visit http://www.amonco.org and click on The Art and Science of Kite Flying (Original 2007 Article)

Enjoy :-)

Heidi
Visit http://www.amonco.org today!
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Some Sizzling Summertime Lesson Planning

Please click here for updated 2010 edition.

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New Sizzling Summertime Montessori Creative Lesson Planning

Visit http://montessori21stcentury.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/sizzling-summertime-2012-lesson-planning/ to access the new 2012 edition!

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