Receive some creative holiday baking, sewing, and crafting resources by visiting December Learning Adventures for Children on Pinterest
Heidi Anne Spietz
Receive some creative holiday baking, sewing, and crafting resources by visiting December Learning Adventures for Children on Pinterest
Heidi Anne Spietz
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s time to focus on Christmas and Hanukkah lesson planning. Below are some unique reading books, resources and additional holiday hands-on activities:
“I thought that I would put together a list of Christmas homeschooling resources. I have seen a lot of great stuff floating around the web lately. :-) A lot of these things can be found on my Pinterest boards.” For details, please see http://stacysewsandschools.wordpress.com/2012/11/30/christmas-homeschooling-activities-books-crafts-and-printables-list/ Stacy Sews and Schools.
A Christmas Manger
“”Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy…” Celebrate this holiday season using these delightful vintage punch-out-and-fold paper dolls to re-create the Christmas miracle. Enjoy today and for many Christmases to come! Includes pockets for storing all figures. Includes text from Matthew and Luke. Original copyright date is 1942, by beloved author H. A. Rey! To be enjoyed by all ages. For details, see http://www.homeschoolfcgs.com/product_info.php/products_id/932581
Color the Classics Christmas
“Where did we get our Christmas carols? Why did it take 4 men 115 years to write “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing?” Your kids (as well as yourself) will discover the origins of the Christmas carols. How long did it actually take to compose “Messiah?” This Christmas remember the carols that honor Christ! With the carols playing in the backround, your children will color the illustration while you retell the carol’s story. This is a great family holiday activity to start shortly after Thanksgiving. How the Program Works -Have the child start coloring or painting an illustration. -Take the information from the book that describes that illustration and retell this information as a story. -Play the music that belongs to the illustration. -Have the children finish the picture. This multi-sensory approach will lock the experience in your child’s mind. The original purchasers of these books have the right to reproduce the illustrations for use with their own children only. (Total time for Christmas CD: approx. 45 minutes)” Purchase from http://www.workshopplus.com/productcart/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=2730&idcategory=0 Nature’s Workshop Plus!
My Little House Craft Book
“Eighteen projects from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House” stories. Laura and her family had to make the most of their own household items, using whatever materials were available. All you need to get started are a few simple supplies, and you’re on your way to making fun and useful pioneer crafts you’ll enjoy. A few of the crafts explained in this book are Charlotte’s straw hat, Mary’s Christmas tassels, Ma’s button lamp, Mary’s beaded bracelet and ring, Ma’s embroidered pillow-sham, baby Carrie’s button string, Laura’s corncob doll, and Ma’s prairie garden. 64 pages, paperback, 8”x10”.”
Purchase from http://www.workshopplus.com/productcart/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=2180&idcategory=0 – details Nature’s Workshop Plus!
The Farolitos of Christmas
“With her father away fighting in World War II and her grandfather too sick to create the traditional luminaria, Luz helps create farolitos, little lanterns, for their Christmas celebration instead.” Please see https://www.literatureplace.com/Books/Farolitos+of+Christmas/ Literatureplace.com for details.
James Herriot’s Treasury for Children
“Warm and joyful tales from the memoirs of Yorkshire, England veterinarian, James Herriot. In addition to his well-known 5-book series, All Creatures Great and Small, he also authored 8 children’s books. James Herriot’s Treasury for Children contains his complete set of 8 children’s books in one large, beautifully illustrated volume. Each story features adorable animals, pleasant townsfolk, and all the warmth and good humor that have made his stories so beloved the world over. You and your children will be captivated by the beautiful, realistic artwork which makes the stories come alive and sweeps you away into the English countryside! The 8 stories are entitled: Moses the Kitten; Only One Woof; The Christmas Day Kitten; Bonny’s Big Day; Blossom Comes Home; The Market Square Dog; Oscar, Cat About Town; and Smudge, the Little Lost Lamb. This collection of stories is especially good for reading aloud with your little ones gathered around looking at the pictures! Enjoyable for the entire family. 250 pages, hardcover, 8 1/2″x10 3/4″. Purchase from http://www.workshopplus.com/productcart/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=537&idcategory=0 Nature’s Workshop Plus!
Christmas on the Farm
“Built in 1877, Bob Artley’s family farm in Hampton, Iowa, was without indoor plumbing and was heated by a wood- and coal-burning stove. The prevailing atmosphere was love and security, especially during the holiday season. It created a magical childhood that Artley wishes every child could have had the opportunity to experience. This sharing of his memories is an endeavor to make that wish come true. From the perilous tobogganing sessions to the gleeful receipt of mail-order catalogs for the notations of coveted Christmas gifts, Artley depicts a rural Christmas rife with the simple activities that often go unnoticed. In loving detail, Artley describes the homemade, often impractical, gifts that he and his siblings created for their parents, which were accepted with gratefulness nevertheless. He remembers the “popcorn evenings” his family shared on those cold winter nights and the sumptuous, delightful meals that marked the return of a Yuletide season complete with a personally selected and cut Christmas tree. An Artley family Christmas emphasizes the joys of family and friends over the excess of material wants and needs. h.b., 128 pgs. (See BK-35701, written and illustrated by the same author.)”
Purchase from http://www.homeschoolfcgs.com/product_info.php/products_id/928796 Farm Country General Store
Christmas Origami Book & Gift Set
“Open this box for a celebration of Christmas…and creativity! Featuring a charming all-in-color project book designed to brighten the holiday season, 50 sheets of festively patterned 6″ x 6″ origami paper, and one completed miniature tree, it’s the fun, all-in-one way to make unique ornaments, decorations, and presents. Christmas Origami explains all the basic folds and forms up front, and offers 80 pages of seasonal ideas to try, including a gift box, picture frame, snowman, Kris Kringle, reindeer, and sleigh. Make them using the paper adorned with twinkling balls, tiny Santa faces, snowflakes, and wreaths. Anyone can master the techniques, and it won’t be long before you realize that crafting and Christmas go hand-in-hand!” Purchase from http://www.homeschoolfcgs.com/product_info.php/products_id/931104
“Start a new tradition with the children in your life using Story Time Felts unique Christmas felt products. Help children get ready for their favorite holiday with our traditional felt board stories, or reinforce skills with our activity felt books. Our felt fabric advent calendars help them count down to Christmas and make great gifts for children and adults alike!
We’ve found that when adults and children tell felt stories, it brings them closer together as they listen to the story, touch the soft felt pieces, and interact with the felt board. With Story Time Felts products, story time is together time. What better time to bring closeness to your family than Christmas!”
Purchase from http://www.funfelt.com/christmas.html
Hanukkah Activities and Resources for the Montessori Classroom
The following is from the NAAMC Montessori Teacher Training Blog:
“When I taught in an elementary Montessori classroom, one of my Jewish students enjoyed giving a lesson to the class for every Jewish holiday. The best part of the lessons was her personal and personable approach to storytelling. Her classmates were completely engaged, asked tons of questions, and other, shyer, Jewish students would eventually join her in giving the lesson. I would recommend starting with your Montessori students and their knowledge for these kinds of lessons. You can supplement their lessons with your research and experiences, books and activities.” To read the post in its entirety, please visit http://montessoritraining.blogspot.com/2009/12/hanukkah-in-montessori-classroom.html
Check back frequently to this blog for some additional winter and holiday creative idea lesson planning ideas in the weeks to come.
Heidi Anne Spietz
American Montessori Consulting
Now that May is almost upon us, we see the full beauty of spring everywhere. Since many of us don’t take enough time to stop and smell the roses, let’s make an exception, starting now.
May is the perfect month to present lessons about flowers. Your study doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Design your lesson plans, using a cross-curricular approach that involves Montessori practical life exercises, science, art, and other disciplines. You can select which of the following resources below will fit your child’s individual interests.
The Internet is full of flower-themed resources, many of which are free. For example, by visiting http://amonco.org/montessorisummergardening.html you can access free resources for making your own Montessori classified reading cards aids. Links to finding facts about summer flowers, flower diagram clip art, and the names of flowers in English, French and Latin are just some of what you will find by clicking the link above.
Then, visit http://www.netposterworks.com/resources/curideas/flower-themes.html “Flower Themes, Flowers in Art” for some additional ideas for cross-curricular lesson planning.
If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to plant your flower garden. Dale Gausman, from the North American Montessori Center, http://www.montessoritraining.net wrote an informative article to help you get started. See http://www.amonco.org/spring5/montessori_spring.5.pdf for details. Are you unsure of what to plant or where to purchase the seeds? One resource you will want to explore is http://www.victoryseeds.com/ Victory Seeds. Find some leads to obtaining free and cheap gardening supplies by visiting http://flowers.about.com/od/Flower-Gardening/tp/4-Ways-To-Get-Cheap-Or-Free-Flower-Gardening-Supplies.htm
Links to Montessori style sensory exercises involving seed matching, collecting seeds, and sunflower seed activities are available by visiting http://amonco.org/montessorisummergardening.html
Click on the links below to receive some Montessori Practical Life inspired exercises for flower arranging::
Add some math to the mix. Check out the following
http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2010/07/flower-math-activity.html “Flower Math Activity”.
Locate books and other resources about floriology and floriculture here:
Now that your child has had an opportunity to learn more about flowers, he may be open to creating his unique masterpieces by drawing or painting flower representations.
Click on the image above to learn more about beginning drawing and painting DVDs available from Coyote Creek Productions.
Quickly locate additional beginning drawing and painting resources here:
As you know, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day are just around the corner. Use some Montessori inspired ideas, plus other gift giving suggestions to make the most of these holidays. Visit http://handsonaswegrow.com/simple-spring-crafts-for-kids/ “Spring Flower Crafts for Kids” to access free instructions for making some adorable flower-themed projects.
Make special memories at home, while creating a unique Mother’s Day or graduation gift. Instructions for making a dried flower craft is available from http://www.grandparents.com/grandkids/activities-games-and-crafts/dried-flower-crafts grandparents.com
Other dried flower related craft projects are available here:
Finally, encourage your children to share their flower-themed gifts with others who may need some special encouragement. Perhaps, you live next door to a shut-in. Or, maybe residents of a nursing home or children’s hospital can enjoy your children’s crafts. As we know, flowers and flower-themed gifts often lift the spirits of those who are experiencing a difficult time.
My hope is that the collection of resources listed in this post will make May 2013 a month of memorable learning and giving.
Heidi Anne Spietz
Celebrating 25 Years of Serving School and Home Educators
Montessori for the 21st Century
The colors and images we associate with spring are delightfully inspirational for creative projects. Why not celebrate the season with some fun art and craft projects and studies!
Make a lovely picture (and write a story, too) with Draw Your World’s free swan drawing lesson. http://www.drawyourworld.com/blog/swan-lesson-draw-write-now.html
Even young students can try Mr. Kindergarten’s umbrella painting as a rainy day art project. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDH4VUoYzFI
A teacher or parent can treat students to cute Easter-themed face paintings with these easy instructions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9FuKVr_MKg
Find a wide variety of miscellaneous arts and crafts for spring at these sites. http://www.everythingpreschool.com/themes/spring/art.htm
For a fun craft project that then becomes a fun learning tool, check out FunFelt’s instructions for making your own flannel board. http://www.fun-activities-for-kids.com/how-to-make-a-flannel-board
Ruth Dilts Design offers free needlepoint coaster instructions for children. These would be a fun project for a Mother’s Day gift, or to use for an Easter gathering. http://www.amonco.org/ruthdiltsdesign1.jpg
For inspiration (or maybe to display and sell some of your own work?) check for spring arts and crafts festivals in your area. http://www.festivals.com/arts_crafts_collectibles.aspx?cid=3
The Easter story has been the inspiration for many old and famous artworks. View a variety of Easter-inspired pieces, as well as some holiday history and some other fun links, here: http://incredibleart.org/links/easter.html
A Ukrainian Easter tradition is pysanky, detailed decorated Easter eggs created using a traditional wax-resist method. This is truly art on an egg, and has a long historical tradition. http://www.pbase.com/m4/eggs&page=all Older children and adults can try their hand with these free instructions, and learn more about the origins and symbolism of the eggs. http://www.learnpysanky.com/
Peter Carl Fabergé was a very talented jeweler who is most famous for beautiful egg-shaped artworks made for the last two czars of Russia. See some of his most famous works here: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/pics-the-best-of-peter-carl-faberges-exquisite-eggs/262919-11.html
Now that you have been inspired, create some spring-themed art of your own!
Happy New Year!!
Below are links to jump start your Montessori lesson planning for the new year.
Many of these lessons are free!
Want more?? Click on the links below for additional free lessons and articles that are available only at the amonco.org website :
More in store for you in 2013!
Visit www.amonco.org often throughout 2013 to discover new Montessori lesson planning.
There are lots of interesting holidays and observances to learn about and celebrate in the upcoming months.
These sites include a variety of holiday and observance listings for the United States and worldwide.
Students may enjoy this simple overview with graphic presentation about holidays in America and how they are established. http://www.wvu.edu/~exten/infores/pubs/fypubs/503.wlg_addendum.pdf
Rae at Creative Process shares some interesting additional background on the origins of holidays. http://www.netposterworks.com/holidays/index.html
Here are some lesson ideas for winter holidays from Scholastic. http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/collection/celebrating-holidays-classroom
Teachers and parents will find many interesting multicultural education resources to enhance your holiday studies here. http://cybraryman.com/multicultural.html
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November 22, Thanksgiving Day—The historians at Plimouth Plantation share the origins and development of Thanksgiving as an American holiday. http://www.plimoth.org/learn/MRL/read/thanksgiving-history Also, enjoy “The Thanksgiving Song” from I Remember Lou by Alan Stillson http://www.amonco.org/winter5/montessori_winter5.pdf
December 9, Hanukkah— Learn more about this important Jewish holiday. http://www.myjewishlearning.com/holidays/Jewish_Holidays/Hanukkah/History.shtml
December 25, Christmas Day— Students can investigate the religious and secular traditions of this beloved holiday, both in America and in other countries, with these resources.
Also, check out “Winter and the Season of Giving” in the Montessori Classroom http://www.amonco.org/winter8/montessori_winter8.pdf
December 26, Kwanzaa— Here is an overview of the origin and traditions of this African-American holiday. http://www.theholidayspot.com/kwanzaa/history.htm
January 1, New Year’s Day 2013—Learn how people celebrate New Year’s around the world. http://www.coolquiz.com/trivia/explain/docs/newyears.asp Also, students can follow the time of New Year’s celebrations around the globe with this fun website. http://www.timeanddate.com/counters/multicountdowna.html
January 21, Martin Luther King Day—Enjoy these lesson plans and links from Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. http://www.nps.gov/malu/forteachers/lessonplansandteacherguides.htm
Black History Month, February—Check out these links for Black History Month. http://www.factmonster.com/spot/bhm1.html
February 2, Groundhog Day—You can find lots of interesting Groundhog Day facts and a live streaming video here. http://www.groundhog.org
February 12, Lincoln’s Birthday—Find out more about our 16th President. http://sc94.ameslab.gov/TOUR/alincoln.html
February 14, Valentine’s Day—Find some theories about the origins of this holiday, as well as craft and activity links here. http://holidays.kaboose.com/valentines-day/history/val-history.html
February 18, Presidents Day and Washington’s Birthday—Learn more about the man who is called “The Father of His Country”. http://www.mountvernon.org/meet-george-washington
March 10, Daylight Saving— The history of Daylight Saving Time is really rather fascinating. Why not take a little time to discuss it with your students. http://www.webexhibits.org/daylightsaving Older students (and teachers or parents) may also enjoy this in-depth and interesting look at the evolution of the idea. http://www.seizethedaylight.com
March 17, St. Patrick’s Day—For a little Irish perspective on “the wearing of the green”, enjoy the articles and recipes here. http://www.irelandforvisitors.com/articles/st_patricks_day_in_ireland.htm
March 31, Easter—Enjoy a look at Easter 2012 celebrations around the world. http://abcnews.go.com/International/slideshow/celebrations-easter-world-16082460
April 1, April Fool’s Day—Explore some theories and fun facts about the history of this “foolish” holiday. http://www.april-fools.us/history-april-fools.htm
April 22, Earth Day —You’ll find many interesting Earth Day lesson ideas for all ages here. http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson174.shtml