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Montessori Lessons to Jumpstart 2014!!

Happy New Year!!

Below are links to jump start your Montessori lesson planning for the new year.

Many of these lessons are free!

Getting Ready for a “New” Year

Animals in the Winter Unit Study Free Lesson Plans

Valentine Day Links

Montessori Winter-Themed Activities from NAMC Part I

Montessori Winter-Themed Activities from NAMC Part II

Gardening Year Round – Tips from an Expert

Beginning a Spring Garden at Home or School

Spring Tea

Year End Activities

Draw Your World Lesson Plans

Children’s Books for Summer Reading – Part II

Bird-watching with Children

Monthly Observances and Notable Data

Science Activity “I CAN’T TAKE THE PRESSURE!”


Celebrating the Personal Life of George Washington – lesson planning ideas

Valentine Origami Art & Math Activities

A Movie About Maria Montessori Worth Watching

AMC Montessori Winter Hands On Lessons

Hands-On Interdisciplinary Learning

Winter Science Links

Want more?? Click on the links below for additional free lessons and articles that are available only at the amonco.org website :

Italy – Links for a Montessori Unit Study

A Maria Montessori Movie Worth Seeing

Gardening Year Round – Tips from an Expert

Healthy Nutritional Tips for 21st Century Families

AMC Holiday Montessori Grammar Bingo and Extension Exercises

Apples and Oranges – Links for Montessori Unit Study

Study of the Human Respiratory System – Links for Montessori Unit Study

Medical Terminology – Links for Montessori Unit Study

The Human Cardiovascular System – Links for Montessori Unit Study

Cardiology Terminology

The Human Nervous System – Links for Montessori Unit Study

Let’s Go on an Animal Safari – See Part VII

More in store for you in 2014!

Visit www.amonco.org often throughout 2014 to discover new Montessori lesson planning.

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


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Dinner & A Lesson – Bowling Green Daily News: Local News

Jenn Hewett at The Montessori School of Bowling Green says the children are concerned about what happened to Squanto and whether the Pilgrims …

via Dinner & A Lesson – Bowling Green Daily News: Local News.

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Missoula Montessori students learn lessons in holiday feast

Missoula Montessori students learn lessons in holiday feast.

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Practical Life Lessons for the Holidays

Holiday events provide a wealth of opportunities for children to practice their practical life skills. Of course children should be reminded of the basic grace and courtesy skills if they will be guests or hosts (if you will entertain at our home).  However, do not forget other activities which are natural practical life lessons, as well.  Choosing, washing, and donning holiday clothing are all good self-care activities. Straightening the house for guests or before putting up holiday decorations teaches care of the home environment.  Participating in decorating activities and/or food preparation gives the child a sense of their part in the event, as well as a chance to practice toward mastery of these household skills.

In guiding children through the many interesting activities and chores of the holiday season, remember the words of Maria Montessori “Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.” We all need to develop a sense of mastery and confidence, and these experiences when we are young provide the foundation for lifelong self-esteem and self-reliance.

Please enjoy the following practical life lesson resources.

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North American Montessori Center has provided a whole array of interesting holiday-themed activities that help children practice many different skills. Don’t miss the interesting and versatile Furoshiki fabric package wrapping instructions, the cute cinnamon-scented gingerbread men project, the counting exercises, flower arranging, and more.

http://www.amonco.org/winter1/montessori_winter1.pdf

Find another nice activity  that is appropriate for the holidays in their Napkin Folding Exercise.  http://montessoritraining.blogspot.com/2009/11/montessori-practical-life-activity.html

For more general information on day-to-day mastery opportunities, NAMC offers a very useful listing of Practical Life lessons here: http://montessoritraining.blogspot.com/2008/07/montessori-practical-life-at-home.html

Fun Felt’s Handprint Towel craft/gift project is a nice way to combine a fun craft with an item that can be used during daily activities.  http://www.amonco.org/winter5/montessori_winter5.pdf

Kimbo’s Self-Regulatory Exercises use music to help young children learn to concentrate and control their own bodies. http://www.amonco.org/winter7/montessori_winter7.pdf

Manners are the building blocks of the characteristics of grace and courtesy mentioned in the NAMC 3-6 Classroom Guides (http://www.montessoritraining.net/classroom_guides/default.htm). Find many manners books at Farm Country General Store.  They have a wide selection for different ages and personalities. http://www.homeschoolfcgs.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=manners&x=6&y=3

Another important life skill for children to practice around the holidays is writing “thank you” notes. Find some good hints on the subject here:  http://www.drdaveanddee.com/thank.html and http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art37036.asp

Working together as a family is also a practical life exercise. Find suggestions for modeling positive perspective, gratitude, generosity, and more in Rethinking Holiday Priorities During Tough Times by Sara L. Ambarian.  http://www.amonco.org/winter8/montessori_winter8.pdf

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Some 1999 Fall Lessons and Resources Revisited – Part I

Are you looking for additional Canadian Thanksgiving, American Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and other worldwide autumn/winter holiday lesson planning information?  If so, you’re likely to find some of  what you need in the original AMC 1999 autumn issue.  This issue, located at  http://amonco.org/fall99.html , has just received a facelift.

Put some spice in your pumpkin presentations by perusing through this issue. Locate a special pumpkin unit study that can be easily adapted for either a Montessori school or home based classroom.  If you are currently creating your own fall themed classified reading activities, check out the pumpkin based investigation link.  Jot down the types of activities you wish to use for your classified reading presentations.  With your list in hand, you can quickly and easily make an interesting pumpkin classified reading card activity that your students are sure to appreciate.

                

Help children experience the majestic beauty and meaning of this upcoming season.  Participating in hands-on exercises involving autumn leaves,  analyzing and creating fall themed poems, and investigating and using Thanksgiving recipes from the past, helps students truly experience just some of what autumn has to offer.

This 1999 issue http://amonco.org/fall99.html also contains lesson planning for several upcoming holidays including Christmas and Hanukkah.   All dead links have been removed and new ones with fresh autumn themed material have been added.

Many of the older AMC issues are in the process of receiving a facelift, so stay tuned for more fall and winter based resources in the weeks to come!!    :-)

Heidi Anne Spietz

American Montessori Consulting

Celebrating 24 Years of Serving School and Home Educators

Montessori for the 21st Century

http://www.amonco.org

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Sara’s Holiday Stewed Fruit Muffins

Stewed Fruit Muffins
Sara L. Ambarian

These rich, aromatic muffins are delicious with an autumn or winter breakfast, or as a slightly-sweet accompaniment to a holiday dinner or buffet.  Makes 12 regular or 18 small muffins. /

Stewed Fruit–
1 cup mixed dried fruit (or any combination of dried apples, apricots, peaches, pears, prunes, raisins, brown or yellow raisins, cranberries, and/or sour cherries)
–pack the whole fruit in the cup to measure, then chop into 1/4-inch pieces
3/4- 1 cup water (depending on how soft you want your fruit, use more water for softer fruit)
1/4 teaspoon ground mace
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar, optional

Combine ingredients in a small saucepan, and cook at a simmer over medium-high heat.  Stir frequently initially, then constantly as the liquid absorbs, until the fruit is rehydrated to your desired consistency (approximately 10-20 minutes.)  Set aside to cool at least 15 minutes, before adding to muffin batter, or store in refrigerator up to several days.  (This recipe also makes a nice topper for oatmeal or ice cream, and can be doubled to make a simple side dish/condiment for pork or poultry.  For a topping, you may prefer to add the optional brown sugar. Serve warm or cold, as desired.)

Muffins–
1 1/2 cups all purpose or bread flour
1/2 cup whole wheat or buckwheat flour
1/4 cup flaxmeal, optional
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoons salt
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup cooking oil

cinnamon-sugar, “Sugar in the Raw”, or decorative coarse sugar sprinkles, if desired

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Grease muffin tins or line with paper muffin cups.

Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl, and mix well.  Combine egg, milk and oil in a small bowl or 2-cup liquid measuring cup, and beat egg lightly.  Make a well in the dry ingredients, then pour in egg mixture all at once.  Stir together until just moistened and fully mixed.  Do not over beat. Batter should be lumpy. Gently fold in cooled stewed fruit.

Spoon batter into muffin tins, filling only to 2/3 of capacity.  Sprinkle tops with cinnamon-sugar or decorative sugar, if a glazed top and sweeter muffin is desired.  Bake 20-25 minutes for standard-sized muffins, 15-17 for small muffins.  Serve warm or room-temperature, as desired.  Makes 12 standard or 18 small muffins.  Warm muffins are delicious with butter, or with butter and apple butter if you like a sweeter muffin.

Variation: You can make a similar muffin using 1 to 1 1/2 cups packaged mincemeat in place of the stewed fruit; however, the resulting flavor is a little more “grown-up”.

Enjoy!

About Sara L. Ambarian
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Website: http://condortales.com/bridestouch.html
Sara L. Ambarian is the author and illustrator of /A Bride’s Touch: A Handbook of Wedding Personality and Inspiration/.  Sara is also a designer, wife, and mother with professional and personal experience in a wide range of subjects, including: arts and crafts, fashion, weddings, homeschooling, cooking, nature, and travel.

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Practical Life Lessons for the Holidays

Please see https://montessori21stcentury.wordpress.com/2012/11/12/practical-life-lessons-for-the-holidays-2/ for updated 2012 lesson planning ideas!

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Cooking with Kids this Winter – Practical Life Exercises

Eating and (to a lesser extent in recent times) cooking meals within a family or other group are important daily rituals with many traditional and practical elements which can enrich the lives and skills of children.

Rae at The Creative Process shares both the meaning and many artistic representations of meal sharing in Sharing Food, Food in Art Unit Study. http://www.amonco.org/winter1/montessori_winter1.pdf

Gayle Henderson discusses the subject of family meals and includes an interesting questionnaire about family relationship styles here: http://www.ivillage.com/family-dinner-value-sharing-meals/6-a-128491

This University of Florida Extension article goes into even greater detail. It also encourages families to not only eat together, but cook and clean up together, too. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fy1054

Cooking provides many great opportunities for children to practice both academic principles and practical life exercises.  Reading recipes, shopping, cleaning fruits and vegetables, measuring ingredients, making substitutions, serving family or guests, and trying new flavors are all wholesome and educational activities that help children learn and grow. They also offer opportunities for children to “absorb culture”, as Maria Montessori put it.

This short article talks about how one busy family uses friendly family “cook-off” competitions to share their love of cooking and for one another.  Male and female family members of all ages participate, and relatives who don’t cook get to eat and vote along with everyone else. http://www.associatedcontent.com/shared/print.shtml?content_type=article&content_type_id=1765762

Do you have good cooks among your family and friends?  Do they have “signature” dishes you look forward to eating over and over again?  If so, and especially if they are older folks, a fun and meaningful project is to compile these recipes and related stories into a booklet form that your whole family can share and save to remember when the beloved cooks are no longer around to share their cooking secrets and stories. For some great hints on how to get started, check out this article: http://www.kitchendaily.com/2010/04/28/preserving-family-recipes/

Farm Country General Store has a great selection of cookbooks —  historic, thrifty, beginning, Amish, etc.  – as well as books on gardening, nutrition, and other related subjects. Many are on sale now, just in time for the holidays!  http://www.homeschoolfcgs.com/index.php/cPath/34

Also, here are some recipe ideas from our resource list members to get you started.

Main dishes and side dishes

Children and adults alike enjoy a dish that looks fancy but is actually easy to make. Laeticia from Professor Toto shares a great example of this with her recipe for Crêpes for Children http://www.amonco.org/winter7/montessori_winter7.pdf

For a variety of filling ideas for both main dish and dessert crepes, check out: http://www.world-of-crepes.com/crepe-filling-recipes.html and http://www.easy-french-food.com/crepe-filling.html

Mary Roberts from Hello Wood Products offers another simple but tasty main dish recipe with her Onion Pie.http://www.amonco.org/winter7/montessori_winter7.pdf

For a taste of a different culture, try Verna from The Music House’s recipe for Aromatic Basmati Rice with Saffron. http://www.amonco.org/winter3/montessori_winter3.pdf

Get kids to eat their greens with Elaine from Kimbo’s fun Spinach Dip. It is perfect for many types of fall/winter gatherings. http://www.amonco.org/winter6/montessori_winter6.pdf

 

Desserts and sweets

Introduce children to a new flavor combination with Pistachio Poppy Seed Cake from Rick at Fun With Languages. http://www.amonco.org/winter2/montessori_winter2.pdf

Have fun with this classic recipe for Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookie Cut-outs from  Cooking with Children Can Be Easy. http://www.amonco.org/winter2/montessori_winter2.pdf

Ligia from Childsake offers a quick and easy no-bake Holiday Cheesecake as a festive dessert for busy families. http://www.amonco.org/winter5/montessori_winter5.pdf

For a baked cheese pie, try this recipe from Sara L. Ambarian, which makes two pies: http://www.amonco.org/ambarian4thofjuly.html

Get more cheesecake topping ideas here: http://www.baking911.com/recipes/cakes/cheesecake_toppings.htm

Dale Gausman at North American Montessori Center shares a traditional dessert with a tropical twist with his Ginger-Coconut Baked Apples.http://www.amonco.org/winter3/montessori_winter3.pdf

Even the youngest budding chefs can help make Dianne from Conceptual Learning’s Nutty Chocolate Pudding Squares. What a great opportunity for the little ones to get involved and serve their own creation with pride!  http://www.amonco.org/winter4/montessori_winter4.pdf

Georgette at Cantemos shares some sweet snack recipes with her Dried Pineapple and Chocolate-Dusted Almonds. http://www.amonco.org/winter4/montessori_winter4.pdf

Perhaps Farmer’s Favorite Fudge from Larry at the Farm Country General Store will be come a new family favorite for you.  http://www.amonco.org/winter6/montessori_winter6.pdf

Find more recipes in AMONCO’s Christmas in Australia Unit Study, including historic and delicious Anzac Biscuitshttp://www.amonco.org/winter2/montessori_winter2.pdf

 

Kitchen chemistry, substitutions and science for older students

The following sites have lots of interesting and useful information for older children to use in the kitchen.

http://allrecipes.com/HowTo/common-ingredient-substitutions/detail.aspx

http://www.scienceofcooking.com/

http://www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/index.html

If you know an aspiring “Iron Chef”, this blog provides really complex and interesting information about both the chemistry and the art of cooking, with gorgeous photos of nouvelle cuisine. Check the left sidebar to see specific subjects, or just enjoy whatever is current.

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Accentuating Autumn with Some Fresh Lesson Planning Ideas

With autumn just days away, it’s time to review what’s new and relevant for the autumn months.

Please click on the following links for free lesson planning information:

Fun Filled Fall PreK – High School Lesson Plans

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