Tis the season to apply Maria Montessori’s Practical life Exercises to decorating the holiday table. For starters, children can learn how to properly fold and place the napkins on the table. See http://montessoritraining.blogspot.com/2009/11/montessori-practical-life-activity.html#.UnPdiiRpet8 NAMC Montessori Teacher’s Blog.
If your child is learning how to sew, the Christmas Swan Napkins, featured at http://voices.yahoo.com/10-glittering-christmas-table-decorations-can-4946030.html would be a fun exercise to explore.
Find an NAMC lesson presentation for holiday flower arranging by visiting http://www.amonco.org/winter1/montessori_winter1.pdf
Children can receive ample handwriting practice by participating in the Christmas Poetry Scrolls and Holiday Menus that are also mentioned at this website http://voices.yahoo.com/10-glittering-christmas-table-decorations-can-4946030.html
Nan Barchowsky, a recognized handwriting expert, offers some valuable tips on how to improve your child’s handwriting. See http://www.bfhhandwriting.com/blog/ Nan’s program is used by countless schools and homeschoolers. See http://www.bfhhandwriting.com for details. Even in this “electronic age”, handwriting is an essential communication skill. To improve comfort and coordination, Nan Barchowsky of Barchowsky Fluent Handwriting suggests “A Bit of Yarn for a Good Pen Hold”. http://www.amonco.org/summer2/montessori_summer2.pdf
Find instructions for making some beautiful hoilday place cards by visiting http://inmyownstyle.com/2012/11/holiday-table-place-cards-made-with-paper-bags.html
Here are some other sites to explore.
Decorative Thanksgiving Turkey Place Card Holders
Homemade Christmas Place Cards – YouTube
Christmas Place Mats
Free Christmas Craft Ideas for Kids
20 Gorgeous Holiday Table Settings
Origami Christmas Tree
Origami Holiday Wreath
Christmas Homeschooling Activities, Books, Crafts and Printables List
Pine Cone Christmas Tree
Have fun exploring these activities with the children and teens in your life!
Heidi Anne Spietz
American Montessori Consulting
Celebrating 25 Years of Serving School and Home Educators
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