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Decorating the Holiday Table with Children

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.

table+set                                            From 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.

http://momitforward.com/kid-friendly-craft-thanksgiving-turkey-place-card-holders

Decorative Thanksgiving Turkey Place Card Holders

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2fnohSFZcY

Homemade Christmas Place Cards – YouTube

http://www.imagitek.com/xmas/crafts/

Christmas Place Mats

http://www.imagitek.com/xmas/crafts/basket.html

Candy Basket

http://ministry-to-children.com/christmas-crafts/

Free Christmas Craft Ideas for Kids

http://www.hgtv.com/entertaining/20-gorgeous-holiday-table-settings/pictures/index.html

20 Gorgeous Holiday Table Settings

http://www.origami-instructions.com/origami-christmas-tree.html

Origami Christmas Tree

http://www.origami-instructions.com/origami-modular-holiday-wreath.html

Origami Holiday Wreath

http://stacysewsandschools.wordpress.com/2012/11/30/christmas-homeschooling-activities-books-crafts-and-printables-list/

Christmas Homeschooling Activities, Books, Crafts and Printables List

http://www.bountifulspinweave.com/kids-page.php#.UoGcRI6R-lI

Pot Holders

http://www.amonco.org/holidaycrafts.html

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
Montessori for the 21st Century
http://www.amonco.org

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Pine Cone Christmas Tree Craft

I have many activities planned for this blog, so I decided to also display some of my craft and recipe ideas on other pages. Your children will really love becoming involved in making the Pine Cone Christmas Tree. It’s such a wonderful way to bring families, friends and communities together.

Our family really enjoyed participating in this project as well. In fact, one year we even enlisted the help of other friends and relatives to make enough finished hoiday pine cone trees for the residents of a nursing home in our community.

Visit
My Hoilday Crafts for instructions. :)
Heidi

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