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It’s Time to Enter the April Montessori Drawing

Congratulations to our AMC March Montessori winners – Nancy Earnest, Teacher, Chebeague Island School, Chebeague Island, ME and Ruthe Ann Walsh of Jackson, NJ

It’s time now to enter the April drawing.

Celebrate American Montessori Consulting’s 20th Anniversary throughout 2008! Each month, you will have a chance to win wonderful prizes donated by many of the organizations listed in the online resource directory – One first place winner and one second place winner will be awarded prizes every month. This month a special third place winner will also be announced. To see the list of prizes visit

Entering every month is quick and simple. Just scroll down to Zoo-phonics where you will see the form, type in your name and e-mail address, and click on the ‘submit your entry’ button. It’s that easy!


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New Spring/Summer Creative Montessori Lesson Planning Ideas



Rae Peterson offers some interesting lesson planning ideas in her Who Am I? What Makes Me Tick? free online lesson packet. Rae commented:

The following suggestions are a jumping off place for a myriad of lesson plans around the question, “Who Am I?

You can tailor the ideas to fit your special situation: elementary age through adult learner and the areas of art, social studies, writing, science lessons.


Visit Who Am I? Lesson Plan Ideas for details. For additional free interdisciplinary lesson plans also see the Creative Process Links for Learning Index




Richard from the LORD Company recently shared the following:

LORD Company has several free downloads for coloring and writing exercises. Our most comprehensive free download is a “Simple Reading Book” series of four each. This series is based on parables and uses an approach to “Sight Word” reading using the Montessori “Three Period Lesson” to insure success for the early reader.

Assembly instructions and coaching tips are included with the download and children may color the books as they discover they can read. The books are large print and graded in difficulty to help build a reading vocabulary for the child. It would be best if these books are presented to children after a good base of phonics work (see LE-620 for 180 phonetic word cards at but for children that may be having trouble with reading for whatever reason, these books with a little coaching will help the child to be successful in reading.




Mariaemma Willis shares some invaluable advice in her LEARNING DISABILITIES OR LEARNING STYLES?article. Click here to read LEARNING DISABILITIES OR LEARNING STYLES? her article. Mariaemma’s book Discover Your Child’s Learning Style is one of the April Montessori prizes. Click here to learn more about the April Montessori drawing. Visit http://learningsuccesscoach.comto locate additional information about Mariaemma’s other books, workshops and services/




Gari Stein, Founder and Director of Music for Little Folks has authored a most insightful article entitled What? Me, Teach Dance?”:How to fearlessly incorporate dance into your classroom. This well organized article will appeal to seasoned and novices alke. Yes, even those who are experienced dance instructors will glean new information from this article. Visit Little Folks Music – What? Me, Teach Dance?for additional information.




Visit Fun Activities For Kids – How to Make a Flannel Board to discover how you can make your own flannel board. Visit
Fun Activities for Kidsto discover additional free activities for children.

Stop, look around, and enjoy this special season.

For updated spring lesson planning information, please visit Montessori 2012 Hands On Spring Lessons.

Have a wonderful weekend.



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Montessorians – Get Ready for Some Brand New Lessons and Ideas

Within the next three days, I will be posting some new lesson plans and ideas. Be sure to bookmark this web page, and check back frequently. Stay tuned..


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The Sensitive Period for the Acquisition of Language

The sensitive periods represent critical points of a child’s development. The sensitive period for language occurs from birth to about age six. It is at this time that the child learns the primary language spoken in the home. He also has the ability to learn and fluently speak other languages.

Children are fascinated by sounds around them. In fact, the infant intently watches the human face, focusing on the mouth of the person speaking. As Montessori indicated, the infant needs to be in close proximity to people to study their interactions and conversations. Placing a child off in a distant room where he only hears bits and pieces of a conversation is a great disservice, as the child fails to hear complete sentences or thoughts.

The infant is delighted with the rhythm of the human voice and is fascinated with the sounds of the spoken word. Because the child is in the sensitive period of the absorbent mind, we need to focus our attention on taking full advantage of this developmental period in the child’s life. I highly recommend that you borrow Maria Montessori’s The Absorbent Mind from your library to learn more about how you can help your infant benefit from this crucial sensitive period.

Take time to read aloud to your child. Sing songs, recite poetry and read stories. Although the child hears other noises and sounds, the child selectively only reproduces the human voice. During this sensitive period for learning language single sounds become fixed in the child’s subconscious. When learning English, he first absorbs consonants, and then syllables. Next, words are fixed; however, the child can’t readily comprehend the meaning of the words he is hearing. The ‘inner teacher’ within the child helps him to later grasp the meaning and grammar of the English language. We must remember that language acquisition has a natural timetable which can’t be accelerated by an adult’s prodding or interference.

Montessori was quick to illustrate that if an adult goes to a foreign country and attempts to learn a foreign language, he will find it most difficult. This is because the adult no longer possesses the sensitive period of language. So, what are some of the things you can do to help your child fully benefit from the sensitive period of language? Read Montessori’s
The Absorbent Mind and The Secret of Childhood books. These books will provide you with a solid foundation of what you need to know.

Montessori at Home: A Complete Guide to Teaching Your Preschooler at Home Using the Montessori Method and Modern Montessori at Home: A Creative Teaching Guide for Parents of Children Six through Nine Years of Age will also be helpful as these books provide complete language lesson planning information and provide instruction on how to set up the prepared environment.

Visit the Fall/Winter 1998 Newsletter to receive some free material for presenting lessons in French. Many of these lessons and templates can be used to present lessons in English, Spanish, Italian, and German as well.


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Practice ‘Walking the Line’ Montessori Style

Montessorians always set aside plenty of time to rehearse whatever will be presented to the child. Are you spending time practicing what you present? If not, you should. I remember how I would practice walking the line and was amazed with what I discovered.

Initially, I walked the line as the child would, putting one foot in front of the other, toe to heel, on a line made of masking tape or chalk. I imagined a young child outstretching his arms to help him balance as he proceeded walking the line.

I then walked carrying a pile of books on my head. I immediately noticed that I was more aware of my posture and balance in general. I had to walk with a slow, careful stride so as not to drop any of the books. I repeated the exercise a few times and noticed that with each successive try, I felt more relaxed and balanced.

Then, I attempted to walk to music. This initially proved to be a bit more difficult. As I concentrated on walking carefully, toe to heel, in time to the music, I was once again more aware of how I was balancing myself. Balancing the books on top of my head seemed cumbersome at first. After practicing a few times, my body acclimated, and I became more relaxed. This exercise, mentioned in detail in Montessori at Home: A Complete Guide to Teaching Your Preschooler at Home Using the Montessori Method is one of the exercises used to help children orient themselves in time and space and is a prequisitie to some of Maria Montessori’s language presentations.


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