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New! Complete Montessori Nervous System Unit Study

The website link below will lead you to a complete unit study on the human nervous system. The Grade 2 -12 science lesson planning links will lead you to articles, hands-on activities and other exercises that are compatible with the Montessori classified science reading cards, creative writing and other extensive lesson plans found in Montessori lesson planning. Some of the lessons will also be useful for postsecondary students.

Several complete neurological medical terminology lists in .pdf with pronunciation are available free of charge. (The pronunciation guide was originally designed for ESL university students majoring in nursing.)

The information will help older students to see and hear how Greek and Latin roots, prefixes and suffixes are combined to form the various neurological medical terms.

To access this free unit study visit Montessori Unit Study – The Human Nervous System Unit Study
Heidi Spietz
http://www.amonco.org

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Let’s Go on an Animal Safari!

Use the Montessori matching picture, missing letter and classified exercises to help young children compare and contrast various animals. See Fall Newsletter for a discussion with pictures of how these exercises are used to present lessons in a foreign language.

Next, visit Coyote Creek Productions to learn more about a very special Animal Safari Series: A Learning Adventure, offered by Coyote Creek. Below, is a snippet of a review from Montessori Resources – 2010 edition

Children in a Montessori learning environment use classified reading cards to identify and categorize different animals. Such exercises sometimes focus on helping the child learn about each animal’s habitat, physical characteristics, and relationship to other animals. The Coyote Creek Animal Safari series will bring this learning to life.

“The following topics are covered in the Animal Safari Series: A Learning Adventure.

Vol. 1 “WILD WORLD HABITATS”
Vol. 2 “ANIMALS OF THE AMAZON”
Vol. 3 “BORN IN A BARNYARD”
Vol. 4 “CREEPY CRITTERS”
Vol. 5 “TONGUES, TAILS, AND SCALES”
Vol. 6 “ANIMALS AND MAN”
Vol. 7 “WILD WETLANDS”
Vol. 8 “EXPLORATION DINOSAUR”

Students will be captivated with Karla Majewski’s presentation. In Volume 1, students learn about five special animals, each from a different habitat. These animals live with Karla and her family in her private zoo. A group of young children are nestled close to Karla, intently listening to her entertaining presentations. Karla invites the students to handle the different animals and ask questions. She uses humor and imagination when describing how each animal survives in a unique habitat.” Click here for additional information about Coyote Creek’s Animal Safari.

For additional animal themed lesson planning ideas and resources , visit the following links:

Earth’s Kids – Featuring Wild Animals!

Go Fish for Wildlife These beautifully designed games can be adapted for individual use.

Click here for an Amazing Collection of Games and Wildlife Stamps

Fun Felt offers colorful Wild Animal Felt Figures

Visit AMC Montessori Grammar Bingo Game Using an Animal Safari Theme

Finally, invite children to make their own animal themed books. See Make Your Own Reading Book – Part 1
and

Make Your Own Reading Book – Part 2
Enjoy!
Heidi Anne Spietz

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New! Montessori Summer Gardening Unit Study

April is national gardening month! To celebrate, I have designed an interdisciplinary gardening unit study for you to use right now. Math, English, music, art, science, literature, and social studies are fused in this comprehensive study, making the lesson format consistent with Montessori methodology. Use the ideas found at the unit study links in your own unique Montessori school or homeschool environment.

Please visit Montessori Summer Gardening Unit Study to access the information.

Enjoy!

Heidi Anne Spietz

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