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This Winter Cook and Bake Up a Storm

The winter months are perfect for practical life cooking lessons indoors. Begin the first month of the new year discovering some fun new meals and treats you can make in the kitchen. Members of my family and friends made cookies for holiday gift giving, and we had so much fun in the process. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, why not try some new cookie recipes? As you know, cooking and baking can be educational as well. Suddenly, boring math lessons involving measuring and estimating take on practical applications.

First, select what types of cookies you want to make. Fun Felt has created a wonderful blog that you will want to explore in detail at some point. Karen offers many varied types of hands-on lesson plans, crafts and other activities for you and your family to enjoy. For now, let’s just concentrate on her link to some delicious chocolate candy recipes. Visit Fun Activities for Kids and look to the right of her blog. There you will find a link to Chocolate Candy Recipes. If you thought making truffles would be too difficult to tackle, think again! You will find additional delicious candy recipes at this link as well.

By clicking here, you will find recipes for pumpkin cookies, elephant ears sugar cookies and Oma’s cookies. Turn a common fudge recipe into something spectacular. Go to and to discover recipes for sour cream fudge and peanut butter fudge.

Montessorians Dale Gausman of and the late Kathy O’Reilly, courtesy of her daughter, of Cooking with Children Can Be Easy provide invaluable information that can be found in the seasonal AMC hands-on newsletters.

First, you will want to read through the Making Apple-Cinnamon Muffins unit. Let Dale walk you through setup, presentation, making the muffins, tidying up and tasting – all Montessori style. Extension exercises are also included.
Click here for details. Kathy always incorporated organic products into her recipe planning, whenever possible.
Click here and
here for two of Kathy’s recipes..

Cooking will also be appealing to your children, especially if you steer them to resources where they can locate information about recipes and the ingredients. The Internet is full of useful information, but the public library also has a collection of outstanding books about cooking, baking, dessert planning and more.

For additional information on nutritional meal planning and tips on how to involve your children in the meal planning and preparation visit
Healthy Nutritional Tips for the 21st Century Families

Make 2011 a year for incorporating home-grown food into your diet. Sara Ambarian, author of A Bride’s Touch, embraces the philosophy of providing integrated lessons in gardening and cooking for children and teens, to help them become more environmentally aware, nutritionally informed and consumer savvy. Sara also shares how the family can become interested in growing different varieties, and how these sprouts add flavor and texture to various salads, sandwiches, etc.
Click here to access her gardening tips and recipe information.

Now, with these few leads, you and your family have no choice but to get started and cook up a storm this winter in your kitchen.

Don’t forget to enter the January contest for your chance to win an apron for a boy and an apron for a girl. Visit



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Classical Music Lessons for Children and Teens

Montessori Consistent Classical Music Lessons for Children and Teens
by Classical Magic

Available from Sing’nLearn

Winter – The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi
Written by Marjorie Persons

May Be Adapted for Presentations to Students 4 through 13 Years of Age

Winter celebrations are not complete without music. The Four Seasons, by composer Antonio Vivaldi, inspired Marjorie to write many interdisciplinary seasonal lesson plans for children ranging from PreK through Grade 8. The Four Seasons – Winter lesson plan incorporates science, social science and other activities to make an interdisciplinary unit study that is consistent with the Montessori method.

Marjorie compares and contrasts the Baroque Period with the Pilgrim’s landing at Plymouth Rock. Marjorie stated, “So children can develop a historical framework for the information they gather, I teach them one important date in American history for each century as a reference point.”

The lesson features biographical information about Antonio Vivaldi and provides a framework for helping students clearly see the relationship between understanding important music concepts through word study and listening exercises.

The free lesson plan, lyrics, suggested supplemental activities and links to additional resources are available for viewing by visiting

Spring – The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi

Lesson by Marjorie Persons

May Be Adapted for Presentations to Students 4 through 13 Years of Age

In this lesson, Marjorie helps usher in spring, with springtime curriculum integration ideas that spotlight Vivaldi’s masterpiece.

“Children learn music better with words and words better with music.” Marjorie noted. (No pun intended.) To help reinforce this concept, Marjorie provides exercises which help children discover various left to right and up and down movements used in music and in the rhythm of language.

To download this lesson and resource links, please visit Sing’nLearn and

Water Music – Alla Hornpipe by George Frideric Handel.

Lesson Plan by Marjorie Kiel Persons

Classical Magic®

Adaptable for Ages 8 – 14

Once again, history buffs will appreciate how well Marjorie connects her musical lesson presentations with historical events and figures. Marjorie sets the stage by providing the story behind the Alla Hornpipe from the Water Music. “King George I loved Handel’s music and asked him to compose special music for a royal water pageant down the Thames River in London. The king’s party enjoyed the festivities on the royal barge while Handel and his orchestra played the Water Music from a barge that floated nearby,” remarked Marjorie.

Marjorie, again, uses an interdisciplinary approach to help children and teens understand music concepts and theory.

Oh, How I Love Italy – Music, Art, and Food Seasoned with History and Geography
By Marjorie Kiel Persons

Classical Magic, Inc.

Marjorie invites students to vicariously spend the summer learning about Italy with books, art projects, Internet resources and by experiencing some delicioso Italian cuisine.. This innovative lesson plan can also be easily incorporated into a free unit study about Italy. Please see for details.

To access Marjorie’s free lesson plan and links to other resources, please visit

Autumn by Vivaldi – from The Four Seasons
By Marjorie Kiel Persons

Classical Magic®

Have you ever thought about introducing lessons involving apples, pumpkins, leaf rubbings with the study of Antonio Vivaldi and his composition, The Four Seasons? Marjorie will lead you step by step, on how to do so, plus she will even provide an autumn party theme that can be adapted for PreK – Grade 8. These creative ideas coupled with the indepth lesson plan are sure to make the musical experience come alive for students. Please see

Besides the free lesson planning information, you will want to spend some time on the Sing ‘n Learn website. In particular, visit Sing ‘n Learn/Classical Magic. and click on Themes to Remember. While, at the website, you will want to explore other sections as well.

For additional music and art lesson plans which compare and contrast the Renaissance and Baroque Periods, please visit AMC Montessori Part I and AMC Montessori Part II


Heidi Anne Spietz
American Montessori Consulting

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Heidi Anne Spietz
American Montessori Consulting
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