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March is National Crafts Month!

Please visit March is National Crafts Month – 2012 for updated information.

Heidi Anne Spietz

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February is Bird Watching Month

Help children and teens develop a new hobby and learn about biology in the process.  Use the information provided by Diana Ruark of Nature’s Workshop Plus!,  Dale Gausman of the North American Montessori Center, and Sandy R. Wilbur, retired wildlife biologist specializing in ornithology, from Condor Tales to take you step-by-step through a series of integrated lesson presentations.

In Part I of the AMC Spring 2011 edition, Sandy answers general as well specific questions which will help you to understand the benefits of this hobby. You’ll learn how to get started, what types of products to buy, and what pitfalls to avoid, to name a few. Sandy is also sensitive to the concerns educators may feel about presenting lessons on this topic.

“If you’re starting out not knowing birds yourself, you could feel intimidated trying to help others learn.  But, remember, even though
there are over 500 species of birds in the United States, there are probably not more than 25 or so common ones in any given area. And you already know a lot of types of birds, even if you don’t think you do. Most everyone recognizes crows, robins, blackbirds, doves, sparrows, hawks, woodpeckers, and “sea gulls.” Many of the birds you see are going to look similar to some of these that you know. With a very little study of a bird guide covering your region, you will find that although there are 50 “sparrows” in the country, only two or three of them will be found in your area or in the type of environment you will be looking in. Twenty hawks become only one or two you’re likely to see; most areas won’t have more than one type of dove or quail, etc.“

Sandy R. Wilbur  Copyright 2011

Diana Ruark of Nature’s Workshop Plus! also offers useful lesson planning information for helping your students appreciate nature in general, with an additional tip or two about birds and bird watching.  Click here for details. Diana provides you with resources and a useful book to help you with your nature planning lessons.

Last, but not least, in Part IV of this issue, Montessorian Dale Gausman leads you through the process of introducing a bird feeder to a group of children.  Besides offering suggestions on how to get started, Dale provides a list of materials and other resources you will need to ensure a successful set of lesson presentations.

Enjoy!
Heidi Anne Spietz
http://www.amonco.org
American Montessori Consulting

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New Lesson Planning Ideas for Presidents’ Day and Black History Month

Celebrating the Personal Life of George Washington

Montessorians will appreciate the imaginative George Washington lesson planning ideas that author Sara Ambarian has provided in AMC Montessori – Spring VIII. Sara leads educators through Washington’s youthful aspirations, as well as providing the name of the resource that greatly shaped the way George Washington conducted himself in society.

Traditional colonial recipes are featured and can easily be incorporated into Montessori’s practical life exercises. Sara also provides background information about George Washington’s dining proclivities.

Sara has done an excellent job of presenting sufficient information about this subject, without bogging down educators with too much data.

The excellent set of Internet resource links contained in this article will be appreciated by educators who want to incorporate Sara’s information and creative ideas into a unit study on this important historical figure.

Black History Month

Rae Petersen recently shared the following with AMC:

February is Black History Month. Commemorate the contributions and events of people of African descent with classroom environments enriched with educational posters celebrating Black History Month. For historical facts and posters, please
see http://www.netposterworks.com/history/blhistory/index.html

February was chosen as Black History Month by Dr. Carter G. Woodson because Frederick Douglass, Langston Hughes and Abraham Lincoln were born in February. Rosa Parks was also born in February (1913), but as of the establishment of Black History Month, her great contribution to Civil Rights was almost 30 years in the future.

For additional Presidents’ Day and Black History lesson planning, please see January and February Celebrations

Enjoy!

Heidi Anne Spietz
http://www.amonco.org

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