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Georgette’s Coconut Macaroons Recipe

1/2 cups Marchino Cherries cut in quarters
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon(s) pure vanilla extract
1 BAG OF flaked coconut about 2 1/2 cups
Pre heat the oven to 300°F. Line two baking sheets with aluminum foil. In a large bowl, mix vanila, coconut and can of condensed milk. Mixture should be firm. Shape cookie into ball shapes. Place a piece of cherry on cookie. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the surfaces are golden brown.
Cool completely before removing the cookies from the foil. Store loosely covered at room temperature.
Copyrighted 2011
Georgette Baker
Spanish Songs for Kids

Spanish songs for Kids was created to document traditional songs and finger plays from Mexico and other Spanish speaking countries. My name is Georgette and after living in South America for 23 years, most of the kid’s songs I could remember were in Spanish but I was sketchy on the lyrics and the music. Here I have compiled stories, preschool songs, traditional songs and games on Cd’s, all are English Spanish and many come with accompanying books! Share with your children your fun, favorite songs of yesteryear. Let’s sing! Cantemos!

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December Holidays From Around the World

Georgette Baker is a professional performer of 20 years, a certified teacher who is also fluent in five languages, Spanish included. She lived in the South America 20 years and grew up singing the songs she has compiled in this book / tape. She plays the guitar, piano, accordion and a Venezuelan instrument called the ”cuatro” ! See

She recently recently shared the following with AMC:

I will be performing at the following venues in the month of December. The events are all free and Plan today to bring your children to December Holidays From Around the World See locations below:

Chino Youth Museum Dec 2 from 3:30 -4:15
13191 Sixth St.
Chino, Ca 91710

Whittier Public Library  December 12, 7pm-7:45
7334 S. Washington Ave.
Whittier, CA 90602

Graham Library  Dec. 13, 3:30-4:15

Los Angeles Public Library  Dec. 17,   2pm
630 W. 5TH ST

Spanish songs and children’s music was created to document traditional songs and finger plays from Mexico and other Spanish speaking countries. My name is Georgette and after living in South America for 23 years, most of the kid’s songs I could remember were in Spanish but I was sketchy on the lyrics and the music. Here I have compiled stories, preschool songs, traditional songs and games on Cd’s, all are English Spanish and many come with accompanying books! Share with your children your fun, favorite songs of yesteryear. Let’s sing! Cantemos!

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Sara’s Holiday Stewed Fruit Muffins

Stewed Fruit Muffins
Sara L. Ambarian

These rich, aromatic muffins are delicious with an autumn or winter breakfast, or as a slightly-sweet accompaniment to a holiday dinner or buffet.  Makes 12 regular or 18 small muffins. /

Stewed Fruit–
1 cup mixed dried fruit (or any combination of dried apples, apricots, peaches, pears, prunes, raisins, brown or yellow raisins, cranberries, and/or sour cherries)
–pack the whole fruit in the cup to measure, then chop into 1/4-inch pieces
3/4- 1 cup water (depending on how soft you want your fruit, use more water for softer fruit)
1/4 teaspoon ground mace
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar, optional

Combine ingredients in a small saucepan, and cook at a simmer over medium-high heat.  Stir frequently initially, then constantly as the liquid absorbs, until the fruit is rehydrated to your desired consistency (approximately 10-20 minutes.)  Set aside to cool at least 15 minutes, before adding to muffin batter, or store in refrigerator up to several days.  (This recipe also makes a nice topper for oatmeal or ice cream, and can be doubled to make a simple side dish/condiment for pork or poultry.  For a topping, you may prefer to add the optional brown sugar. Serve warm or cold, as desired.)

1 1/2 cups all purpose or bread flour
1/2 cup whole wheat or buckwheat flour
1/4 cup flaxmeal, optional
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoons salt
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup cooking oil

cinnamon-sugar, “Sugar in the Raw”, or decorative coarse sugar sprinkles, if desired

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Grease muffin tins or line with paper muffin cups.

Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl, and mix well.  Combine egg, milk and oil in a small bowl or 2-cup liquid measuring cup, and beat egg lightly.  Make a well in the dry ingredients, then pour in egg mixture all at once.  Stir together until just moistened and fully mixed.  Do not over beat. Batter should be lumpy. Gently fold in cooled stewed fruit.

Spoon batter into muffin tins, filling only to 2/3 of capacity.  Sprinkle tops with cinnamon-sugar or decorative sugar, if a glazed top and sweeter muffin is desired.  Bake 20-25 minutes for standard-sized muffins, 15-17 for small muffins.  Serve warm or room-temperature, as desired.  Makes 12 standard or 18 small muffins.  Warm muffins are delicious with butter, or with butter and apple butter if you like a sweeter muffin.

Variation: You can make a similar muffin using 1 to 1 1/2 cups packaged mincemeat in place of the stewed fruit; however, the resulting flavor is a little more “grown-up”.


About Sara L. Ambarian
Copyright 2011
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Sara L. Ambarian is the author and illustrator of /A Bride’s Touch: A Handbook of Wedding Personality and Inspiration/.  Sara is also a designer, wife, and mother with professional and personal experience in a wide range of subjects, including: arts and crafts, fashion, weddings, homeschooling, cooking, nature, and travel.

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Date-Cream Cheese Rollups

We thought it would be nice to share some favorite recipes for those looking to expand their horizons and try something different this holiday season.

Cooking and baking for the holidays make for such wonderful practical life exercises.
Below, is a recipe submitted by Nan Barchowsky, from Barchowsky Fluent Handwriting.
Learn about this innovative, logical program at, by visiting

Date-Cream Cheese Rollups

1 cup sugar
1/2 pound cream cheese
2 cups sifted flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
grated lemon peel
confectioners’ sugar
pitted dates

Cream butter and cheese together. Blend in flour and salt, and peel.
Wrap in plastic film and chill several hours or until it is firm enough to roll.
Roll to 1/8 inch thckness on a board sprinkled with the confectioners’ sugar.
Cut in 1 x 3 inch strips with a pastry wheel.
Put a date in the center of each strip and roll up.
Place rolls on a cookie sheet and bake at 375° for 15 minutes.

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Barchowsky Fluent Handwriting Unveils New Apple App

Nan Barchowsky recently shared the following with AMC:

Learn and teach handwriting with phonics, an app designed by a Handwriting Specialist and an Early Childhood Specialist. The purpose of Letters Make Words is to help beginning writers develop good handwriting habits for all academic and adult needs, and to learn basic phonemes.

The first screens offer suggestions of how to use Letters Make Words. Then letters are presented. The user can select any letter. Each one comprises a complete unit of instruction for that letter, a warmup pattern, the letter and a word to trace and to sound out. When a letter has a different sound depending on its usage in words, choose from either of two words. The next screen has three words to sound out with a silly sentence for the child to write on paper.

A friendly voice coaches the child to finger trace with the index finger, thereby encouraging good pencil/pen hold when actually writing. It’s the index finger that should push a pen to make marks with the greatest ease of movement.

Lowercase letters are featured. An app for capitals and numerals will follow soon. Lowercase are the ones we most need when we write, and are the easiest to form.

Letter-related warmup patterns start each unit to help the child with formations.Starting points and directions for strokes are clearly defined, graphically and by the audio that guides a child through all finger tracing and pronunciation.

Letters are designed for ease of writing and legibility. Reversals (b for d, etc.) are never an issue with the formations used in this app.

If you are affiliated with a school and would like a free review copy of Letters Make Words, please contact Nan at for the code. Note that Apple offers a discount on multiple orders
Nan Barchowsky

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Practical Life Lessons for the Holidays

Please see for updated 2014 lesson planning ideas!



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A Study of Ancient Egypt – Hands On Lesson Planning Ideas

The following is from the newly released AMC Montessori Winter Hands On Newsletter. Please see AMC Montessori Winter Hands On Newsletter.
A Study of Ancient Egypt – Some Free PreK- Middle School Lesson Planning Ideas

Visit the following links to download information that can be incorporated into school and homeschool learning environments.

Ancient Egypt for Kids

Ancient Egypt Unit Study

Egyptian Musical Instruments- Clipart ETC
(Good for matching picture exercises, book making and other extended Montessori lesson activities)

Hieroglyphics Egypt – Public Domain Clip Art

Many of the lesson planning ideas found at these links can be used to make Montessori control cards for the younger set. The book Modern Montessori at Home: A Creative Teaching Guide for Parents of Children 10 through 12 Years of Age contains lesson planning ideas for a study of the ancient Egyptian and Mayan cultures. The history, music, art, mythology, counting, numbers and glyphs are just some of the topics that are compared and contrasted to help children see the similarities and differences of these two ancient cultures. Please visit your local library to borrow a copy of this book. This book is available on CD from the AMC Montessori Bookstore. Please see AMC Montessori Bookstore for complete details.

Birdcage Press offers a museum quality game, entitled Go Fish for Ancient Egypt. I have examined the game and accompanying book and was very impressed with what I saw. Please see photo below. A student in a Montessori environment will enjoy the beautiful pictures accompanied by well written text. The game cards are of superb quality, as well, and will lend themselves to many extended Montessori style learning activities.

Please see below for complete details.
Birdcage Press
Copyright 2011
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Learn about their gods, goddesses, the great pharaohs, how mummies were made, and more. There are dramatic images and facts on every playing card, and a fact-packed companion book included with the game.

Designed for ages 7+, this game will help develop the following learning skills:

• Strategic thinking
• Concentration
• Classification
• Art appreciation
• Symbol translation

Each game comes with a companion book filled with fun and fascinating information about the ancient Egyptians. As they play, children learn about the ancient Egyptian culture. The Go for Fish Ancient Egypt book presents fascinating facts . Fun and educational for all ages.
Visit Birdcage Press at today!

Heidi Anne Spietz
American Montessori Consulting
Celebrating 23 Years of Serving School and Home Educators
Montessori for the 21st Century

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