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Why Not Celebrate??? Planning a Community Festival

‘There is a great sense of community within the Montessori classroom, where children of differing ages work together in an atmosphere of cooperation rather than competitiveness. There is respect for the environment and for the individuals within it, which comes through experience of freedom within the community.’ Dr Maria Montessori

The classroom community Maria Montessori described above sets the foundation for the future world of peace and acceptance she described as only being possible through education, not through politics.  As students get older, they increasingly interact with the community at large, and hopefully they will contribute to the same sort of vibrant and cooperative society outside the classroom.

Rae from Creative Process has shared some very interesting personal ideas and reflections about a community project in which she has played an active role, the Troost Avenue Festival in Kansas City, Missouri.  Not only does Rae share the inspiration for this annual event, but she also makes some great suggestions about organizing and including young people in the planning process. Please refer to “Plan a Celebration” here:

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After you have read about the Troost Avenue Festival, perhaps you might wonder what other kinds of festivals communities host.  You may be surprised at the wide variety of events communities have designed.  Search these sites by date, region and type.

Are you ready to learn more about festival planning?  Here are a few free resources with more ideas:

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Award-Winning Literature Resources, 20% Off!

Many of us, young and old, enjoy the opportunities for free and unhurried reading that summer provides.  Some of you may already be feeling that the start of school is fast approaching; but even for those with the earliest back-to-school dates, there is still plenty of time for summer reading adventures. uses internet technology to offer varied reading and language arts resources for parents and teachers.  Some of you may be familiar with their Bookfolio products and curriculum collections.  You may also have read about their newest line, Start With the Winners!, which helps you find the most-awarded titles for children and young adults.

Right now, is offering “Super Summer Reads,” smaller collections of some of the most noteworthy books for each age group, specially chosen for your students’ reading pleasure.  For a limited time, these lists are being offered at a 20% discount as part of their July Special.  If you buy now, you will also be added to the website’s customer list and notified of other upcoming monthly promotions.

Find out more about both and this special sale by visiting  Click on the age group(s) in which you are interested.  Then click on “July Special” at the top of the each list to find out more about options and prices.

Happy reading!

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This Summer Add Some Cheer to the Life of a Shut-In

If you haven’t had an opportunity to read the article in the Montessori Community Service Projects reblog below, please do so now.


You can easily adapt the Valentine project for a meaningful summer camp group activity, as well as solitary summer homescooling project.  The green bag pictured below was purchased from Fabrics.  See If this item is not sale priced when you view it, try purchasing something comparable at the Dollar Tree, Michaels, etc.

Appliques and beads were added to give a festive look!  Trial sized perfumes, hand lotions, and other useful gift items can easily be tucked inside each bag designed. For a special finishing touch, wrap your small gift items in coordinating colorful tissue paper purchased at the dollar store.


Heidi Anne Spietz

American Montessori Consulting

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Grammar, Writing and Word Play

 The language arts provide the foundation of a student’s ability to express themselves effectively, both through speech and in writing.  As parents and teachers, we are wise to continually look for new and engaging ways to help keep the children in our lives sharp in language-related abilities.

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Even in this “electronic age”, handwriting is an essential communication skill.  To improve comfort and coordination, Nan Barchowsky of Barchowsky Fluent Handwriting suggests “A Bit of Yarn for a Good Pen Hold”.

Richard, from the Lord Company, has shared some free writing downloads. Students trace words and numbers and also fill in corresponding figures in the appropriate colors.

Nan Barchowsky has also shared “A Page for the Letter O”.

AMC’s “Montessori 2012 Summer Olympics Grammar Bingo” game is a fun way to combine an exciting international event with some solid academic practice. This versatile free game download can also be customized to other themes and even learning a second language. Follow the links here:

Let your 8-14 year old students test their knowledge of sports and skill at word play with some Stillson Works Middle School Word Puzzles examples.

Unscramble some summer food words with more Stillson Works Word Puzzles which can be found here:

For more free grammar and writing resources –worksheets, games, quizzes and more—for students young and old, check out these sites:

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