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Montessori Lessons to Jumpstart 2016!

Happy New Year!!

Below are links to jump start your Montessori lesson planning for the new year.

Many of these lessons are free!

Getting Ready for a “New” Year

Animals in the Winter Unit Study Free Lesson Plans

Valentine Day Links

Montessori Winter-Themed Activities from NAMC Part I

Montessori Winter-Themed Activities from NAMC Part II

Gardening Year Round – Tips from an Expert

Beginning a Spring Garden at Home or School

Spring Tea

Year End Activities

Draw Your World Lesson Plans

Children’s Books for Summer Reading – Part II

Bird-watching with Children

Monthly Observances and Notable Data

Science Activity “I CAN’T TAKE THE PRESSURE!”

Celebrating the Personal Life of George Washington – lesson planning ideas

Valentine Origami Art & Math Activities

A Movie About Maria Montessori Worth Watching

AMC Montessori Winter Hands On Lessons

Hands-On Interdisciplinary Learning

Winter Science Links

Want more?? Click on the links below for additional free lessons and articles that are available only at the amonco.org website :

Italy – Links for a Montessori Unit Study

A Maria Montessori Movie Worth Seeing

Gardening Year Round – Tips from an Expert

AMC Holiday Montessori Grammar Bingo and Extension Exercises

Apples and Oranges – Links for Montessori Unit Study

Study of the Human Respiratory System – Links for Montessori Unit Study

Medical Terminology – Links for Montessori Unit Study

The Human Cardiovascular System – Links for Montessori Unit Study

Cardiology Terminology

The Human Nervous System – Links for Montessori Unit Study

Let’s Go on an Animal Safari – See Part VII

More in store for you in 2016!

Visit www.amonco.org often throughout 2016 to discover new Montessori lesson planning.

Enjoy!
Heidi
http://www.amonco.org

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Summer is Coming! – Let’s Celebrate

As we approach the first day of  summer, take time now to focus or refocus on the summer months ahead.  You’ll discover why these links are well worth a second look.

http://www.amonco.org/montessori_summer_handson.html

AMC Montessori Summer Hands-On Learning Newsletter

https://montessori21stcentury.wordpress.com/2011/06/04/experiencing-fine-art-in-person-with-your-children/

Experiencing Fine Art in Person with Your Children

https://montessori21stcentury.wordpress.com/2011/07/14/indoor-activities-to-get-you-out-of-the-sun/

Indoor Activities Get You Out of the Sun

https://montessori21stcentury.wordpress.com/2011/07/05/family-fun-and-outdoor-science-pursuits-a-%E2%80%9Cnatural%E2%80%9D-combination/

FAMILY FUN AND OUTDOOR SCIENCE PURSUITS: A “NATURAL” COMBINATION

http://www.amonco.org/montessorisummergardening.html

MONTESSORI LESSONS -A Gardening Unit Study (With the Focus on the Summer)

https://montessori21stcentury.wordpress.com/2011/06/02/innovative-montessori-music-for-the-summer/

Innovative Montessori Music for the Summer

http://montessoritraining.blogspot.com/2008/07/montessori-summer-activities.html

Montessori Summer Activities: Woodworking

I wish you and your family a very blessed upcoming summer.

Heidi Anne Spietz

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Winter Learning and Fun — Indoors and Out

Winter can be a fun and exciting season for a wide variety of learning opportunities, if you are practical, flexible and enthusiastic.  There is no need for children or adults to feel penned-in or bored during the winter months.  Just switch your priorities, as folks have done through history, to make the most of both the time indoors and the recreational possibilities outdoors while they last!

In winter I get up at night

And dress by yellow candle-light.

In summer quite the other way,

I have to go to bed by day.

Robert Louis Stevenson

 

Indoor activities—

Be ready for blustery days and long winter evenings with a stockpile of fun activities like these mazes, coloring pages, crafts, games, stationery and more.

http://www.busybeekidscrafts.com/Winter-Activities-for-Kids.html

http://www.primarygames.com/seasons/winter/winter_fun.htm

http://prekinders.com/winter-theme

Special academic exercises can also provide fun and challenging indoor diversions.  Diane from Conceptual Learning shares “Exchange” an interesting math exercise for ages 5-7. http://www.amonco.org/winter5/montessori_winter5.pdf

Here are a variety of fun, warm indoor activities to consider. http://voices.yahoo.com/fun-indoor-winter-activities-keep-kids-warm-knitting-760361.html?cat=25

Cooking is definitely a great way to learn, have fun, and keep warm at the same time. Ethnic foods, comfort foods, and baked goods are all especially enticing and interesting when the weather turns cooler.

There aren’t many cuisines that are heartier or more satisfying than Germany’s.  Get started with Anna and Wolfgang’s easy recipes for a German Farmer’s Breakfast (bauernfruhstuck)  and German Potato Soup (kartojelsuppe). http://www.amonco.org/winter7/montessori_winter7.pdf Find more great German recipes here:  http://www.kitchenproject.com/german/german_food_recipes.htm

You might also enjoy these other resources for more cool weather recipes.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/comfort-foods/package/index.html

http://www.joyofbaking.com/

When it’s too cold or wet to have outdoor adventures, reading is always a cozy activity.  Spark children’s imaginations with exciting fiction.

Rita from Literatureplace.com submits some ideas in “Fables, Myths, and Legends:  The Origins of Today’s World Cultures”.  http://www.amonco.org/winter2/montessori_winter2.pdf

For more on how to incorporate children’s literary heroes and heroines into lesson plans, check out this interesting article. http://www.educationoasis.com/bc/articles/exploringheroes.htm

This article from the UK discusses the decline in knowledge of and interest in classic children’s fiction. If classics are, by definition, the “standard” by which other literature is judged, is it not a shame that many young people are no longer being exposed to these timeless works and characters? http://www.worcester.ac.uk/discover/closing-the-book-on-classic-childrens-literary-heroes.html

In the following article, famous UK authors share their favorite literary characters. Many of these are from adult books, so they aren’t necessarily all pertinent or appropriate for discussion with your students.  However, some of the authors do cite children’s literature.  This can help start a conversation about how many adults still value many of the same books your students are reading now, as well as how a love of reading can last your whole lifetime. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/the-100-favourite-fictional-characters-as-chosen-by-100-literary-luminaries-526971.html

Winter is also a great time to explore the arts.

Here are 10 great tips for getting children interested in classical music. http://www.bachtrack.com/for-kids-top-tips

Marjorie Kiel Persons’ Classical Magic and Back-to-Bach http://back-to-bach.com/ materials add  lyrics to classical pieces to help children engage with and remember the music.  She also offers many lesson ideas relating to Vivaldi’s “Winter” and other classical pieces.  http://www.amonco.org/winter7/montessori_winter7.pdf

Want more ideas?  http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Introducing_Arts/

 

Outdoor activities– 

When it is time to explore and “shake out the sillies”, bundle up and head outdoors.  You will find lots to see and do!

Here are a list of varied winter activities for families, inside and out. http://stayathomemoms.about.com/od/activitiesandfun/tp/Winter-Fun-For-Kids.htm

If you live where there is snow that stays a long time, make it a family project to clear a network of paths so kids, adults, guests, and even pets can get their daily exercise without getting super-snowy.  This cute family video gives you a tour of the pathway network in their yard.  They seem to be having lots of fun! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrPEi8m7aO8

For more outdoor fun ideas, check out these snow day activities! http://www.parents.com/fun/activities/outdoor/snow-activities-kids/

To keep things as fun as possible (because no one wants to be too cold), here are some tips for staying warm when enjoying the outdoors in winter. http://www.mnn.com/family/family-activities/blogs/toasty-tots-keeping-kids-warm-in-winter

The Iowa Department of Public Health, Healthy Child Care Iowa, provides a useful and interesting matrix for parents and child care providers to gauge the safety of outdoor activities in different weather conditions. http://www.in.gov/fssa/files/weatherwatch.pdf

Many cities in wintery areas have informational websites with winter recreational and safety ideas.  Do an internet search for one near you for more inspiration and resources.

Even in severe winter areas, winter can be an interesting time to start or continue nature journaling. Bare tree branches and smooth snowbanks can provide a good background for children to see wildlife, and paying close attention to your local winter landscape makes the beginning of spring growth and activity even more exciting. Slower changes during winter may also make it easier to get some students into the habit of noticing the details of the environment around them.

The Smithsonian Institution has some helpful hints to help get you started.  http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators/lesson_plans/journals/smithsonian_siyc_fall06.pdf

Animals have many interesting ways to keep warm, survive and find food during winter weather conditions which are too harsh for humans.  What better time to discuss these special strategies and physical features than when you are outside in the cold yourself. Children may be able to better put themselves in the animals’ place, because although the students can go inside to warm up, animals cannot.  Get the conversation started with information from Dale Gausman’s “Acting Out How Animals Survive Winter” http://www.amonco.org/winter3/montessori_winter3.pdf  and the Animals in Winter Unit Study. http://www.amonco.org/winter4/montessori_winter4.pdf

Visual learners will especially enjoy this neat video from New Hampshire Public Television, which shows naturalists looking for tracks and other evidence of animal presence in a snowy woods.  http://video.nhptv.org/video/2238002342/

Remember, there is lots of life and learning to experience, indoors and out, all winter long, if you plan to enjoy it!

The world is so full of a number of things,

I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings.

Robert Louis Stevenson

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ACCENT ON ACADEMICS—Reading, Writing, Math, And Science

As teachers and parents, we know you are always looking for new ideas for teaching basic academic subjects.  Here is a round-up of useful resources.

READING–

Richard from The Lord Company is still offering Simple Reading Books. http://www.amonco.org/winter3/montessori_winter3.pdf

Find lesson plans to use with the Three Little Kittens story from Elaine at Kimbo. http://www.amonco.org/winter6/montessori_winter6.pdf

Enjoy Free Middle School Word Puzzles from Alan Stillson’s Stillson Works. http://www.amonco.org/winter5/montessori_winter5.pdf

For a fine variety of classic American and world literature books for all ages, check out the selections at Farm Country General Store (many titles are currently on sale) http://www.homeschoolfcgs.com/index.php/cPath/17_48  and Wholesome Books.  http://www.wholesome-books.com/store/literature.html

Literatureplace.com offers an historical fiction reading guide. http://www.amonco.org/winter7/montessori_winter7.pdf

For a neat assortment of art examples which features people reading, see The Creative Process.  http://www.netposterworks.com/literature/reading_in_art.html

WRITING–

Nan Barchowsky offers Big Numbers, a handwriting exercise using the elements of the Barchowsky Fluent Handwriting system. http://www.amonco.org/winter2/montessori_winter2.pdf

MATH–

Look over this Math Sequencing Activity from Dianne at Conceptual Learning. http://www.amonco.org/winter4/montessori_winter4.pdf

Dr. Borenson of Hands-On Equations offers free algebra problems here: http://www.amonco.org/winter4/montessori_winter4.pdf

MISCELLANEOUS SCIENCES–

Zoological study goes seasonal with the Animals in Winter Unit Study. http://www.amonco.org/winter4/montessori_winter4.pdf

For more on this subject, Dale Gausman from NAMC provides an activity plan for Acting Out How Animals Survive the Winter. http://www.amonco.org/winter3/montessori_winter3.pdf

Sample southern hemisphere Christmas flora in the Christmas in Australia Unit Study. http://www.amonco.org/winter2/montessori_winter2.pdf

Richard from The Lord Company offers Water and Land Forms Cards and Labels, with interesting ideas about how to use them differently for younger and older students. http://www.amonco.org/winter3/montessori_winter3.pdf

Enjoy Dale Gausman of NAMC’s Smelling Bottles Experiment for the littlest kids. http://www.amonco.org/winter3/montessori_winter3.pdf

For another interesting olfactory experience, try Mariaemma from Coaching for Learning-Success’ Scented Basket Project. http://www.amonco.org/winter4/montessori_winter4.pdf

Find out more interesting facts behind the science of our sense of smell here: http://www.stumblerz.com/science-of-smell/

Share this fun explanation of scratch-and-sniff technology with your sticker-crazy students. http://science.howstuffworks.com/innovation/science-questions/question274.htm

Another interesting and easy sense of smell experiments for 5th-8th graders can be found here: http://www.education.com/science-fair/article/kiss-and-smell/

Rae from The Creative Process gives ideas for teaching children about alternative energy sources like solar and wind. (Next to last set of articles.) http://www.amonco.org/winter1/montessori_winter1.pdf

Experience physics in action with this simple experiment from John Grunder at Exploration Education. Find free Air Lift Experiment instructions here: http://www.amonco.org/winter2/montessori_winter2.pdf

For older students, delve more into physics with his Soap That Grows experiment. http://www.amonco.org/winter6/montessori_winter6.pdf

 

 

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Fun Filled Fall PreK – High School Lesson Plans

Please visit Accentuate Autumn with New 2012 Lesson Plans for free updated lesson planning.

Enjoy!

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

Copyright 2012 American Montessori Consulting

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Montessori 2011 Summer Hands On Lesson Planning is Here!!

Just released! Click on the hyperlink to view the new

2011 AMC Montessori Summer Hands On Newsletter

Table of Contents

Part I

Up, Up and Away – The Art and Fun of Kite Flying
Classified Seashell Activities and Resources
Make a Band
Coffee Can Drum
Yogurt Container Shakers
Wind Chime Keys
Math Equations Activity
IT’S A WRAP – Making Beautiful Gift Boxes
Mother’s Day in the Montessori Classroom
Discovering the Tradition of the Dragon Boat Festival
Making Rhythm Sticks
Friendship Salad
Spring Tea

Part II

Hobby City – Fun for Free This Summer
Classified Seashell Activity Exercises
Stalactites and Stalagmites
Summer Fruit, Cheese and Meat Kabobs
Inequalities – Pre Algebra Lessons
Basketball and Whole Body Memorizing Activity
Watermelon Blueberry Banana Split
A Bit of Yarn for Good Pen Hold
A Page for the Letter O
Unit Study of the Nervous System

Part III

How to Play the Kazoo
Static Charge Science Activity
Floating Needles
Invisible Leash
Art for the Garden
Recipe for Onion Pie
Activities for Celebrating ‘America Through Song’
Special Summer Food Fun – Word Puzzles for Middle Schoolers
Celebrate the Letter “B”!
Bicycle Boogie
Body Sounds – A Fun Musical Activity
A Gardening Unit Study (With the Focus on Summer)
Nurturing Budding Botanists (Learning and Teaching the Basics of Plant Science)

Part IV

Lesson Plan for the Water Music – Alla Hornpipe
Oh How I Love Italy – Music, Art, Food Seasoned with History and Geography
Notable Teachers
Leaf Print T-Shirt
Calendar Activity Ideas
Teacher as Curator – Setting Up a School Gallery
Sharing Food, Food in Art
Tree Name Word Puzzle
Draw Your World Swan Lesson Plan

Part V

Recipe and Craft from Cantemos
Chocolate Dance
Squiggly Worm/Gusanito (Finger Play and Recipe)
Octopus Napkin Holders
Great Craft Idea for Father’s Day
Cooperative Games
Vignettes ~ Stories About Renaissance and Impressionist Artists
(Botticell, Fra Angelico, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael)
Classic Nature and Outdoor Adventure for Kids and Families

Part VI

Three Recipes ~ Treasure Chests, Pirate Ships and Canonballs
Gardening Activities for the Summer Months
Gingerbread Muffins by Montessori Teacher Cathie Perolman
Changing a Flower’s Color by Montessori teacher Dale Gausman – NCME
Making a Simple Friendship Bracelet by Montessori teacher Dale Gausman – NCME
Bicycling for Education – Part I
Bicycling From Gettysburg Battlefield to Washington D.C.
A Trip to the Aleutian Islands
Article/Lesson Plan ~ Howls With Owls
Article ~ Taking your class on a literature journey?

Part VII

Working with Notations – A Math Activity
Fun With Language Links
Free Reading Activity
Cinnamon Rolls Recipe
Farm Country’s Cornbread Recipe
Green Smoothies
We’re Going Places (Literature Resources – Dr. Seuss)
For Teachers and Parents – A Must Read Article
Interdisciplinary Math and Music Activity for
ECE and Elementary Children
Middle School Word Puzzles
Let’s Go on an Animal Safari!

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

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The Study of Animals – Some Hands On Lesson Planning

The American Montessori Consulting website contains some hands on lessons about animals that you can use right now in your school and home classrooms.

In Part III, http://www.amonco.org/winter3/montessori_winter3.pdf of the AMC Montessori Hands On Newsletter, Montessorian Dale Gausman contributed the Acting Out How Animals Survive Winter exercise. This exercise will greatly aid children in their understanding of hibernation, adaptation, and other key science terms.

For additional information about how animals survive during the winter months, please visit Animals in the Winter – Links for Montessori Unit Study

Anna, from Wood, Etc., suggested that young children make Zebras that can be used in an Animal Safari unit study This project is indeed easy and inexpensive to make. Click here to download the instructions for this and other general hands on exercises.

To plan a unit study about wild animals please visit Let’s Go on an Animal Safari!

Enjoy!
Heidi
http://www.amonco.org

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Montessori Summer Programs News and Resource Links

A Sampling of Montessori Schools Offering Montessori Summer Learning

Unique Montessori Summer Program in OC California

Highland Park Montessori – Summer Activities

Brooklyn Heights Montessori School Summer Programs

Waves of Wonder – Info about Summer Program

Summer Montessori Lesson Planning Ideas

From NAMC – Montessori Summer Activities: Woodworking

North American Montessori Center (NAMC): Montessori Education: Language Arts to Engage Your Students Throughout Summer

MONTESSORI LESSONS -A Summer Gardening Unit Study

AMC Montessori Summer Hands On Newsletter

Montessori Summetime Links

Enjoy!

Heidi Anne Spietz

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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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