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Whole-Body Learners – Some Techniques and Resources

“If an educational act is to be efficacious, it will be only that one which tends to help toward the complete unfolding of life. To be thus helpful it is necessary rigorously to avoid the arrest of spontaneous movements and the imposition of arbitrary tasks.” Maria Montessori

“Respect all the reasonable forms of activity in which the child engages and try to understand them.” Maria Montessori

Perspective is important for all of us as we work with children. As the quotes from Maria Montessori above indicate, it is important for the adults in a child’s life to be open-minded and observant of their actions. We can help children more by trying to understand their natures than to arbitrarily impose our own (or someone else’s random) set of expectations on them.

Every person has their own individual set of needs and gifts which can and should be embraced and encouraged, rather than stifled. Do you have a student or students who seem to be always moving? Do they seem to need to learn through “doing” and/or physically “feeling” their lessons? Do you have a student who has been identified as ADD?  You might be dealing with a “whole body learner”.

This special type of person (child OR adult) often finds traditional classroom and work environments frustrating, and well-meaning teachers, parents and employers sometimes get frustrated with these learners as well.

Mariaemma Pelullo-Willis of the Learning Success Institute provides some inspiring perspective and helpful ideas about tailoring strategies for this category of learners in her informative article, “The Whole Body Learner – Gifted for Moving!” She illustrates many ways whole body learners can fully (and physically!) engage in their studies for gained confidence and comfort,  and for successful results.

For more on this subject, see also Mariaemma’s “Basketball and Whole Body Memorizing” lesson ideas.

Both articles are available here: http://www.amonco.org/summer2/montessori_summer2.pdf

If you’re interested in exploring more about this fascinating subject of lesson planning for different intelligence types, you might also enjoy the following articles:

“Multiple Intelligences: Seven Ways to Approach Curriculum” by Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D. http://www.thomasarmstrong.com/articles/7_ways.php

“Learning Styles of Children”, By D.H. Sailor   http://www.education.com/reference/article/childrens-learning-styles

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Take a Tour of Italy – Montessori K-6 Unit Study

The AMC Montessori Italy Unit Study has just been updated for 2012. Visit Montessori Italy Unit Study to access the links listed below.

These PreK and K-8 links will lead you to articles, hands-on activities and other exercises that are compatible with the Montessori classified reading cards, phonics, grammar, creative writing, science, social studies and other extensive lesson plans found in Montessori at Home, Modern Montessori at Home and Modern Montessori at Home II books.

Links for Learning the Italian Language

Beginning French Lessons (Use the Materials for Lesson Presentations in English, Spanish and Italian)
Beginning Italian – Learn the Parts of a House
Beginning Italian – Colors
Teaching Children Italian: Parts of the House
The Alphabet: Teaching Children Italian Part 2
Numbers: Teaching Children Italian Part 3
Parts of the Body: Teaching Children Italian
AMC Montessori Grammar Game (Customize to Present Grammar in Italian – Free Game Templates Included)
Download a Free Italian Song

Links to Italian Art, Art History and Renaissance Fashion

Art Projects for Elementary Students on Da Vinci Leonardo da Vinci Drawings
Art Appreciation for Preschool and Elementary Children
Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci
Hands On Michelangelo Projects
Italian Renaissance Costume Construction (for Older Children and Teens)
An Easy Italian Renaissance Gown
History of Italian Art
Italian Art & Italian Craft
Montessori Renaissance Art Presentations
Renaissance Art of Italy
Classroom Drawing and Painting Supplies for Your Art Prsentations

Links to Music of Italy

Oh How I Love Italy – Music, Art, Food Seasoned with History and Geography
Vivaldi’s Musical Activities and Lessons for The Four Season
Italian Music Terms
Music Unit Study (William Tell Overture Finale by Gioachino Rossini) Ages 5 – 7
Music Unit Study (William Tell Overture: Finale by Gioachino Rossini)Ages 8 – 10
ITALIA – Musical Instruments Museums in Italy
Montessori Renaissance Music Presentations
A Brief History of Italian Opera – Listen to the Audio

Geography and Social Studies Links

Free Blank Outline Map of Italy
Maps of Italy (for Classification and Matching Exercises)
Italy: Monuments Past and Present
Italy, Rome & Roman Culture Educational Posters
Italy Timeline
Rome – The Late Republic
Italy: History, Geography, Government and Culture
Great Italians in History
A History of Italy
History of the Italian Language
A Maria Montessori Worth Watching

Italian Recipes

Apple’s Manicotti (Watch as Apple leads children through the recipe process)
Sara’s Antipasto Salad Recipe
The Italian Chef
Easy Italian Recipes
Giada De Laurentiis Recipes

Let’s Write and Discuss

Italy Around the World
Roman Food- History for Kids!
Androcles and the Lion Fable
Androcles and the Lion Felt Board Story
WebQuest for Kids
Visiting Rome with Your Kids
Visiting Italy with Children
Write Your Own Books – For K – 3rd Grade(Part I) – Create a booklet about Italy)
Write Your Own Books – For K – 3rd Grade (Part II) – Create a booklet about Italy

To access this unit study please visit Montessori Unit Study

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

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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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Fall Forward with Fun Filled 2010 Lesson Plans

Please see https://montessori21stcentury.wordpress.com/2011/07/28/fun-filled-fall-prek-high-school-lesson-plans/ to view the updated 2011 issue!

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

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Take a Tour of Italy – New! Montessori K-6 Unit Study

Please visit Take a Tour of Italy – 2012 Montessori K-6 Unit Study for updated information.

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